Protein Active Peanut Chia Blast Protein Bar Review

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I have recently started to use some of Protein Active’s products of late because they offer great benefits for not a lot of money.  Items such as their creatine tablets and protein shot sachets are very convenient and excellent value for money.  Another product of interest is their Peanut Chia Blast bar which I have just bought a box of to eat as a mid morning snack and pre rugby training or even a match to starve off hunger without consuming anything too heavy which could upset my stomach.

First Look:

Brightly packaged and looking more like a health bar rather than a protein bar for muscle building and I guess this product blurs the lines slightly. By using whey protein, chia seeds and peanuts they have created a bar that is not only massively packed with protein but also fortified with vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients:

Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Protein is commonly known to be the foundation of any supplementation in sport and we are offered 30g in a 50g bar.

http://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/10827069.pdf

http://www.webmd.com/men/features/benefits-protein

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The main ingredient here is whey protein which is sourced from milk in this product but also nuts and chia, you  can read more about the properties of milk protein:

http://www.milkfacts.info/Milk%20Composition/Protein.htm

And, the list continues, you also have Vitamin C, E, Biotin, Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamin and Pantothenic Acid.

Biotin – Biotin is an important component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others.

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/313.html

Niacin –  Higher amounts of niacin can improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks.

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682518.html

Riboflavin – Important for body growth and red blood cell production. It also aids in the release of energy from proteins.

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002411.htm

Thiamin – Helps the body’s cells change carbohydrates into energy. The main role of carbohydrates is to provide energy for the body, especially the brain and nervous system.

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002401.htm

Pantothenic Acid – Pantothenic acid is important for our bodies to properly use carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids and for healthy skin.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-853-pantothenic%20acid%20vitamin%20b5.aspx?activeingredientid=853&activeingredientname=pantothenic%20acid%20vitamin%20b5

Importantly, for testosterone production you also get a shot of:

Vitamin B6 – Vitamin B6 helps testosterone levels by stimulating androgen (a steroid hormone that acts as a precursor for testosterone) receptors in your body, making your testes produce testosterone.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6727359

Folic Acid – Folic acid can help produce more testosterone along with B12 but also necessary to form red blood cells and is also necessary in the formation of DNA.

https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/FolicAcid.pdf

Vitamin B12 – Studies show that people who are anaemic tend not to have high levels of testosterone because they cannot absorb vitamin B12.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2645631/

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Dose:

Eat alongside a healthy diet.

Negatives:

If I am being ruthless I would say there are better tasting bars out there and ones that pack in more protein but bang for your buck, you are not going to find much that will better these.

My Review Conclusion:

I have tried many protein bars and many are over priced, full of sugar and either taste horrendous whilst being impossible to eat.  These are nutritious, compact, pack loads of nutritional benefits all at a low price of $1.12/£0.79

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