thinkThin High Protein Bars Review: Are They a Healthy Choice?

thinkThin High Protein Bars Review: Are They a Healthy Choice?

April 15, 2017   12 Comments

There are so many bars on the market and a reader asked me if I thought thinkThin high protein bars are a healthy choice.

I had never seen them before but I was intrigued. If you have been following my reviews such as my Are LUNA BARs Good for You? post and my Clif Z bar review, you know that I have three basic requirements:

My ideal bar would have:

1. Five grams of sugar per bar.
2. About 150 calories (the right size for a snack).
3. Have a delicious flavor and texture.

What is SO interesting here is that this bar – the thinkThin high protein features ZERO grams of sugar! Whoa! It also has 20 grams of protein and it one flavor is called “brownie crunch”

For the WW members, this bar is 6 SmartPoints. First, it misses on my calorie requirement of 150. This bar is 230 calories and I was surprised by the amount of saturated fat – 15% of your daily allowance. That seems like a lot for me in a bar.

How did it taste? I was very surprised that it had a sweet flavor because of the no sugar. After I ate the bar, I had a stomachache (bloated with gas) and I wasn’t sure why. Take a look up at that label. Do you see sugar alcohol – 12 grams?

Sugar alcohol, which can also be found in sugar free gum, can cause stomach distress because it is not digestible (that is why it is a zero calorie sweetener).

I did actually like the taste of this but I wouldn’t eat it again because of the 230 calories and the bad stomachache.

thinkThin also makes a 150 calorie protein and fiber bar. It has only 5 grams of sugar! Is this the holy grail of snack bars?

For WW members, this bar is 5 SmartPoints. Again, I was surprised by the saturated fat but I can live with it. Where I get into trouble is the fiber.

This has chicory root fiber which can also give you a stomachache. I wrote about it in Should You Be Concerned about Inulin or Chicory Root Fiber.

This added fiber doesn’t give me gas but many of my readers have had trouble with it.

What about taste? The only one that I liked was the Chunky Chocolate Peanut. I don’t have a problem with chicory root fiber so I would actually eat this as a snack bar. It tasted like a candy bar – yum! It was chewy and sweet. I found it very satisfying.

It was great to find at least one bar at 150 calories, 5 grams of sugar, and enjoy eating it.I don't think I would love it every day but it would be fine in a pinch.

What do you think of thinkThin bars? Have you tried them?

Other posts you might like:

Are LUNA Bars Good for You?

Are LUNA BARs Good for You?

LUNA BAR is marketed exclusively to women as a healthy choice. Can a flavor like chocolate cupcake be healthy?

Cliff Z Bar Review

A Brownie as An Energy Snack?: Clif Z Bar for Kids

I don’t know how many of you would like a chocolate brownie that is also a healthy snack –but I guess that would be a majority.

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Quest bars have lower point, less sugar alcohols (5), 1 sugar and 20 g protein. And, they taste a whole lot better.

on April 15, 2017

I too have been searching for a protein bar that tastes decent and DOESN'T have the garbage artificial sweeteners....and no soy.... seriously hard to do!!! I have been eating power crunch bars but the fructose in them is something I didn't want. They also don't have much fiber🙁. BUT I have found these new NARS called B Up... so far I love them, a little highr on the Calories but fiber is high and protein is high an they taste decent enough for me. I would love to hear your take on them Lisa. Thank you for your great posts and I hope you check them out. Have a great holiday!!!

on April 15, 2017

Lori have you tried Rx Bars? They are expensive but all natural and great in a pinch.

on April 15, 2017

I still cannot understand why they have so much sodium. I also prefer the test of Quest bars.

on April 15, 2017

Sue Anna off hand do you know how many calories the Quest bars are?

on April 16, 2017

Great review. I never tried thinkthin but I guess I have to now.

Thumbs up for the review.

on April 16, 2017

Try Muscletech Mission bars, good and affordable from Walmart. Sweetened with stevia. Quest bars use sucralose as a sweetener in many of their bars. Great grab and go snack for 200 cal average.

on April 19, 2017

Try Quest bars. High in fiber and low in sugar for 180 calories.

on April 29, 2017

The ThinkThin bars taste great but after having one after my bike ride I had diarrhea for two days and felt like crap. Did research and The sugar alcohol ingredient in these has Maltitol which research shows causes stomach distress like bloating and has as well.

on July 21, 2017

I just tried the Chunky Chocolate Peanut thinkThin bar. It is really tasty and much better than any Qwest bar I've ever tried!

on August 1, 2017

I had the 230 calorie bar (Chocolate Fudge) because it has more protein 20g I use it to replace my breakfast this morning so not too concern about calories. I liked the taste and had zero stomach problems. I ate it at 8am and is now 11:50am and not hungry at all yet. I wouldn't eat it everyday but I bought a few as a back up meal replacement for my busy office hours.

on October 26, 2017

It's pretty common for erythritol to give people diarrhea or bloating. However, that's not true for everyone! I get those symptoms form whey protein, but not erythritol. ThinkThin now has plant-based bars with 5g of sugar and no whey protein. There are pros and cons to all the bars, I've yet to find one I truly love.

on November 21, 2017

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