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Oversweetened but OK post-workout or on a long bike ride
on 1 March 2014
The name Trail Bar aims to associate with healthy pursuits and this is reinforced by the packaging that says that the bars "...provide energy to your body as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle". Weetabix - who manufacture Trail Bars - confirmed that they do not add hydrogenated fat to their products and, any sugar is normally white sugar. The main ingredient of Trail Bars is cereals of which whole oats are the main constituent; oats usually fall between low and medium glycemic index. Glucose syrup forms the second largest ingredient. Typically 100g of jumbo oats would have 60g of carbohydrates of which 1g would be sugars. Trail Bars per 100g (bar is 48g) have 73g of carbohydrate of which 30g are sugars. Therefore it's probable that the bars have a high glycemic index, so are more likely to give an insulin spike and subsequent energy dip. That's not a problem if a workout burns a 1,000 calories or more as an insulin spike with a protein shake will provide better protein absorption.