5 Best Protein Bars Without Added Sugar

By | February 15, 2015

Protein bars with no added sugar are a good snack for people avoiding sugar, watching their weight, restricting carb intake or who are health conscious. By choosing the right protein bars, they can be a healthier alternative to candy bars for satisfying your sweet tooth and hunger while helping you to better manage your weight or blood glucose level.

While these protein bars contain no added sugar, they are usually sweetened with sugar substitutes.

What are Sugar Substitutes?

Sugar substitutes offer the sweetness of sugar but with low or virtually no calories. Generally, there are 4 types of sugar substitutes:

1. Natural Sweeteners

Natural sweeteners include honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, coconut sugar, fruit juice concentrate and molasses. Although natural sweeteners may seem like a healthier option, they still provide substantial calories.

2. Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes, which are made from chemicals or natural substances. They are many times sweeter than regular sugar and yet, provide virtually no calories.

Eg: aspartame, saccharin, sucralose

3. Sugar Alcohols

Sugar alcohols (or polyols) are carbohydrates derived from plants such as fruits and vegetables, and can also be manufactured. Despite the name, they are neither sugar nor alcohol. Although not calorie free, they contain fewer calories than regular sugar.

Sugar alcohols are incompletely digested in the small intestine. When they reach the large intestine, they are fermented by colonic bacteria. As a result, consumption (or overconsumption) of sugar alcohols can cause side effects such as gas, bloating, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. If you have a pre-existing gastrointestinal condition, you may want to avoid or limit your consumption of sugar alcohols.

Eg: maltitol, mannitol, xylitol, sorbitol, erythritol

4. Herbal Sugar Substitute/ Herbal Sweetener

Herbal sweeteners such as stevia and lo han guo (monk fruit) are natural and healthier alternatives to artificial sweeteners.

Both stevia and lo han guo have been used as a sweetener for centuries.

Stevia is a perennial shrub, native to Paraguay, but also extensively grown in other countries. It contains glycosides, compounds that are 100-300 times sweeter than regular sugar. Stevioside, the primary glycoside, and other related compounds including rebaudioside A, are extracted from stevia leaves and used as a non-caloric sweetener.

Lo han guo or monk fruit is a member of the gourd family. It is grown in China and is used as a food, beverage and traditional medicine. Monogrosides are the compounds that contribute to the sweetness of lo han guo extract. The main component, mogroside V is more than 300 times sweeter than sugar, and low in calories.

Top 5 Protein Bars With No Added Sugar

While there are numerous no sugar protein bars on the market, most of them are made with soy (here’s why I’m against consuming unfermented, GMO soy), artificial additives and unhealthy ingredients.

Quite often, nutrition labels will list minimal amounts of sugars – ie. naturally occurring sugars – even though the protein bars have no added sugar. Naturally occurring sugars are naturally present in foods such as dairy products, fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. This type of sugars is not considered added sugars.

Here are the 5 best protein bars with no added sugar…

1. Bhu Fit Bars

These are made from the best ingredients – freshest, organic (where possible),  non-GMO, whole food, fair trade and sustainable.

Bhu Fit bars are sweetened with monk fruit and natural sugars from tapioca fibre, shredded coconut, dried apples and dried cherries. Hence, each bar has 1g of sugars only!

ZERO: soy, gluten, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols.

There are 3 types of protein bars to suit your dietary preference: vegan, primal and paleo.

Vegan Protein Bars

Protein source: organic pea protein
Flavours:

  • peanut butter & chocolate chip
  • apple chunk, cinnamon & nutmeg
  • dark chocolate, tart cherry & pistachio

Summary Of Nutrition Facts (varies by flavour)

Serving size: 45g
Calories: 200-210
Protein: 11-12g
Total carbs: 15g
- Fibre: 8-10g
- Sugars: 1g
Total Fat: 14g
- Saturated Fat: 2.5-4g

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Bhu Fit Vegan Protein Bar

Primal Grassfed Whey Protein Bars

Protein source: grass-fed whey protein, hormone free
Flavours:

  • vanilla, almond & cashew
  • salted caramel & pecan
  • dark chocolate, coconut & almond

Summary Of Nutrition Facts (varies by flavour)

Serving size: 45g
Calories: 200-220
Protein: 13-15g
Total carbs: 10-14g
- Fibre: 8-9g
- Sugars: 1g Total Fat: 13-17g
- Saturated Fat: 3-5g

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BHU Fit Primal Grassfed Whey Protein Bar

Paleo Egg White Protein Bars

Protein source: egg whites
Flavour: double dark chocolate chip

Summary of nutrition facts
Serving size: 45g
Calories: 180
Protein: 14g
Total carbs: 15g
- Fibre: 10g
- Sugars: 1g Total Fat: 11g
- Saturated Fat: 4g

2. Garden Of Life: Organic Fit Protein Bar

Organic Fit bars are a high protein snack to support your diet and exercise program. Here’s why… Each bar provides:

  • 14g of plant-based protein to build and refuel muscle
  • 225mg of organic Svetol green coffee bean extract to help burn fat and boost metabolism
  • 13-14g of organic prebiotic fibre to help you feel fuller longer
  • 150mg of organic Ashwagandha to fight cravings

ZERO: refined sugar, GMOs, gluten, soy, dairy, wheat, artificial additives and preservatives.

Summary of Nutrition Facts (varies by flavour)

Serving size: 1 bar (55g)
Calories: 190-200
Protein: 13-14g
Total Carbs: 26g
- Dietary Fiber 13-14g
- Sugars 1g
Total Fat: 7-8g

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Organic Fit High Protein Weight Loss Bar

 

3. No Cow Bar

No Cow bars have 20-21g of plant protein (organic brown rice protein + pea protein) and are high in fiber from isomalto-oligosaccharides (IMO). They contain no added sugar but are sweetened with monk fruit, stevia and erythritol.

Unlike other sugar alcohols, erythritol is not digested by gut bacteria. It is rapidly absorbed in the small intestine, not metabolised in the body and eventually, excreted in the urine. As a result, erythritol does not cause stomach upset.

ZERO: dairy, soy, gluten, GMOs, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, additives and preservatives.

Summary of Nutrition Facts (varies by flavour)

Serving size: 1 bar (60g)
Calories: 160-170 Protein: 20-21g
Total Carbs: 25-27g
- Fiber 19-20g
- Sugars 1g
- Sugar alcohol 3-4g
Total Fat 4-5g
- Saturated Fat 1.5-2g

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No Cow Bar

 

4. Sun Warrior Sol Good Protein Bars

With 17 to 19 grams of plant-based protein and approximately a 1:1 ratio of protein to fibre, it’s no wonder that Sun Warrior Sol Good protein bars are filling and satiating. The powerhouse, plant-based protein blend from pea, brown rice and quinoa provides all the amino acids needed by your body. They are naturally sweetened and have no added sugar.

Sun Warrior Sol Good protein bars are larger than typical protein bars, so can be consumed as a meal replacement to fuel your healthy lifestyle.

ZERO: refined sugar, GMOs, gluten, soy, dairy, wheat, artificial additives and preservatives.

Summary of Nutrition Facts (Blueberry Blast)

Serving size: 1 bar (66g)
Calories: 212
Protein: 17g
Total Carbs: 30g
- Dietary Fiber 16g
- Sugars 7g
Total Fat: 6g

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5. Orgain Organic Protein Bar

Although smaller than other protein bars, Orgain Organic protein bar is packed with goodness. High quality, organic ingredients and plant-based protein are what make it a truly delicious and nutritious protein bar.

Being certified organic means Orgain Organic protein bars are made without synthetic hormones, antibiotics, toxic pesticides, artificial sweeteners, artificial colours and GMOs.

With 10g of protein and 150 calories or less per bar, Orgain Organic protein bar is a highly nutritious protein snack between meals or a great alternative to dessert.

Orgain Organic Protein Bar, best dairy free protein bar

ZERO: refined sugar, GMOs, gluten, soy, dairy, wheat, artificial additives and preservatives.

Summary of Nutrition Facts (Peanut Butter)

Serving size: 1 bar (40g)
Calories: 140
Protein: 10g
Total Carbs: 17g
- Dietary Fiber 6g
- Sugars 3g
- Erythritol 3g
Total Fat: 6g

 

What is your favourite protein bar with no added sugar? Tell us in the comment box below. Thank you for sharing!

 

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