Could you imagine eating your absolute favorite 3-course meal while watching the cooks in the kitchen prepare it? During the preparation for the meal, you could watch the chef grab ingredients that you didn’t recognize. That sight might not be to alarming; at first, but if you could be a fly on the wall and hear the conversations in the kitchen. Imagine the cook’s pronouncing these foreign ingredients and talking about the side effects. One chef comments “Man, could you imagine if the people in the dining room knew about all the junk we’re adding to their food?” “They’ll never know. People don’t care about what they eat as long as it tastes good or it’s marketed properly”. That conversation would definitely get the wheels turning in my head. “Should I eat this food?” “Maybe that’s why I felt weird the last time I ate here. Might not have been allergies like I thought.” “Could this be why my stomach hurt later that day. Guess it wasn’t the Mexican food.” “How could such a sought-after restaurant make me sick?”
Now imagine a similar concept but relate it to energy bars you eat. Have you ever wondered if the bar you where eating lived up to all the hype? Or where you just buying what you where familiar with? What exactly have you been eating? Was it good for you?
Maybe I can shed some light on some of these questions you might have with some of the ingredients you might typically see. I, like most people, even have a hard time pronouncing some of them or have no clue what they are. Some energy bars contain natural and artificial flavor or pass the sugars off as “organic” or “healthy”. In reality, organic sugar is still “sugar” which is comprised of fructose (the most harmful of all sugars). Some of the most popular energy bars contain these hard to pronounce ingredients or almost require a PhD to fully understand what they are. Diglycerides, sodium bicarbonate, glycerin, corn syrup, vegetable glycerin, ferrous fumarate, niacinamide, coconut sugar, organic sugar, corn syrup, tapioca syrup, maltitol syrup, oligofructose, alkalized cocoa powder. The list goes on and on, but I think you get the idea.
So what does Bandera Bar use? Bandera Bar only uses ingredients that are healthy, pronounceable, and understandable. The blueberry coconut flavor has a total of 10 ingredients. The ingredients are simple, but the ratios and recipe formulation make for a HEALTHY, balanced energy bar. The energy comes from a perfect blend of natural ingredients. Rather than harmful additives designed to provide a slow burst of energy which could lead to unhealthy side effects. Bandera Bar ingredients consist of brown rice syrup, organic rolled oats, whey protein crisps, date paste, protein isolate, blueberries, unsweetened shredded coconut, flaxseed oil, vanilla, and salt. Eat what you know! Eat a Bandera Bar!