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Luna Bar

*Est. $1.20
Reviewed
January 2010
by ConsumerSearch
Luna Bar

Lower-calorie energy bar

Pros
  • Few calories from sugars
  • 170 to 190 calories per bar
  • 70 percent organic ingredients
  • Balanced carbs and protein
  • 3 to 5 grams of fiber per bar
Cons
  • Some don't like the crispy texture
  • Not as big as some bars, may not be as filling

The Luna Bar is marketed as a bar for women, with added vitamins and minerals chosen to meet women's nutritional needs. But judging from reviews, lots of men like them, too. Luna Bars have 8 to 9 grams of protein and 25 to 30 of carbohydrates; they're low in saturated fat and sugars. Those who've tried them on camping trips say they don't melt in the heat and can be eaten when frozen. Luna Bars are lighter, smaller and crunchier than top-rated Clif Bars (*Est. $1.25), and they also have fewer calories. If you like the idea of a bar with no processed ingredients and no additives, experts say Larabar (*Est. $1.35) makes the best-tasting whole food bars, though they cost a little more and don't have as much protein.

We found the most thorough expert reviews of the Luna Bar at About.com, in Prevention magazine, and at IAteAPie.net. There are hundreds of user reviews at Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, and Outside magazine. WebMD.com and The Green Life, the Sierra Club's e-newsletter, recommend specific flavors for their taste.

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Our Sources

1. About.com

Sports medicine guide Elizabeth Quinn offers her picks for the best energy bars out there, and the Luna Bar is included among the four bars she chooses. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Review: Guide Picks - Top Energy Bars, Elizabeth Quinn

2. About.com

Walking guide Wendy Bumgardner picks the top 10 energy bars and gives a very brief review of each one. The Luna Bar is among her top choices. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Review: Top 10 Energy Bars, Wendy Bumgardner, Updated March 2, 2009

3. Prevention Magazine

Registered dietician Elizabeth Somer helps the authors identify seven energy bars, including Luna Bars, that are low in calories but provide enough carbohydrates to give you a quick energy boost. They also have enough protein to prevent an energy crash after the carbs have been burned. A poster linked to the article gives each bar's description, comments from testers, a list of its nutrients, and a list of the available flavors. Testers liked the Luna Bars; the review says they "loved the flavor variety" and found them "light, not dense, unlike most energy bars."

Review: We Test It: Energy Bars, Denise Foley with Tanya Beers, July 14, 2005

4. IAteAPie.net

This site has reviews of diet foods and natural and organic foods; energy bars appear in both categories. This review of Luna Bars focuses on their taste; the reviewer likes most flavors, but does not like the taste of three: Peanut Butter Cookie, Iced Oatmeal Raisin, and Chocolate Peppermint Stick. She gives Luna Bars ratings of five out of five for taste, four out of five for nutrition, and 4.5 out of five overall.

Review: Luna Bars: All the Flavors Taste Tested, "Ann H.", Feb. 12, 2007

5. The Green Life

The Sierra Club's e-newsletter reviews energy bars from environmentally conscious companies. The article explains that 15 Sierra Club staffers blind-tasted and scored bars to determine which taste best. The Luna White Chocolate Macadamia tops the list, with comments from testers like "simply delicious," "natural tasting," and "not too dense," with a "nice crunch."

Review: The Taste of Power: Top Ecofriendly Energy Bars, Editors of The Green Life, June 22, 2009

6. Amazon.com

There are over 220 user ratings and reviews of Luna Bars at Amazon.com, and the average rating is 4.5 stars out of five. The reviews are of many different flavors, but all are shown under whatever flavor you select from a pull-down menu. Most people like the taste, and often have a favorite flavor, though a few find them too sweet. Reviewers say they eat them in a wide range of situations: for breakfast, on an airplane, and while at a ballet studio for hours at a time, for example.

Review: Luna Bars Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com

7. Drugstore.com

Drugstore.com shows consumer ratings and reviews of individual flavors of energy bars. The Chocolate Peppermint Stick has the most reviews, with over 60, and the highest rating -- five out of five. All flavors that appear here have over four stars, however, with most people raving about the taste and nutritional content.

Review: Luna Bars Reviews, Contributors to Drugstore.com

8. WebMD.com

Registered dietician Elaine Magee discusses a brochure by the American College of Sports Medicine on how to choose a good energy bar. Magee's own favorite bars are the Luna Iced Oatmeal Raisin and Clif Bar Blueberry Crisp.

Review: What to Look For in an Energy Bar, Elaine Magee, Aug. 9, 2007

9. Outside Magazine

Outside magazine has user reviews of gear for outdoor activities, and products include food. A helpful Top 10 list shows the top-rated products in each category, as well as how many people have posted reviews of each one. There are over 350 reviews of the top-ranked Luna Bar, though some of them come from other sites like Drugstore.com. (The listing indicates these are reviews of the S'Mores flavor, but the reviews themselves are of many different flavors.) Luna Bars get an average 4.4 out of five star rating; most love the flavors, though a few people think they're too sweet.

Review: Luna Bar Reviews, Contributors to Outside magazine

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