Sunday, August 12, 2012

Product Review: Go Raw - Spirulina Energy Bar

Allergen Info: Gluten-free, Wheat Free, Nut Free – contains seeds

Other Info: USDA Organic

Overall Product Ranking: A

Even though the raw foods fad appears to be a food trend that faded out rather quickly, the companies with some of the stronger product lines still seem to be thriving. I absolutely love Go Raw’s products. Not particularly because they are raw, but because they are able to take a creative spin on some unconventional (and healthy) ingredients and make them taste great. I love this product in particular because it is very difficult to find food products (as opposed to supplements) that have spirulina in them.

Spirulina, what many would classify as a “super food” continues to be an enigma to me. Spirulina is a type of  of blue-green algae that has some protein, vitamins, minerals, including, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. In addition, it contains B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, minerals such as manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium. It is also a source of  gamma linolenic acid (aka omega-6 – a common fatty acid in American diets – more on omega-6 in future posts). Spirulina has also been linked (in very recent and inconclusive studies) to immune support against infection and chronic illness. Another study has found spirulina as anti-allergenic due to its ability to hinder the release of histamine (the substance in our body responsible for allergic reactions such as a runny nose). An additional study has linked spirulina to help promote the growth of L. acidophilus in the gut (a good bacteria).

I really like this bar! It is made with sesame seeds, banana, coconut, dates, and spirulina. I could mainly taste the banana and sesame seeds. The bar has just 70 calories which makes a great light on–the-go snack.


Would I purchase again: Yes.

Palatability Grade: A-

Potential for Improvement: YES, but it is pretty good as is!

Dietetic Profile: A

Overall Grade: A

© Kate Ezra Wolf, 2012

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