As promised when I published the original version of Quest for the Best: Protein Bar, here’s the follow on comparison of THIRTEEN different organic, vegan, grass-fed or otherwise natural protein bars. Like I said in that blog post, these bars don’t necessarily compete in the same market as your run of the mill bro protein bars. I was pleasantly surprised to find some really tasty bars in this category – hopefully you will be too!
I’ve been doing this Quest for the Best series since last October and I think the posts have slowly improved, but this time around, I’ve completely changed up how you can view and compare these products against one another. You’ll notice a lot less text in the rank list and a link to a separate spreadsheet with everything listed together. I also decided to add a little pie chart to more easily compare the macro ratios of each product, which I think is especially helpful with these bars since many of them are different sizes. I’m hoping to go back and update my old posts with this format as well, so keep an eye out!
Quick rundown of different colors you’ll see below:
- Red indicates an ingredient that concerns me. Generally (not in all cases) these are artificial sweeteners or “natural” sugar substitutes.
- Purple indicates fillers, which aren’t always a bad thing, but the fillers usually just contribute a cheap way to bulk up bars and increase fiber content. Just beware of the quality of that fiber when trying to hit your daily fiber intake goals.
- Yellow (on the macro ratio) indicates carb content.
- Blue (on the macro ratio) indicates protein content.
- Green (on the macro ratio) indicates fat content.
Although I highlighted the ingredients in red and purple as potentially problematic, I encourage you to have a look, do some research and judge for yourself!
***Click the link above or any of the spreadsheet snippets below to view the full spreadsheet.***