Why Energy Bars Set The Bar Low For Your Gym Gains

energy barsYou probably are under the impression that staying fully hydrated includes drinking eight glasses of water every day. Or that protein powder is really “great” for you. Maybe you even think that energy bars found at the checkout stand of your local supermarket are a healthy way to go for a midday jolt of energy before your gym workout.

Well, they’re not. Author Talia Fuhrman agrees: “A plant-based diet by nature” is really all you need, and anything separate from that probably isn’t as good for you as food marketers often claim.

When it comes to your favorite energy bars, they often appear to be a fast, healthy meal substitute or workout-pusher on the surface. But Fuhrman says that energy bars are actually one of the worst foods you could eat. That’s because many of the popular brands carry corn syrup and other dangerous ingredients, such as soy protein isolate.

According to Fuhrman, “Soy protein isolate is a highly processed soy product that retains none of the original nutritional value of the natural soybean and raises levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in the blood”.

Furthermore, she warns about the way soy protein isolate is created and manufactured: “it is acid-washed in aluminum tanks,” she says with disgust, alluding to the fact that a noticeable amount of aluminum gets into the final product.

What’s worse, harmful substances like nitrites and chemical flavoring are also implemented to add flavor. Considering these chemicals have been associated with the development of some cancers, allergies, and Alzheimer’s disease, eating energy bars doesn’t really offer us any incentive to keep stuffing them down. Even as a quick fix for an energy-low, there are many natural alternatives that could give you the same results. 

Whey, which is much like soy protein isolate, is another common ingredient found in energy bars. Because it’s a processed protein, it increases IGF-1 levels in your body.

“It becomes obvious that eating this ‘energy’ bar offers no more energy than if we simply threw a bunch of sugar, processed proteins, salt, and oil in a blender and drank it,” Fuhrman warns, before concluding: “Processed foods are still processed—even if they’re advertised as health foods.”

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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