Snack bars for hypoglycemia: Skip the Clif Z-Bar

Snack bars for hypoglycemia: What not to eat

I’ve been really good at sticking to my diet. I haven’t had any symptoms in months. Until last weekend, that is. I got a little bored of the same old snack bars, and decided to try something different. I bought a couple of Clif Z-bars (they’re the same folks who make the low glycemic Luna bars).

Snack bars for hypoglycemia: Clif Z-bars

Here’s what Clif has to say about Z-bars:

“Clif Kid snacks give kids fantastic-tasting food with the right kind of nutrition they need. CLIF KID Organic ZBar is made with the very best of wholesome organic ingredients. Each bar is low fat, made with whole oats, and contains 12 essential vitamins and minerals kids need every day. What you won’t find is all the junk! Fudgy, chewy and chocolatey!”

Snack bars for hypoglycemia: What “chocolatey” carbs do

When I try new foods, I use a monitor to figure out what the food does to my blood sugar. I tested my blood sugar before and after eating the bar. The “right kind of nutrition” apparently contains enough sugars to send my blood sugar from 80mg/dL to a whopping 160mg/dL. I have never seen my blood sugar that high. The highest I’ve ever seen it so far was 140.

Snack bars for hypoglycemia

Snack bars for hypoglycemia: A look at ingredients

What was in the bar that sent my blood sugar skyrocketing?


  • Organic Rolled Oats.
  • Organic Chocolate Chips (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors).
  • Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup.
  • Organic Brown Rice Syrup.
  • Organic Tapioca Syrup.
  • Organic Fig Paste.
  • Organic Oat Flour.
  • Organic Cocoa Powder.
  • Organic Soy Butter.
  • Natural Flavors.
  • Organic Oat Fiber.
  • Organic Milled Flaxseed.
  • Organic Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors).
  • Salt.
  • Baking Soda.

Normally, small amounts of evaporated cane juice doesn’t affect my blood sugar. I can only assume the 12g of sugars in this bar was too much of a good thing for a reactive hypoglycemic.

“Fudgy, chewy, and chocolatey.” I knew it was too good to be true!

4 thoughts on “Snack bars for hypoglycemia: Skip the Clif Z-Bar

  1. Jennifer

    I feel like you’re lucky to only go up to 140 because mine goes up to 300 sometimes if I have carbs. But, please don’t take that statement out of context because I’m sure that was too high for you.

    I really appreciate all your postings on this!

    Besides eating the right things, are you on medicine? I take metformin (I have a combo of insulin resistance and reactive hypoglycemia)

  2. sigrid

    hello, what kind of energy bars do you use if you advise against sweetners? all the low-GI, atkins-like bars I’ve seen have sucralose. thx! sigrid

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