Here in Southern California, summer is slowly turning into fall. Humid days and tepid nights are transitioning into breezier times, and this brings other changes as well.
For some, this means bikini season is officially over, while there exists a select few who watch what they eat year-round. I mean, after all the corn dogs and nachos I’ve documented, you can’t be surprised that I need to pay attention to labels every now and then. Indeed, part of my mission is spreading awareness, not only of the types of foods at the gas station, but also their history and contents.
Enough preaching – you totally get me and, at some time or another, have probably made a decision with your waistlines instead of your taste buds. I originally pick up a bag of Ranch Flavored Corn Nuts because of the new packaging (please tell me in the Comments section if you think it’s “improved”). Then, I stare wistfully at the power bar / energy bar / Cliff bar section.
Personal preference: I don’t like bars. I don’t find them filling. I especially don’t find them a fully healthy meal substitute. For an indifferent number of additional calories I could have a protein-style burger or a whole bag of popcorn. I. don’t. like. bars.
But then, the Snickers logo catches my eye. Snickers is marketing Marathon Bars as a completely separate entity, as they are not under “Products” on the Snickers site, but rather have their own Marathon Bar page. I picked up the first one I saw, and looked at the nutrition label. Here is my internal monologue:
“220 calories? Wait, didn’t I just read that exact same figure! Hmm …”
Cut to me checking the Corn Nuts bag. Cut back to me checking the Marathon Bar. Cut to the light bulb over my head. Here’s the comparison:
|Nutrition Facts||Ranch Flavored Corn Nuts||Crunchy Multi-Grain Marathon Energy Bar|
|Total Fat||8g, 12% DV||7g, 11% DV|
|Sodium||300mg, 13% DV||210mg, 9% DV|
|Total Carb||34g, 11% DV||31g, 10% DV|
The Marathon Bar is clearly made with health in mind: more than double the protein plus vitamins and minerals (Vitamin C, Potassium, etc) abound in this bar. So, if you take a regular vitamin, aren’t running a marathon or didn’t just eat a greasy breakfast burrito and need to make up for it with some added health perks, I’d say Ranch Flavored Corn Nuts are fair game. This being said, the Crunchy Multi-Gran Marathon Energy Bar is delicious. It really is reminiscent of a Snickers bar.
But please, somebody tell me how you feel about this bag!