MLO BioProtein Bars
Review By Matt C
MLO BioProtein bars are one of a number of protein bars that I have tried in recent times. At this point, since I have reviewed so many different protein and energy bars, I have a very good basis of judgment for any one particular protein bar and as more time passes, my reviews will become more and more accurate in terms of comparison of protein/energy bars with other ones available on the market.
Here are some of the important nutritional facts about MLO BioProtein bars at a glance:
MLO claims that the MLO BioProtein Bars are "Energy-Providing Carbohydrates, Vitamins, And Minerals!" with the following properties:
- Simple and complex carbohydrates for quick and sustained energy.
- Great taste! Voted the best tasting energy bar.
- Good nutrition for on-the-go snacking for adults and children.
- Extra energy any time of the day.
I will analyze each of these claims below individually, and also comment on a few other qualities of the MLO BioProtein bars and finally complete the report with an "Overall Review".
"Simple and complex carbohydrates for quick and sustained energy."
With both types of carbohydrates present in the MLO BioProtein bars, it can be said that they are not simply protein bars, but energy bars to boot, giving the bar the best of both worlds, and something which health enthusiasts interested in a quick protein source will be interested in, as well as those interested in a quick energy source.
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"Unique VITA-OX formula provides antioxidants vitamins A, C, & E and selenium for maximum training and enhanced recovery."
It is also unique for a protein bar to contain such a variety of items, not all of which are expected by the user. It is nice to see a bar which delivers above and beyond the expectations that people have for it.
"Great taste! Voted the best tasting energy bar."
I will expand on this further in more detail below, but I will definitely agree that the BioProtein bars by MLO are incredibly good tasting.
"Good nutrition for on-the-go snacking for adults and children."
Without question, this bar is safe for both adults and children and can be a part of a balanced and healthy diet.
"Extra energy any time of the day."
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I tried the following three flavors of BioProtein bars by MLO:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Cookies & Cream
- Double Chocolate
I liked all of them, and I would say they are all about equal depending on your preference. I happen to prefer chocolate flavored products over cookies & cream flavored products on the average, and the same held here.
I suppose if I were to pick a favorite it would be the chocolate peanut butter since it was flavored with both chocolate and peanut butter as opposed to just chocolate (only more of it) in the double chocolate flavor.
That said, I still quite enjoyed the double chocolate bar and found it to be very close to the chocolate peanut butter bar, with only the cookies & cream one not comparable to the above two in my opinion and solely based on my preference of chocolate. Those who like cookies & cream will likely enjoy the MLO BioProtein bar also.
The texture of the bars were pretty well perfect. One thing I can say about the sensation of eating the bar is that it is similar to eating a steak in that it feels "heavy". A steak feels heavily due to its high concentration of protein and these bars are no different - with the high concentration of protein comes that heavy feeling. With 320 calories per serving, it is not surprising that it would feel that way.
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It Is Nice To See A Bar Which Delivers Above And Beyond
The Expectations That People Have For It.
In terms of taste, and nutrition/caloric content, MLO BioProtein bars are very good bars which I definitely award an A+ and can easily recommend. The only other consideration that will likely be on the minds of the majority of supplement consumers will be cost, and the MLO BioProtein bars cost $15.95 for 12 bars, which is a pretty good price, and definitely not expensive as far as protein bars go. I especially enjoyed the chocolate flavors and would recommend this product for anyone seeking a protein or energy bar.
Overall Grade: A+
NRG Triple Delicious Natural Protein Bars
Review By Matt C
Here are some of the important nutritional facts about NRG Triple Delicious Natural Protein Bars at a glance:
- 70% Organic Ingredients
- Cold Pressed
- Gluten Free
- Only 10 Net Carbs
- 20 Grams of Protein
- No Preservatives
- 0 Trans Fat
NRG Triple Delicious Natural Protein Bars also contain a multitude of vitamins and minerals in addition to what is listed above.
I will review each bullet point above and expand a little on them below:
"70% Organic Ingredients"
Organic is normally something that people will look at and immediately think favorably about. While organic farming would generally seem to be a good thing, I would say that it definitely is not any worse than normal farmed foods, but I am not compelled to believe that it is automatically better either.
Also, one should consider that regulations as far as organic farming are concerned are not standardized in the way regulations in the traditional farming industries are. There are numerous products claiming to be "organic", but finding out exactly what organic means is the issue that I look into for every such claim that is made.
Looking at the packaging, there is nothing that indicates what standard is used to define organic and the same is true of the box the bars came in. In other words, I really have no idea what farming measures were used for the organic ingredients in the bar. Although I do have a general idea, I prefer having as much information as possible regarding food and supplements I consume.
I did some brief research on what "cold pressed" refers to and I found that it refers to oil which has been produced with the use of a low heat technique. In general, cold pressed oils are of higher quality and so that explains why NRG is boasting about it here.
Although it is not a concern of mine, gluten free items are important for those with allergies. Gluten is in abundance in many food items and isn't something that I look for or try to avoid for that matter, and for me personally, I don't think much of a gluten free claim, although some seeking to avoid gluten may feel otherwise.
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By the time I read this claim, I came to realize that NRG was really priding itself on being as natural as possible. Non-GMO (non-genetically modified) is another product characteristic which means very little to me, much like gluten free does. It is more comparable to the "organic" claim in that I don't really care if food items or organic or non-genetically modified.
Until you can prove to me what the grave danger of foods using traditional farming techniques and genetically modified food items are, I will not believe that it is so dangerous.
I think it is more of a consumer ploy to sell more items than anything, or to appeal to a niche market which only exists due to people's irrational tendencies. However, those may be my opinions, but I encourage people to formulate their own on their basis of their own research.
"Only 10 Net Carbs"
This claim is intentionally misleading I think. Most consumers will have no clue what "net carbs" are, as they refer to certain reactions of any one person to a food. What is known about the NRG bars is that they have 26 grams of total carbohydrates which is something most people will have a good understanding of.
Using a lower number and making a claim for "net carbs" when most consumers are pretty unfamiliar with the basics of nutrition, let alone intermediate/advanced knowledge, is not very cool in my opinion. Not that I think NRG is being deceitful, but clarity is important to me.
"20 Grams of Protein"
Not bad at all! Definitely a decent amount of protein for a protein bar and a reasonable amount for a small meal.
It's hard to find fault in the health claims of the NRG bars, and I am not saying there are any problems with them, just that I don't particularly care about them because fear of normal food additives is a little hyped up in my opinion.
Preservatives are in almost all foods and they won't kill you. Avoiding them is fine by me if that is your choice, it just so happens that it isn't a big concern for me, since I don't see the extreme danger in moderate consumption of these items.
"0 Trans Fat"
Nothing wrong with hearing that. It's nice when protein bars have good fat profiles.
NRG bars also have the following listed under "Other Ingredients" and allergy considerations which must be reviewed by the user before use:
Protein Blend (Milk Protein Isolate, Organic Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Protein), Organic Caramel Filling [Organic Corn Syrup, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Heavy Cream, Organic Butter (Cream, Salt), Salt, Sodium Citrate, Organic Vanilla, Organic Soy Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols], Organic Chocolate Flavored Coating (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Cocoa, Inulin, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Glycerin, Organic Peanuts, Agave Nectar, Natural Flavors, Brown Rice Syrup, Peanut Butter(Dry Roasted Peanuts, Salt), Peanuts, Organic Vanilla, Peanut Oil, Sea Salt, Water Allergy Information: Contains Milk, Soy And Peanuts. May Contain (Or Manufactured In A Facility That Processes) Eggs, Tree Nuts And Wheat.
I tried the one flavor which was available for the NRG Triple Delicious Natural Protein Bar at Bodybuilding.com's Superstore which was "Caramel Chocolate Peanut Butter".
I found it was one of those bars which almost tasted more like a candy bar than a protein bar, but not quite. No bar that I have tried has done that so far, although some have come close. AllMax Nutrition WaferPro Bars are a great example of a bar which is almost like a candy bar in terms of taste and texture.
Since this bar tastes like a candy bar in some ways, I decided to set up the following table which I used in the AllMax WaferPro review which compares the bar to the BIG TURK bar. As you can see, the NRG bar is also shown in the comparison:
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You can see from the chart above, that NRG bars have a relatively clean and healthy caloric content which is impressive given the taste. I will point out that the bars are EXTREMELY chewy. They are almost tough to eat, but not really. Like most protein bars, they are heavy food items due to the high protein content (much like a steak).
In terms of taste, and nutrition/caloric content, NRG Triple Delicious Natural Protein Bars are very good bars and I award them an A+. I personally don't care much about the claims of being organic or non-genetically modified, although other people might concern themselves with such things.
If you are seeking such a health product which really passes all categories of healthfulness as outlined above in the bullet list, then this product is definitely for you. It is a bar like no other in terms of its health claims while still passing all other standards that people seek in protein bars.
Overall Grade: A+