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Are Think Thin Bars Healthy?

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The Perfect Snack packed with whole foods!

There are 2 types of Think Thin bars:
(1) High Protein
(2) High Proten + Fiber

We’ll take a look at the nutrition facts and ingredients of each type of Think Thin bars to determine what’s good and bad about them…

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(1) thinkThin Creamy Peanut Butter Protein Bar

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 1 bar (60g)
Calories 240 (Fat Calories 80)

Amount/Serving
Total Fat 9g:
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol

Sodium 300mg

Total Carb. 22g:
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohol 11g
Other Carb. 9g

Protein 20g

Ingredients: protein blend (whey protein isolate, calcium caseinate, soy protein isolate, casein), coating (maltitol, cocoa butter, chocolate, sodium caseinate, milk fat, soy lecithin, natural flavors, salt), glycerin, maltitol, peanuts, water, cocoa butter, peanut flour, natural flavors, soy lecithin, sea salt.
Contains: milk, peanuts, soy.
Manufactured in a plant that also processes eggs and tree nuts.
Gluten free.
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Good:
(i) No sugar
(ii) High in protein
(iii) No trans fat
(iv) Contain whey protein isolate, a high quality protein that is easily digested and quickly absorbed in the body.
(v) Sweetened with maltitol, a type of sugar alcohol that is 90% as sweet as sugar but with half the calories. It has minimal effects on blood glucose and insulin levels in most people.

Bad:
(i) Maltitol (sugar alcohol) and gastrointestinal distress:
Some people who consume sugar alcohol may experience bloating, gas and abdominal pain.
(ii) Contain soy protein.
There are several reasons to avoid soy food products:
- Most of soy is genetically modified and highly contaminated with pesticides.
- Soybeans contain high levels of phytic acid or phytates which inhibit the body’s absorption of minerals.
- Soy contains phytoestrogens, the plant hormone that mimics estrogen hormone in the body. Studies showed that phythoestrogens may prevent or cause hormone associated cancers. So far, research has not provided clear answers on the effects of phytoestrogens on hormone associated cancer risks such as cancer of the breast, endometrium and uterus.
- Soy contains goitrogens that inhibit production of thyroid hormones. It can disrupt thyroid function and cause/worsen hypothyroidism.

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(2) thinkThin Chocolate Almond Coconut Protein + Fiber Bar
Nutrition Facts 
Serving size 1 bar (50g)
Calories 180 (Fat Calories 60)

Amount/Serving
Total Fat 6g:
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg

Sodium 125mg

Total Carb 23g:

Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 2g
Sugar Alcohol 9g

Protein 13g

Ingredients: protein blend (soy protein, whey protein, casein), coating (maltitol, cocoa butter, chocolate, sodium caseinate, milk fat, soy lecithin, natural flavors, salt), brown rice syrup, maltitol, chicory fiber, soy protein crisps (soy protein, tapioca starch and salt), glycerin, alkalized cocoa, almonds, canola oil, coconut, natural flavors, soy lecithin.
Manufactured in a plant that also processes tree nuts, peanuts and eggs.
Contains: milk, soy, almonds, coconut.
Gluten free.
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Good
(i) Low in sugar
(ii) High in fiber
(iii) No trans fat
(iv) Contain whey protein, a high quality protein that is easily digested and quickly absorbed in the body.
(v) Sweetened with maltitol, a type of sugar alcohol that is 90% as sweet as sugar but with half the calories. It has minimal effects on blood glucose and insulin levels in most people.

Bad
(i) Contain soy protein and soy crisps.
(ii) Maltitol (sugar alcohol) and gastrointestinal distress:
Some people who consume sugar alcohol may experience bloating, gas and abdominal pain.

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