Are Tanka Bars Keto Friendly?

At the time of writing this post, I’ve been on the ketogenic diet for over five years and logged over 250 blood ketone tests in an effort to estimate the effects of food and ingredients on my ketosis, including those in Tanka Bars.

I’m always glad to see meat-based protein bars on the market competing with soy and whey protein bars. Tanka bars are great products, but are they keto friendly? In this post I'll evaluate Tanka bars, give them keto friendly grades, and see how they stack up to similar keto friendly snacks!


Savage Fuel Keto Friendly Grades:

  • A: Completely compatible, positive or no impact on ketosis.

  • B: Highly compatible, but don't go too crazy.

  • C: Moderately compatible, be mindful and limit intelligently.

  • D: Barely compatible, detrimental to ketosis and not recommended.

  • F: Not compatible, overdo it just a little and kiss your ketosis goodbye.

Keto Friendly Grading Factors:

Rule of Thumb:  0-4% great, 5-8% ok, 9-12% caution, 13%+ red alert

Rule of Thumb: 0-4% great, 5-8% ok, 9-12% caution, 13%+ red alert

  • Percent of Total Calories from Net Carbohydrates: Since servings sizes often vary significantly, this is the most consistent metric of keto-friendliness.

  • Net Carbs per Serving: What is a serving size and how many carbs are in it?

  • Glycemic and Insulin Index of Ingredients: Not all carbohydrates and protein have the same effect on our blood sugar and insulin levels.

  • Hidden Carbs: Hidden carbohydrates are based on the caloric values and glycemic indexes of ingredients sometimes classified as fibers or sugar alcohols.

  • Nutritional Density: Foods that are higher in percent of total calories from net carbs but are also high in nutrition per calorie can still be worth eating like broccoli.

  • Easy to Overeat: Some foods are difficult not to overeat and require extra willpower to avoid overindulging which is an important factor to consider.

Tanka Bars Keto Friendly Grades:

Overall factors: No hidden carbs, not hard to avoid overeating, and decent nutritional density.

  • Jalapeno Bar: F-
    8g net carbs per 80 calorie 28g bar
    40% of calories from net carbs (red)
    6g Sugar

  • Spicy Pepper Bar: F-
    6g net carbs per 70 calorie 28g bar
    34% of calories from net carbs (red)
    6g Sugar

  • Slow Smoked Original Bar: F-
    6g net carbs per 70 calorie 28g bar
    34% of calories from net carbs (red)
    6g Sugar

  • Warrior Bar: F-
    12g net carbs per 140 calorie 56g bar
    34% of calories from net carbs (red)
    12g Sugar

Tanka Bars Keto Friendly Conclusion:


Tanka Bars vs Keto Friendly Snacks

Percent of Total Calories from Net Carbs

Tanka bars are high-quality products, but with fruit in every bar, they’re too high in carbs and sugar to be keto friendly. Luckily for us, there are delicious, convenient, and ultra keto friendly alternatives like Nick’s Sticks grass-fed beef sticks and ChocoPerfection chocolate. Check out the Keto Shop for more expertly curated and guaranteed keto friendly sweet treats, savory snacks, and more!

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Please consult a medical professional before making any medical decisions. These are my personal opinions based on years of practicing the ketogenic diet.