We use butter in our energy bars, and we’d like to explain why this is a good thing.  We regard butter as a natural and time-tested food.  It gives energy and tastes really great.  Our energy bars have a nice blend of quick-burning carbs, long-burning fat, and slow-burning protein.

So the result of this balance is this: if you are trying to lose weight, the bars keep hunger at bay for hours, helping you conquer your appetite, which is the main enemy.  And if you are exercising where energy is needed, the fuel burns effectively for a long time.

Current research is saying it is not as bad as previously thought.  Some fats are necessary, and the overall diet is what is important.  The daily recommendation is 20 grams of fat.  One of our energy bars contain 10 grams. Good-for-you fats promote heart health, keep us feeling full and satisfied, and may even help ward off cognitive decline.

To keep this in perspective, here’s some overall fat content of some other foods that might surprise you.  A glazed donut contains 14 grams.  An avocado contains 30 grams.  Two tablespoons of peanut butter contain 16 grams of fat.  One ounce of dried coconut contains 18 grams.  Three large eggs yields 14 grams of fat.  And 12 olives?  15 grams.  Keep in mind: the fats in many of these healthy things are the good-for-you fats.

You need good-for-you fats, and you have to look at the overall picture.  A health seeker could avoid donuts, but if you replace it with alot of high-carb junk food, you’re back in the same pit.  Replacing a meal with an energy bar could help the overall.  Butter is not a bad ingredient, but too much butter can be bad.  All things in moderation.