How do I choose a good alternative bar while following the protocol of the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Plan?
First, I consider the nutritional values of the Ideal Protein bars. You can check the Nutritional Fact Sheet for this information. Ideal Protein offers a few different bars, but I’ll use their Raspberry Crunch Bar as a sample. It has 140 calories; 15 g protein; 4g fat; 15 carbs; 6g sugar; 3 g fiber; and 220mg sodium. Sorry, I don’t have the ingredient’s list available, but I do like to review that in my alternative choices.
My Quest Strawberry Cheesecake bar has 160 calories; 20 g protein; 5g fat; 25g carbs; 2g sugar; 6g sugar alcohol (erythritol); 17g fiber; and 105mg sodium.
I originally bought these from thelowcarbgrocery.com, but they were discontinued. I’ve recently found them available at my local Popeye Supplement store. I’ve also read at the 3FatChicks forum that they are available in boxes at Costco.
At first glance, the carb total on this Quest bar seems too high to be a good replacement. But since our bodies don’t digest it, we can deduct the 17g of carbohydrate coming from the fiber in the bar. All Quest bars use isomalto-oligosaccharides, which is a 100% natural prebiotic fiber that keeps you full, but doesn’t raise your insulin levels. Also, Quest uses the sugar alcohol erythritol in this bar, a sugar alcohol which ranks a ’0′ on the glycemix index, meaning that it does not impact on our blood sugar as it is digested. So I can subtract both the full 17g of fiber and the 6g of erythritol sugar alcohol from the carb total, giving this bar a net carb count of just 2g. In my opinion, this is a great alternative bar. You can also see in the ingredients list that the natural sweetener stevia is used in this bar, which I prefer.
You do have to watch the fat level of some of the Quest bars. Those with a higher level of fat content should be considered as Restricted for the purposes of following the IP protocol.
I have also used ‘The Simply Bar’ from time to time during my dieting process, but noticed recently that it seems to have gone through a reformatting that has altered the nutritional values, increasing the net carb count/bar for several of their flavors. They’re available in Canada through www.well.ca but it you use it please remember to double-check the nutritional details, and if the net carbs are higher than 8g consider it as a Restricted item for the purposes of following the IP protocol.
Another nice thing about both the Quest and ‘The Simply Bar’ product lines is that they are both gluten free.
Pure Protein also makes bars that many alternative product Ideal Protein dieters use, and they are generally readily available at Walmart and also often at Shoppers Drug Marts.
The nutritional values of their Chocolate Deluxe bar are: 180 calories; 4.5g fat; 17 g carbs; 2g fiber; 2g sugar; 4g sugar alcohols; 20g protein; and 75mg sodium per bar.
Another bar that I sometimes pick up at my local Shoppers Drug Mart, is the ISO Femme bar. It’s nutritional values are: 140 calories; 4.5g fat; 13 g carbs; <1g fiber; 1g sugar; 10g sugar alcohols; 15g protein; and 55mg sodium per bar. I can buy a box of 15 of these at my local Shoppers Drug Mart for CA$39.99, or @CA$2.99 per bar.
Once you get looking, you’ll see that there are many other suitable alternative bars available. Hopefully this gives you a good idea of how to review their suitability for your alternate Ideal Protein Plan dieting lifestyle.
Sources For Alternative Protein Bars
|Product Name||Sources: Canada||Sources: USA|
|Quest Bars||Popeye Supplement Stores||Netrition.com – Click on Netrition Search bar at top right of page.|
|The Simply Bars||www.thesimplybar.com|
|Pure Protein Bars||
|Allmax IsoFemme Protein Energy Bar||Shoppers Drug Mart|