Clif Bar v. PowerBar

Q:  I read your comparison between Clif Bar and the Nature Valley Granola Bar.  How does Clif Bar compare to PowerBar? ~ S.G., San Francisco, CA

PowerBar Peanut ButterA: PowerBar® makes slightly smaller bars than Clif Bar.  A PowerBar is 2.29 oz. (64.8g) as compared to Clif Bar which is 2.4 oz. (68g).  For this side-by-side comparison, the PowerBar nutritional information was calculated to match the larger 2.4 oz serving.  

Note: Food labels list percentages of nutrients based on the amount you should consume each day — your Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).  The term Percent Daily Value (DV) is used to declare what one serving of the food provides in relation to the established daily standards.


Nutritional Facts Clif Bar PowerBar
Crunchy Performance Energy
Peanut Butter Peanut Butter
2.4 oz 2.4 oz
68g 68g
Calories 250 252
Calories from fat 60 42
Total Fat 6g (9% DV) 4.2g (6.3% DV)
Sat. Fat 1g (5%DV) 1.1g (5% DV)
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV) 0mg (0% DV)
Sodium 230mg (10% DV) 210mg (8% DV)
Potassium 270mg (8%) 110mg (3% DV)
Total Carb. 42g (14% DV) 46g (16% DV)
Dietary Fiber 5g (20% DV) 1g (4% DV)
Insoluble Fiber 4 g 0g
Sugars 20g 27g
Other Carb. 17g 0g
Protein 11g 5g
Vitamin A 30% DV 0% DV
Vitamin C 100% DV 73%
Calcium 25% DV 26%
Iron 25% DV 26%
Vitamin E 100% DV 0% DV
Vitamin K 25% DV 0% DV
Thiamin (B1) 25% DV 16%
Riboflavin (B2) 15% DV 10%
Niacin (B3) 15% DV 0% DV
Vitamin B6 20% DV 26%
Folate 20% DV 0% DV
Vitamin B12 15% DV 0% DV
Biotin 10% DV 0% DV
Pantothenic Acid 20% DV 0% DV
Phosphorus 20% DV 0% DV
Iodine 15% DV 0% DV
Magnesium 25% DV 0% DV
Zinc 20% DV 0% DV
Selenium 20% DV 0% DV
Copper 15% DV 0% DV
Manganese 35% DV 0% DV
Chromium 10% DV 0% DV
Molybdenum 15% DV 0% DV

PowerBar and Clif Bar are fairly equal in calories with Clif Bar having more fat, but slightly less saturated fat.  Clif Bar has five times more dietary fiber and Power Bar has zero insoluble fiber compared to Clif Bar with 4 gms.   PowerBar is void of 17 of the vitamins and minerals that are found in Clif Bar.

Clif Bar also has over twice the protein and over 2.5 times more potassium than PowerBar.  Potassium, an essential element, works with sodium to maintain normal water balance and plays a key role in muscle contraction.  It is lost from muscle during exercise and through sweat.


Clif Bar performs better than PowerBar
Clif Bar performs better than PowerBar

Apple c heart symbol_40x54Fit Tip: Choose Clif Bar as a quick, nutritional energy source.  It outperforms the PowerBar Performance Energy Bar with its significantly higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Moreover, athletes and exercisers are especially prone to potassium loss during workouts and Clif Bar packs in considerably more of this essential electrolyte.

(See previous post on Clif Bar v. Nature Valley Granola Bar.)

© 2009 Karen Owoc and The Health Reporter™.  All Rights Reserved.

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