London: Cereal bars that people eat believing they are healthier than biscuits and chocolate may not be so healthy, consumer experts have said.
Researchers looked at 30 bars — including seven specifically aimed at children — and found many contained high levels of fat and sugar, the Daily Express reported.
One bar contained nearly four teaspoons of sugar (18 grams), which is more than in a small 150 ml can of cola (15.9 grams) and 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance for an adult woman.
One roasted nut bar was almost one-third fat, that included peanuts, hazelnuts, vegetable fat and harmful hydrogenated fats.
A children’s bar marketed as “great for your lunchbox” contained 43.5 percent sugar.
The Which? magazine asked manufacturers for labelling on packages based on levels of fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt.