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I usually try a different bar every month while searching for the, "next great thing." My criteria is: No sugar alcohols, no trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup when possible, at least 25g of protein, at least 2-3g of fiber. My normal go to bar has been the MetRX Colossal bar for taste, but recently I've developed a sensitivity to high amounts of gluten so while I haven't eliminated it totally from my diet, I do try to find areas where I can substitute gluten free items.
(Scale of 1 to 5. 5 being the best)
Taste = 5. This is, without a doubt, the best tasting protein bar I've ever consumed. It has a light, soft texture similar to a "Whatchamacallit" bar but I would say it tastes even better. It truly is a delicious all natural, protein laden, candy bar.
Nutrition = 4. I give it a 4 because the abundance of soy protein versus using higher caliber Whey Isolate exclusively or primarily in the protein mix. It also does not include many amino acids (BCAA's), vitamins or supplements (creatine, Taurine, etc..) like many high end protein bars include. If you look at it objectively, you are starring at a somewhat all natural candy bar that happens to include 30g of protein. I do like the all natural ingredients, and 22g of sugar is a bit high but better than many full meal replacement bars (Example: Colossal bars have 28g).If you do not like sugar replacements (Sucralose, Aspartame), this is a good choice, but if sugar is of any concern, this is not the bar for you. As always, a homemade protein shake gives you better control over ingredients and is healthier overall. For sheer strength training/cardio recovery, the best is still nitrotech bars. They provide the best recovery I've ever experienced after heavy lifting (squats, chest, back) or endurance training (4+ mile runs, sports, hiking).
Gastro agreement = 4. This bar sits very well after consumption with no feelings of bloating or cramping which is very important. Listen to your body. If something doesn't sit well and has you queasy, bloated or feeling like you can't function with a lot of energy, something is not compatible with you and you should shop around and try different products/items till you find something that works for you. Gluten factor aside, some bars and shakes sit very heavy. The true test is can you consume it and then workout a few hours later without cramping or feeling heavy. This is the type of bar you can consume and go work out a few hours later with no ill effects. I find Colossal Bars sit just a tad better, but this one is still top 3 (Original Detour High protein bar before they switched to sugar alcohols, Colossal Bar and this one). If you're strength training, a whole bar and a glass of milk makes for a great meal a few hours before lifting. If you're doing cardio for fat burning, I'd wait to eat it after, or if it is distance training, half a bar and a half serving of milk and my 5 mile run was on turbo jets.
Price = 3. Hopefully with larger distribution, the price will go down. I can purchase Colossal bars at $2/ea in bulk. These average ~50% higher at ~$3.06/ea in bulk.
Overall = 4. With it's all natural ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup, gluten free, 30g of protein and excellent taste, I'd recommend this bar. If you require a higher nutrient factor with better quality of protein and/or more supplements (BCAAs, creatine, Taurine, etc..), I'd look elsewhere.