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MARS vs Snickers - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison

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Article author photo Jack  Yacoubian by Jack Yacoubian | Last updated on September 02, 2021
Education: Haigazian Medical University
MARS
vs
Snickers

Summary

Mars bar is higher in carbs, calories and has a higher glycemic index. On the other hand, snickers are richer in proteins and are higher in fats. Their vitamin and mineral profiles are poor. Consumption should be minimal because of their increased risks for different health disorders.

Introduction

Mars and snickers are chocolate bars that are widely known around the world. However, in the United States, mars bars are marketed in a milky way that comes in brown packaging. A global version of the milky way comes in a blue wrap; however, the two milky ways are not similar. Mars bars are marketed as the milky way in the US that come in a brown wrap.

Snickers, on the other hand, are widely known all over the world to be the same. It has many versions that are available worldwide.

In this article, we will discuss the difference between mars bars and snickers bars according to their nutritional content, health impacts, diets and weight loss, and variations.

What are the actual differences?

There are many differences which are regional availability, price, taste, and flavor.

Regional availability

Mars bars are available worldwide except in the US. However, the milky way in the US is the same as the mars bar.

Snickers, on the other hand, are available worldwide.

Price

Mars bars and snickers have similar prices. However, as varieties of each exist, the prices might be different between those.

Taste and flavor

The main difference of a mars bar is that it is made of a layer of nougat, caramel and all over coated with milk chocolate. In comparison, the main difference in snickers is the extra peanuts added to the nougat, caramel, and milk chocolate layer.

Nutritional content

The following sections will be discussed according to 100g of each. However, 1 bar of mars weighs 58g, and 1 bar of snickers weighs around 53g.

Calories

Mars bars and snickers have similar amounts of calories. However, when comparing each bar, due to the smaller weight of snickers, it has lower calories than mars.

Glycemic index

Mars bar has a higher glycemic index than snickers. Mars bar has a glycemic index of 62, whereas snickers have a glycemic index of 51.

Carbs

Mars contains higher amounts of carbs than snickers. It is important to note that they both contain very high amounts of carbs, which should be a matter of consideration while eating. In addition to that, the source of carbs is nearly totally from refined sugars.

Protein

Snickers contain higher amounts of protein than mars. Mostly from milk and egg, which is from the nougat and chocolate.

Fat

Snickers contain higher amounts of fat than mars. The fat content of both is nearly 99% from saturated fat sources.

Minerals

They don't have rich and versatile mineral profiles; however, they contain significant amounts of calcium equal for both. In addition to that, they contain iron and sodium. Mars is richer in iron whereas, snickers has higher amounts of sodium.

We can see the difference in their mineral charts in the following diagram.

Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
MARS
2
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Contains more Iron +26.5%
Contains less Sodium -28%
Equal in Calcium - 90
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 27% 33% 0% 0% 0% 18% 0% 0%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 27% 26% 0% 0% 0% 25% 0% 0%
Contains more Iron +26.5%
Contains less Sodium -28%
Equal in Calcium - 90

Vitamins

Their vitamin profiles are very poor. Small amounts of vitamin A are present, however, not of much significance.

We can see the difference in their vitamin charts in the following diagram.

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
MARS
1
:
Contains more Vitamin A +39.2%
Equal in Vitamin C - 0.5
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 11% 0% 0% 2% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 8% 0% 0% 2% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +39.2%
Equal in Vitamin C - 0.5

Mars bars and snickers are mostly made of macronutrients mainly focused on refined sugars and saturated fats.

Varieties

In the case of Mars bars, there are different varieties. These are what are available in the market. Some may be discontinued in certain regions.

  • Almond bars
  • Midnight
  • Lite
  • Bisc &
  • Gold
  • Triple chocolate
  • Mix
  • Lava
  • Maple
  • Planets
  • Dark and light
  • Rocks
  • Miniatures
  • 100% caramel
  • Honeycomb
  • Delight
  • XXX
  • Frozen dessert bar
  • Midnight ice cream bars
  • Mini eggs
  • World cup
  • Red
  • Fling
  • Vanilla
  • Chill
  • Loaded

In the case of snickers, there are also many varieties, for example:

  • Original
  • Almond
  • Brownie
  • Protein bar
  • White
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Crisp
  • Hazelnut
  • Crisp duo
  • Peanut butter
  • Minis
  • Bites
  • Mix
  • Duo bar
  • Candy tree
  • Yard

As we can see from the list, there are different varieties for each; there are ice cream versions that also have varieties. Protein bars are available for each, which have a different macronutrient profile and are more expensive.

There are deep-fried versions of mars and snickers. A breading over the bar is done before frying. This is highly filled with refined sugars, fats, and trans fats.

Weight loss and diets

Mars bars and snickers are mostly composed of high amounts of refined sugars and saturated fats; thus, they are not an option to be part of a diet during a weight loss program. It can be called "unnecessary calories"; thus, it is better to avoid them. However, some days when extra tired and nothing is accessible as quickly as a snickers or mars bar, they serve as a great energy booster and help maintain sugar levels in case of hypoglycemia.

Keto

Mars and Snickers bars are forbidden to be consumed on a keto diet. They are packed with refined sugars and have very high carb levels. Thus avoid at all costs.

Vegan

Mars and snickers contain milk and egg products; thus, they should be avoided during the vegan diet. However, they are considered vegetarian. It is important to take into consideration their high amounts of sugars and fats.

Health impacts

Cardiovascular health

Refined sugars and high amounts of saturated fats are some of the main risks of increased cardiovascular diseases. As mentioned above in the macromolecular section, both mars bar and snickers contain high amounts of saturated fats and refined sugars. These are one of the main factors of increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. (1)

This study shows no association with

Diabetes

Diabetes and metabolic disorders are some of the main reasons for high mortality among populations. High caloric intake, high amounts of saturated fats, and refined sugars are the main reasons to increase risks of developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. (2) Mars bar and snickers bar fit the category of high saturated fat and high sugar foods.

Cancer

Mars and snickers contain high amounts of sugars which are directly indicative of increased risks of cancer. The increased risk of cancer development is between 23% and 200%, which is highly significant. (3)

Guidelines

Overall, guidelines indicate that to maintain good cardiovascular health regarding diet restrictions and control, there has to be a reduction of saturated fat and reduced intake of refined sugars. The saturated fat intake shouldn't surpass 10% of the total caloric intake. (4)

References

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26586275/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11508264/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29801420/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5642188/
Article author photo Jack  Yacoubian
Education: Haigazian Medical University
Last updated: September 02, 2021

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Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
MARS Snickers
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient MARS Snickers Opinion
Net carbs 70.4g 60.95g MARS
Protein 4.28g 6.86g Snickers
Fats 19.32g 24.38g Snickers
Carbs 72.4g 62.85g MARS
Calories 475kcal 488kcal Snickers
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 58.94g 46.54g Snickers
Fiber 2g 1.9g MARS
Calcium 90mg 90mg
Iron 0.86mg 0.68mg MARS
Magnesium mg mg
Phosphorus mg mg
Potassium mg mg
Sodium 136mg 189mg MARS
Zinc mg mg
Copper mg mg
Vitamin A 167IU 120IU MARS
Vitamin E mg mg
Vitamin D IU IU
Vitamin D µg µg
Vitamin C 0.5mg 0.5mg
Vitamin B1 mg mg
Vitamin B2 mg mg
Vitamin B3 mg mg
Vitamin B5 mg mg
Vitamin B6 mg mg
Folate µg µg
Vitamin B12 µg µg
Vitamin K µg µg
Tryptophan mg mg
Threonine mg mg
Isoleucine mg mg
Leucine mg mg
Lysine mg mg
Methionine mg mg
Phenylalanine mg mg
Valine mg mg
Histidine mg mg
Cholesterol 12mg 9mg Snickers
Trans Fat 0.131g 0.394g MARS
Saturated Fat 11.651g 12.703g MARS
Monounsaturated Fat g g
Polyunsaturated fat g g

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
MARS Snickers
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
Vitamin Summary Score
1
MARS
1
Snickers
Mineral Summary Score
10
MARS
10
Snickers

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
Protein
26%
MARS
41%
Snickers
Carbohydrates
72%
MARS
63%
Snickers
Fats
89%
MARS
113%
Snickers

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Snickers
Snickers is lower in Sugar (difference - 12.4g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Snickers
Snickers is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 3mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Snickers
Snickers is lower in glycemic index (difference - 11)
Which food contains less Sodium?
MARS
MARS contains less Sodium (difference - 53mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
MARS
MARS is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.052g)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. MARS - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168814/nutrients
  2. Snickers - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169663/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.