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Are Luna Bars a good snack? — Jolie, NY

Christine Palumbo



Luna bars, billed by Clif Bar Inc. as "the whole nutrition bar for women," are energy bars fortified with 23 vitamins and minerals, including folic acid and calcium. Each bar provides 180 calories, 10 grams of protein, about 5 grams of fat and 12 grams added sugars. It's lower in calories than a typical candy bar, and provides additional nutrition. Though it can be a good snack, keep in mind that any energy bars use mainly refined flour and sugar to provide energy. Other satisfying, yet healthful snacks include a small handful of nuts, some cheese and crackers, baked corn chips with salsa or a small handful of dried cranberries or cherries.

About Christine Palumbo

Christine Palumbo, MBA, RD has been a nutrition communications consultant since 1989, providing dietary counsel and analysis on various nutrition, health and weight management topics to corporate clients and news media outlets nationwide. An active member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the Illinois Dietetic Association, Chicago Dietetic Association for more than twenty years, she has served on a variety of boards and practice group committees within those organizations. In 1981 and 1982, Palumbo was honored by the Chicago Dietetic Association and the Illinois Dietetic Association, respectively, as the Recognized Young Dietician of the Year.

Palumbo has been featured as the expert speaker in numerous national health panels and has published many articles and pamphlets regarding nutrition and healthcare. She has been featured in national women's, health and business magazines, daily newspapers and local and national radio programs. Palumbo has also appeared on numerous local and national TV news programs, including a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997 on the health benefits of drinking water.

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