Sports Bar Comparisons

Here's a wrap-up of eight popular sports energy bars currently on the market.

Energy Bar

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Balance+

200 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrate, 14 grams of protein, 1-2 grams of fiber, 6 grams of fat.

Antioxidants and beneficial herbs, including Siberian ginseng and ginkgo biloba, bolster the traditional Balance bar formula of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives allowed.

Available in three energy-boosting flavors. Honey Peanut Plus Ginseng is almost too good to be true — ginseng combined with the rich tastes of chocolate, peanut butter and honey.

Bohdi Bar

160­170 calories, 35­40 grams of carbohydrate, 4­6 grams of protein, 8­10 grams of fiber, 0­1 gram of fat.

Food for the soul. Made from organic dried fruits, dates, figs, roasted soy nuts, seeds and stress-reducing herbs such as Siberian ginseng, astragalus and schizandra. Cardamom, fennel, cinnamon and ginger maximize digestibility and combine with dried fruits to create a balanced qi (pronounced "chee") formula.

Available in three tantalizing flavors. Mango Cardamom won The American Taste Award of Excellence from the American Tasting Institute.

LUNA

170­180 calories, 24­26 grams of carbohydrate, 10 grams of protein (8 grams from soy), 1­4 grams of fiber, 3­5 grams of fat.

A wholesome nutrition bar designed especially for active women. Contains key nutrients needed every day for optimal health, such as calcium, folic acid, iron, antioxidants and protein. A portion of sale proceeds is donated to The Breast Cancer Fund.

Available in four authentic-tasting flavors. The crispy rice base delivers a satisfying crunch. LemonZest and Nutz Over Chocolate are particularly tasty.

PowerBar Essentials

180 calories, 28 grams of carbohydrate, 10 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of fat.

A preservative- and additive-free bar that delivers 21 nutrients for a healthy body and 5 herbal ingredients (ginkgo biloba, green tea extract, guarana, Korean ginseng and American ginseng) to energize the mind.

Available in four tasty flavors. Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, a chocolate raspberry blend coated in rich dark chocolate, is not for the faint of heart.

Odwalla

230­260 calories, 43­52 grams of carbohydrate, 4­16 grams of protein, 4­5 grams of fiber, 2­7 grams of fat.

A wheat-, dairy- and sugar-free food bar that's packed with energy-boosting natural ingredients such as organic oats, brown rice, nuts and fruits. Also rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, plus green tea extract.

Available in six moist, chewy flavors. Organic Carrot tastes just like a home-baked treat.

Genisoy

210­230 calories, 31­36 grams of carbohydrate, 14 grams of protein, 0­2 grams of fiber, 0­5 grams of fat.

Made from isolated soy protein, which preserves natural levels of disease-fighting isoflavones. Also rich in such antioxidants as selenium and vitamin E.

Available in twelve flavors, including four baked varieties. Rich and chewy, the Chocolate Mint bar may remind you of a famous treat.

Boulder Bar

200­230 calories, 42­44 grams of carbohydrate, 10 grams of protein, 4­5 grams of fiber, 2­5 grams of fat.

A vegan-friendly bar that delivers sustained energy, with organic brown rice syrup, natural fruit juices, figs, oat bran, maltodextrins and non-genetically modified soy protein. Doesn't freeze or melt in extreme temperatures.

Available in five flavors. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter is the ultimate combo.

Clif Bar

240­250 calories, 39­52 grams of carbohydrate, 4­12 grams of protein, 3­6 grams of fiber, 2­6 grams of fat.

A low-fat, all-natural energy bar made with real fruit, wholesome grains, natural sweeteners and a unique, natural blend of antioxidants, including beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, selenium and green tea. Free from preservatives, artificial ingredients and animal products.

Available in 10 moist and chewy flavors. Chocolate Almond Fudge tastes like the real thing.