Think Again About Your Protein Bar

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Think Again About Your Protein Bar

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Think Again About Your Protein Bar

INGREDIENTS: PROTEIN BLEND (WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE), GLYCERIN, COATING (MALTITOL, PALM KERNEL OIL, COCOA POWDER, MILK FAT, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLA EXTRACT), MALTITOL, COCOA SOY CRISPS (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, COCOA, TAPIOCA STARCH), COCOA POWDER, GROUND PEANUTS, WATER, CANOLA OIL, NATURAL FLAVORS, SOY LECITHIN.
CONTAINS: MILK, PEANUTS, SOY.
MANUFACTURED IN A PLANT THAT ALSO PROCESSES EGGS, PEANUTS AND TREE NUTS.
GLUTEN FREE

Think Again About Your Protein Bar!

When I went to the Think Thin website I got warm fuzzies because it seems like they have the same marketing department as Kashi and it makes you feel like you just walked into the first Whole Foods in the 90’s. Then, upon closer examination, I realized that it is just like all the other bars on the market which are full of processed garbage!

The site features a touching story about the Mom and daughter creator who are both gluten sensitive and I do feel for them, but the reality is that people who have gluten sensitivity do not need to be eating most of the other stuff in this bar either. People who have gluten sensitivity usually have an irritated gut lining and may react to many of the other ingredients in these bars.

Whey Protein Isolate:  Most whey  protein isolate comes from unhealthy feedlot cows whose milk is subjected to high heat during ultra pasteurization. Also this whey is exposed to acids during processing creating a product that breaks down muscle and metabolism. Another issue is that milk that is not organic may have artificial Rbst growth hormone originally made by Monsanto. Also whey can be broken down during processing so that it is oxidized causing free radical damage which promotes accelerated aging. A better choice is whey protein concentrate that is cold processed from grass fed cows which is full of muscle building leucine and fat burning conjugated linoleic acid.

Soy Protein Isolate: This is an ingredient that is usually genetically modified in the U.S. meaning we are the lab rats undergoing testing for the product. Soy allergies doubled in western countries shortly after GMO’s were introduced in the 1990’s and SPI may also contribute to autoimmune conditions. SPI has trypsin inhibitors which means that it causes poor digestion by interfering with proper stomach acid production for assimilating food. It can also slow down thyroid function causing metabolic disruption and weight gain. Soy was not approved for food until 1959 and it was originally used for paint and as a flame retardant by the military. According to Dr. Michael Lam soy contains phytoestrogens, which interrupt proper hormone functioning, increase infertility and promote female cancers in women. Dr Lam also writes that soy can increase the need for bone building vitamin D and blocks absorption of important minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Maltitol: Is a sugar alcohol that can cause gas and diarrhea in most people. It is also a GMO corn crop that has unknown effects on digestion and overall health. GMO corn products have shown to have severe affects on animals in studies such as cancer and infertility.
Canola Oil: Is genetically modified oil from the rapeseed which has to be bleached and deodorized several times leading to an oxidized and rancid oil that can cause carb cravings. Ask yourself ….Can you eat just one Lay’s chip? I don’t think anyone can only eat one chip. Also canola oil contains trans-fats which are formed during processing According to Dr. Cate Shanahan author of Deep Nutrition. When we do not eat enough natural fats like grass fed butter or beef tallow our body will crave sugar and high glycemic carbs.
Soy Lecithin: Chris Kresser has said that small amounts of soy lecithin are not harmful but the problem is no one knows how much is in this product. According to Kayla Daniel PhD. author of The Whole Soy Story soy lethicin is a waste product from the production of soybean oil. According to Russell Blaylock M.D., when soy is processed at high heat it can have brain damaging effects similar to MSG. In the The Taste That Kills neurosurgeon Russel Blaylock discusses how excitotoxins from proccessed soy (and aspartame) can contribute to obesity.
Palm Kernel Oil: This is one ingredient you probably thought was bad but according to Mary Enig Phd. it is a very stable oil that has beneficial lauric acid that is antimicrobial and immune supporting. Palm Kernel Oil comes from the seed of the palm fruit and it has lauric acid which is an easily burned short chain saturated fat which is also found in breast milk the perfect human food! If anything we need more foods with real natural fats to keep us from constantly craving foods like The Think Thin Bar. If you really want something that will give you awesome energy try some coconut butter.
Peanuts: are not worst thing in the world but they are hard to digest because they are legume seeds that are trying to survive our systems to make it into the ground to germinate. If you want to eat peanuts I would suggest soaking them and sprouting them to reduce these anti-nutrtients. According to the EWG.org peanuts are one of the foods that is the most contaminated with pesticides because they are planted in old cotton fields. I would always get organic peanuts if you are going to eat them.

Two snack bars I do recommend: here and here

Please don’t fall for the hype and marketing. If the food has a label you should probably keep walking. If your food has more than a few ingredients that you can’t pronounce it is probably not the best choice. Just eat real food people!

If you need more snack suggestions read my article here.

Sources:

Dr. Mercola Whey Protien You Should Never Buy

Institute for Responsible Technology

ehow.com

Russell Blaylock M.D

The Whole Soy Story By Kaayla Daniel PhD.

Dr. Michael Lam

Deep Nutrition by Dr Cate Shanahan

Healthy Home Economist