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Taste Test: Happy Bars

happy bars - peanut choolate euphoriaAs a long-time sufferer of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I was intrigued when I was pitched the idea of sharing Happy Bars with you. According to the creator, Dr. Rachel Pauls, a board-certified surgeon and mother of three, a diet low in FODMAPs can help. She created Happy Bars to make low-FODMAP snack easy to find and tasty to eat.

FODMAP stands for “Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols” — yeah, say that three times fast! According to Wikipedia, FODMAPs are naturally present in food and the human diet.

Low-FODMAP eating is gaining recognition so rapidly that Newsweek recognized it as a 2017 food trend. However, success with a low-FODMAP diet involves a commitment. “Following a low-FODMAP diet can be complicated,” Dr. Pauls said. “FODMAPs are present in many different foods and food categories. Not all carbohydrates are high in FODMAPs, and combining low-FODMAP foods can even lead to a high-FODMAP food serving.”

Thus the creation of Happy Bars. I got to taste “Peanut Chocolate Euphoria” flavor.

What I Liked about Low-FODMAPs Happy Bars

The bar was tasty — as promised. I like snack bars with bits of nuts and grains, and this bar had the texture I liked. There was a sufficient amount of both peanut and chocolate to sate my cravings. This felt like a great snack bar for in-between meals.

What I Didn’t Like about Low-FODMAPs Happy Bars

I used it as my breakfast entree, because at 214 calories, I thought that would be enough. What I usually eat is around that amount. However, I was still hungry and had to eat a few more calories than I would prefer just to sate myself. So, I think it makes a great snack, but not a good meal replacement.

Right now, because of the damage to my teeth the accident last year caused, I have to eat foods that are soft. This bar, because it was quite chewy, wasn’t friendly to my sore teeth. However, I don’t think it would give anyone else an issue.

Overall Comments on Happy Bars

As far as snack bars go, this is a tasty option. And, if you have stomach or intestinal issues that are aggravated by FODMAPs, this is probably very heartening news. Snack bars are very subjective items, so give it a try and feel free to comment below with your experience.

Who are Happy Bars suitable for?

People looking for a tasty, low-FODMAP snack bars. If you are trying to avoid FODMAPs, Happy Bars from Rachel Pauls Food is an excellent option. They contain less than 0.5 grams of total FODMAPs per serving and are stamped with the Dr. Rachel Pauls Low-FODMAP Seal of Approval. The Seal, now marketed to other food companies, is based on the only known U.S. lab test being used to scientifically analyze and verify food as low-FODMAP.

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Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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