Are Think Thin High Protein Bars Ketogenic 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 Think Thin protein bars.

I think keto dieters naturally gravitate towards protein bars like Think Thin's looking for a convenient sweet treat that won’t kick them out of ketosis, but are protein bars the right place to look? In this post, I’ll evaluate Think Thin High Protein Bars, give them keto friendly grades, and see how they stack up to other low carb treats!

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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:

  • Net Carbs per Serving: How many carbs are in this thing?
  • Net Carbs per 100 calories: Since serving sizes often vary significantly, a net carb per 100 calorie ratio is a more consistent measure of keto-friendliness than net carbs per serving. Lower ratios are also an indicator of higher fat content because fat has more calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates.
  • Sugar: Sugars have a higher glycemic index and larger negative impact on ketosis than other carbohydrates.
  • Hidden Carbs: Hidden carbohydrates are based on the caloric values and glycemic indexes of ingredients sometimes classified as fibers or sugar alcohols.
  • Easy to Overeat: Some foods are easy to over-eat and require extra willpower to limit overeating which is an important factor to consider.
  • Nutritional Density: Foods that are relatively high in net carbs per 100 calories but are high in nutrition per calorie can still be worth eating like broccoli and cauliflower.
  RULE OF THUMB FOR NET CARBS PER 100 CALORIE RATIO:  0-1 GREAT, 1-2 OK, 2-3 CAUTION, 3+ RED ALERT

RULE OF THUMB FOR NET CARBS PER 100 CALORIE RATIO:
0-1 GREAT, 1-2 OK, 2-3 CAUTION, 3+ RED ALERT

Think Thin High Protein Bars Keto Friendly Grades:

Overall factors: They use large amounts of Maltitol in these bars which is a sugar alcohol with a glycemic index of 36 (more than half the GI of table sugar) I'm counting 50% of the Maltitol in these bars for simplicity, which is low-balling since it's closer to about 67%. Each of these bars has about 10g of hidden net carbs in the form of Maltitol which is reflected in the net carb counts below. They're also low in nutritional density and easy to overeat.

  • Chocolate MintF-
    16g Net carbs per 230 calorie 55g bar
    7 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++)
    5g Sugar
     
  • Brownie CrunchF-
    12.5g Net carbs per 230 calorie 60g bar
    5.4 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++)
    0g Sugar
     
  • Lemon DelightF-
    13g Net carbs per 230 calorie 60g bar
    5.7 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++)
    0g Sugar
     
  • White ChocolateF-
    13g Net carbs per 230 calorie 60g bar
    5.7 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++)
    0g Sugar
  • Creamy Peanut ButterF-
    12g Net carbs per 230 calorie 60g bar
    5.2 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++)
    0g Sugar
     
  • Chocolate FudgeF-
    13.5g Net carbs per 230 calorie 60g bar
    5.9 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++)
    0g Sugar
     
  • Maple AlmondF-
    13.5g Net carbs per 230 calorie 60g bar
    5.9 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++)
    0g Sugar
     
  • Chocolate StrawberryF-
    14g Net carbs per 240 calorie 60g bar
    5.8 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++)
    0g Sugar
  • Sea Salt Almond ChocolateF-
    16g Net carbs per 230 calorie 55g bar
    7 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++)
    5g Sugar
     
  • Chunky Peanut ButterF-
    11.5g Net carbs per 240 calorie 60g bar
    4.8 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+)
    0g Sugar
     
  • Caramel FudgeF-
    11.5g Net carbs per 230 calorie 60g bar
    5 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++)
    0g Sugar
     
  • Cookies and CremeF-
    13g Net carbs per 220 calorie 60g bar
    5.9 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++)
    0g Sugar

Think Thin High Protein Bars Keto Friendly Conclusion:

 
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Based solely on Think Thin high protein bars inclusion of large amounts of Maltitol I would not ever buy them on principle. Maltitol is a misleading and shady ingredient to include in any product. These companies use it to make their products appear low carb while stabbing you in the back and raising the blood sugar. It pisses me off that there might be diabetics out there eating these products and not understanding why their blood sugar is affected.

Do not buy these bars, do not support Think Thin, there are a ton of other more keto friendly products made by great companies like ChocoPerfection,  Nui cookies, and Keto Bars. To illustrate the point let's see how these products stack up:

 

Think Thin Bars vs ChocoPerfection, Nui Cookies, and Keto Bars

 

Not even close, Think Thin bars are far from being keto friendly, stay away and stick with the best keto friendly sweet treats that honestly taste better anyways like ChocoPerfection,  Nui cookies, and Keto Bars. my personal favorite is ChocoPerfection, it gets an A- keto friendly grade and an A+ in taste from me.

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They have a lot of great flavors too, dark and dark mint are my favorites and Raspberry is the only flavor I don’t like. The dark mint with a handful of macadamia nuts tastes just like thin mint cookies. You get the classic mint chocolate flavor with the salty and crunchy macadamia nuts, it’s my favorite ultra low carb dessert.

If you’re interested in trying some I’d recommend getting the variety pack and a pack of the dark chocolate so you can try all their flavors and still have more of the dark which you’re going to like anyways. They have free shipping in the United States too which is sweet.

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