Are cereal bars a healthy meal replacement?

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Sharon Richter, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Cereal/granola bars tend to have lots of added sugar, high fructose corn syrup and unhealthy fats, so it's not an ideal replacement for a real meal. Watch registered dietician Sharon Richter explain why these bars are not as healthy as we may think. 
Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
A cereal bar packed with vitamins and minerals and eaten as a "meal replacement" is not inherently a bad thing. It's certainly convenient and may help some people improve their nutrition and lose extra weight. However, no cereal bar can replace the nutrients found in a healthy salad made with fruits or vegetables. Food processing is best when it seeks to enhance Nature's foods, rather than try to replace them.
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