Protein Bars

At the shop they’ve discontinued some of our top-selling protein bars, so we have been on the hunt for something to replace them with. While researching something else, I ran across some information on bars, that I found not only fascinating, but ironic since we’ve been looking into bars. Let’s face it, we are busy and we need something we can eat on the go. Most of don’t have time, nor care to eat whole foods all day. For the convenience of our clients we have therefore been searching the best alternative. It’s no secret that the supplement industry is huge and filled with advertisements with ripped/athletic individuals promoting their products for weight-loss and performance. What should the consumer know before purchasing. Here are some things to think of. In recent years cheap soy and whey protein have been cheap and easy to produce (they are the waste products of the soy oil and cheese industry if you must know), so naturally their inclusion in ‘health’ food products has grown exponentially. The problem with the soy proteins:

  • Phytic acid, enzyme inhibitor, and isoflavones. In order to reduce these, they must be heated at higher temperatures that not only denatures proteins and makes them less available, but also forms nitrates, lysinalanine, and MSG

The whey is processed by drying disgusting skim milk and whey at temps, that can then be put in bars, powders and drinks. Let’s look at what is in some of the most popular bars:

  • Oh Yeah! (the Natural bar): soy crisps, evaporated cane sugar, brown rice syrup, peanut butter, glycerine, dextrose, soy protein isolate, peanut flour, soy lecithin
  • Luna (listed as 70% organic): soy rice crisp, organic soy flour, brown rice syrup, organic pretzels sticks (wheat and canola oil), inulin, dried cane syrup, vegetable glycerin
  • Detour (low-sugar): whey protein blend, glycerin, maltitol, soy lecithin, defatted peanut butter flour, soy protein isolate, poydextrose, sunflower oil, peanut oil, citric acid, sucralose
  • Boulder: apple juice, figs, brown rice syrup, maltodextrin, soy protein isolate, oat bran, oat flour, rice flour
  • Source: wheat flour, whey protein concentrate, defatted peanut flour, fruit juice concentrate, oats, raisins, soy flour, canola oil, pecans
  • Power Bar: High Fructose Corn Syrup, oat bran, maltodextrin, milk protein, brown rice, sesame butter, barley malt, peanut butter
  • Cliff: brown rice syrup, rolled oats, soy nuggets, evaporated cane juice, roasted soy butter, fig past, cocoa, almonds, chocolate chips
  • Atkins Advantage: protein blend, glycerine, polydextrose, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, water, coconut oil, soy nuggets, cellulose, olive oil, sucralose

We’ll have more coming Thursday on soy, but of course there are healthy whole food options like pemmican, cheese, hard cured sausages, and nuts. We have been looking at Quests bars, which I definitely like the list of ingredients better than any of the other bars. So again supplements are a choice, but I would look carefully at the ingredients and select the best one. For more on our fat-burner weight-loss programs check out our website at

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