Over the past few months I have written about a couple of different probiotics products. The latest product that I have received and reviewed is the Attune Probiotic bars. The Attune bars come in 3 different varieties: milk chocolate crisp, dark chocolate and mint chocolate; I received the dark chocolate variety.
The Attune bars are certified gluten-free and contain 6.1 billion CFUs of clinically supported strains of probiotics. The strains are: Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, Lactobacillus casei Lc-11 and Bifidobacterium lactis HN019. The bars are shipped or sold refrigerated and should be stored refrigerated; they can be left at room temperature for a couple of weeks, according to the Attune website.
More on probiotics:
Probiotics—good for life! Probiotics products are trusted by millions of people around the world to help support healthy digestion, provide a natural defense, and maintain optimal health and wellness.
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially defines probiotics as live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.
The probiotics story begins with intestinal bacteria, which are a community of good and bad bacteria that live in the digestive system. We all have naturally occurring bacterial communities in our digestive systems. They help:
- Protect the body from harmful bacteria.
- Exercise the immune system to ensure it is ready to react to harmful bacteria.
- Strengthen the intestinal wall so it acts as a defensive barrier.
- Digest fiber in the diet, so we can absorb the nutrients from the foods we eat.
These digestive bacteria are essential to overall well-being. Probiotic products act as a helper to these friendly bacteria, and that help can keep the digestive system functioning well. As an additional resource on probiotics, read this informative guidepublished by the American Gastroenterological Association.
Now, back to the chocolate, ahem, I mean the probiotic bars. I sampled the dark chocolate bar and immediately fell in love with it. I love dark chocolate and eat it often, so I am well acquainted with many different types. I honestly didn’t expect the bars to be as good as they were. At first glance, I wished the bar was bigger, but it actually ended up being the perfect size and way to end my meal. Each bar is .7 oz, 80 calories, 6g fat, 3g fiber and 1g protein. Additionally, each bar contains 30% of the RDA of calcium. This bar, unlike the milk chocolate crisp & mint chocolate, is also dairy-free. What a fantastic & fun way to get some important health benefits! The ingredients are as follows:
Dark chocolate coating (chocolate, evaporated cane juice, cocoa powder, inulin, calcium carbonate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin [an emulsifier], vanilla), *6.1 billion Probiotic cultures (Bifidobacterium lactis HN019, Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, Lactobacillus casei LC-11).
The bars can be purchased right from the Attune website or select health food stores across the US. I did find the bars available on some other online sites, but they were more expensive than what they are on the Attune site. This store locator may help locate the bars, but be forewarned that just because a store carries the Attune products doesn’t mean they carry the bars. For example, my Whole Foods store stopped carrying the bars, but still carries other Attune products, much to my dismay.
Have you tried the Attune Probiotics bars? Do you take probiotics?