I recently purchased a box of Pure Organic Ancient Grains Bars at Costco. The bars are gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, and most important, they taste good! The variety pack came with 15 bars in three flavors, Chocolate Chunk Nut, Triple Berry Nut, and Peanut Butter Chocolate. I am usually a lover of all things chocolate, seriously, my husband will always choose fruit flavored ice cream and I always go for the chocolate peanut butter, so I was surprised to find the triple berry bar my favorite.
I love the fact they are part of the NON-GMO Project. The Non GMO seal has now given their seal of approval on over 21,000 products. It takes up to 4-6 months to have a product verified, and is one of the most trusted labels for being reassured the product you’re eating comes from good practices of GMO avoidance. Look for their seal of approval, especially when eating products that contain grains, to be sure they are not genetically modified. Does it concern you, like it does me, that over 60 countries, including Japan and Australia, plus all of the European Union have bans on the sale and production of GMO’s. The U.S. allows GMO’s based on studies done by the very companies that produce them! Organic Health posts an article about 67 million bees dying after Canada planted a large GMO corn field.
The Pure Organic Ancient Grains Bar is just what they say they are, full of the ancient grains quinoa, amaranth, flax, and hemp. They contain 160 calories per bar, 2 grams of fiber and 7 to 8 grams of sugar depending on which bar you choose, which is a little high, but they do use agave syrup and organic evaporated cane juice instead of refined sugar, like many products on the market. They do make a disclaimer on the back of the box, which states, ‘May contain pieces of nuts, shells, stems, or pits.’ I did find a small walnut shell in one of my bars when I bit into it. Fortunately, I realized it was there before biting down on the shell too hard. If you are interested in making your own bars, you might want to try my Almond Cranberry Super Grain Bars.
The Pure Company is based out of Newport Beach, California, and is a company committed to giving back, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and making a positive impact on the community.
So my over-all review, which is strictly my opinion, is that the Pure Organic Ancient Grains Bar is one you can stand behind. Yes, I would have liked to see the sugars a little lower, but that being said, the bar has good texture, good flavor, and is a satisfying snack. If you buy the bar in bulk it will run you from $1.25-$1.45, not too bad for a nutritional bar. Way to go Pure! You score an A on this one.