The Best and Worst Protein and Nutrition Bars

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Organic dates, organic wild blueberries, with organic apple juice concentrate and organic sunflower oil , organic cashews, organic agave nectar, organic walnuts, organic brown rice protein, organic almonds, organic unsweetened lemon juice concentrate. Reply lauren August 31, at 5: Reply Patti November 1, at 3: Reply Bruce Wayne July 5, at 1: The other problem is that I would like to try one of a bar to make sure I like them before buying a box.

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B1], Folic Acid [Vit. B9], Chromium Chloride, Biotin [Vit. Promax protein blend soy protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate , corn syrup, fructose, chocolate flavored coating sugar, fractionated palm kernel oil, cocoa, whey, nonfat milk, soy lecithin, natural flavor , dutch processed cocoa, water, coconut oil, natural flavor, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, guar gum, cocoa, salt, carrageenan, tocopherols.

Protein Blend [ OhYeah! Parabens are a carcinogen that is believed to be linked to reproductive issues, hormone imbalance, neurodegeneration and immune suppression, and are an extremely harmful ingredients for a food bar. Secondly, these bars contain artificial colors which are known to cause hyperactive disorders such as ADD, and may lead to cancer. The next couple are better than the chosen worst, but I would not recommend them either.

They still contain ingredients such as soy, caseinate, natural flavors and unhealthy fats canola oil that I believe are harmful to your health, and are not suitable for a nutritious snack. So please only eat the ones in the GOOD section, capish? Whey protein isolate, soy protein isolate, calcium caseinate, glycerin, coating maltitol, cocoa butter, chocolate, sodium caseinate, milk fat, soy lecithin, natural flavors, salt , maltitol, peanuts, soy crisps soy protein isolate, rice flour, salt , water, peanut flour, canola oil, natural flavors, soy lecithin, sea salt.

E , Beta Carotene Vit. A , Pyridoxine Hydrochloride Vit. B6 , Riboflavin Vit. B2 , Thiamine Mononitrate Vit. B1 , Ergocalciferol Vit. D2 , Folic Acid, Cyanocobalamin Vit. Whole grain oats, sugar, canola oil, yellow corn flour, honey, soy flour, brown sugar syrup, salt, soy lecithin, baking soda, natural flavors.

Protein blend [whey protein isolate, calcium caseinate, whey protein crisps whey protein concentrate, starch, cocoa processed with alkali ], evaporated cane juice syrup, chocolate coating sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, milk fat, lecithin, natural flavor , maltitol, ground almonds, glycerin, sunflower oil, nonfat dry milk, natural flavors, gum arabic, vitamin and mineral blend [potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, ascorbic acid, zinc oxide, niacinamide, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, potassium iodide, vitamin A palmitate , manganese sulfate, biotin, copper gluconate, electrolytic iron, riboflavin, sodium molybdate, pantothenic acid, sodium selenite, thiamin mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine HCI, cholecalciferol, cyanocobalamin, chromium amino acid chelate].

Peanuts, dark chocolate flavored coating sugar, palm kernel oil, cocoa powder, soy lecithin, natural flavor, salt , almonds, glucose syrup, honey, soy protein isolate, peanut butter peanuts, salt , unsweetened chocolate, chicory root fiber, soy lecithin, tapioca starch, sea salt. Not a fan of the added white sugar and glucose syrup not whole food sugar sources or its low nutrition content. Also uses palm oil, a huge contributor to environmental damage and climate change.

Some of the other KIND bars, like the fruit based ones are a better choice if you were to choose to eat one. Still not my favorite though. Complete protein blend organic sprouted whole grain brown rice protein, pea protein , organic tapioca syrup, organic brown rice syrup, organic cane sugar, organic peanut butter, palm kernel oil, organic peanuts, Vega SaviseedTM sacha inchi oil, inulin from chicory root , brown rice crisps, cocoa powder processed with alkali , organic peanut flour, organic agave syrup, sea salt, organic peanut extract, unsweetened chocolate, natural vanilla flavor, sunflower lecithin.

Why it is bad: These bars also contain palm oil which has a severe environmental impact. A lot of food bars contain highly processed ingredients that are difficult to digest and can even be toxic to the body. For example, Balance bars contain an artificial flavor-enhancer, calcium caseinate, which is known to cause migraines and cognitive issues.

In addition to the processing and artificial ingredients, some bars even have added vitamins and minerals. So why is adding vitamins and minerals NOT the healthy choice? The forms of vitamins and minerals that are added into bars are synthetic and therefore difficult to absorb.

In some cases synthetic forms of vitamins can even be toxic, acting as a pro-oxidant, damaging your very cells. Now, this is not what we want from a snack… best to get the vitamins and minerals from whole foods. Finally, I dare you to find more than 3 ingredients in each of these bars that resembles something that you could pick off a tree, pull out of the ground, or forage. Ya, I thought so. Have you ever checked out the sugar content of your bar?

Some bars contain 22 grams of sugar, which is about equal to that of a snickers bar, and worse the sugars are coming from unnatural sources such as high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, cane syrup, sorbital, dextrin etc.

And remember, sugar not only leads to unnecessary weight gain, but it also is the very food that fuels nasty pathogens such as fungus candida , bacteria and cancers, leads to inflammation, depresses the immune system and even negatively affects blood pressure and cholesterol.

We love to eat bars because they taste good and they are easy to grab when on the go, but the problem is that for the most of us they actually do not fill us up, so they end up being more of a snack rather than a meal replacement. Therefore, if you are eating them as a snack, make sure to choose the bars that are about calories or under. Have you heard of hexane? Hexane is actually a constituent of gasoline and a common solvent for extracting oils from foods such as soy and corn.

It is a neurotoxin and a hazardous air pollutant. The following is a list from the Cornucopia Institute that lists the companies that have been thought to utilize hexane-extracted soy. And here you thought I would never get to the good stuff! Organic flax seeds, organic bananas, organic coconut, organic dates. Gluten-free oat flour, organic dates, organic bananas, almonds, organic palm sugar, organic coconut, walnuts, organic cinnamon, wild crafted vanilla, pink Himalayan salt.

Organic prunes, buckwheat groats, papaya, organic mango, pineapple, black lava salt. Organic buckwheat, organic almonds, raw honey, organic flaxseeds, organic coconut, organic cacao nibs, organic sunflower seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, mulberries, organic sesame seeds, cacao butter, spirulina, vanilla bean, sea salt, Vitamin E. Organic brown rice syrup, sunflower seed butter, sprouted brown rice protein, crispy brown rice, fair trade chocolate, puffed brown rice, coconut sugar, flax sprouts, natural vanilla, cinnamon.

Organic gluten-free oats, raw cashews, whey protein concentrate, raisins, cacao, coconut, vanilla beans. Almonds, tapioca syrup, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed protein, pea protein, pea protein crisps pea protein, rice flour , liquid agave inulin, acacia gum, vanilla bean extract, sea salt, monk fruit extract. The following are still good options, but not the ideal. This is because they are either not organic, raw, or are higher in sugar about 15 gram or more per bar. While the sugar comes from natural food sources yay!

If you are exercising heavily, are an athlete or endurance athlete, a growing child, or trying to gain weight, then these bars would be appropriate.

If not, eat wisely. They could be the perfect meal replacement or treat. This bar has about calories and 22 grams of sugar. Dates, egg whites, almonds, cashews, cacao, peppermint oil, sea salt. Organic almond butter, organic honey, nonfat milk powder, organic almond pieces, organic rice protein, dried whole egg powder, organic flax seed oil, organic sunflower seed oil, organic olive oil, organic pumpkin seed oil, dried whole food powders organic flax seed, organic rose-hip, organic orange, organic lemon, organic papaya, organic tomato, organic apple, cherry, red bell pepper, organic alfalfa, organic celery, organic kelp, organic dulse, organic carrot, organic spinach.

Dates, cashews, almonds, lemon, lemon flavor. Organic dates, Amazing Grass Green Superfood organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, organic spirulina, organic spinach, organic chlorella, organic broccoli, organic acai, organic maca, organic carrot, organic beet, raspberry, organic rose hips, organic pineapple, green tea, organic flax lignans, L Acidophilus, alpha and beta amylase, protease, lipase, lactase, cellulase, organic peppermint , organic cashews, organic almond butter, organic almonds, organic sunflower seeds, organic dried cranberries, organic pumpkin seeds, organic dried coconut, organic vanilla extract.

Not all Quest bars are a healthy choice. Always check the label. Agave, a form of fructose sugar, can increase the risk for weight gain, especially belly fat, and may increase insulin resistance for both diabetics and non-diabetics when eaten in higher amounts. So, if you must eat these bars, eat in moderation and on occasion. Almond butter, organic tapioca syrup, agave syrup, whey protein blend whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, whey protein hydrolysate , organic dried blueberries, roasted almonds, chicory root fiber, almonds, rice protein concentrate, whey protein crisps whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, tapioca starch, calcium carbonate, sunflower lecithin , sunflower lecithin, vanilla extract, sea salt, mixed tocopherols Natural Vitamin E , natural almond extract.

Organic dates, organic wild blueberries, with organic apple juice concentrate and organic sunflower oil , organic cashews, organic agave nectar, organic walnuts, organic brown rice protein, organic almonds, organic unsweetened lemon juice concentrate.

The good news is that there are so many healthy alternatives out there, so you do not have to worry about eliminating the bad ones. Secondly, if you have not found one that has fit all of your needs, you can choose to make your own bars homemade like these Hemp Bars from My New Roots , or even have them made for you with the website YouBar!

I know that protein bars can get pretty expensive, especially when you are eating one a day, so I suggest buying them by the box. The best way to save money is to purchase them from Thrive Market.

Thrive Market is an online shop that sells health food and products for a discount. Think a healthy Costco. They have a great selection of the food bars mentioned above and at a great price. Check them out at Thrive Market. Another option is to have them shipped from Amazon, which makes them quite affordable. Or ask your local health food store for bulk deals.

I have added links to the bars so you can easily purchase them, simply click on the bars that you like to purchase, and it will take you to an ordering page. And remember, it is always best to have these guys on hand because whenever you are in a pinch, you must be prepared otherwise you could end up eating real junk!

They have a handful of different flavors, Active Greens, Blueberrry, Original etc. As i recall most ingredients are organic but they do taste sugary. The Organic food bars are great, but definitely more of a meal replacement since they are typically calories and 22 g of sugar but natural sugars.

I really love the greens one! What i have noticed about Organic Food Bar is they are getting a tad smaller. Larabars are my favorite! They are perfect for long hikes. Nice article on protein bars. I used to eat power bars a long time ago when I was skiing and hiking. They hold up pretty well when backpacking. What do you think of them? Hey Kelly, I am not crazy about the fact that they use conventional whey and milk because conventional dairy contains hormones and antibiotics, which we do not want.

Plus, I am not a fan of fake sugar, specifically sucralose, or peanuts, which are in some bars. I remember gaining quite a few pounds when I was working all the time and discovered Lara Bars as a snack. What about making your own? Ya, making your own can be a great option, check out that recipe at the bottom of the post by My New Roots… really like that one. I will continue to work on it though! Just something to consider…. Hi Elijah, as I mentioned, and tried to use my words carefully, agave is better than other sweeteners that are used such as High Fructose Corn Syrup, corn syrup and glucose.

It is not as good as raw honey, molasses, maple syrup or sugars from fruits such as figs and dates, but if eaten in moderation I believe it is still an okay option. And about the Kit bars, never saw them before but they actually look pretty good! Really surprising since Clif typically cannot be trusted, but good to know they are trying!

Have you checked out the new kind bars with less sugar — grams. I agree with your comment as it relates to the higher sugar Kind bars but they have improved their choices of late! I wish I could lobby them to remove those things! I was excited about the low sugar and good taste. They are made by Cliff, but claim to only have 5 ingredients at least the Fruit and Nut bar I have in front of me: I always feel suspect of big brands like Clif who also use GMO and non organic ingredients in their other bars, but maybe this is them getting a clue of what we want!

I really, really love this post. This is so necessary. The ingredients matter and this is so important. Thank you for doing all this research!

Thanks for putting together this comprehensive list Lauren. Hey Lauren, have you tried Nakd bars? I eat the cocoa delight ones. If those are the ingredients, the only thing I would be concerned about is raisins. Raisins should always be organic, because they are one of the most highly pesticided fruits grapes. Other than that they sound good though!

You would be surprised once reading the ingredients. It is what I make for my family and friends. Scott and I eat them weekly. Thank you for this post!! Any suggestions of something maybe better than Luna bars and similar even if not as healthy as you or I would eat?

They are a bit high in sugar, but they do have a lot of protein to balance it. What would recommend for those of us with no really food allergies. The bars you are claiming to be the best would put me in the hospital.

As a diabetic, the amount of raw sugar is them is unhealthy. You have to supplement somewhere. Any suggestion would be great. Hi Fred — try these new bars by INBalance. Only 4 grams of sugar. This is a great article! You should check out Raw Crunch bars — only 4 grams of sugar, all natural and organic! I love all the flavors. Where would you rank these bars? I like how they taste, they only have 4 grams of sugar, and have lots oft daily vitamins and minerals. Have you heard of them?

What do you think? Hi Chloe, those are not terrible, but they are not the best either. I also bought Stabilyze bars at Costco and really like them because they really do fill you up for at least 4 hours and have 12 grams of protein. Only tried the Chocolate Thin Mint Cookie ones but they are good and chewy so they feel substantial. Hi Lauren, I have no idea how I landed on this page, but very glad I did. Protein and … — A list of the best and worst protein and nutrition bars. Find out which are the healthiest, lowest in sugar, artificial ingredients and chemicals.

Protein and Nutrition … — A list of the best and worst protein and nutrition bars. Pure Protein bars do have high protein, low sugar, and […]. Cliff bar who makes Luna bar too states on their site that their bars do not have GMOs as an ingreidient but your site says otherwise.

Hi Havi, thanks for bringing this to my attention. You are indeed correct. This was not the case when I wrote the article so I will update. Glad to know they are moving in the right direction! Its authentic version comes straight from Italy and is aged two years. The prices of top-shelf vodkas can be puzzling, given that what comes out of the bottle ends up tasting like… not much.

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