A while back I tried formulating my own protein bar from my home kitchen. It didn’t work out. Food science is best left to the professionals.
I wanted to formulate my own bars because the other bars on the market suffered from the same problems.
Protein bars are loaded with poor quality protein (gelatin), sugar, and the rest of the ingredients list looks like a recipe for Frankenstein’s candy bar.
These are legit. Look at the ingredients:
Protein blend (whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate), isomalto-oligosaccharides* (100% natural prebiotic fiber), almonds, water, apples, natural flavors, sea salt, cinnamon, lo han guo, sucralose.
Milk protein is a slower absorbing protein. It takes longer for the body digest, and thus leaves you feeling full longer.
Isomaltooligosaccharide sounds kind of freaky, but is actually really good for you for two reasons.
When you eat bread, your body breaks the break down into glucose molecules. The glucose is then used for energy or is stored as fat. Bread is no different from sugar.
Isomaltooligosaccharides aren’t broken down into glucose. There is no blood sugar spike associated with IMOs and IMOs are not stored as fat. Instead, something interesting happens.
Yogurt is good for you because of the beneficial bacteria – the probiotics. When you eat yogurt, you are literally putting bacterial into your body.
When you eat isomaltooligosaccharide, you are feeding those bacteria, increasing the population of probiotics in your gastrointestinal tract. Whatever the bacteria doesn’t break down passes through your colon, leading to epic shits.
Each of these protein bars has 17 grams of isomaltooligosaccharides. That’s a lot of food for your probiotics and the undigested fiber will give you remarkable shits. Check them out or buy them on Amazon.
If you order from iHerb with coupon code EKO606, you’ll save $10 on your first order. Even if it’s not your first order, you’ll receive free shipping on orders over $20.
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