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The ingredients are not optimal
on 10 December 2015
I wouldn't touch these with a barge pole these days.
They taste nice, and I went through a phase of using these while working out a lot and not having too much time. I found they stalled my progress in getting rid of flab and building muscle. I cut them out and replaced with some nuts or a very plain protein shake (whole food type, no soya or sweeteners) and I immediately (within a week) started getting good results with weights/cardio again.
Here's what they say:
Protein: 20 g
Fibre: 5.1 g
Green Tea and CLA for weight loss
Low GI for sustained energy release
Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate (17%)(from Milk), Milk Protein Isolate, Collagen Hydrolysate, Emulsifier: Soya< Lecthin), Dark Chocolate (14%) (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Flavouring), Sweeteners (Maltitol, Xylitol), Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup, Fructooligosaccharides, Water, L-Carnitine, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (2.5%), Maltodextrin, Flavurings, Caffeine, Green Tea Extract, Vitamin B5, Colours (Caramel E150c, Caramel E150d)
Here's what I say. Sweeteners - Maltitol and Xylitol - and Partially inverted sugar syrup, and the sugar in the chocolate - are just setting yourself up for a whole bunch of pain if you are 'healthy snacking' on sweet stuff (and sweetener - your body reacts in similar ways to sweetener, when it comes to insulin). I follow Dr Gundry's advice and 'retreat from sweet' as much as possible. I try to avoid sweetener, except limited stevia. I am not keen on the E numbers either - we don't need more colours and chemicals in our food - I go for whizzing up a hemp protein smoothie with nut milk and cacao or eating a handful of nuts these days, and eating lots of fatty stuff like coconut oil and avocado, and I find my muscle ratio is better and recovery better too, plus no crashes from all the caffeine, sugar, and no worries about fake stuff - colours and chemicals, processed into something pretty.
Too much caffeine - gives me the gurgles, in the gut. Stimulating. Ahem! 125mg per bar. Not necessary.
Now for choc mint, I put a tablespoon of cacao and some mint essence or real mint in my morning smoothie. Boom! And way way cheaper too. I loved the convenience of these bars though. But it's not worth all the other necessary stuff in the bar, screwing up my system!