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Healthy Protein Bar Review & Taste Test! | BEST Protein Bars 2019

(upbeat music) – Hey, Munchies, welcome to the channel. If you’re new, I’m Alyssia,
and I am stoked you’re here. Today, I will be testing a
bunch of different protein bars and giving you my thoughts
on taste and health. But of course, that is going
to mean a lot of disclaimers, because health is
relative, and what I choose might not be what you would choose, and that is totally allowed. So truth be told, I don’t
eat protein bars anymore. Truth be told, most people
don’t need to eat protein bars. Truth be told, most people
think they need more protein than they probably do, and truth be told, the quality of protein
in most protein bars isn’t really what I wanna
put in my body for fuel; I would rather consume whole foods. There are going to be a lot of truths to be told in this video, but remember, take what you want, leave what you don’t. There is a lot of information to navigate. First, you have to know why
you’re eating a protein bar. Most of us don’t need as much
protein as we’ve been told. It is not hard to get enough protein from regular whole food sources. Now exercise breaks down muscle protein, so consuming protein after the workout gives our bodies amino
acids to repair and rebuild those proteins, as well as essentially the building blocks to build new muscle. So if you are looking for something to specifically fuel your
recovery after a workout, a protein bar could be
a convenient option. But remember, you don’t not
benefit from the workout if you don’t eat after it. You still did it, and your
body still appreciates it. A lot of people think that
they need a protein bar after, and they end up eating candy in disguise, and essentially negate all
the work that they just did. They would be better off eating
nothing than the candy bar. There are hundreds of bars,
so my approach to this video was simply, “hmm, what would I eat?” Now this video is not sponsored. I went to about five stores,
and just picked out the ones that I thought I might actually consider including in my diet, or recommending to someone else based on the stats. These choices are some of the
cleaner ones I could find, but I will say that I won’t
actually eat all of these, although I will taste them for you today. But first, let me tell
you my protein rules. Number one, protein to calorie ratio. It is a protein bar after all. A lot of bars say protein on the wrapper, and then there’s like, 10 grams
of protein or less, come on. Most people, depends on
who you ask of course, suggest 20 to 40 grams for post-workout. For some, that’s probably
more than we need. For protein, if about
30% of the total calories of the bar can be from
protein, that is great for me. It can’t always happen when adhering to all of my other rules
though, something’s gotta give. Two is carb count, so carbs
are also good post-workout. Carbs combined with protein can maximize protein
and glycogen synthesis. The amount of carbs that you will want will vary based on the
type of exercise you do and your body, of course. An endurance athlete, like
a runner or a swimmer, might need more carbs than
someone doing weightlifting. But maybe not, it depends on what type of weightlifting you’re doing. If you’re not working out as often, you probably need less
carbs for that recovery. So if you’re a regular person like me, just wanting a post-workout bar, I want carbs to be reasonable. I don’t want to consume a piece of cake, but I recognize that some carbs
will help with my recovery. If your goal is to lose weight, you may want to consume, and
need to consume, less carbs. May. Three, less fat for
post-workout specifically. Now don’t get me wrong, fat is great, I am a huge fan of eating a diet higher in healthy dietary fat. But for post-workout, a lot
of times it’s recommended to have less fat, because it
can slow down the absorption of your post-workout
meal, or bar, or whatever. Now it’s not necessarily
going to inhibit the benefits, but if I can limit the fat
I eat after exercise, I do. Also, I want any fat that is in the bar to come from healthy, natural sources. Four, low sugar. Carbs are okay, sugar I
try to stay away from, especially added sugar. I think sugar being low is more important than calories or carbs being too high. Five, fiber and net carbs. Fiber is good, so sure, look for more. But most bars these days
use fake fiber sources like IMOs, isomalto-oligosaccharides, inulin, or chicory root flavor, soluble corn fiber, et cetera. These are sneaky, because
they do add fiber, but they aren’t whole foods. They should not be our
main source of fiber. And for a lot of people,
they cause digestion issues. And especially for IMO fiber,
there have been studies showing that there is not a
universal blood sugar response, meaning that some people
do digest the carbs, even though they’re
supposed to be indigestible. Net carbs are carbs minus fiber. Some people like to think
that only net carbs count; I don’t recommend this approach. Carbs are carbs, and fake fiber
is not going to be processed like it would with whole foods. I’m not saying that you
should avoid it completely, and if you don’t have
the digestive distress, then it might be fine for you, but don’t use it as
your main fiber source, and don’t think that the
calories or carbs don’t count. Six, ingredients. So for me, no aspartame. I don’t personally like to
consume sucralose either, some of these bars do have sucralose, they would not be a
part of my regular diet. I would go for stevia,
monk fruit, or erythritol. You can check out my Sweeteners
101 video for more on that. I also prefer dairy-free,
because dairy doesn’t love me, but whey is dairy, so it’s hard
to avoid for a lot of bars. We’ll talk about that more. Seven, complete proteins. So not all bars contain complete proteins. I’m going to touch on
the importance of this. And number eight, of course, taste. And… Let’s do it. So I did a video years ago,
and it needed an update, because there are so
many new bars out there. I saw a few I was excited about, two of which were these
collagen-based bars: the Bulletproof collagen
bar, apple pie flavor, and the Primal Kitchen
coconut cashew collagen bar. These bars have pretty clean ingredients compared to mainstream bars. Downside, they only have
12 to 13 grams of protein, and contain 12 grams of fat,
so this is higher in fat and lower in protein than
I’d want for post-workout. But the main downside and reason
I would not recommend this for post-workout specifically
is it’s a collagen-based bar. I might say this could be a snack, although I try not to
turn to bars for snacks, but not for a post-workout bar. So stay with me for a
quick educational detour. Collagen is a type of protein
our bodies produce naturally, but we can also get it from supplements, and it’s made from bones, skin, and cartilage of animals and fish. It has become really popular
lately, and rightfully so, because collagen makes up about 30% of the proteins within the human body. It’s great for joint health,
complexion, and longevity, skin, hair, nails, et cetera. The catch is collagen is
not a complete protein, meaning it doesn’t contain all
of the essential amino acids. There are 20 different amino
acids that can form a protein, and nine that the body
can’t produce on its own, that’s why they are essential. We have to eat them, because
we can’t make them ourselves. Complete proteins can come
from animal and plant sources. So whey and egg protein are
two complete animal forms of protein for instance, and hemp and soy are complete plant-based proteins. Collagen, however, only contains eight of the nine essential amino acids. Now that doesn’t mean
it’s not worth consuming, I have collagen every
morning in my coffee, but for the purposes of the
protein bar like I mentioned for hashtag-gainz, I want
a complete protein option. So let’s give ’em a try. All right. Hmm, okay. The Bulletproof one is crumbly and soft, it also melts in your mouth. It actually does taste like apple pie, and not like an artificial flavor, probably because it
contains actual apples. I can definitely taste the cashew butter. It tastes clean, I like it. Okay. The Primal Kitchen one is very chewy. It’s not as sweet, which I prefer. I think a lot of times
protein bars are too sweet, and I don’t love the sweetener-y
taste a lot of them have, but this one I cannot
taste it, which is nice. It tastes like coconut, but it’s sticking to my teeth a little too much. Okay, next up are these Rise bars, the simplest protein bar, and
I think that is a fair claim, because I could not
believe these ingredients. Almonds, honey, and
whey in the regular one, and cashews, coconut nectar, pea protein, and lemon extract in the vegan option. So it couldn’t get much cleaner
than that, which I love. The vegan one has 15 grams of protein. It is harder to get as much protein from plant-based sources,
so that’s expected, but pea protein is a good choice, because it is a complete protein, it has all of the essential amino acids. Not all plant sources are like that. Rice protein for instance
is not a complete protein. So these have good levels
of protein and carbs, the main downside is
they are higher in fat, which I prefer to keep lower post-workout, but I’ll take the fat, because it’s from a healthy source like
almonds, so it’s a win. All right. The almond honey tastes like almonds and honey, big surprise. What is a surprise is that it actually doesn’t taste protein-y. It’s smooth and creamy, and… Oh, man, I just love how
few ingredients it has. I would eat this bar. Mm, okay, vegan lemon
cashew, it’s soft and smooth, I like the lemon flavor a lot. It is a bit chalky from the pea protein. It’s gonna be the case with almost any pea protein bar or powder unfortunately. These also do have a
little bit more sugar, 12 to 13 grams, it’s a little high for me, but knowing what the
ingredients are is a good sign. Okay… (thumping) Okay, NuGo bars are next. They are noted as whole foods, and I do love the ingredients
lists, short and sweet. The protein is all coming from egg whites, which I much prefer to whey or any other processed source of protein. That being said, without
supplementation of the protein, they are going to have less
of it, so 12 to 14 grams. They are lower in fat which is nice, but the total sugar adds up even though the added sugar is zero, because the first ingredient is dates. It’s a clean bar, but it
could have more protein and less total sugar to fit the bill. All right, let’s try peanut butter first. Okay, peanut butter is very sticky. I hate when it gets stuck on my teeth. It’s nutty, sort of like a Larabar, but with only nuts, and no dried fruit. It’s very oily. Super oily, sticks to my teeth too much, my jaw gets tired trying to chew it. Little less oily, still very chewy. Better, but not my favorite. I don’t think I would eat
either of these regularly. (groaning) Jimmy! Wake It Up, clean
protein bar is next. (laughing) It caught my eye at Walgreens, believe it or not, because it says clean. Also white chocolate cafe latte flavor, I love white chocolate. Is it too good to be true? Fat isn’t too high, carbs, sugar, and added sugar
are all pretty reasonable, and over 20 grams of protein. I was also surprised to
see the ingredients list isn’t as long or overwhelming
as I would have thought. I will say, I don’t
love soy protein crisps as an ingredient, I am not
a huge fan of processed soy. I don’t love seeing vegetable
glycerin or palm oil, but it could be worse. It has like, a pretty icing on top. Crunchy. It tastes like a dense Rice Crispie Treat. Honestly, it tastes like peanut butter. I don’t really get white chocolate, and I don’t really get coffee much, but it doesn’t taste like
a regular protein bar because of that crispiness. It’s okay, it’s okay. I think I’d be over it after a few bites, I don’t think I could eat the whole thing. So part of my issue with bars like these is also the emotional component with my relationship with food. I have done so much work to develop a healthy relationship with whole foods. Sometimes I think eating bars like this do more harm to that
relationship than good. They’re candy bars in disguise, I mean, look at the icing on this. And so it’s like I’m
trying to convince myself that it’s not dessert,
and doing my body good. Over time, my approach has evolved to eat whole foods most of the time, and if I really want an actual cookie, I just eat it, instead
of trying to substitute with something that’s super processed. But I know that that’s
not everyone’s approach, which is totally allowed. Quest bars, chocolate chip cookie dough. So these are some of the cleaner
processed bars you’ll find. They have solid stats with
the fat, carbs, and protein, they use erythritol and
stevia, which I prefer. Some flavors do use
sucralose, and some don’t, which is a bummer for me
personally, but whatever. This could be a solid choice, but there’s still a compromise being made, as there has been with all of these, at least for my personal
protein bar rules. It tastes very sweet, too
much sweetener for me, and it does taste artificial
and a bit processed. It’s more like a candy
bar, but I’m not sure cookie dough is how I would describe it. Honestly, I used to be
a big Quest bar fan, before they changed the formula from IMO fiber to corn fiber. That being said, I do respect
that they made the change, because I know that they did it to address the fact that
those studies were coming out showing that IMO fiber didn’t have a universal blood sugar response, and they wanted to be
sure that their product was affecting people’s
bodies as they claimed, so I totally respect the change, but I miss the taste of the old bars, because this doesn’t taste as good to me. One bars are similar to Quest
in terms of ingredients, they do use the IMO fiber instead of corn, which does taste better in my opinion, but I don’t love the idea
of consuming it as much. So studies have shown that IMO fiber can actually generate a glycemic response that is more substantial
than regular table sugar. The question is, does
it depend on the bar, the company, and the type
of IMO fiber they’re using, or does it depend on the person? Experts say it really depends
on how the fiber is made, which is of course not going
to be on the ingredients list. I can’t know looking at the label, and my feeling is if it’s this complicated to figure out, do I really want it? Anyway, the regular One
bar and the One Basix bar are similar, but the Basix
version is a tad cleaner. So this Basix cookie dough bar, it tastes more like cookie
dough than the Quest one. And I think it tastes less artificial, and I think it’s better
than the Quest bar. It’s doughier, it’s less plastic-y. The blueberry one, I’ve tasted it before. Mm, it’s so good. It’s like a Pop-Tart. I mean, it’s the best one I’ve had today, and probably will be the best one, it’s just too bad that they
use IMO fiber and sucralose. I can taste the protein, but the tartness of the berry flavor really helps to balance out the sweetness. They both have vegetable glycerin, but the Basix does use sunflower lecithin, it’s not my favorite, but
it’s better than soy lecithin, which the other one uses. And the Basix one uses stevia, versus the regular which uses sucralose, so small changes, but I
would honestly pick the Basix over the regular because of
those ingredients, even though, man, the blueberry cobbler
one tastes really good. Okay, I do have to quickly
stop and just remind you to press subscribe to the channel if you want more videos like this, hit that bell so you can be notified, and please let me know
what you would like to see so that I can do the research
and get that out for you. No Cow bars are next. So these used to be called
Dee’s Naturals, I think. This is a vegan bar, and
it’s actually pretty solid with ingredients and stats. It’s lower sugar and fat,
over 20 grams of protein. It is a high fiber bar because
it’s IMO fiber, womp-womp. But the protein blend
is pea and rice protein, so there are complete
proteins in this vegan bar, and the other ingredients aren’t bad. Erythritol, stevia, and
monk root sweetener, which is preferred for me personally. I’d say the main downside
is the IMO fiber for me, but it’s just everywhere
these days in protein bars, which is a big reason
that I’ve stopped trying to include them in my diet. First, let’s try the vanilla caramel. Okay, it’s like biting into… (laughs) It’s like biting
into a piece of chalk. Hoo-hoo! It’s the pea protein. I just don’t know if anything
can be done about it, because it’s the nature of pea protein. There’s a mild caramel-y flavor, but honestly the texture
is just making me think that there’s dirt in my mouth. How about chocolate peanut butter? It’s a little bit better. I think the peanut butter helps with the chalkiness a little. It’s a little bit more pleasant, but it’s not my favorite, I
couldn’t eat the whole thing. (coughing) So it was cool to find these
next ones by Julian’s Bakery. There seem to be three different ones, but it’s all the same brand. So the Primal Thin variation
is a whey protein bar. This is a sweet cream flavor. There are only four ingredients: organic grass-fed whey,
always a plus to see grass-fed and organic, organic
digestive resistant prebiotic tapioca fiber, (laughs) sunflower butter, and monk fruit, nice, except what is organic digestive resistant
prebiotic tapioca fiber? So tapioca fiber is a toughy, because it can be the same
thing and labeled differently. Sometimes tapioca fiber
is actually IMO fiber. So I don’t wanna completely
revisit IMO fiber again here, it’s your choice to make,
but a lot of experts claim that tapioca fiber and starch, even though it comes
from the cassava plant, is essentially empty
calories without nutrients, and in some senses, may
be worse than sugar. It’s very chewy. It actually tastes like sweet
cream in flavor, it’s subtle. I like the flavor actually. I don’t love the texture,
it’s too chewy and sticky, and sort of hard. Meh. The Paleo variation uses egg white powder as the protein source, I love it, I much prefer that to whey, but it still contains the tapioca fiber. This one also has organic donut flavor, which I thought was funny. It makes it sounds as if
the organic donut flavor was like, growing out of the ground. And it’s sweetened with monk fruit. Also very chewy. The donut flavor, it tastes
more like vanilla and maple. It’s natural, but it does
sort of taste artificial, or like, extract-y in the aftertaste. I like the ingredients a little more, but I’m not about the taste. And the Pegan version,
Pegan is supposed to be like, paleo plus vegan
if you aren’t familiar. It uses organic pumpkin seed
protein as the base, neat! But also tricky. So pumpkin seeds actually
are a complete source of plant protein, but they are low in some of the essential amino acids. So they don’t actually
provide a complete source of protein in every bite. Does that make sense? It also contains the tapioca fiber. This is vanilla cinnamon. It’s a little sweeter
than the sweet cream one. I don’t like it when it’s too sweet, so it’s a little much for me. It tastes stronger, it
also tastes more fake. The pumpkin seed protein though, it’s not as chalky as the pea protein. It’s a little easier
to swallow, literally, but I don’t think I’d eat it regularly. At the end of the day, these companies want you to buy their bars. They are gonna put whatever
they need on the label to convince you that it’s
what you want and need. Oh, you realized you don’t
wanna consume IMO fiber? We’ll just call it organic
prebiotic tapioca fiber instead, and even include the health claim that it’s now with probiotics
and prebiotics on the label to convince you that it’s what you want, even though it’s the same thing and really isn’t doing you any good. Now listen guys, I am not here to tell you to eat or not eat these,
I don’t care what you eat, but I get asked all the time, is this bar or that bar healthy, and the truth is it depends
on you and what you want. I don’t wanna eat more processed
foods, and protein bars, they don’t grow on
trees, they’re processed. I’m not saying that you can’t eat them or that they’re all bad, but
you’ve gotta weigh it out based on your goals, and what
you wanna put into your body, and how frequently you
want to include them. Again, truth be told,
most of us don’t need that much protein, and we
likely don’t need protein bars to meet our intake, they
are just a convenience. So what do I actually eat? Honestly, probably none of those. I would prefer a bar that
is actually just meat, which are becoming more popular. So you’ve still gotta read the label, but you likely won’t find IMO fiber or tapioca fiber in them. Meat bars won’t have as much protein as a protein bar actually,
they’ll be moderate in fat, and significantly lower in carbs. There will be very little sugar, but check to make sure, because
some do contain added sugar. The main thing to watch out for is sodium. Now sodium isn’t gonna kill
you, or at least most of us. If we’re eating mostly whole foods diet, we don’t need to be overly
concerned about sodium if we don’t have any
preexisting health issues. But it can add up quickly with these bars. If I actually wanted a
post-workout snack with a bar, I would go for one of these meat bars and a convenient piece
of fruit for the carbs, like an apple, a banana,
some grapes, berries, rather than the protein bar. So the quality of flavor
and texture varies based on the brand of the meat bar, but I think I would have to save that for a whole other video. Okay, so that is the protein bar video. I know, I suck at telling you
exactly what you wanna hear, but I just refuse to tell you what to eat, because the fact is, we’re all different, we have different needs,
preferences, goals, and bodies, and I want you to be able to
decide what’s right for you without having to blindly listen to what an internet person
is telling you to do. That is what gives you power, and control, and freedom with food, and
with your healthy lifestyle. Education is power. Spread the word, and share the video if you learned something,
I really appreciate it. I will be back next
week with a new episode, and remember, it’s all a
matter of Mind over Munch.

Randall Smitham



  1. Mind Over Munch Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Do you eat protein bars? Which is your favorite!?

  2. Richie Grey Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Candy 😉😉😉👩🏻

  3. Klongfel Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I love power crunch bars!

  4. Byron Chandler Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Hi, Alyssia. I could definitely go for some protein bars right now. 😋😋😋 What's your honest opinion on snowmen during winter? Take care of yourself, beautiful. <3

  5. Kellyn Hoffman Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    My favorite are the Pure Protein bars. I think they have the best macro balance and they are tasty!

  6. Admir Barucija Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    I love your videos so much! ❤️ I really like protein bars as well

  7. Angel Lovedragon Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I remember your old protein bar video. Did you still return the bars?

  8. Catherine Chau Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    what are your opinions on natural flavors?

  9. Christina B. Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I have to agree that it’s not fuel not when the high carb is concern so it can’t help me or my family in a long run.

  10. Anna Angrisano Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Can you a video on herbal teas

  11. fanofpink Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I love that you make things less confusing!!!!

  12. Bella Joella Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I can't stand dates, am very lactose intolerant, and have a huge laundry list of other foods I can't eat. So when you mentioned the meat bars that made me happy. I can eat those glorified overpriced jerky bars.

  13. Hannah ☀️ Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I have gotten granola bars with the chicory root in them before and they were HORRIBLE on my stomach 😭
    Thanks for the info

  14. niju nana Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    once again an epic review!! love it!!

  15. Heather Frampton Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    We like the Detour bars that we get in a bigger box from Sam's Club. They have 15 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar. 😊

  16. LenaGrace Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Love this! Was wondering your thoughts on the Perfect Bar?

  17. Lissa Kristine Jorgensen Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    My top 3 favorites are:

    1. Healthy Eating All the Time and Go
    2. Rx Bars
    3. Perfect Bars (only as a special treat because they're so sweet).

    I also want to try the LaraBar Protein Bars.

    [I can't have any artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols (including Stevia) so my protein bar options are fairly limited. Unfortunately, that means I have to make sacrifices in regards to the amount of protein in my bars compared to other people].

  18. Carrie McCall Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I don't do many protein bars but if I'm traveling I like perfect bars (the kids ones are a perfect snack portion for me) and chomp sticks/epic bars.

  19. Andrew Folger Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Have you tried pure protein bars? Any thoughts?

  20. Emily Mance Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Where can I get a donut tree? Do they grow on the east coast 😂😂😂😂

  21. whimsicalexpressions Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I have some individual collagen packets that I bought through amazon; does it change the flavor of your coffee at all? Would you put the full pack in your coffee? I know I need to add it – or I think I should – particularly as I age and continue to work out a lot; let me know your thoughts please. THANK YOU!

  22. Yuliiya Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    I've tried the Paleo bar before but I had an allergic reaction to it! Turns out I'm allergic to the sunflower butter 🙁 Sad times. I think I'm staying clear of protein bars haha.

  23. SouthernStar Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Loved this video! I eat Quest and RX….Surprised that RX Bars were not on your list.

  24. Anajenisia Tarvin Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    So, on the topic of meat bars…. I am a vegetarian. What do you suggest for that to substitute the meat?🤔

  25. Mary Poropat Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    This makes a lot of sense. I feel like a lot of people use protein bars as an excuse to have something yummy after a workout (since most of them are like “candy bars”). When in reality, what most people are doing at the gym is not enough to actually justify them NEEDING a protein bar, if their diet already contains what they need. So then it is just extra calories labeled as “protein bar”—the thing you eat after going to the gym because everyone does it because that’s just what you do… 🤔🙄

  26. maria bravo Posted on September 12, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    This is amazing! You should make a video on this with protein shakes!!!!

  27. Titus2Chic Posted on September 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Great video! The Maple Glazed Donut One bar is my fave. It's sooooo good!

  28. thereaderbug Posted on September 12, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I have been a fan of Rx bars on occasion. They definitely fall into the super sticky box. I tried a no cow bar one time and barely got through it, they're terrible.

  29. Ferd Ferd.D Posted on September 12, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Alyssia, please. Why are you eating the bars on screen? What experience or value does that add for me the viewer? I can tell you I am getting nothing from watching you chew and then listening to the sound of partially eaten food move around your mouth as you speak. I know mokbangs are a thing but I find them absolutely disgusting. And I see no need for it here. So why?

  30. Kristin Lee Posted on September 12, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Best protein bar ever is Atlas bars (https://atlasbars.com). Seriously the cleanest bar I have ever eaten and by far the best tasting. Unfortunately it is not vegan friendly as it is made with grass fed whey protein.. but other than that it is an amazing bar and I have tried A LOT of protein bars.

  31. Kathy Mills Posted on September 12, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    I use protein bars as more of an occasional breakfast on the go. I use to love Quest bars but that corn fiber doesn't agree with me so I had to stop eating them. I have been eating Rx bars and and recently saw Epic bars, which are almost if not identical to Rx, but they have a lemon flavor that I like. Since you mentioned that you'd eat the Rise bars, I'm going to look at them the next time I'm at the store and give them a try. Great video! Thank you!

  32. Bea Szoter Posted on September 12, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Do you eat homemade (your own) protein bars or balls? Or some kind of homemade bars?

  33. TNTeaser Posted on September 12, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Alyssia, do you have a video on foods that help the skin?

  34. Shristi Gupta Posted on September 12, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    This video was great. I was wondering if u would be able to do a video on collagen and its benefits to consume and as a cream. I would like to know its affect on skin as one loses weight. Will it help to make sure there is less or no loose skin?

  35. Centsible Living With Money Mom Posted on September 12, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    I know this might sound strange I've had all different kind of protein bars but for some reason protein bars make me more hungry the only bar that I have found that I can eat that doesn't make me more hungry is Quest Bar

  36. Cheri Finkbiner Posted on September 12, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Have to say, I was gagging the whole time you were tryingto eat these. And thinking afterwords you must have felt slightly sick. Kudoes to you for putting yourself through this for us. NO I never want a protien bar. I have never tastede one I thought was worth putting into my body.

  37. Nana Sophie Holm Posted on September 12, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I would love for you to try the Barebells protein bars! They are my absolute favourite 🙂 Great video!

  38. Sarah Kate Goehring Posted on September 12, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    i’d love to see a video about meat bars and snacks!

  39. Julie Smith Posted on September 12, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    How do you know if your over doing protein? Can you do a video about how to set macros correctly? Please do a video about protein shakes too! Thank you!!!!! You rock my socks!

  40. Shannon Roberts Posted on September 12, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    The Rise bar that you said was vegan is not vegan if it has honey in it.

  41. John F 7chakraKennedy Posted on September 12, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    You should do a video on the best high protein snacks!

  42. Michelle Beckham Posted on September 12, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I’ve been on the lookout for a “good” vegan bar. I can’t say I want it for the protein content, but rather as a snack and or meal replacement for say a long car ride or if I’m just not crazy hungry, but need something. I’m also not mad at bars that are sweet and that some might compare to a candy bar. Lol! It’s very rare that I have any so here & there, why not.

  43. Cheryl Hock Posted on September 12, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Alyssia, You're always so thorough.
    I always learn something new from you:) GREAT info!! Thanks:)

  44. Claudia De Falco Posted on September 12, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Sucralose has been proven to be completely inert and not carcinogenic at all. Because it was thought to be carcinogenic, so many test were run on it to prove or disprove it, and they ALL came out negative. So actually it is one of the safest and most tested on artificial sweeteners around.

    Source: Scientificast #207 (Unfortunately it is in Italian but you can still find scientific research around it online, go on actual google scholar and not just google)

  45. Kristen Cuzzo Posted on September 12, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Built Bars are my favorite, taste like candy bars! Quest bars need a good 10-12 seconds in the microwave and they taste like fresh baked choc chip cookies!

  46. Kelley S Posted on September 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Have you looked into the Redcon1 MRE bars? Much more whole food w/o the fake fibers. Also, very tasty and filling.

  47. JJ Fresh Posted on September 12, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    I love I got to see what each bars' texture actually looks like. Thank you!

  48. niveditya sivakumar Posted on September 12, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Hey Alyssia, What is your take on Natural Flavors ?

  49. Valerie D Posted on September 12, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Great video 😎

  50. Noir Merde Posted on September 12, 2019 at 9:38 pm


  51. FitAngie Posted on September 12, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I agree, not everyone needs protein bars. I don’t eat them now, I used to but many have a lot of carbs and salt. Great video hun xx

  52. Davidjr Posted on September 12, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    I'm vegan so maybe I should just eat a block of tofu. They should just make a tofu bar (meat bar alternative) lol

  53. Sweet-Tee Posted on September 12, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I like how you mentioned what collagen is made of like it's not utterly disgusting! 🤢🤮

  54. Mia Kaplan Posted on September 12, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    i'm a big fan of the "perfect bar"! it definitely isn't 100% perfect (it has whey and i prefer not to eat dairy) but they are pretty tasty and are kept in the fridge because they are made of mostly whole foods!

  55. Chim Posted on September 12, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    I eat protein bars because I have celiac disease and I can never count on finding food that I can eat when out & about all day, or if I'm traveling! Seriously, sometimes when I'm traveling for work, all I can eat is protein bars. I definitely don't feel my best when I'm relying on them so much, but they provide me with some essential nutrition when I have no other choices. my favorite brand used to be Dale's Raw because they were delicious and had real ingredients, but sadly they went out of business. No I eat mostly Quest's blueberry muffin and One's coconut flavor.

  56. Adriana Gomez Posted on September 12, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    You should try Rawr Bars. PLANT based, Organic, soy free and ect.

  57. Samuel Sabo Posted on September 12, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    What about maltilol ? I’ve heard its as bad as sugar…

  58. Karen Miller Posted on September 13, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Excellent information. Thank you.

  59. Aeurius Posted on September 13, 2019 at 2:06 am

    You should do one of these rating Greek yogurt brands! :’)

  60. Janine Jacobs Posted on September 13, 2019 at 3:32 am

    There's a huge ingredient that you didn't touch on..Malitol (sugar alcohol) causes gastric bloating! Ask the bodybuilding athletes. It gives you a literal "turbo boost" 💨🤢🥴

  61. atlonlinelib Posted on September 13, 2019 at 3:36 am

    This is why I listen to you.

  62. shayla crowell Posted on September 13, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Have you ever tried Perfect Bars? I think they are by far the best on the market.

  63. Katie Greentree Posted on September 13, 2019 at 3:52 am

    This video summarizes everything I've learned in biology this week. Just call fats lipid and I would say this is bio class

  64. Woman of a Certain Age Posted on September 13, 2019 at 5:20 am

    I like the Macro bars, just the sunflower butter/chocolate one. Nom nom nom!

  65. Kristin G Posted on September 13, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Great video! Can you do a video on the Pegan diet? I'm currently trying it, and I feel significantly better. Hard to get rid of fat phobia, though.

  66. Skye F Posted on September 13, 2019 at 7:56 am

    I eat protein bars as a treat to replace what I would have eaten before I started dieting such as a chocolate bar. To replace protein after a work out, I like to eat some nuts

  67. Julie White Posted on September 13, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Great video…Thank u!! ❤

  68. m.waddy productions Posted on September 13, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Question: what WOULD you eat after a workout to get that protein and carbs?

  69. Иванна Кривенко Posted on September 13, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I replace candy with protein bars

  70. Dana-Leigh Formon Posted on September 13, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Video suggestion: “Complete proteins”. I’ve heard that they’re important, and also heard that they’re bunk. I’m confused.

  71. Ashley Chapman Posted on September 13, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you!!! I LOVE that you arent telling us what to eat, just divulging truth to what is out there. No one needs to be judged, and that's what I love about you and this channel.

  72. Andy Estrada Posted on September 13, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you for this video! Helped me a lot.

  73. Andrea Watson Posted on September 13, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Can you do one on the meat bars?

  74. Carrie McDaniel Posted on September 13, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for the great education, I will definitely look closer at the labels now that I know what I am looking for and can make better choices for my body. I think I will work on the meat and fruit option.
    Again thank you

  75. Melissa Hardstone Posted on September 13, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Do a meat bar review!!!! 🤩

  76. Ashley Ann Posted on September 13, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    my favorite are Perfect Bar brand from Trader Joes

  77. crowoeya Posted on September 13, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    I love watching your facial expressions!

  78. The Rogue Feline Posted on September 13, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Would you be able to put these in a smoothie or make them into a smoothie? Have you looked in to the JOIN button that has been popping up on alot of other channels? Hope to see you taste test the meat bars or something else in your future videos.

  79. Devon Smith Posted on September 14, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Honestly this was super helpful. I appreciate the information without the health-preaching!

  80. K I.E Posted on September 14, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for the all the efforts you put into your research!

  81. Ms. Smith Posted on September 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I stay away from all that crap. Soy, whey & casein (I'm dairy-free), artificail ingredients, fake sweeteners. Just gross 😲

  82. Lydia Krow Posted on September 14, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    This is very through! Good nutritional advice, too. I recently decided to change to eating a bar in the morning for breakfast, with a piece of fruit. I was struggling to make breakfast, skipping, and getting too hungry, so this has given me a way to normalize my routine without a lot of fuss. I'm on the go a lot. I also have a lot of food restrictions, so can only really do nut bars so night too high protien. My fave protein bar is from Costco, the Kirkland brand cookie dough.

  83. fullofgrace Posted on September 15, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Thank you so much for doing this!!!

  84. masterfy24 Posted on September 15, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Can you make a video like this but with meat bars?

  85. Leander T Posted on September 16, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Some of the ones on the market are so gross. No Cow have an especially icky texture. Lol. 🙂

    I have a protein bar every once in awhile. I like trying new ones. I avoid whey protein though.

  86. IjustreallyloveCATs Posted on September 16, 2019 at 6:43 am

    I think I saw the Think Thin or Think bar on the bench but not in your review?

  87. Jessica F Posted on September 16, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Where were you able to find the Julian bakery bar? I can’t seem to find them anywhere!

  88. MrChocolateButterfly Posted on September 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I would love a meat protein bar episode! I’m a big fan of the Epic bars. Also, thank you for making this. I really feel like the info your provide is very beneficial to me to make healthier food choices! You rock! 💕

  89. pugs910 Posted on September 17, 2019 at 1:02 am

    You should explain why you don’t like certain ingredients

  90. Lior Peer Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Hey, can we please get a video of home made protein bars? I think they will be much better and cleaner than the store bought options

  91. Grumpy Bore Posted on September 22, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    one thing you can do with the super chewy bars is pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, that softens them and makes them easier to eat.
    I eat Luna Bars (the peanut butter chocolate flavor), because they are one of the few gluten free, corn product free foods that I CAN eat. so, I don't eat protein bars for protein, but because, as a gluten/corn and corn product person (and corn is in most all gluten free foods, so this is a double challenge) it is difficult for me to find food that is safe for me to eat.
    the gluten free food products community seems to not realize that there are also those of us who can't have corn, which includes xantham gum, with is in literally everything, or anything ending with "-ose", such as dextrose or sucralose. any many many other products that are essentially corn but with a fancy scientific sounding name.

  92. Ottavia Zwillenberg Posted on September 23, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Can you do a healthier chips review?

  93. Spencer Scott Posted on September 25, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    What about the grenade carb killa

  94. Natalie Juarez Posted on September 25, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Tbt that intro was to much of the words tbt. . . Liked the video however

  95. Hermione Granger Posted on September 28, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Loved all the science explained! Definitely learned a lot about protein bars today 😂