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Pros: A go to snack bar for the flavor, but not a nutritionally sound meal replacement choice. A % of profits goes to Gorilla conservation in the Congo.
Cons: Simple sugars will not keep blood sugar stable for high endurance sports, packaging is difficult to open, only available online.
Best Uses: Energy burst bar for the last push.
Garuka Bars, out of Vermont, offers an excellent tasting bar that has the benefit of assisting global causes: Your Garuka Bars purchase helps preserve gorilla habitat in Africa. Garukas have 260 calories of peanut crunch, fresh honey taste, and added cranberries for a sweet, sticky, flavorful bar some tasters found almost addictive! “ I love these- they actually taste like their ingredients!” Garuka bars use raw honey, so have a better glycemic index than many bars, but they neglected to go organic, which is better for the planet the gorillas inhabit. Best use as an energy burst bar for the last push.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
Goruka bars have 4.19 calories/gram; these calories would be wisely used for energy burst situations rather than for long haul sustained energy.
Few complaints about taste for Goruka Bars other than the sweet factor; use this to your best advantage for energy bursts.
Mostly non-organic and gluten laden ingredients lower the nutrition rating in a competitive meal replacement bar market, and we recommend Goruka make the switch. Credit given for using raw honey (glycemic index 30)
Goruka’s are going to spike blood sugar and are not Gluten free, but they will deliver the goods for the summit push if there is not a long hike out for the crash period.
— Wendy Pollock
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