Whether you’re looking for a snack on a long hike, need a quick pick-me-up between meetings, or are searching for an after-dinner snack, the right organic protein bar can be a convenient way to satisfy hunger, sustain energy or curb that sweet tooth.Many protein bars today are made with sugar, GMOs, and highly processed ingredients that are unhealthy for our bodies. With so many options out there, choosing the right organic protein bar can be a challenge. Like all food, the best organic protein bars should enhance physical energy, nourish both mind and body with simple, easy-to-read ingredients that our bodies can recognize.
In order to assist you in choosing the right healthy organic protein bars, we have compiled a list of ingredients that should be avoided:Artificial sugar and sweeteners (sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, sugar alcohols such as xylitol or sorbitol). These are synthetic sugar substitutes and are not metabolized by our bodies because our bodies do not have the enzymes needed to digest them. This is the reason why people may experience digest upset or bloating after having a protein bar with these ingredients.
Preservatives are put in protein bars to help them have a longer shelf life. If you cannot pronounce the ingredient, best to avoid the bar.
Soy, one of the top dietary allergens, has also been linked to chronic inflammation. The most serious problem with soy is the phytoestrogens. They are similar enough to estrogens to cause significant endocrine disruption in the body. Also, if it is not organic, it is most likely GMO.
What to look for in a healthy organic protein bar:
- Whole food ingredients that you recognize on the label. Ingredients that if they were separated from the bar, they could each be eaten individually.
- Healthy fats that are sourced from nuts or nut butters. These are rich in antioxidants and will help keep you satiated. They are also a good source of protein and fiber.
- Sugars that are naturally occurring such as dates or coconut nectar. These ingredients have health benefits and are naturally sweet. For example, dates are high in fiber and promote healthy digestion.