Frequently Asked Questions

View answers to commonly-asked questions about ZonePerfect products, nutrition and more.

Q: Are there any ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars that are gluten-free?

Yes, our Perfectly Simple Nutrition Bars are certified gluten-free.

Several other bars do not have gluten containing ingredients (wheat, rye, barley, malt) but they are not tested and certified gluten free.

Chocolate Almond Raisin

Chocolate Caramel Cluster

Chocolate Coconut Crunch

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Fudge Graham

Double Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Q: Are the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars that do not have gluten-containing ingredients tested for gluten?

No, only our Perfectly Simple bars are tested and certified gluten free.

Q: Are the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars that do not have gluten-containing ingredients made on the same lines as those bars that are not free of gluten-containing ingredients? If so, how do we clean the lines between each bar?

Yes, the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars that do not have gluten-containing ingredients may be made on the same lines as bars that have gluten-containing ingredients. The manufacturing lines are cleaned thoroughly between the production of different batches of ZonePerfect Bar flavors. In manufacturing the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars, our production and quality assurance staff are always mindful of what allergens may be present, and manufacturing lines are cleaned and inspected following good manufacturing procedures to assure allergens are not transferred to another product.

Q: How can the ZonePerfect Peanut Butter Nutrition Bar not have gluten-containing ingredients if it contains partially defatted peanut flour?

Peanut flour is finely ground peanuts. Peanuts do not contain gluten.

Q: How can the Fudge Graham Bars contain natural graham flavor but not have gluten-containing ingredients?

The Fudge Graham ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars contain a natural graham flavor, not any actual graham flour or crackers. Therefore, the bar does not contain any gluten-containing ingredients. However, if the consumer is concerned for any food allergy or intolerance issues, we would recommend not consuming this bar.

Q: Do the ZonePerfect Snack Bars contain gluten?

The current snack bar formulations for Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Caramel Cluster and Fudge Graham do not contain any gluten-containing ingredients, but they are not tested and certified gluten free.

Q: Are the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars kosher?

All of the Zone bars are certified Kosher.

Q: Are the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars "Complete, Balanced Nutrition"?

No, the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars are not considered "complete, balanced nutrition" in the sense that they could be eaten as the only food in a person's diet. However, the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars are a great choice for a nutritious snack or meal.

Q: Why are the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars moving away from the 40-30-30 profile? Why are the Zone "blocks" no longer discussed on the website?

Advances in nutritional science research have demonstrated that the benefits of balanced nutrition can be achieved by following a variety of nutritional profiles similar to 40-30-30 but not exclusively 40-30-30. Therefore, the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars have been updated to reflect this new insight. A high protein intake remains the core of the bar because it helps with satiety and sustained energy. The high protein level in the bar is to be balanced with a moderate level of carbohydrate. The fat can deliver the essential fatty acids and contribute to a positive sensory experience that influences someone's overall satisfaction of the bar and the meal plan.

Q: What is the maximum amount of ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars an individual should consume in a day?

The recommended usage for ZonePerfect bars is 2-3 bars per day. Although there is nothing harmful about consuming more bars than this for a short period of time (a few days), it should be noted that ZonePerfect bars are not designed to be a nutritionally-complete food. Rather, they are intended to be a nutritious snack food to accompany the diet. ZonePerfect bars should be consumed as part of a well-balanced diet containing a wide variety of healthy foods.

Q: What does "natural flavor with other natural flavors" mean on ZonePerfect nutrition bars?

The "natural flavor with other natural flavors" statement on the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars refers to the combination of flavors used in the bars. The "natural flavor" part refers to the actual bar flavor. For example, the Fudge Graham bar contains a natural graham flavor. The "with other natural flavors" part refers to other flavors than may be present in the bar that do not refer to the actual bar flavor. For example, the Fudge Graham bar also contains a natural vanilla flavor.

Q: Can a person with diabetes use ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars?

Zone Perfect Nutrition Bars were not specifically designed for persons with diabetes. See the Abbott Nutrition Glucerna line of products for people with diabetes. A physician or registered dietitian should be consulted regarding the proper use of Abbott Nutrition products in diabetes.

Q: Can children use ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars?

ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars were developed based on adult nutritional needs. These products are not recommended for use in children under the 4 years of age and are acceptable for only occasional use in children older than 4 years of age. If you plan to use these products for children less than 4 years of age, please check with the child's health care professional first.

Just launching in Feb. 2013, we now have Kidz ZonePerfect™ that are now available with limited distribution.

Q: If only part of a ZonePerfect Nutrition Bar is eaten, what is the best way to store the remaining piece of the bar?

If you only plan on eating a portion of the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bar, cut off the portion you wish to consume and then store the unused portion in a sealed storage bag at room temperature.

Q: Why did we remove the omega-3 fatty acids from ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars?

The original ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars contained 3 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. This is not a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids compared to daily intake recommendations.

Q: What is the amount of caffeine in ZonePerfect Nutrition bars?

The caffeine content in the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars has not been tested. However, there could be a very small amount of caffeine in the bars containing chocolate or cocoa powder, such as in the Double Chocolate and Fudge Graham bars.

The estimated amount of caffeine would be less than 10 mg/bar in chocolate classic coated bars, and less than 5 mg/bar in yogurt coated classic bars.
The estimated amount of caffeine would be less than 1 mg/bar in the fruitified bars.
The estimated amount of caffeine in the dark bars would be less than 15 milligrams.

Please refer to the product label to see if that particular flavor contains chocolate or cocoa powder as an ingredient. As a comparison, one 8-fl-oz cup of coffee contains approximately 135 milligrams of caffeine and one chocolate bar contains approximately 10 milligrams of caffeine.

Q: What is the amount of caffeine in each of the ZonePerfect Dark bars?

The caffeine content in the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars has not been tested. However, there could be a very small amount of caffeine in the bars containing chocolate or cocoa powder. The Mocha bars also have a very small amount of espresso and this is indicated on the product label within the ingredient statement.

The estimated amount of caffeine in each of the ZonePerfect Dark bars is:

Caramel Pecan 14.5 mg/bar
Cookies N' Cream 8 mg/bar (flavor discontinued)
Mocha 14 mg/bar (flavor discontinued)
Almond 11 mg/bar
Strawberry 8 mg/bar
Double Dark 12 mg/bar

Q: Do any of the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars contain artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols?

ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars do not contain any artificial (non-nutritive) sweeteners or sugar alcohols.

Q: What nuts are processed in the facilities that produce ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars?

If nuts are present in a bar, the label declares this information under the ingredient statement. Please refer to the product label for the specific ingredients in each bar flavor.

All the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars are manufactured in a facility that processes nuts (peanuts and/or tree nuts). Therefore bars without nuts are made on the same lines as other bars containing nuts. In manufacturing the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars, our production and quality assurance staff are always mindful of what allergens may be present, and manufacturing lines are thoroughly cleaned and inspected following good manufacturing procedures to assure allergens are not transferred to another product.

Q: Are there any animal products or animal by-products in any of the ZonePerfect Bars?

ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars have milk ingredients (such as nonfat dry milk, cultured whey and skim milk [as part of yogurt powder in yogurt coating] milk protein isolate, sodium caseinate). Read the product label for ingredients for each bar flavor. Be sure to review the specific product label, as ingredients vary by product and flavor.

Q: Is the glycerin in ZonePerfect Bars from an animal or plant source?

The glycerin in the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars is from a vegetable source.

Q: Do any of the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars contain gelatin?

None of the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars contain gelatin.

Q: Do the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars contain any fish oil or fish ingredients?

No, the current ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars (snack or full-size) do not contain any fish oil or fish ingredients.

None of the bars are made in a facility that processes fish ingredients.

Q: Do the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars contain any soy? (If so, is it genetically modified?)

Yes, the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars do contain soy. The soy used in the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars has been genetically modified.

Q: Are ZonePerfect Classic Nutrition Bars lactose-free? (Any other milk ingredients?)

No, the ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars are not lactose-free. The ZonePerfect Nutrition bars do contain milk ingredients, such as nonfat milk solids and sodium caseinate. Please refer to the product label for the specific dairy ingredients in each bar flavor.