Update: As of June 1998, the Zbar appears to be no longer availableThe ZbarTM snack bar is a specially designed snack food that has been shown to reduce the risk of nighttime hypoglycemia. Since parents worry a lot about their children with diabetes going low during the night, this is an important product that warrants attention.
According to the manufacturer, the Zbar regulates blood glucose levels for six to nine hours due to its slow absorption rate. The key ingredient is uncooked cornstarch, which takes many hours to be digested. Each bar contains 110 calories, made up of 5 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fat, and 22 grams of carbohydrates. For exchange plan users, one bar equals 1 1/2 carbohydrate exchanges (Canadian Diabetes Association).
Zbars are available at pharmacies for about US$1.00 per bar and come in three flavors: chocolate crunch, mandarin orange, and peanut butter. The mandarin orange has an overpowering orange scent and flavor. The chocolate crunch and peanut butter are more mild. Our preference for flavor and texture was peanut butter first, then chocolate crunch. We're not interested in trying the mandarin orange again.
Each bar is soft and chewy, like cookie dough. If it were cooked, the cornstarch wouldn't be uncooked and the medical benefit would be lost.
Baker Cummins, Incorporated
16751 Hymuns Blvd.
Kirkland, Quebec H9H 3L4
1-800-347-4774 Toll Free in the United States
1-800-668-3535 Toll Free in Canada
(514) 695-6690 Fax
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