LUNA Cookie - Functional Foods

LUNA Cookie

The LUNA line is the creation of Clif Bar & Company, a well-known manufacturer of organic, whole grain energy bars.  LUNA products (LUNA Bar, LUNA Sunrise, LUNA Sport and LUNA Cookie) target the women’s nutrition market, and are fortified with nutrients such as folic acid, calcium and vitamin D.

LUNA Cookies are designed to be chewy, like a soft-baked cookie, rather than crisp, like the better-known LUNA Bars.  They come in three flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate, Berry Pomegranate and Chocolate Mint.

Manufacturer’s Description: We adore cookies, so we decided to make some that are good for us. LUNA Cookie is a chewy, whole grain baked snack you can actually feel good about eating — because we don’t think you should have to choose between something that’s good and good for you.

Product Label:

Calories 140
Calories from Fat 20
Total Fat 2.5g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 100mg
Potassium 105mg
Total Carb 27g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 50%
Calcium 25%
Iron 4%
Vitamin E 30%
Thiamin (B1) 25%
Riboflavin (B2) 15%
Niacin (B3) 10%
Vitamin B6 20%
Folate 50%
Vitamin B12 20%
Pantothenic Acid 20%
Ingredients: Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Dried Blueberries (Organic Blueberries, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Sunflower Oil), Organic Fig Paste, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Pomegranate Juice Concentrate, Organic Flaxseed Meal, Organic White Coating (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Rice Extract, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Goji Berries, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Sea Salt.Vitamins & Minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), Calcium Pantothenate, Beta Carotene (Vit. A), Niacinamide (Vit. B3), Pyridoxine (Vit. B6), Thiamin (Vit. B1), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Folic Acid, Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12).

Comments: The LUNA Cookies were 3 for $4.00 at my local Fred Meyer, so I picked up one of each flavor.

Unwrapped, the cookies were suitably grainy and wholesome-looking… while not large, each 40g (1.41 oz.) square was fairly dense and thick.

Although I’m not a big cookie fan, I rather liked them… they were chewy and sweet – but not excessively so.  The Peanut Butter Chocolate was pretty shy on the “chocolate” part, but had a good, peanutty flavor; the Berry Pomegranate was mildly fruity (not unlike a “Fruit Newton”) and the Chocolate Mint tasted like a whole grain York Peppermint Patty.

There are some pluses to the LUNA Cookie: each one supplies a decent amount of fiber (3g – 4g), is relatively low in calories (for a cookie) and is fortified with some useful nutrients.  I could think of worse things to snack on, if a “sweet fix” is needed.  They certainly seemed to be more filling and satisfying than many other popular, commercial low calorie bars and snacks (i.e., Curves, Slim Fast, Special K, etc.).

Overall the LUNA Cookie appears to be a well-made product, and would probably make a good lunch box addition or companion to a cup of freshly brewed coffee, although – like any other cookie or sweetened treat – it’s best used as an occasional munchie, rather than a dietary staple.

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Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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