Protein Active Paleo Protein Bar Review

Protein Active Paleo Protein Bar Review

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What’s Paleo?

Right, first things first I guess. This is a paleo diet protein bar and as such is aimed at people (but not exclusively) who live by the paleo diet mantra. But what is paleo?

There’s plenty of info out on the web but put simply, it is replacing your current, industrially farmed processed foods with a more natural replacement. It means cutting out refined sugars, refined grains and wheat and then replacing then with whole, natural, organic foods – essentially we go back to being a bit of a caveman. So you’d better throw away that TV dinner you’ve just grabbed from the refrigerator.

The theory is, since the human race has started indulging in the industrial agriculture process many illnesses and disorders have started to rise. If we go back to the basics of eating grass fed animals, plants, vegetables, nuts and seeds our bodies can ward off many problematic diseases and we should start to feel a whole lot better.

I have reviewed a good few items from Protein Active and really appreciate their good value and great supplements.  They are certainly offering products that are head and shoulders above the more established competition.

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First Look:

Bright purple and certainly gives off the impression of a health bar, a product that has a wide audience as opposed to the Beast Bar which seems specifically aimed at men.

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 25g 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 primary source of protein is pea and egg protein plus chia seeds – no whey in sight.

Pea protein is said to be one of the most perfect proteins for human consumption. Its benefits over both animal and other vegetable proteins include:

  • Ease of digestion.
  • Lack of allergens.
  • Ideal amino acids for sports.

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/green-peas-vitamin-powerhouse

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, paleo inspired diet.

Negatives:

I would say there are better tasting bars out there as there is a slightly unfamiliar taste and chewy texture but you can definitely sense the honey and salt. The chocolate flavoring isn’t really chocolate tasting, but then again even the choco blast tastes just the same as their chia seed bar.

There are also other bars that pack in more protein, but bang for your buck, you are not going to find a much better paleo protein bar for the price. I think it is a great addition to the Protein Active range and is great to eat even if you are not following a paleo diet.

My Review Conclusion:

There’s so many protein bars out on the market and they are full of crap whereas these contain only natural ingredients. They are usually quite heavy and dense yet only offer similar protein levels to these much smaller bars. I love the Protein Active range and cannot see why anyone would look further than these, they pack loads of nutritional benefits all at a low price of $1.12/£0.79

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Ben

Ben BA(Hons) established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. Always being interested in sport, he started playing rugby at the age of 6 and represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of their Regimental Shooting Team.