The 5 WORST protein bar ingredients… (Do YOUR bars have these?)

Do you eat protein bars?

I mean they so convenient, yet so full of garbage!

They hold the promise of being healthy, easy and full of life-giving, muscle-building protein.

But have you ever taken a minute to look actually look at what’s Really IN them?

I think you’re going to be in for a shock when you read the TRUTH about the ingredients in some of the most popular protein bars on the market right now.

Let’s get right to it…



#1 – Soy Protein Isolate (SPI)

This is, unfortunately, one of the most prevalent protein sources you’ll find in protein bars, especially those marketed to women. This marketing would have you believe that soy is an excellent protein source for women because of the isoflavones found in it. But studies have indicated that these soy isoflavones can actually be TOXIC because of how the soy is processed.

100% Soy Protein - Good or Bad ?

In addition, SPI was actually considered a WASTE product in soy processing until recently, when it was discovered that money could be made by passing it off as a protein source. It’s cheap and definitely NOT a high-quality protein. It should be avoided.

And the final nail in the soy coffin:
GMO. A very high percentage of the soy grown in the United States is from genetically modified organisms (GMO). They don’t currently have to be labeled as such but if you’re buying any sort of processed food, chances are good you’re getting a GMO-sourced product.



#2 – High Fructose Corn Syrup

This is an easy one to figure out…
The adverse health effects of it are well documented (contrary to what the commercials from the Corn Growers Association claim – those are truly among the most annoying commercials in existence, trying to make people who question corn syrup look stupid).

It’s one of the WORST things you can eat and yet there are still bars that use it as a primary ingredient.

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP



#3 – 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. The fractioned form is the most processed… If you see that in the ingredients, you should definitely avoid it.

Palm Kernal Oil



#4 – Sugar Alcohols

This includes ingredients like Maltitol Syrup, Xylitol, Sorbitol, Lactitol, Mannitol, and Erythritol. Sugar alcohols are included in bars for sweetness – especially in bars that are “carb controlled”.

Sugar Alcohols - What The Heck Is That?

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, things happen (if you know what I mean).

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 have 20+ grams), THEN you can start to see unpleasant digestive issues.



#5 – Artificial Sweeteners

I won’t get into the whole debate about whether artificial sweeteners are bad for you or not and what they turn into in your body, etc…

Personally, I’m of the mindset that if it’s created by science, chances are good your body won’t recognize it and won’t be able to metabolize it into something actually good for you. Therefore, I try and stay away from artificial sweeteners as much as I possibly can. I find the actual natural flavor of real food to be pretty good 😉

Say No To Artificial Sweeteners




In Summary…

Those are my Top 5 Worst Protein Bar Ingredients

And you will actually find bars that contain ALL 5 of these ingredients in them.

The main problem I have with the vast majority of protein bars today is that at their most base level, they’re deceptive. The bars are put forward as convenient, healthy alternatives to food for “on the go” people. Yet when you take a close look at the ingredients, they’re actually WORSE for you than most candy bars.

Obviously money is the biggest factor…

Companies that use high-quality ingredients in their bars have to charge more for them in order to stay in business. Hence the brick-like slop sold in bar form that you’ll find in the grocery store aisles today.


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Organic dates, pea protein, hemp protein, rice protein, almond butter, hazelnuts, coconut nectar, dried raspberries, raw cacao, coconut oil, stevia, and water.

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Lee Hayward

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Leave A Reply (17 comments so far)


  1. Hector
    3 years ago

    Lee,
    As always a fan of your post always help me keep my fitness nutrition and routine up to par. This post was and eye opener since I use Cliff’s protein bar and was the closest to “natural” I believed. But now definetly going to order from Dale.
    Most of the protein powders are out of stock. Any suggestions flavor wise? for bars as well? going to order a bunch.
    Thanks again for what you do.

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  2. leehayward
    3 years ago

    Hector:
    Lee,
    As always a fan of your post always help me keep my fitness nutrition and routine up to par. This post was and eye opener since I use Cliff’s protein bar and was the closest to “natural” I believed. But now definetly going to order from Dale.
    Most of the protein powders are out of stock. Any suggestions flavor wise? for bars as well? going to order a bunch.
    Thanks again for what you do.

    ========================

    I like the chocolate flavor ones the best…

    So bars like would be my top pick:

    Raspberry Hazelnut – A chocolate date base with real dried raspberries and raw hazelnuts.

    Chocolate Chia Maca – Not too sweet, chewy, and delicious – infused with goji’s and raisins.

    Chocolate Almond Coconut – A great tasty blend that’s good for you.

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    3 years ago

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    3 years ago

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    3 years ago

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    3 years ago

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  7. Jerry
    2 years ago

    Lee,
    I was always told that if total fat made up half of the calorie count that you should stay away from it. What is your take on that? It seems as though there is a lot of fat in these bars. I would really enjoy a decent protein bar that wasn’t a fake; this one is as close as I have seen, so far.

    Thanks,

    Jerry C.

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  8. Loganmikevick
    2 years ago

    Hey I got a question, should i not be eating stevia then? I usually only put one packet in my oatmeal because I find oatmeal pretty dull, should i cut it out from my nutrition overall or is one packet of stevia not going to have any affects?

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  9. leehayward
    2 years ago

    Loganmikevick:
    Hey I got a question, should i not be eating stevia then? I usually only put one packet in my oatmeal because I find oatmeal pretty dull, should i cut it out from my nutrition overall or is one packet of stevia not going to have any affects?

    Stevia is a natural sweetener that you can eat. Dale even uses it in his protein bars.

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  10. leehayward
    2 years ago

    Jerry:
    Lee,
    I was always told that if total fat made up half of the calorie count that you should stay away from it. What is your take on that? It seems as though there is a lot of fat in these bars. I would really enjoy a decent protein bar that wasn’t a fake; this one is as close as I have seen, so far.

    Thanks,

    Jerry C.

    More than just fat, you should really look at the overall ingredients of the bar. If the fat comes from natural organic sources it’s not bad, but if it’s from Palm kernel oil like mentioned above I’d stay away from them.

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  11. Alex
    2 years ago

    This was very eye opening. Next time I’m in the store I’m going to have to take a closer look at the ingredients in the bars i’m buying. Thanks!

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  12. Ben
    2 years ago

    Hey Lee

    I thought Erythritol wasn’t too bad? Isn’t it made from plants and fruits?

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  13. leehayward
    2 years ago

    Ben,

    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 have 20+ grams), THEN you can start to see unpleasant digestive issues.

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  14. Ben
    2 years ago

    leehayward,

    Hi Lee

    Have you tried Quest protein bars? I tend to order those when I feel like some protein bars because Dale’s website has quite a tedious process for International shipping.

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  15. Phil
    2 years ago

    I never knew how bad soy protein isolate and fractionated palm kernel were. Will definitely keep an eye out for those ingredients when I’m choosing my protein bars next time!

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  16. josian
    2 years ago

    hi lee:
    i am eating a protein bar that is call:
    “oh yeah!” is a protein bar that it taste very good!
    i have a question for you: is it okay that i eat that
    kind of protein bar that i mention?
    thank you!
    your friend,
    josian.

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  17. Johnny fever
    4 months ago

    I don’t eat bars I just drink in bars.

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