At the time of writing this post, I’ve been on the ketogenic diet for over four years and logged over 200 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 ketogenic dieters naturally gravitate towards protein bars 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 a ketogenic compatibility grade, and recommend a more ketogenic friendly alternative.
Ketogenic Compatibility Grade: D
Savage Fuel Ketogenic Compatibility 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, avoid or kiss your ketosis goodbye.
Ingredients: (Dark Chocolate High Protein Bar)
PROTEIN BLEND (WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE, CASEIN), GLYCERIN, MALTITOL, COATING (MALTITOL, PALM KERNAL OIL, COCOA, ALKALIZED COCOA, WHEY, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVOR), COCOA SOY CRISPS (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, ALKALIZED COCOA, TAPIOCA STARCH), CANOLA OIL, ALKALIZED COCOA, WATER, PEANUTS, CHOCOLATE, NATURAL FLAVORS, SOY LECHITHIN, SEA SALT.
CONTAINS: MILK, PEANUT, SOY.
Think Thin High Protein Bar Macro Nutrient Ratio:
Label Net Carbs:
1 gram labeled net carbs if you don’t count glycerin listed as “Other Carb.” I add 1 gram of the 10 grams of glycerin in my net carb estimate due to its low glycemic index.
Net Carb Estimate: (My estimation based on the caloric values and glycemic index of ingredients
12g estimated net carbs. (+1g miscellaneous carbs, +1g from glycerin, +1g from soluble fiber, and +9g from Maltitol)
20 grams of protein for your body to convert into glucose via gluconeogenesis. Too much protein can prevent ketosis.
Difficult not to overeat due to the sweetness triggering cravings, good taste, and elevated blood sugar from the protein and net carbs causing hunger. Protein bars like these are unsatisfying on a ketogenic diet because they’re mostly carbohydrates and protein and low in fat.
Think Thin High Protein Bar Keto Conclusion:
Think Thin high protein bars do have some things going for them like a couple less estimated net carbs than Quest Bars and the inclusion of glycerin which has a very low glycemic index and adds sweetness and a smooth texture.
Unfortunately, they also have low-quality ingredients like Maltitol, a sugar alcohol with an unnecessarily high glycemic index, soy protein, and canola oil which is highly processed. They’re also not made with ketogenic dieters in mind because they’re high in protein, low in fat, and have relatively high estimated net carbs for a keto diet.
My Favorite Ketogenic Friendly Dessert
ChocoPerfection blew me away the first time I tried it, the taste and texture were so much better than any other low carb chocolate I’d tried before. I thought it might be too good to be true so I tested my blood ketones one day then ate four bars of it, at the same time the next day my blood ketone reading was even higher than the previous day, I was sold.
I give ChocoPerfection a A ketogenic compatibility grade because of it’s low net carbs (2g per 50g bar), high fat, low protein, zero glycemic index sweeteners, and no mystery “fiber”. The only two downsides of ChocoPerfection are that it is expensive and if you really pig out you’ll most likely become the eye of a fart storm (a side effect of Erythritol and Inulin), both are prices I’m usually willing to pay.
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 also have chocolate chips if you’re into baking and free shipping in the United States.
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