Avoid this Ingredient in Your Protein Bars

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We often reach for a protein bar as a quick and easy way to satisfy hunger while also trying to be smart about what we eat. Protein keeps us satisfied longer and gives us energy to get through our day. There’s one ingredient used in a lot of protein bars, however, that you'll want to avoid.

Food manufacturers use this ingredient because it’s cheap and creates a nice texture in food. But financial advantages to manufacturers equals health disadvantages to your body. What ingredient am I referring to? Soy protein isolates.

More and more scientific research is pointing to the negative side-effects of eating soy, including:

  • Weight gain for men and women (especially in “feminine” areas like the hips and breasts)
  • Digestive issues including stomach pain and bloating
  • Mood swings
  • Thyroid issues
  • Reproductive issues
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Cancer development, including pancreatic and hormone-sensitive types of cancer
  • Allergies (this is a highly allergenic food)
  • Lowered testosterone in men
  • Blood clots
  • Mineral deficiencies (like calcium, magnesium and zinc)
  • Hormone disruption
  • Inflammation
  • Increased risk of miscarriage
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia
  • Accelerated aging in the skin (makes you look older than you are!)

Isolated soy protein is a highly-processed ingredient. It is created by first removing the fiber from soybeans, putting them through an acid wash and then neutralizing them in a solution. Sometimes, because of the manufacturing process, aluminum sneaks into the finished product.

The beans are processed under high temperature, making them lose their nutrients. The end product--soy protein isolates--is toxic and cancer-causing.

Originally, isolated soy protein was a waste product.And it was actually invented for use in cardboard!

But once the food industry realized this miracle waste product could make foods feel more pleasant in the mouth, it is now regularly used in all kinds of processed foods.

Sometimes we’re just busy and need something quick to grab on the go. I encourage you to look for food that is convenient and good for that gorgeous body. Drop the soy protein isolates and grab something more nourishing.

Need some ideas? Here are my current favorite snack bars that DON’T use soy or soy protein isolates:

  • RXBAR
  • Larabar
  • Primal Kitchen Grass-Fed Collagen bars
  • PRESSED by KIND (eat sparingly due to high fruit sugar content)

Do you have a favorite snack bar that doesn't include soy? I'd love to know...comment and share below!

Here's to loving the skin you're in,