BPI Best Protein Bar – A “Dirtier” But BETTER Bar?

BPI Best Protein Bar

BPI Sports jumps back into the protein bar market with the release of Best Protein Bar that uses a blend of three different proteins.

The pre workout once reigned supreme over the supplement arena. However, the previous year has seen the emergence of a new challenger to the king of supplements: the protein bar.

These palm-sized portions of protein packed goodness have been showing up all over the place lately. A market once dominated by the almighty Quest Bar (whose demise is happening at an alarming rate) is now matched and even surpassed by other noteworthy contenders such as the OhYeah! ONE Bars and Venture Bars.

Seemingly every big boy in the supplement game has jumped into the melee that has become the protein bar market, including MuscleTech’s Mission 1 Bar.

BPI Sports is the latest of the big dogs on the block to join the party. But, any regular protein bar isn’t good enough for BPI, they had to create the Best Protein Bar.

The new bar joins the “Best” line of products that includes: Best Protein, Best BCAA, Best Glutamine, and the newly released Best Pre. It also comes after their FunnBar, their Starburst-like protein “candy” that we found underwhelming in the flavor department.

What separates BPI’s bar from the rest of the pack?

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Best Protein Bar Ingredients

The official label hasn’t been released yet, but we were fortunate enough to sample BPI’s new bars at the 2016 Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH. Although the brand was only handing out half-sized samples of the true bar. The samples did contain the entire ingredient panel and nutrition info for a FULL sized bar.

  • Best Protein Bar Blend

    BPI Best Protein Bar Ingredients

    Best Protein Bar is a lot “dirtier” than most of the new protein bars hitting the market, but does that equate to a “better” tasting bar?

    BPI uses a mix of whey protein isolate (WPI), milk protein isolate, and “whey powder”. Seeing isolate as the first ingredient in the blend follows the trend in the industry of predominantly sticking to WPI as the preferred choice of protein for the masses.

    WPI must contain over >90% protein with almost no traces of lactose, carbs or fats, making it an ideal choice for those who have issues digesting dairy products.[1]

    Milk Protein Isolate contains both whey and casein proteins, in the same 20:80 ratio that regular milk does.[2] Since it’s a blend of the two fast proteins, milk protein isolate has a digestion rate somewhere between the ultra-fast digestion of whey and the slow-release rate of casein. It’s predominantly casein though, so you can expect Best Protein Bars to have a rich tasting texture similar to the OhYeah! ONE bars.

    Can lactose intolerant users take it?

    The last protein contributor is simply titled “whey powder.” We’ll assume this is regular whey protein concentrate which can range anywhere from 35-80%protein.[1]

    Since it’s listed last in the blend of proteins, it should contribute the least amount. As such, it shouldn’t upset the stomach of too many of those who are sensitive to dairy… but we can’t guarantee that.

    All of the other new-age bars are pure isolates, since they’re marketed heavily to everyone, not just the fitness crowd. If this is indeed whey concentrate, we’d love for BPI to tell us how much is in there, and how much lactose we’re ultimately going to get.

    Those who are sensitive to lactose are probably fine. But until we know more, those who are severely intolerant, however, are taking a risk eating these.

  • Isomaltose-oligosaccharide

    BPI Best Protein Bar Close Up

    We’re not sure what flavor this is, but we’d venture a guess at either S’mores or Cookies & Cream. Either way, we can’t wait to taste them!

    Isomalto-oligosaccharides (IMOs) are familiar to those who have eaten their fair share of Quest bars. IMOs are the exact same thing as Vita-Fiber™.

    IMOs are a mixture of short-chain carbohydrates that possess certain digestion-resistant properties. Basically, the human GI tract has a difficult time breaking them down and absorbing any of the calories or nutrients they contain.

    The great thing about IMOs is that they are low glycemic, resist dental caries (cavities), and are a rich source of prebiotics, bacteria that foster the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.[1,2,3,4]

    IMOs are the perfect sweetener for protein bars as they sweeten the bars without jacking up the sugar content. Additionally, they contribute loads of digestible fiber,[5] further helping modulate blood sugar levels and enhancing GI system functioning.

  • The REST!

    BPI Best Protein Bar Breakdwon

    Best Protein Bar advertises it contains stevia, but it’s one of the very last ingredients on the label, meaning it’s included mostly for window-dressing.

    One thing BPI’s bar is not light on, are all of the extras. While the industry trend has been to minimize the number of additives and fillers that go into protein bars, BPI seems to have gone in the opposite direction – but if consumers will have that, it might be softer and taste better than the competition.

    For example, after the sweeteners listed above, you are greeted with the following cavalcade of ingredients:

    “Peanuts, almond butter, vegetable glycerin, peanut wafers, cocoa powder, palm kernel oil, natural and artificial flavors. Contains less than 2% of: Soy Lecithin, maltitol, nonfat dry milk, peanut oil, salt, stevia, sucralose, and vanilla.”

    That’s A LOT of extras after the primary two components of the bar (protein and sweetener). Granted the peanuts, almond butter, peanut wafers and cocoa powder are probably necessary for a Chocolate PB flavor, but do they really need to include the other 12 ingredients when so many of the other competitors on the market do it with less? Those who want candy-bar-like taste and texture may say yes, while those who want it as natural as possible may say no and go back to Venture Bar.

Best Protein Bar Macros

BPI Best Protein Bar Nutrition Facts

Each Best Protein Bar packs in 20g of Protein, 28g of Carbs, and 17g of Fiber!

As we stated up top, the sample we received at the Arnold listed the macros for a FULL protein bar:

  • Calories: 230
  • Protein: 20g
  • Carbs: 28g (3g sugar, 5g sugar alcohol)
  • Fiber: 17g
  • Fats: 8g (2.5g saturated)

Available Flavors

Upon its release, Best Protein Bar will come in four different flavors, two of which are rather unique to the industry:

  • S’mores
  • Cinnamon Crunch
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Cookies & Cream

Takeaway

BPI enters into the expanding protein market with a bang, but we have to wonder if the laundry list of ingredients will turn off a consumer base that’s showed an increasing tendency towards more “natural” and “cleaner” options when it comes to not only their pre workouts, but also their protein bars.

One thing’s certain though, these things will probably taste AWESOME! BPI is known for having some of the best tasting, and most unique, supplements on the market, and Best Protein Bar should be no different.

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References

  1. McDonough FE, et al; “Composition and properties of whey protein concentrates from ultrafiltration”; J Dairy Sci.; 1974; Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4443458
  2. Whitney, R. McL; “Proteins of Milk, in: Fundamentals of Dairy Chemistry”; 1988, 3rd Ed. Wong, N. P., R. Jenness, M. Keeney, and E. H. Marth, eds. Van Nostrand Reinhold, NY; Retrieved from https://books.google.com/books?id=uP2TYNs3wWoC&pg=PA81&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false
  3. Hesta, M., Debraekeleer, J., Janssens, G. P. J. & De Wilde, R. (2001). The effect of a commercial high-fibre diet and an Isomalto-oligosaccharide-supplemented diet on post-prandial glucose concentrations in dogs. J. Animal Physio. Animal Nutr., 85(7-8) 217
  4. Hesta, M, Roosen, W, et al. (2003). Prebiotics affect nutrient digestibility but not fecal ammonia in dogs fed increased dietary protein levels. British Journal of Nutrition 90, 1007-1014
  5. Minami T, et al. (1989). Caries-inducing activity of isomaltooligosugar (IMOS) in vitro and rat experiments. Shoni Shikagaku Zasshi 27(4) 1010-7
  6. Kaneko, T.; Kohmoto, T.; Fukui, F.; Akiba, T.; Suzuki, S.; Hirao, A.; Nakatsuru, S.; Kanisawa, M. 1990.Acute and chronic toxicity and mutagenicity studies on isomaltooligosaccharides, and the effect on peripheral blood lymphocytes and intestinal microflora. Shokuhin Eiseigaku Zasshi 31 (5):394-403
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