I have recently been learning about MSG because I am very sensitive to it. Sugar alcohols in the quantities found in these bars are also not a healthy food, especially not if a person has any hint of a liver problem. Nice article on protein bars. I believe in the company and I want to make sure that my clients have as much honest transparency as humanly possible. I recently discovered the raw rev glo bars and although the fat is a little higher than my ideal, everything else looks good. I wish I did, but unfortunately not. I am one of those who tends to throw all kinds of things at Shaklee.
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! Lauren from The Holy Kale broke down some of the most popular bars.
Hi Shannon, upon looking at the products I am not a huge fan. I always recommend using products that are closest to food and these have little resemblance. One of the big ingredients that I never ever recommend people to eat is Sucralose. This is an artificial sugar that can not only cause intestinal distress gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation etc. The bars also use soy, and corn syrup, both of which are genetically modified foods and I do not see a seal for Non-GMO.
GMO foods have been thought to lead to liver and kidney damage, birth defects, and cancers. If you just take a look at their ingredients I think you will quickly see how you can barely recognize any of the ingredients as REAL food i. I hope this helps! Can you pass over a link? What are your thoughts on Perfect Bars? I only eat the vegan and the ones with almond butter though. Nice job with a couple of exceptions.
Agave frequently has more fructose than HFCS. No one should be eating agave. Sugar alcohols in the quantities found in these bars are also not a healthy food, especially not if a person has any hint of a liver problem. Have you tried Qia bars?
I am an avid user and distributor of Shaklee products. I like them best because they give me the Leucine I need to retain my lean muscle mass.
Have you ever heard of Shaklee? I would be interested in knowing your opinion so that I can follow up with Shaklee corporate on any concerns you may have with Shaklee products.
I always appreciate feedback from professional like yourself because I know that the assessment will be educated and honest. I am one of those who tends to throw all kinds of things at Shaklee. I believe in the company and I want to make sure that my clients have as much honest transparency as humanly possible.
Hi Jen, overall the products are not harmful, although I always like working with foods that are more nutrient-dense, and more plant-based. There are many companies out there that make shake powders using dehydrated foods rather than additives. As for the snacks, they are kindave like eating air since they are made with low nutrition carbs such as potato starch, and soy flour. I would rather see a cracker made with nuts, seeds, and whole grains, like the brand Marys Gone Crackers.
The reason being is that you are eating, but the body is not getting enough nutrition. As a result this can cause one to eat MORE food, preventing weight loss if that is the goal. Finally, as for the supplements, I never recommend tablets. These are VERY hard for the body to absorb, leaving the nutrients unavailable to the body.
In addition, they use many additives glues and binders that are hard on the body. Finally, tablets use heat which can damage the nutrients of the supplement. Overall, tablets are the least effective way to get nutrition. I always use powder filled, veggie caps or liquids. Andrew Weil and Dr. Oz have asked us to completely remove agave from our kitchens because it can harm us. Hey Russell, yes there are so many more bars to add.
I will put it on my list. As for the agave, fortunately the Organic Food Bars no longer use agave. The Raw Revolution do, so those are not ideal in terms of the sugar content. I am very aware of the information out there about agave, and its health detriments, so I will be updating soon. Thank you so much for your interest! Your work helped me avoid a choice that would have been bad for me.
Oh that is so great to hear Kelly! Can you tell me if Arbonne nutrition bars are safe to consume? I was told they are GMO free and organic. Hi Ara, here are the ingredients: The only thing I would check on is the natural flavors to make sure it is not MSG.
Finally, it has added vitamins and minerals which is okay… but definitely not my choice way of getting nutrition. I always prefer to get it from the natural food ingredients themselves. I do not see a certified Non-GMO label or organic certification so that means that it is not certified as either. Thanks for compiling such an extensive list of nutrition bars!
Most companies loosely use the words organic and certified organic as nothing more than marketing. I noticed a number of bars were missing the USDA certification. Just food for thought! Hi Devin, thanks for bringing up the certification issue but it is not exactly how you stated. All organic products may have a non-organic, but natural preservative such as salt, or sodium bicarbonate, because these ingredients cannot be found organic in a very limited amount.
I was diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer,it was precancerous, everything seems good so far, my lesion was fueled on estrogen I read that soy is no good for me. I love Luna Bars but it contains soy protein isolate soy lecithin is there enought in a luna bar that I should not eat, because I think they will fuel the estrogen.
If you could can you email me. Hi Debbie, If I were you I would avoid eating them. This is the safest choice and there are lots of other bars out there that do not contain soy. That way there is no chance at all that it may be interacting with your hormone levels. Best of luck with your recovery! These include protein bars that use natural flavors and no un-saturated fat, powders that you can transform into shakes and mix with fruit to make them […].
I am so impressed with you! You are really sweet to answer each person, and you really seem informed about nutrition. I am on the hunt for a healthy bar, and I noticed this article is a little dated.
Have you discovered anything new? I am looking for something really low in sugar, and fairly low in fat because I tend to eat a lot of bars. Do you have something very low in sugar that you could recommend?
I would love something with stevia or monk fruit but nothing with sucralose or aspartame. I have found a few options, but they all seem to have one drawback or another. I would really appreciate your help. Hey jean — try Oatmega Bars.
I am loving these at the moment. They are only 5 grams of sugar and 14 g of grass-fed whey. They use Monk Fruit for a sweetener. Give them a try! I have recently been learning about MSG because I am very sensitive to it. I had to rule out the Oatmega bars because of this reason. Whey protein isolate is another name for MSG and so is vegetable glycerin and natural flavors.
I seem to really react to vegetable glycerin. Here is a link with a list of ingredients to watch out for: The list is pretty extensive, and some of the items may not contain MSG. I think he was erring on the side of overly cautious. I recently discovered the raw rev glo bars and although the fat is a little higher than my ideal, everything else looks good. I am also considering giving the Epic bar a try in the salmon or chicken sriracha flavors. They advertise no MSG.
I am almost to the point of making my own, but it seems like a lot of work. Hi Jean, thanks for writing in. I know there is a lot of information about MSG on the web, but whey protein isolate, vegetable glycerin and natural flavors are not another name for added MSG. This is a big misconception. Potentially what you are looking at is that some foods are naturally in glutamate, a nonessential amino acid. The glutamate in MSG is chemically indistinguishable from glutamate present in food proteins.
Our bodies ultimately metabolize both sources of glutamate in the same way. If you are sensitive to glutamate in general, there is a neurotransmitter, which opposes glutamate, which has a calming effect. This is GABA, gamma amino butyric acid. It is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. As for bars, Epic, being a protein food may not be the best choice. There are many other bars like Lara bars that should be fine for you to eat.
Or, like you mention, make your own! They are really easy to make. I make a couple bar recipes from the cookbook Superfood Snacks , which is delicious and easy. Are there any that use very minimal sweetner non-processed of course? I would look at the Raw Rev Glo bars. The creamy peanut butter only has 2 grams sugar from natural sources, and no agave. The other flavors may have one or two more grams.
Very interesting analysis and feedback. Pretty good, a little higher in sugar, and there roasted nuts, which is not ideal. Overall way better than other bars.
How about just making your own? I got tired of spending money on the latest bar that is nothing more than a glorified candy bar. Always a great idea! I just made these Matcha Green Granola bars! Thank you for this list and the updates. A couple of things. When I clicked on one of the product links, it took me to Amazon. While Amazon can be great, I want to caution everyone that the prices on Amazon can be quite high.
While on Amazon, however, I found a review that mentioned Sprouted Minds bars. They have to be refrigerated and are expensive but am wondering if you have tried them. The other problem is that I would like to try one of a bar to make sure I like them before buying a box. Hi Karen — yes absolutely, there are other ways you can get bars other than Amazon. I link to amazon because it is accessible to everyone no matter where they live. There are so many people that do not have access to whole foods or natural food stores so at least they can get them through the internet.
As for the Sprouted Minds bars, I have never seen those but they look good! I would suggest contacting the company to see if they have sample bars. Many do and that way you can try them before committing to a full box.
Byninfirnation I mean scientific, peer reviewed studies. Sucralose causes health problems. What health problems and where are the scientific studies proving this?
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