I was recently sent some vitatops to review so I took the liberty of having some fun and making a vitatop whoopie pie, as it were. To make, I just combined a scoop of vanilla protein powder with some greek yogurt and sandwiched it inbetween two vitatops.
Admittedly, I only made it through a few bites lol Flavorwise, the vitatops are pretty decent. The chocolate flavored ones are, well, very chocolatey but also pretty dense and pretty filling. One vitatop goes a long way. I also tried the Cranbran vitatops which had a great flavor to them. Again, one vitatop went a long way. So, I will say they are a decent sized snack because I did not want anything else for quite some time after eating one.
Nutrition-wise, 1 chocolate vitatop offered 100 cal, 1.5g total fat (1g saturated), 140mg sodium, 150mg potassium, 26g total carbs (9g fiber, 11g sugar), 4g protein. Of course, nutrition stats will vary by flavor so be sure to pay attention to the stats for each specific flavor. For example, the cranbran vitatop had a little less fiber than the chocolate one.
Ingredients-wise, they are ok. Although these are made with whole wheat flour, they also have added inulin (aka fiber). Since both the whole wheat flour and the inulin are some of the first ingredients, it’s hard to say how much fiber comes from which ingredient. Having said that, it’s important to pay attention to how much inulin and extra added fiber you are eating. Inulin can also be listed as chicory root extract, oligosaccharide, and oligofructose in packaged/processed foods. Eating too much added fiber can lead to not only GI upset (think bloating, cramping, gas) but also decrease absorption of certain nutrients. It’s said most people can handle about 10g inulin with no side effects but it’s important that most of your fiber come from natural sources like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables which offer other essential nutrients. Inulin is also found naturally in root vegetables as well as bananas, onions, and garlic. It would be more beneficial to get your fiber by going straight to the source rather than getting it via processed foods which don’t offer much nutritionally.
Overall, these are a decent treat and they are still healthier than, say, a brownie or even a traditional muffin. But, as anything else, they should be enjoyed in moderation. Again, try to focus on getting your fiber from whole, unprocessed foods with natural fiber like whole grains, fruits, and veggies.
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