PureFit Nutrition Bars Product Review

A few months ago, I received some complimentary nutrition bars from PureFit to sample and review on my blog. I feel like a real heel that I am just now posting this review in April. Truth be told, I forgot about it because my boys ate them too fast so I didn’t have a bar sitting around to trigger my memory. It didn’t help that this was during the mayhem of the holiday season either. Maybe if I had been eating more balanced nutrition bars instead of sugar cookies, the sugar induced  “brain fog” would not have been present! 😀

First, a little info on PureFit Nutrition Bars:

Kosher-certified and vegan-approved PureFit bars do not contain dairy, wheat, or gluten, and will not melt in their packaging. PureFit works diligently to provide high-quality, award-winning nutrition bars without artificial ingredients, sugar alcohols or common allergens, including milk, wheat or gluten.

Our bars are an integral part of The PureFit Fat-Burning System. It provides many of the nutrients and calories you need to round out your PureFit diet. And it does not contain harmful ingredients found in virtually every nutrition bar on the market. 100% All-Natural Ingredients, 18 Grams of Soy Protein, Non-GMO Soy, Unprecedented Great Taste. This low glycemic, nondairy bar is based on over 20 years of research and was not practical to manufacture until now. It offers:

  • NO Hydrogenated Oils
  • NO Animal Products – Vegan
  • NO Cholesterol or Trans Fatty Acids
  • NO Wheat or Gluten
  • NO Artificial Sweeteners
  • NO Hidden Carbohydrates
  • NO Sugar Alcohol

Did you see that little blurb about PureFit bars not melting in their packaging? I plan on sending these with Sam to his Sports Summer Day Camp in a few months as an easy “pick-me-up’ snack, they would also be great to take to the pool, beach, etc.!

There is also some great information on PureFit’sChoose The Right Bar” page:

A lot of so-called nutrition bars contain as many hollow calories as the average fast food sandwich. Keep in mind that one-pound equals 3,500 calories, and that in order to maintain your current weight, your body requires 10 calories per pound per day. In other words, if you weigh 190 pounds, your body requires 1,900 calories per day to maintain that weight.

If you consume a candy bar-like nutrition bar, one that accounts for nearly 20% of your daily caloric needs, you’re bound get into trouble. Of course, you need to take into account that exercise burns calories, but still, err on the safe side by looking for nutrition bars with approximately 150 to 300 calories per serving.

Here is a piece from the “Ingredients Matter” section. Click here for more information on Sugar Alcohols.

Not all nutrition bars are created equal, and to see this for yourself, just look at the list of ingredients of your average nutrition bar. Many are loaded with sugar, partially hydrogenated oil, artificial sweeteners, and other ingredients that just aren’t very good for you. As one example, some popular nutrition bar companies use maltitol syrup in their bars.

Maltitol syrup is a sweetener that can produce gas, bloating and a laxative so overpowering that many countries now require a warning label on foods contain the item.

Other commonly used sugar alcohols you may want to avoid include: malitol syrup (notice the different spelling), glycol, isomalt, lactitol, glycerol, glycerine, erythritol, arabitol, xylitol, ribitol, mannitol, and sorbitol.

I found this informative (about the 40-30-30 philosophy), it is from the “Watch Your Balance” section:

Choosing a nutrition bar with the right balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein is critical to optimal performance, and here’s why: A diet composed of approximately 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat is ideal for body fat loss and consistent energy. This nutritional philosophy is commonly referred to as “The Zone,” and is, in our opinion, the greatest dietary discovery of the last 50 years. In short, it is especially difficult, if not impossible, to lose weight when eating a diet primarily comprised of carbohydrates, especially if you work out consistently, because you force your body to burn carbohydrates (sugars). When you eat a diet composed of about one-third protein, you allow your body to burn stored body fat—the reason most of us work out. In other words, the ratio of the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in your diet determines if you will predominately burn carbohydrates or stored body fat.

The PureFit website even offers a free downloadable fat burning guide which has some great tips for eating better, including sample meal plans. While you are on that page, check out the link titled “Low Carb Myth,” it talks a little bit about sugar alcohols and package labeling. You can even see a clip of the PureFit Bars being featured on “The Real Housewives of Orange County!”

As for the taste, all I can tell you is how the bars were received by my sons, and they loved them! They both fought over the Chocolate Brownie Bar (Luke won, but gave a tiny piece to his brother in the spirit of “sharing”). Sam ended up enjoying the Peanut Butter Crunch Bar even more. I personally did not get to try them because Mike gave them to the boys without realizing they were for a review… when I wasn’t at home to guard them!

I had Mike run out to Smith’s (part of the Kroger Company) last night to get more bars so I could personally sample them and take photos for this post, but unfortunately, they are not carrying them anymore and here is why. I personally plan on contacting the Kroger Company as well, because PureFit has done a lot to help spread awareness of celiac disease. Check out all the PureFit Blog posts that Robb Dorf, Founder and CEO of PureFit, Inc. has made on Celiac Disease, Autism, and Type 1 Diabetes (I highly recommend watching the video on this post about IronKIDz. I watched it with Sam and it was a great teaching moment to show him how other kids have “differences” too, that he is not alone in dealing with a major medical issue at such a young age. It validated his feelings and showed him at the same time that celiac disease is just one part of him and not the entire definition of who he is).

I believe it is important to support companies that take the next step by raising awareness for and supporting medical research of the health issues that affect their customers. Thank you Robb, I really appreciate your efforts!

Mark Hyman, M.D.

This is a really interesting video.  Mark Hyman, M.D. wrote a book about a year ago called The UltraMind Solution that was endorsed by Dr. Oz (on the cover of my edition).  If you follow the “even if only 50% of this is true” rule, this is a very illuminating video (and book) and worthy of attention.  We should all give this some consideration and perhaps forward to our non-Celiac friends/family who are resistant to these ideas.  Like the saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”  We need more credible sources like Dr. Hyman to help us advance our cause!

Mark Hyman, M.D. on Martha Stewart:

Aroma Dough Giveaway!

This is SOOOO Exciting! I have ANOTHER giveaway!

A few days ago, I posted my review of gluten free play doughs. Aroma Dough was one of the companies whose product I reviewed and Diane (one of the founders and a fellow mom!) has so generously offered to give away a Splat Mat Set to one of my lucky readers! Woo Hoo! Just in time for the holidays…what an awesome stocking stuffer!

The Splat Mat Set includes: 3 cookie cutters, rolling pin, 11×17 Splat mat and 4 assorted gluten free tubs of Aroma Dough. The retail value of this set is $25.95!

I want to share a little more information on Aroma Dough because I really think they are an amazing company with a unique product. The following highlighted sections are from the Aroma Dough Website:

At Aroma Dough®, Inc. we only use 100%, child safe, natural ingredients. Our gourmet, kid-tested formulas are whipped up fresh in our factory and shipped off directly to your school or child-care center fresh with absolutely no petroleum distillates. Featured in articles in Redbook and American Baby Magazine and sold nationally at Sam’s Clubs and Discovery Toys, we now bring our original Aroma Dough® aromatic formula directly to you…..only the safest, natural, parent & teacher approved ingredients are used for your little ones to enjoy hours of aroma infused creative play!

Invented in 1992, ORIGINAL Aroma Dough®’s soft and pliable original formula is packed with a variety of natural, aromatic oils to spark your children’s creative senses. And don’t be fooled, Aroma Dough® truly brings out the kid hidden in all of us … no matter what your age! So go on, pick it up and give it a squeeze and breath in the aromas of childhood.

Winner of Seal of Approval by Parent’s Choice

Stays soft and pliable for hours of fun

Non-crumbling formula

Washes easily from carpet and clothing (no kidding, really!!)

Natural formula safe for little ones

NO ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES OR PETROLEUM DISTILLATES USED as in other modeling compounds!

Confirms to ASTM-4236

Organic, Gluten-Free/Wheat Free Formula:
Fun DoughALL products are Gluten Free  made with 100% organic, wheat-free rice flour, sodium, water, moisturizing oils, natural aromas (no perfumes). This formula is perfect for children who have special needs such as Autism, Celiac’s Disease, ADD/ADHD, or other allergy related issues. It DOES NOT contain nuts, nut oils, perfumes, soy, dairy products or wheat.

This GF play dough is AMAZING! I can only imagine how this dough would be beneficial, not only for all children (and adults alike!) but especially for children who can benefit from the sensory stimulation of the intensely inviting and relaxing aromas, the moisturizing oils in the dough that keep your hands very soft (NOT greasy!) and the bright, vivid colors. I know what I am putting in the goodie bags for Sam and Luke’s birthday parties this year!

Considering the affect Aroma Dough had on me, (I felt very calm, focused and relaxed) I think this would also be a great gift for companies to give their employees during these stressful economic times! Think of it as the new stress ball! 😀

Aroma Dough also does customized products as well!

Aroma Dough play dough can be private labeled
for your company or product, with aromas customized to match your product,
corporation, theme or party.

We can even do small quantity orders for:

  • birthday parties
  • bar mitzvahs
  • corporate giveaways or fun gifts
  • personalized with your own photo

We have done private labeling for such companies as:

  • Scentsational Dough Discovery Toys “Scentsational Dough”
  • Natural Wonder Stores
  • Sesame Street Stores
  • Right Start Catalog

Products for Teachers:


Gluten Free Aroma Dough Play Dough Class Pack™ $19.95

Class PackIs ideal for educational environments such as school and childcare centers. One color of Aroma Dough® fills a 5 lb. air-tight sealed clear bucket with handle.

  • Cherry Cola Fizz (memory booster)
  • Groovy Blue (creative thinking)
  • Lemon Drops (uplifting)
  • Lollipop Lime (for concentration)

So here is the contest:

Name a New Aroma Dough Character!!

Leave a comment on this post about what you think would be a great new Aroma Dough Character. Include a Color, Scent and the Name of your character!

The deadline for this contest will be Friday, December 11th, 2009 so we can be sure to get the Splat Mat Set to you before the 25th! Good Luck and have fun!

Celiac Disease And Autism, A Possible Link?

This article was actually referenced on the Albuquerque local news a few weeks ago. I don’t know much about autism, how or when it comes about; but I remember thinking to myself when Jenny McCarthy wrote her books and mentioned that the gluten free diet helped her autistic son, that this would be huge for the celiac community… by simply getting the word out about the gluten-free diet. Now, to see the possible correlation between celiac disease and autism is fascinating.

Autism May Be Linked to Mom’s Autoimmune Disease