The Only Bar, by Truvani and The Food Babe, is said to be made only by ingredients in your kitchen. In this review, you'll discover the ingredients in The Only Bar, where those ingredients come from, the price, allergy information, the money-back guarantee, pros and cons, and how it compares to other healthy snack bar alternatives. Along the way, we'll also address the controversy about the lead warning too.
What Is Truvani?
TruVani is a dietary supplement and personal care company that has been in business since 2017. The Truvani brand includes vitamins, minerals, probiotics as well as toothpaste, and deodorant with the goal of providing products with no weird ingredients, free of artificial flavors, colors, etc. The name Truvani is obviously related to Vani Hari – The Food Babe, one of the owners of the company.
The Only Bar Ingredients
The ingredients are as follows:
- Organic almonds
- Organic dates
- Organic maple syrup
- Organic cocoa
- Organic cacao nibs
- Sea salt
Unlike other snack bars and supplements, the Food Babe Truvani snack bar does not contain any “other ingredients” like magnesium stearate, corn syrup, palm kernel oil, “natural flavors,” maltodextrin, etc. This is good and I would expect nothing less from The Food Babe. In addition, the ingredients are certified USDA organic, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, stevia free and non-GMO.
Only Bar Video
Here's a video the company has put out.
Truvani Only Bar Nutrition Facts
Each snack bar weighs 50 grams (1.7 oz ), has 230 calories, and the following nutrition information
|Nutrient||Amount||Percent Daily Value|
|Total fat||15 g||19% DV|
|Saturated fat||1.5 g||8% DV|
|Sodium||100 mg||4 % DV|
|Total Carbohydrate||21 g||8% DV|
|Dietary fiber||6 g||21% DV|
|Total sugars||13 g||N/A|
|Added sugars||3 g||6% DV|
|Vitamin D||0 mg||0% DV|
|Calcium||80 mg||6% DV|
|Iron||1.7 mg||10% DV|
|Potassium||350 mg||8% DV|
What Does All This Mean?
The key to understanding Nutrition Facts labels is the percent daily value. By definition:
- Less than 5% means low
- More than 20% means high
As you can see, The Truvani snack bar is high in fiber (21%). The bar also only has 14 net carbs, which is important for those doing ketogenic diets. Keep in mind that because The snack bar is made from almonds, dates, and cocoa, there are thousands of phytonutrients also present. For example, cocoa contains a compound called theobromine, a compound that looks like caffeine but is a milder stimulant.
Various studies have shown theobromine is not only an antioxidant it also appears to improve blood pressure and lung function -and it may reduce cavities too. Because of regulations, companies cannot list phytonutrients on nutrition labels. Just know that beans, nuts, and seeds have a lot of them.
One thing we don't know is how many monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids are in the Food Babe snack bar. These are healthy fats. Almonds contain these and it would be nice if they were listed.
The snack bar is processed in a facility where eggs, soy, dairy, peanuts, and other tree nuts are processed.
Who Makes The Only Bar?
The company is called Truvani. Another name for the company Nomolotus LLC. The company was formed in 2017 and is located at 848 N. Rainbow Blvd, Unit #8187, Las Vegas, NV 89107. Vani Hari – The Food Babe – is one of the co-owners of TruVani. The company name is a reference to her first name. Vani Hari is a blogger and social media personality who rails against the food industry over its use of additives and chemicals and advocates for more transparency and clean eating. The other co-owners are Derek Halpern and Devin Duncan.
- Customer Service 866-878-8264. Another phone number is 980-292-0438.
- Email: Support At TruVani.com
- The website also has a handy online chat option too.
Unfortunately, the Better Business Bureau gives Truvani a rating of F. Ratings often change over time so see the BBB file for updates and more information.
Where Do The Ingredients Come From?
Where are Truvani products made? The snack bar and other supplements are made in America. That's good. The other good news is no ingredient in the snack bar is sourced from China. Here are the countries Truvani gets its ingredients from:
- Organic almonds: USA and Spain
- Organic dates: USA
- Organic maple syrup: Canada
- Organic cocoa: Brazil, Cameroon, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Myalsya, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain & USA
- Organic cacao nibs: Peru
- Sea salt: USA
Only Bar Price
The website lists these prices for a box of 12 snack bars:
- $41.99 one time purchase ($3.49 per bar)
- $35.99 auto shipment ($2.99 per bar)
Shipping is extra. Free shipping is included only on orders of $99 and above.
Cost Per Month
The prices above are on a box of 12 Food Babe snack bars. That's less than a month's supply. How much does it cost per month? If you consumed 1 bar per day for 30 days, the per month price is:
- $104.70 (at 3.49 per bar)
- $89.70 (at $2.99 per bar)
How To Cancel Truvani Subscription
The easiest way is to call customer service at 866- 878-8264. You can also email the company at Support AT Truvani.com. You can also chat live with customer support on the company website.
Where To Buy TruVani Only Bar
You can purchase directly from the company website. It may also be on Amazon too. You can also purchase it locally at many specialty nutrition shops in your area. Stores that sell Truvani supplements include:
- MOMs Organic Market
- Holly Hill Health Foods
- Erewhon Market
The website has a local store finder that can provide shops where you can purchase from.
Truvani Money Back Guarantee
If you are not satisfied you have 30 days to request a refund. The 30-day guarantee begins when you receive the snack bars. That is good. This means you have a full month to try them out (or other Truvani supplements). For comparison, with other companies, the guarantee may start when you order products.
For directions on how to get a refund call the company at 866-878-8264. You can also email the company at Support AT TruVani.com. You may be asked to provide proof of purchase such as your purchase confirmation number.
The 30-day refund policy is only good for purchases made via the company website. If you bought the bars at Amazon or another retail outlet, contact them for their refund policy
Truvani Bar vs. RX Bar
The RX Bar is another option for those looking for a healthy snack bar with ingredients that can be pronounced. Labels of RX Bar prominently display its ingredients
- 3 egg whites
- 6 almonds
- 4 cashews
- 2 dates
- and no BS
Here is the nutrition information on how Truvani compares to the RX Bar:
|The Only Bar (1 bar/50 g) Chocolate Love||RX Bar (1 bar/ 52 g) Chocolate Sea Salt|
|Total Fat||15 g (19% DV)||9 g (12% DV)|
|Saturated Fat||1.5 g (8%DV)||2 g (10% DV)|
|Total Carbs||21g (8%DV)||23 g (8%DV)|
|Dietary Fiber||6 g (21%DV)||5 g (18% DV)|
|Total Sugars||13 g||13 g|
|Added Sugars||3 g (6%DV)||0|
|Protein||7 g||12 g|
|Potassium||350 mg (8%DV)||480 mg (10% DV)|
|Sodium||100 mg (4%DV)||260 mg (11% DV)|
|Iron||1.7 mg ((10%DV)||2 mg (10% DV)|
|Calcium||80 mg (6%DV)||60 mg (4% DV)|
Overall the nutrition profile for both snack bars looks similar. One possible advantage is RX bar comes in different flavors. Eventually, that will change.
Truvani vs. Fit Crunch Bar
The Fit Crunch Bar by celebrity chef Robert Irving is a whey protein bar so it will have more protein than the Truvani snack bar. So, they are actually in different categories. As such, comparing them to each other would not be fair. That said, Fit Crunch Bar has much more saturated fat making it not acceptable for those looking for healthier alternatives.
Truvani vs. Gatorade Recovery Bar
The Gatorade Protein Bar also called the Recovery Bar is a high whey protein bar. The Gatorade Recovery Bar has 20 grams of whey protein but it is also very high in saturated fat. As such Gatorade bar is not in the same category as the Food Babe snack bar.
Truvani vs. Cliff Bar
The Cliff Bar is one of the most well-known snack bars that are widely available. Here is how it compares
|The Only Bar (1 bar/50 g) Chocolate Love||Cliff Bar (1 bar 68 oz). Chocolate Brownie|
|Total Fat||15 g (19% DV)||5 g (7% DV)|
|Saturated Fat||1.5 g (8%DV)||1.5 g (8% DV)|
|Total Carbs||21g (8%DV)||44 g (16% DV)|
|Dietary Fiber||6 g (21%DV)||4 g (14% DV)|
|Total Sugars||13 g||21 g|
|Added Sugars||3 g (6%DV)||20 g (40% DV)|
|Protein||7 g||9 g|
|Potassium||350 mg (8%DV)||235 mg (4% DV)|
|Sodium||100 mg (4%DV)||180 mg (8% DV)|
|Iron||1.7 mg ((10%DV)||3 mg (15% DV)|
|Vitamin D||0||2 mcg (8%DV)|
|Calcium||80 mg (6%DV)||196 mg (15% DV)|
Differences? One stand-out difference is that this flavor of Cliff Bar has 20 grams of added sugars. This makes it “high” in added sugars. That's a problem since too many added sugars are linked to inflammation and heart disease. Some might consider Cliff Bar as not “clean” as it has other ingredients like soy lecithin, cane sugar, and soybeans, not found in the Food Babe snack Bar. You can decide that for yourself.
Food Babe Snack Bar FAQ
How Long Do Only Bars Last?
The shelf life is 1 year.
What Is The Organic Rating?
The Truvani snack bar is certified USDA Organic, one of the strictest organic standards in the world. One stipulation of USDA organic certification is that it does not permit the use of any GMO ingredients.
Is It Kosher?
No, the bars are not Kosher.
Will it keep me awake at night?
Probably not. The snack bar contains theobromine. Theobromine looks like caffeine however it is a milder-acting stimulant. Ironically, some studies have shown theobromine might help you sleep better. It's not known how much theobromine is in the snack bar but since it contains cocoa, we know it has some.
Where does the protein come from?
Almonds supply the bulk of the protein in the snack bar.
Countries They Ship To
Currently Truvani ships only within the US and to Canada. If you live in another country, you may purchase it from Amazon.
What Are The Sweeteners?
Organic maple syrup is the only sweetener. There are no refined sugars, stevia, or artificial flavors such as aspartame, Splenda, or saccharine.
The snack bar does not contain any dairy or soy. It is also gluten-free.
Truvani Side Effects
Is Truvani safe? Since the snack bar is made from food, it's expected to be very safe. If you have allergies, remember this snack bar is made in a facility that also processes eggs, soy, dairy wheat, peanuts, and other tree nuts. Do your due diligence to investigate this further if it applies to you.
Does Truvani Contain Lead?
If you've read the nutrition labels of Truvani supplements, you have noticed a reference that the product can expose you to lead. This is a warning many products sold in California must display. This is because of Proposition 65 also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
Prop 65 is very stringent – more stringent than that required by the EPA. For example, even if the lead occurs naturally in food at very low levels, companies that sell in California must display this warning. According to the FDA, lead can enter foods if it occurs in the soil or water the food is grown in. The FDA has also stated that it is not possible to “remove or completely prevent lead from entering the food supply.”
The Truvani company tells me they enlist a third party to independently test every supplement for quality before it enters their facility and they test the ingredients for mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and glyphosate.
What Do I Suggest?
If you are impressed with the Truvani snack back, its a great option. If you want an alternative, I like these:
TruVani Only Bar Pros and Cons
|Pronounceable ingredients||Only ships to US & Canada|
|Not many ingredients||30-day refund policy|
|No ingredients from China||Could be higher in potassium|
|No artificial colors|
|No added sugars|
|High in fiber|
Is The Only Bar Worth It?
Whether you love the Food Babe or not, if your looking for a whole food snack then the Truvani snack bar ticks a lot of boxes in that it's organic, has only a few ingredients with no artificial flavors or colors. I also like that some of those ingredients come from the US. The emphasis on food is definitely welcomed. The only drawback for some will be the price but that will vary according to how many snack bars you eat and how often you consume them.
Here it is on Amazon if you want to check it out