I dont like being a negative person or lashing out at brands but I get many enquiries about what is a good snack to have. Bounce bars are all the rage, these balls are the perfect bite size treat. They are sold at most gyms and health food stores. I must admit…they are delicious! However they aren’t as healthy as they seem…..
The main one to watch out for is the: coconut and macadamia one:
So lets look at its ingredients:
Ingredients: Agave Syrup, Cashews, Inulin (dietary fibre), Whey Protein Isolate (from Milk), Coconut (8%), Whey Protein Concentrate (from Milk), Rice Bran, Brown Rice, Macadamias (6%), Stabiliser (Guar Gum), Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavouring, Whey Protein Hydrolysate (from Milk), Safflower Oil, Vanilla, Sea Salt, Natural Antioxidant (E306), Stabiliser (Calcium Carbonate), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin).
So the main issue is that the first ingredient is agave. Agave was the new healthy sugar but as people are coming to realise it actually does more harm than good. I wrote an article on the negative effects of agave here. The fact that agave is the first ingredient also means that it contains a lot of it.
Bounce bars advertise that they are high in fructose. However fructose is not absorbed like other sugars. It does not go directly into the bloodstream, instead it goes to the liver where it is converted to triglycerides and fat. The advertisement of “Low glycemic” makes it sound safe but it isn’t.
Safflower oil also can be detrimental to ones health as vegetable oils are usually highly processed. The oil is derived from the “bastard saffron” it is about 75% Omega-6 PUFAs (the ones we don’t need any more of) with not a speck of Omega-3 (the ones we need more of).
My opinion is to refrain from this flavour ball! If you have to choose one stay clear of the ones with peanuts, agave, safflower oil and raisins.
What other snacks need the de bunking?
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