News / 

Vitamin C Bar Better Than Candy, But

Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

Product: Odwallas Cranberry C Monster, $1.29 for a 2.2 ounce bar, a single serving.

Key ingredients: Oats, cranberries, and other fruits and grains.

The company's pitch: Delivers 250 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which proponents say prevents colds, cancer, and heart disease.

How it works: An antioxidant, vitamin C, plays a critical role in the synthesis of collagen. Studies suggest it boosts immunity by strengthening the white blood cells that battle infections.

Pros: While little scientific evidence exists of vitamin C's cold-fighting power, a recent study contends it can prevent heart disease.

Cons: Most studies have looked at daily doses of more than 500 mg, about twice the amount found in one bar. Overdoing vitamin C can lead to gastrointestinal distress.

Bottom line: The bar, which tastes like dried fruit, is better for you than candy. But, if you're munching it for the nutrients, you might be better off eating fruit and taking vitamin C supplements.


(c) 2003, The Miami Herald. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service.

Most recent News stories


Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast