Category: Product Review

Garden of Life, Organic Fit, High Protein Weight Loss Bar Review

I was picking up some creatine the other day and spotted these bars just above the protein powders. I had not seen them before so decided I had to give them a try and then do a review on them.

I liked the taste. I thought the flavor was quite similar to that of semi-sweet chocolate chips. The chocolate is not overly sweet and has a slight bitterness to it much like good dark chocolates. There was no underlying flavor of artificial sweeteners like you can find with many protein bars on the market.

I liked the texture too. The texture was chewy, almost  brownie like. So far, so good. I would like to try other flavors going forward.

Nutrition:

Coming in at 200 calories per serving with 14 grams protein, 13 net grams of carbs with 14 grams of protein and zero added sugar is good. The nutrition gets better in that these bars also provide Vitamin D, Iron, Riboflavin, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium.  They make for a nutritionally sound snack item.

Ingredients:

Good Lord, look at all the ingredients. I normally steer clear of anything with so many. However, there is nothing bad in this list. I like that these bars have taste almost decadent and indulgent, while providing low glycemic, high protein support as part of your daily nutrition. What I’m not crazy about is their claim of being a weight loss bar. They contain 13-14g of organic prebiotic fiber to help you feel fuller longer which is good. But, you might experience a little bowel trouble if you eat more than one in a day while not drinking enough water. Excess fiber intake can cause constipation or diarrhea for many people. Think of fiber as bulk that attracts water in the GI tract. If you don’t consume enough water, dehydration of the GI tract can occur. This can lead to hardening and difficulty passing the stools. The average male adult should take in about 30 to 38 grams of fiber a day and for women the recommendation is 21 to 25 grams. So, if you eat more than one of these bars in a day along with other fiber rich foods, you could very well find yourself having bowel issues that nobody ever wants.

This product contains Svetol, or green coffee extract which has been touted as being good for losing weight. Here is what Healthline.com has to say:

There haven’t been a lot of studies on chlorogenic acids and their effectiveness as weight loss supplements. A review of human studies did show that green coffee extract may have the potential to help with weight loss. But the documented effects on weight loss were small, and the studies weren’t long term. The studies were also poorly designed. So, there isn’t enough evidence to say that the supplements are effective or safe. More research is needed.

This product also contains ashwagandha, 150mg of which is alleged to help you feel fuller longer.  What in the world is this ingredient?

Ayurvedic medicine uses herbs, special diets, and other natural practices as treatment for a variety of conditions. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is considered a Rasayana. That means it’s an herb that helps maintain youth, both mentally and physically.

Historically, the roots of ashwagandha have been used to treat:

  • arthritis
  • constipation
  • insomnia
  • skin conditions
  • stress
  • gastrointestinal issues
  • diabetes
  • nervous breakdowns
  • fevers
  • snake bites
  • memory loss

The leaves, seeds, and even fruit have all been used in different ways for various treatments. Today, ashwagandha is sold as a supplement in the United States. It’s still used to treat many of the conditions listed above. It also continues to be important in Indian medicine.

Ashwagandha may be used in powdered form in dosages ranging from 450 milligrams to 2 grams. So, with only 150 mg being in a bar, it seems there may be too little of it to have any of the benefits alleged to the use of it. Ashwagandha and Ayurvedic medicine still remain somewhat of a mystery to modern science. Many of the studies so far have been too small, done only on animals, or had some flaws in their design. For this reason, researchers can’t say with certainty that it’s an effective treatment.

The bottom line is, these bars are nutritionally sound and taste pretty good if you like semi sweet to dark chocolate. However, they should only be a part of a diet that is carefully managed by tracking your intake of calories and macronutrients. This is true of all protein bars and protein supplements though. My concern is there are people out there who will see “Weight Loss Bar” and just assume these will help them to lose weight without making other changes. I know this sounds ridiculous to some of you reading this, but rest assured, there are people who think like this. We have encountered more than a few over the last couple years of running this website. Sometimes people who are desperate to lose weight, only think emotionally instead of pragmatically. I hate that there are products which are marketed as weight loss products that actually do little to nothing for weight loss. The “Snake Oil” salesmen of years past are still here, they just do not travel in wagons any longer. Now, they get their message out to the masses of gullible customers through instore and internet marketing.

As with any other food source, you have to use common sense when consuming them. Never just read a label and assume the product will work as advertised. Have an inquisitive mind, your health and welfare depend on it.

Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar Review

From Quest’s website:

No other protein bar tastes like sneaking a spoonful of cookie dough straight from the bowl – that’s why Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is one of our best-selling flavors.

I first heard about Quest brand protein bars on a prominent weight loss social media forum that I follow. Folks were excitedly raving about how good these sweet treats were for satisfying their sweet tooth while not being loaded down with sugar, yet full of healthy protein and fiber. I just had to try a few of the flavors for myself, especially when I heard how good the chocolate chip cookie dough protein bars can be when heated briefly in the microwave.

Looking at the nutritional values, these bars seemed to be quite promising, especially given all the hype I have seen in regards to them. And I have to admit, that I have always loved chocolate chip cookie dough. Hell, who doesn’t?

The bar looked quite appetizing when I opened the package. It actually did resemble cookie dough. When I took the first bite, the taste was not so bad, in fact, despite being a bit too sweet, it was indeed pleasant. The chewy texture was good too. As I took my second bite, the taste became sweeter, and then even sweeter with the remaining bites until I came to a conclusion of what I thought about these bars;

If your mother or grandmother ever makes chocolate chip cookie dough that tastes like this, then do all a favor and break their mixing bowl and spoon. Close their kitchen!

I tried to like this product. In fairness, I had a second bar which I did heat in the microwave which only served to make that sickening sweet taste even worse. That gross sweetness overpowers everything about this protein bar, it is all you can taste after a couple bites. It is almost a sweet chemical flavor that completely ruins the bars. I have sampled other flavors such as cinnamon roll, cookies and cream, and blueberry muffin. It is the same experience with each I have tried. The initial taste and texture were good upon the first bite, and then it all goes down hill with each subsequent bite. Every flavor I tried all ended up tasting the same as the other. Just a sickening, artificial chemical like taste.

Nutritionally, this product is sound enough if you do not care about the taste. Even though I thought they were nasty, you might enjoy them. It appears that many people do. I believe the worse part of the taste comes from the stevia since it can leave a bad aftertaste for some people. Not all are susceptible to the taste, but apparently, I am susceptible. I was hoping to enjoy these bars, instead I found that I cannot recommend them to anyone…

BFree Gluten Free Quinoa & Chia Wraps Review

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Although we do not encourage a gluten free diet, we know that there are many people who need to avoid gluten. I have tried many gluten free wraps and this one is the best yet.

A lot of gluten free products tend to fall apart easily so a gluten free wrap can be a real problem. Just when you get it properly stuffed and ready to bite, it splits open and you lose your goodies, usually all over your lap. This wrap is firm to the tooth and will stand up to heating in the microwave oven. It is flexible and the flavor is neutral so it compliments whatever you choose to put inside it. I mixed David’s recipe for a quick dessert of peanut butter powder, Splenda and Saigon Cinnamon and spread it across the wrap and rolled it up for a quick treat. Later I filled one with boneless chicken breast cooked with tomatoes and taco seasoning in my crock pot, added cheese and sour cream and had a delightfully satisfying dinner. The sweet flavors of the peanut butter wrap were showcased just as the spicy Southwest flavors were in my dinner.

At only 110 calories and 7 grams of Net Carbs, these wraps are a real find when you’re looking for something to make a quick lunch or snack. They cost $6.99 for a package of 6 so they’re cheaper than getting a burrito at the drive-thru and you can fill them with the healthy ingredients of your choosing. While I chose the neutral flavor of Quinoa and Chia, they also come in Sweet Potato and Multi-Grain. They contain no added sugars and will fit into my food plan nicely. I will try them all and look forward to doing so. I also liked the fact that I could just buy them off the shelf at Walmart. Online shopping is good but if I am in the store I like to be able to buy what I like in real time. I thoroughly enjoyed this product.

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PBfit Peanut Butter Powder Review

The first time I ever heard of powdered peanut butter, I could not help but to wonder just what in sacreligious, voodoo kind of malarkey could this possibly be. I have always been a peanut butter purist, my favorite being Smucker’s Natural Creamy that is only made with two ingredients — peanuts and a dash of salt. Before I quit consuming sugar, I was also partial to Jiff, Skippy and Peter Pan. I have loved peanut butter my entire life, and could not believe anyone thought a powdered peanut butter you mix with water could ever be a good idea.

I was wrong…

Powdered peanut butter is a great product, despite not being all that good in my opinion for a sandwich. It is more a texture thing for me than anything, since the flavor is still pretty good. I love adding it to oatmeal and protein shakes. I also find it to be wonderful on apple slices

I normally buy Walmart’s brand of powdered peanut butter as it is the best value for the price, and I can tell no difference in the flavor between theirs and others I have tried such as PB2 and Kroger’s Simple Truth. Saturday when I was grocery shopping my store had neither the Simple Truth or PB2 brands, but they did have PBfit on the shelf which I had never seen there before. Since I did not feel like driving over to Walmart just for powdered peanut butter, I bought the PBfit without even looking at the nutrition and ingredients label.

I never buy a new product without first looking at the label carefully.

I made the assumption that PBfit would be just like the other products I have used.

I know better than to just make assumptions!

I like to mix a little Splenda and Saigon Cinnamon into my powdered peanut butter and then spread it on an Ole Extreme Wellness, high fiber tortilla as a delicious and healthy snack. Since I had never tried PBfit, I decided to forego the Splenda and cinnamon in order to get a good taste of this product as it comes from the jar.

My first impression was it actually tasted better than the others.

It had a sweetness to it. That sweetness was a huge red flag that I had better check the nutrition and ingredient label. To my dismay, this product contains coconut palm sugar.

I am carb addicted, Type 2 diabetes runs strong on both sides of my family. When I was heavier, I was told by my doctor that I was prediabetic. Thank God, being prediabetic can be turned completely around through good nutrition and exercise. As a rule, I do not eat anything that contains added sugars, for any reason, ever…

The other brands of powdered peanut butter I have used only provided 50 calories per two tablespoon serving. If I had read the label and saw that PBfit provided 70 calories for a two tablespoon serving, I would have been going straight to the ingredient list, but I didn’t this time.

You might be thinking that 70 calories is not bad, and the sugar content is minimal.

You might also notice that at 5 grams total carbs, minus 3 grams of fiber for a net total of 2 grams of carbohydrates is actually pretty good. You would be correct!

 You would be correct also in that coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index (35) than white sugar (60 to 65), meaning it doesn’t spike your blood glucose and insulin like table sugar does. Regular table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup don’t contain any vital nutrients and therefore supply “empty” calories. Coconut sugar does retain quite a bit of the nutrients found in the coconut palm such as the minerals iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, along with some short-chain fatty acids like polyphenols and antioxidants along with a fiber called inulin. But, it is still very high in calories (same as regular sugar) and you’d have to eat a ridiculous amount of it to satisfy your need for the those particular nutrients. It should not take being a doctor or rocket scientist to understand that added sugar is unhealthy because of how it causes a significant rise in blood sugar levels. Added sugars are calorie dense and nutrient poor,  it provides virtually no vitamins or minerals.

Table sugar has a high fructose content. Within your body, only your liver cells break down fructose. What happens to fructose inside liver cells is complicated. One of the end products is triglyceride, a form of fat. Uric acid and free radicals are also formed. None of this is good. Triglycerides can build up in liver cells and damage liver function. Triglycerides released into the bloodstream can contribute to the growth of fat-filled plaque inside artery walls. Despite claims that coconut sugar is effectively fructose-free, it’s made of 70–80% sucrose, which is half fructose. For this reason, coconut sugar supplies almost the same amount of fructose as regular sugar, gram for gram.  Over time and when consumed in excess, added sugars may cause all sorts of problems like metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. We can look around and see people with these issues everywhere we turn in this modern world. Just think of the percentage of people you know who have weight issues or are outright obese compared to those who are fit and trim. In western society, 68% of our population have weight issues and it is not getting any better.

You may or may not care about the sugar content in this or any other product. Maybe sugar has not had a negative effect on your body. However, for those of us who are carb addicted it is not good to make exceptions and consume any of it. Each individual has a different threshold for how much sugar and simple carbs they can consume without it causing ravenous cravings later. But for some of us, our threshold can be quite low. I am one of these people with a low threshold. For me to make an exception to consume sugar is no different that when an alcoholic makes an exception to drink a beer. Each time we make exceptions, it just becomes easier and easier to continue making exceptions in the future.

Because of the sugar, I am going to chuck the rest of this new jar of PBfit into the trash. However, they do have a sugar free version sweetened with monk fruit that I will be trying should I ever see it in my grocery store. Until then, I will stick to my other brands.

No Cow Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bar Review

I thought I was done having to leave the house this afternoon when my better half asked me to pick up her prescriptions at the drugstore for her. Being the wonderful, loving, best husband ever, that I am, I ventured back out for her. As luck would have it, the protein and supplement aisle leads me straight to the pharmacy in the back. Like a kid browsing excitedly in the toy aisle, I get the same over nutritional supplements. I like to try protein bars to see what my future competitors are putting out to market since I have a few recipes I have perfected and plan to get to market too once I find a commercial bakery that is reasonable enough.

When I read a label and it says Chocolate Fudge Brownie, I expect the product to at least bear some semblance to a brownie. The bar looked appetizing enough before I bit into it, but the texture was nothing close to being brownie like. All I could think was it seemed as if someone had moistened some powdered whey protein enough for it to bind and then pressed it into a bar. It was dense enough to not be powdery, but not by a very large margin. However, the flavor was not bad. It was chocolaty, and had bits of almond in it. This redeemed it enough that I would eat one again to be polite if someone gave it to me, but I am not going to buy another one anytime soon. The texture might not be an issue to many of you, but I just found it to be a little weird for my palate.

Ingredients:

Protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein), soluble corn fiber, glycerine, cocoa nibs, palm oil, almonds, cocoa powder, natural flavors, salt, water, cocoa butter, sweetener blend ( erythritol, stevia leaf, monk fruit)

Although these protein bars have a funky texture, they are nutritionally sound enough and do not taste horrible. Word of caution though, these bars contain 15 grams of fiber and could cause the same effect as Citrucel or any other fiber supplement to help you with your bowel movements. Just something to consider…

 

 

Sweet Earth POGO Review

This product caught my eye today when strolling down the freezer aisle of my grocery store. Chai, Cocoa & Pumpkin Seed Wrap sounded good, and the fact it has 13 grams of protein and 0 grams of added sugar made the purchase an easy choice for me. I am always looking for good protein bars that taste good while not being a glorified candy bar as many of them are. There is nothing about this product that resembles candy.

This product can be eaten thawed, heated in a microwave, or toasted in a toaster oven. I heated mine in the microwave, but plan to toast them in the future should I buy it again. (I probably will)

At first bite, I was a little disappointed because I was hoping for a chocolate taste being as cocoa is listed on the front of the label. I could not detect any at all, but that was not a deal killer for me. I found the texture to be somewhere between that of bread and cake. I was hoping for a little chewiness, but again, this was no where near reason enough for me to not enjoy it. I enjoyed the texture and the delicious flavor was a perfect blend of sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Wheat flour is the main ingredient, but the bar did not have a wheat flavor to it at all.

If you are gluten sensitive, you need to be aware of the wheat and also the added wheat gluten.

These bars are a little higher in carbs than I would typically eat in a snack. Yet, at 4 grams of fiber per serving and 13 grams of protein, I would not mind having one in my lunch box every so often when I am out on the road in my semi.

I’m anxious to try some more of Sweet Earth’s POGO products, but have one word of caution to those who do not consume added sugar — some of them do have added sugar. As with any food that is new to you, be sure to read the nutrition and ingredient labels before making your purchase.

 

Healthy Choice Korean Beef Power Bowl Review

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Nutritional Information

Calories 310

Protein 20 grams

Fat 8 grams

Net Carbs 31 grams

I like many Healthy Choice offerings so when I saw this Korean inspired healthy bowl, I was in! I love convenience but will not sacrifice good nutrition so this looked like a win-win.

There was plenty of beef in the dish, which is always a plus and the flavor was excellent. The texture was a little different from what I like. It was a bit dense so it slid somewhat when I bit into it, making it seem a little “squiggly”. I am accustomed to home-cooked roast beef and no frozen meal can successfully mimic that texture. I really liked the mixture of quinoa and red rice for my carbohydrate serving for that meal. The mixture of bamboo shoots, carrots, kale, baby spinich and mushrooms gave it a great variety of tastes and textures. The level of spiciness is perfect for me. It’s slightly hot but not overpowering, just enough to give it a “bite”. I liked the spicy sauce and would have appreciated a bit more in the dish. My only problem with the sauce is that there is a minuscule amount of honey and refined sugar in the recipe. In the list of ingredients honey is listed under 2% or less and sugar is the next to the last ingredient. I don’t eat sugar and somehow missed this information, probably because it’s so far down on the ingredient list. The ingredient list is huge which is a problem for me since I normally eat whole, unprocessed foods.

This entree was good enough that I was a little sad when it was gone, which is another problem with this dish for me. Since I am athletic, a strength trainer, I am accustomed to eating plenty. I never go hungry. This meal, at 9.5 ounces for the entire box just didn’t satisfy me. I can easily eat that weight in meat alone. While overall, the flavor and convenience of this product is excellent and the price, at only $3.48 is great for a meal, it seems more like a side-dish to me. People often think that I don’t eat very much because I am compact and really not a very big person but I do eat a set number of high quality calories every day and am almost always either full or about to be. I would have gladly paid more money and given up more calories for a bigger serving. If Healthy Choice removed the sugars from the product I would like it better. The Net Carbs of 31 grams is a little high, so a larger serving would mean more carbohydrates but I eat more carbs than that in a day, so I could “afford” those carbs for more satisfaction.

If you can be satisfied with this portion size, you may like this product. I won’t buy it again because of the sugars in the recipe. If there was no sugar, I might buy two and eat them both in a time crunch. At 310 calories each, I could do that but with the added sugar, I won’t. The Korean flavors are excellent but I could detect the sugar in the recipe and I don’t like that taste anymore. If Healthy Choice ever announces that they are removing all added sugars from their meals, I might try this again, but I will buy two.

Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tender Review

I have stated in other reviews of vegetarian or vegan products that although I am a carnivore at heart, I still do enjoy some vegan products from time to time.  I also have a secondary reason for sampling these products, my daughter Molly Ann and her husband are almost exclusively vegetarian.  They reside in Germany with our two year old granddaughter Nishi whom we have not yet met because of health issues here with Loraine, and now, the COVID 19 virus has pretty much halted all international travel. Someday, when my daughter and her little family come home for a visit, and I get to meet my little granddaughter for the first time, I would like to provide foods that she will enjoy that also keep with their dietary practices.

This afternoon on my way home from work, I stopped by our neighborhood grocery store to get a gallon of milk and spotted these vegetarian tenders in the freezer aisle.  I thought they looked like they would be worth a try, and may be a great snack food for Nishi one day. Afterall, you usually cannot go wrong with children and chicken tenders, right?

I have some good and not so good things to report on these vegetarian chicken tenders…

First, this is a minor detail, but Gardein states they can be  ready in ten minutes. The tenders can be ready in ten minutes once you have heated your oven to 450 degrees and have microwaved them for forty five seconds before placing into your oven.

Give yourself a little bit more than the ten minutes.

I baked mine at 430 degrees for twenty minutes, and flipped them at ten minutes. As you can plainly see on one of them, the breading comes off fairly easy if you are not careful with them. This is not a deal killer for me though.

I prepared six tenders which is three servings per the package. I consumed three of the tenders plain and three with habanero hot sauce.

I had the plain tenders first. I have to say that with the first bite, I was not impressed. They were not very crispy, but did have a texture that was very similar to actual meat when eating them which was a good thing. I found they tasted of bland grains and canola oil more than anything. The meat substitute had very little flavor, if any at all. I’m not too sure that a child would want to eat these plain at all. Other than the taste of canola oil, I did not find the taste to be good or bad. I was not disgusted by them, but cannot say that I liked them either. But, I had three more to eat with the habanero sauce…

With sauce, I found the tenders to be better in that they are a good medium for sauces. Thank God, with additional flavor, the strong taste of canola oil disappeared. If you want to eat these, in my opinion, they are far more palatable with a sauce of some kind over plain. I bet your child would agree with this too.

The nutritional data on the packaging does not match that given on Gardein’s website!

For a lot of people, the fact the label does not match the website might not be that big of a deal. However, if you are like me, and track everything you eat, it would be great if Gardein got their information to match!

Note: on the website, they state the tenders are 100 calories per serving and contain 8 grams of protein. However, read the actual label below:

If you look at the product nutritional label above, you will see total and added sugars to be zero grams. However, on Gardein’s website, they plainly list cane sugar as an ingredient!

Sugar is not included as an ingredient on the packaging. You may or may not find the conflicting information regarding sugar to be no big deal. However, I do for a couple reasons; as a rule, I do not consume added sugars for health reasons and the fact I am carb addicted. I will acknowledge the amount of sugar in this product is not going to be enough to spike my insulin and should not leave me craving more sugar later.

However, I believe in truth in advertising!

I do not want to see a disparity between the given information on a products package and that given on the producers website. How would conflicting information workout if one has allergies to nuts. What if one is gluten sensitive?

Nutritional information has to be correct!

I cannot recommend this product to anyone. Not because I find the taste to be that objectionable, but simply because of the disparities in nutritional information. Remember, Gardein products are a processed food which matters little whether it is animal based or vegan.  As with most processed foods, some Gardein products tend to be very high in sodium and can do a number on your blood pressure.

Sweet Earth Seitan Review

First, you might be asking what in the world is Seitan. I had never heard of it until my youngest daughter Molly Ann recommended I give it a try. Seitan is a vegan substitute for meat made from wheat gluten and water and is often promoted as a high-protein, low-carb alternative to animal protein. It is made entirely out of hydrated gluten, the main protein found in wheat. You might also sometimes hear it referred to as wheat gluten, wheat meat, wheat protein or just gluten.

Seitan is produced by kneading wheat flour with water to develop sticky strands of gluten protein. The dough is then rinsed to wash away all of the starch. What remains is a sticky mass of pure gluten protein that can be seasoned, cooked and used in vegan or vegetarian dishes as a substitute for meat. Molly Ann makes her own Seitan at home and has shared a recipe with me that I need to try sometime soon.

In the packaging, the Seitan did not look the least bit appetizing to me, but I decided to go ahead and take one for the team and press on with trying it for a review.

As you can see, the Seitan looks more appealing once it is out of the package. However, I will tell you right now it smells exactly like stale beer in the bottom of a bottle that has set on a table for a couple days. The smell reminded me of a closed bar room  minus the odor of cigarette smoke that has permeated everything inside. After a good sniff, I just knew without a shadow of doubt this product was going to taste exactly like stale beer. How could something that smelled so strong not taste the same?

I began heating the Seitan in a sauce pan with a little bit of olive oil so I could get a sample before mixing in other ingredients. What I found was the product actually had a meat like texture, and the flavor was very neutral. If I was to say there was any flavor at all, it was slightly nutty, very slightly though. And, thank God, the stale beer smell went away as I was heating it.

After I was satisfied that I could proceed with cooking with the Seitan, I added black beans, picante sauce, habanero hot sauce and chili powder and then let it simmer for a few minutes. Molly Ann was right, the Seitan had absorbed the flavors of the foods it was mixed into. The Seitan made this bowl of beans a heartier meal than if it had been beans only. The texture seemed even more like meat as a part of this bean dish. It was truly satisfying and filling. I can see possibilities using Seitan in some of my future meals.

Ingredients:

Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Soy Sauce, Wheat, Salt, Alcohol, Nutritional Yeast, Ginger, Rice Bran Oil, Rice vinegar, Kombu

Nutrition for 2.5 ounce serving:

Seitan is made entirely out of gluten, the main protein in wheat, so it is a good protein option for vegetarians and vegans, however, it is not good for those who are gluten sensitive. The exact amount of protein in seitan varies, depending on whether other proteins like soy or legume flours were added during production.

A 3-ounce serving usually contains between 15 and 21 grams of protein, which is roughly equivalent to proteins we find in fish, chicken, and beef. But you need to know that while Seitan is high in protein, it does not provide a full profile of amino acids. It is missing lysine which your body’s needs to to build proteins. Lysine plays a critical role in supporting our immune system and promoting the production of enzymes and hormones. Diabetics, athletes, and people with health conditions like herpes simplex virus can benefit from consuming extra amounts of Lysine. Our bodies cannot produce Lysine, so it is essential to include foods rich in lysine in our diets.

While Seitan may be nutritious food choice, it is still a highly processed food. Seitan does not exist in nature, it is a man made product.  Although seitan is a processed food, it is not high in calories, sugar or fat. Because of this, it should not contribute to obesity like other ultra-processed foods. People who consume a diet rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes, can likely include seitan in their diets without much worry. Because store bought brands may be high in sodium, those who already consume high amounts of processed foods may want to consider whether seitan would be a good addition to their diets.

Smartfood White Cheddar Cheese Flavored Popcorn Review

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It’s hard to find a snack that satisfies the crunch craving any better than popcorn. This single serving package gives you just the right amount safely and deters the mindless reaching into the bowl for “just a little more.” The packaging is one of my favorite features of this product. The 5/8 ounce serving is a large volume of popcorn so it’s very satisfying.

The flavor is perfectly seasoned with just the right saltiness and cheesy goodness. The crunch is good but not as good as fresh popped popcorn. That’s always a drawback with packaged popcorn, it’s always a little soft. While this offering is still crunchy, it does have that packaged popcorn texture.

I really like this product for taste and convenience but unfortunately, at 100 calories and 7 net grams of carbohydrates and only 2 grams of protein, it doesn’t fill the main requirement that I set for my food which is that every calorie should be nutrient dense. This popcorn is almost devoid of nutrition, so it’s an item that I will not buy again. I am a power-builder and in order to be as lean as possible and as muscular as possible, my calories have to be packed with good nutrition. If your lifestyle is different, you may be able to fit this product into your food plan. It will satisfy a salty-crunchy craving with minimal calories and is so much better than an open multiple serving bag of anything that might also satisfy that craving.

As always, we encourage you to choose foods that are nutrient dense and this one just doesn’t do it. The only place that I can see for this product in my life is one of those times when I’m stuck searching for a snack in a convenience store. While this popcorn won’t build a great physique, it will get you down the road a piece with minimal damage to your program. If you find yourself in that situation, at only $.50/bag, you can certainly afford it in your financial budget. One serving on occasion won’t have a particularly negative impact on your nutritional program but empty calories are expensive by robbing your body of the dense nutrition that you need to be robust and healthy for a long, strong life. Choose wisely.