Think Thin Bars: A Foodie Review

by Alexandra

So is it true? Can a chocolatey, fudgy bar deliver enough nutrition to sustain high energy levels while at the same time, satisfy your appetite so you can start “thinking thin?”

Is it the magic solution to your weight-loss woes, delivering you from the fast-food evils to a flawless figure and lifetime of happiness?

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 Woohoo! Get a body like hers! All you have to do is buy this bar, eat it once per day and bing, bang, boom, you’ll be fit as a fiddle in no time at all.

Wrong.

It is extremely irritating when companies try to market their products as some sort of magic weight-loss elixir to shed the pounds super fast, and make you toned, muscular and suddenly dressed to impress. My favorite headline was “Father of 57 gets a six-pack in 4 weeks with this one simple trick!”

I’m pretty sure that if he actually spawned 57 little six-packers, I’d have heard about it a long time ago; way before I saw this dumb ad for an over-priced booklet filled with baloney.

Think Thin bars will do nothing to make you thinner. Here’s the scoop:

Think Thin High-Protein Meal-Replacement Bars come in 12 flavors: Brownie Crunch, Creamy Peanut Butter, Chunky Peanut Butter, Chocolate Fudge, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Espresso, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Tangerine Cremesicle, Lemon Cream Pie, Cookies & Cream and Caramel Fudge.

I have tried two flavors: Chocolate Fudge and White Chocolate

Taste: They’re nothing to write home about, honestly. The protein “filling” tastes like any other protein bar, but the soy flavor isn’t as sharp, so that’s a plus. Each bar has a coating on the outside. On both the bars I tried, this coating didn’t taste like anything at all. The chocolate flavor wasn’t even strong, which was kind of disappointing. I like intense chocolate flavor.

Appearance: They both looked really yummy! Honestly, when I opened the package, I thought I was about to sink my teeth into a rich candy bar.

Nutrition: These bars claim to be all-natural, with 0g sugar and 20g protein and gluten-free. The satiation factor is pretty good, but I never ate one by itself because I’m not trying to lose weight, and 240 calories is not enough for a meal-replacement.

Ingredients: Chocolate Fudge Bar

Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Soy Protein Isolate) Coating: (Maltitol, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate Liquor, Sodium Caseinate, Dairy Oil, Soya Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Salt), Glycerin, Maltitol Syrup, Ground Almonds, Canola Oil, Water, Soy Flour, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Powder, Tricalcium Phosphate, Lecithin, Salt, Vitamin and Minerals: Ascorbic Acid, D-Alpha Tocopherol, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin A Palmitate, Electrolytic Iron, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxide Hydrochloride, Copper Gluconate, Riboflavin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Iodine, Vitamin B12.

Malitol — A sugar-free sweetener consisting of “sugar alcohols,” which are essentially hydrogenated carbohydrates. They aren’t metabolized like sugar but are carbohydrates. They are known to increase IBS symptoms because they aren’t digested effectively in the bowel, and can cause fermentation!

Sodium Caseinate — a highly processed form of a milk protein known to cause cancer in rats. Good thing we aren’t rats, I suppose…

Dairy Oil — ew. That is all.

Glycerin — This is a compound that, when used in food, serves as a solvent, sweetener, humectant (keeps food moist) and preservative. It is also a main ingredient in many soaps, and is a byproduct of biofuel combustion.

Malitol Syrup — see malitol, above

My thoughts: If you’re looking for a high-protein, high energy snack, try prunes with peanut butter. 1/4 cup of prunes with 1 tbs of natural peanut butter has about 200 calories, 5g protein, 5g fiber, 15g natural fruit sugars, and about 8g fat along with plenty of vital nutrients, like potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamin E.

I’m not going to tell you which choice to make, I just hope you make a healthy one!

-Alexandra

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