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We love Kellogg’s Live Bright Brain Health Bars

kelloggs live bright barsThis week, we love Kellogg’s new Live Bright Brain Health Bars. For those who want to consume the right amount of essential fatty acids like DHA-3 (Docosahexaenoic acid) but don’t like the taste of fish, a natural source of these healthy fats, then look no further than Kellogg’s Live Bright Brain Bars.

DHA plus eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), another essential fatty acid, are believed to have beneficial effects in reducing cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions. DHA, in particular, is found in the brain where it is  needed for mental clarity and development and visual acuity and is different from a-linolenic acid (ALA) which is found in flax seed, walnuts and canola oil. Low levels of DHA have been found in children with ADHD and DHA was found to reduce inflammatory markers in men who are at risk for heart disease.

Kellogg’s Live Bright Brain Bars contains 100 mg of DHA which is one-third of the 300 mg of DHA/ EPA recommended by the American Heart Association. The bars come in two flavors: Double Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Vanilla (DietsInReview LOVES both flavors). Each bar contains 150 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein and 20 percent of the recommended daily needs of Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, and Vitamins B6 and B12. But keep in mind they are a bit high in saturated fat (3.5 grams) and sugar (15 grams) and they do contain less than .5 grams of trans-fat, so while we love the taste and nutrition factor of these bars, don’t go too overboard with them.

The bars are longer and thinner than your average granola or energy bar, and one box only contains a mere four bars. Each bar has a chewy texture (kind of like  a Tootsie Roll), rich taste and is not overly sweet like many nutrition bars are. You can find Kellogg’s Live Bright Brain Health bars at major drug stores and Amazon.com.

June 8th, 2009