Follow-up of Granola Bars

Follow-up portrait of the granola bars available in Quebec (2018-2023)

369 products were listed for this study

Since 2018, the supply of granola bars has increased by 35 % in proteins.​

In comparison with 2018, a higher proportion of granola bars have high levels of saturated fats.


The results of this monitoring show little change in the nutritional composition of granola bars sold in 2023 compared to data collected in 2018. In fact, only the protein content has increased significantly. However, the saturated fat and sugar levels still need to be monitored. Compared to 2018, a lower proportion of bars respect the threshold of 15% of the DV for saturated fats and no improvement was observed in respect of the threshold for sugars. Beyond respecting the thresholds, the offer of modified bars contains more sugars than the other bars (new, withdrawn, identical) and the new bars contain more saturated fat. If no changes are made, half of the bars available in Quebec would have to display the nutritional symbol on the front of their packaging due to their high sugar and/or saturated fat content. Real efforts will have to be made to improve the nutritional composition of granola bars offered and sold in Quebec in the years to come.

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The mission of the Food Supply Quality Observatory is to observe and monitor the evolution of the food supply in order to generate new knowledge and to act collectively to improve its quality and accessibility. The follow-up studies carried out by the Observatory aim to monitor the evolution of food categories of public health concern over time. Five years after the analysis of the initial portrait, the granola bars category was analysed again and this report therefore presents the results of the follow-up analysis of this food category.

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