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When you go to your local grocery or health food store, you probably see ten or twenty brands of protein bars, lined up in eye-catching packaging, each promising to supply your body with impressive levels of protein and nutrition.
But is it true? These bars are promoted as:
Most of these claims are overblown. And where they are true, the good usually contain some questionable – and very unhealthy – ingredients.
The reality is that most of these bars have more in common with a glazed donut or a candy bar than a nutritious snack.
Let’s see how this works. Here are the nutrition facts of a generic glazed donut compared to one of the most popular bars on the market: The Clif Bar (we’re not trying to pick on Clif, we just happened to look at the nutrition facts recently).
Clif Bar 
· Calories: 220
· Total fat: 12g
· Saturated fat: 5g
· Net carbs: 24g
· Sugar: 10g
· Fiber: 1g
· Protein: 3g
· Calories: 240
· Total Fat: 5g
· Saturated fat: 1g
· Net carbs: 39g
· Sugar: 22g
· Fiber: 5g
· Protein: 10g
Now, the Clif Bar is promoted as being an energy bar with 70% organic ingredients. The truth? The abundance of carbs and sugar make this product very high on the glycemic index, dangerous for diabetics, and likely to spike your blood sugar, followed by the inevitable crash.
This same problem exists with other “healthy” bars, such as the RXBAR (13 grams of sugar) , the Perfect Bar (18 grams of sugar) , and the Pro Bar Base (13 grams of added cane sugar) .
Right – the low-sugar bars. Everything from Pure Protein Bars, Muscle Milk, and the famous Built Bar promote that they are low in sugar. And while this is true, there’s a saying that applies:
“If it sounds to be too good to be true, it probably is.”
Most “low sugar” bars are made with compounds called sugar alcohols to provide low-carb sweetness, as sugar alcohols are partially resistant to digestion and function like dietary fiber.  They are called sugar alcohols because the chemical composition resembles both a sugar and an alcohol – but it isn’t either one.
Common sugar alcohols include:
Unfortunately, the “free sugar” in sugar alcohol could be classified as too good to be true. While some forms of sugar alcohols appear naturally in various fruits and vegetables, what you get in a protein bar is usually made from plant-based carbs that have been chemically altered. 
Further, sugar alcohols are known to trigger an array of physical problems when consumed regularly:
To give you an idea, the following popular protein bars use sugar alcohols as a sweetener:
Beyond sugar alcohols, most of these bars contain several not-so-great ingredients they use as fillers, additives, cheap protein (soy and whey), and more. Some of the worst ingredients include:
Whey protein has become one of the top supplemental proteins available – partially because it is cheap and easy to produce, and partially because it has a very high bioavailability.
When milk is turned to cheese, the colorless liquid left over is whey, and when it is dried and turned into powder, you have whey protein. It comes in many forms, including:
We avoid whey protein for three reasons:
So, now that you know all the ugly and bad, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s called the BodyHealth Bar.
We carefully researched and developed this bar to be the ideal snack, and the best of both worlds: delicious AND healthy.
We sourced ingredients that are entirely organic, non-GMO, vegan, natural, and healthy, and this revolutionary bar provides:
Let’s face the truth: if you don’t mind the sugar, you can go with one of the entirely fruit and nut-based bars like the RXBAR or Perfect Bar, which are at least honest about what’s in them.
But if you want the ideal, healthy snack for you and your family that offers low carbs, great health benefits, and is safe for virtually anyone – there’s no arguing that the BodyHealth Bar is perfect for you.
If you don’t believe us, check the ingredients and try one yourself!
One of the more popular recent voices on the subject promotes a plant-based diet in a big way: The Game Changers. This Netflix special proposes eliminating meat from your diet and replacing it with plant-based sources of protein and nutrition.
Having spent years as a vegan and understanding the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, I couldn’t help but agree with many of the points brought to light in the film.
As a medical doctor, I saw a fundamental flaw in his information: plant-based proteins do not contain enough of each essential amino acid for most of to provide their bodies the wherewithall to optimize body protein synthesis. This is a fact observed through my own experience, through the experience of my patients, and backed by scientific research.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.