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Sep 18 2012

Five Reasons Why Most Protein Bars Might as Well Be Candy

Published by at 7:20 am under Editorial

Have you ever wondered why those protein bars you buy in a deli when you need a quick fix taste so good?  Ever wonder why the hell they’re sweeter than most candy bars?  Well for starters it’s because they ARE sweeter than most candy bars.  In fact, they’re probably less healthy too.

By simply doing an ingredient check you’ll find that all those “healthy” bars you have been eating aren’t exactly healthy.  Hell a Snickers bar is probably better for you.

Here are five things to watch out for when you get one of these bars….

H/T to Dale’s Raw Foods for the info

Soy Protein Isolate 

Sounds so healthy right?  It just seems good right?  This is one of the most prevalent protein sources you’ll find in protein bars, especially those marketed to women. Most advertisers would have you believe that soy is an excellent protein source for women and men.  However,  in reality, studies have indicated that these soy isoflavones can actually be toxic because of how the soy is processed (fermented soy products such as tofu are fine, just fyi).  So it ain’t as natural and great as you would think.   In addition,  Soy Protein isolate was actually considered a waste product in soy processing until recently.  It’s cheap and definitely not a high-quality protein. It should be avoided.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

AKA even sweeter than sugar.  And most if not all protein bars carry way too much of this stuff.  It’s why some of them are even sweet than actual candy bars.

Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil

Palm kernel oil is a cheap, unhealthy fat. Unlike plain palm oil palm kernel oil can’t be obtained organically. Instead, the oil must be extracted from the pit with a gasoline-like hydrocarbon solvent.  If you see this in the ingredients you should pass on this bar.

Sugar Alcohols

Sugar alcohols are included in bars for sweetness…especially in bars that are “carb controlled”.  Sugar alcohols don’t impact blood sugar as much as regular sugar because they’re not well absorbed in the digestive tract…and when things aren’t well absorbed in the digestive tract you get gas, abdominal cramping, and bloating.  In small amounts, sugar alcohols aren’t a big problem, but if you start getting into the double digits of grams of sugar alcohol (and many low-carb bars are in the 20 gram range), then you can start to see unpleasant digestive issues.

Artificial Sweeteners

These include saccharin, sucralose, and aspertame.  You can do your research and decide for yourself the risks of ingesting artificial sweeteners.  Personally I don’t think it’s a good idea to mess with these.





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