KIND PLUS Protein Bars
KIND PLUS Protein Bars are food bars with a modest amount of protein, but they contain a relatively high amount of healthy fats, good amount of fibers, they are low or free from common allergens and problem causing compounds and they come at affordable price.
Published: October 27, 2016.
KIND PLUS Protein Bars come in many flavors. Macronutrient content for each flavor is similar and it is given in the following table. Note that content can vary even for individual flavor, depending on the ingredients - for short, read the labels! Content is given per single bar, not per 100g of bars! Amazon links open in the new window, feel free to check them.
|Flavor||Weight||Protein||Carbs (Total)||Sugars||Fibers||Fats (Total)||Saturated Fats||Trans Fats||Calories||Amazon Link|
|Almond Cashew||40g||4g||20g||11g||3g||11g||1.5g||0g||190||KIND PLUS Almond Cashew|
|Blueberry Pecan||40g||4g||20g||9g||5g||12g||1g||0g||190||KIND PLUS Blueberry Pecan|
|Cranberry Almond||40g||4g||20g||11g||3g||13g||1.5g||0g||190||KIND PLUS Cranberry Almond|
|Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew||40g||4g||22g||14g||2.5g||9g||2.5g||0g||180||KIND PLUS Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew|
|Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate||40g||8g||17g||9g||2.5g||13g||3.5g||0g||200||KIND PLUS Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate|
|Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio||40g||4g||22g||10g||3g||10g||1g||0g||190||KIND PLUS Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio|
|Almond Walnut Macadamia||40g||10g||13g||7g||2.5g||14g||2g||0g||200||KIND PLUS Almond Walnut Macadamia|
These protein bars are not marked as suitable for vegans, although as of them are even 'Diary Free'. Also, most flavors are free of gluten, cholesterol, soy, and similar.
|Flavor||NON-GMO||Gluten-Free||Sodium Free||Dairy-Free||Cholesterol Free||Soy Free|
|Blueberry Pecan||Yes||Yes||No - 20mg per bar||Yes||Yes||No|
|Cranberry Almond||Yes||Yes||No - 25mg per bar||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew||Yes||Yes||No - 20mg per bar||No||Yes||No|
|Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate||Yes||Yes||No - 25mg per bar||Yes||Yes||No|
|Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio||Yes||Yes||No - 25mg per bar||Yes||Yes||No|
|Almond Walnut Macadamia||Yes||Yes||No - 65mg per bar||Yes||Yes||No|
KIND PLUS Protein Bars practically contain no cholesterol, no Gluten, and are NON-GMO food bars. Sodium content is very low, even in the Almond Walnut Macadamia flavor (only 65mg per bar).
Only two flavors are declared as 'Soy-Free', but other flavors contain soy only in traces (if any), so if you are worried about fito-estrogens in these bars - don't worry since amounts of soy are really very low.
Are KIND PLUS Protein Bars Healthy?
When eaten, bars must be chewed, which is very important for feeling full and satiated for a longer period of time. Note that they also don't contain sugar alcohols, which can cause digestive issues, if consumed in larger quantities - KIND don't state that their bars are free of sugar alcohols, we just couldn't find them on the list of the ingredients. And since they use honey (among other things), IMHO, they don't even need sugar alcohols to improve the taste.
Fat content is rather large, but most of the fats are healthy fats with low amounts of saturated fats and no trans fats.
Fiber content is very good, especially in Blueberry Pecan flavor.
Sugar content could be lower - bars are relatively small and total amounts of sugars is low, but still, it could be lower. But, bars taste very good :)
If you don't know what to eat when you are in a hurry (breakfast, daily snacks), give these bars a chance. They are not 'super-rich' in protein, but an occasional treat, they are very good and very beneficial. But don't expect to replace normal, balanced nutrition with food bars only (KIND PLUS or any other protein or energy bar).
Long story short - KIND PLUS Protein Bars are high-quality food bars with acceptable amounts of protein. Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Almond Walnut Macadamia flavors have good amounts of protein, but other flavors could be, IMHO, better.