Several weeks ago I purchased a dieting aid called a Full Bar. I wasn’t impressed with the first flavor that I tried out, and yesterday I grabbed a Cranberry Almond Full Bar and a bottle of water on my way out the door. It was going to be a long busy morning, and I knew my lunch would be late, so I wanted to feel full and satisfied to tide me over between breakfast and lunch.
The Cranberry Almond Full Bar comes in a 1.59 ounce package, and looks quite large in size (when compared to other snack bars I purchase). The picture on the package reveals puffed wheat, cranberries and slivered almonds. The tag line seems to be “Be Full. Live Full.” Last, it states that the Full Bar was “Developed by a leading weight-loss surgeon”.
As soon as I took one bite of the Cranberry Almond Full Bar, I realized why I had not purchased any more of these since I first did so weeks ago. It tasted like damp, moist puffed wheat. Very unappetizing and displeasing to my palate. I did taste some dried cranberries, but as far as I could tell, the almonds consisted of one partial piece of almond! I kept waiting to taste the almonds, but it just didn’t happen, and since almonds were in the name of the flavor, I was indeed truly disappointed.
I prefer crispy or crunchy foods, and almost all of the snack bars that I purchase taste this way. The soft texture and consistency of this Cranberry Almond Full Bar was also very disappointing. As far as how it filled me up, it didn’t. I ate this and half a bottle of water, and I was still hungry when I finished eating it. It did not even take the edge off of my hunger!
The ingredients in Cranberry Almond Full Bar are: Brown rice syrup, puffed wheat, soy protein concentrate, honey acacia gum, cranberries, sunflower seeds, agave syrup, glycerine, almonds, canola oil, salt, cinnamon, sugar, natural flavor, sunflower oil, soy lecithin. One bar contains 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 12 grams of sugars, and 5 grams of protein.
The Full Bar System is a simply concept. You eat one Full Bar with 8 ounces of water one half hour before mealtime. Then when it is time for your meal, you supposedly eat less and are still completely satisfied. Unfortunately, the Cranberry Almond Full Bar did not satisfy me when I was eating it, and it did not help fill me up so that I ate less at my next meal. This is a great idea, and I am sure it will work for some dieters, but it did not meet my expectations.