There are many people out there trying to avoid gluten. Gluten sensitivity in some form or another is something that affects a significant proportion of the population, often seriously. A subset of the population, including coeliac sufferers, those with wheat allergy, and some people with irritable bowel syndrome, must avoid gluten at all costs to maintain health and avoid painful and debilitating symptoms. In the past decade or so there has been a popular association between a gluten free diet and health, which has resulted in a growing number of people who have made a decision to avoid gluten for their own peace of mind and wellbeing. Manufacturers of protein bars have recognised and accommodated this growing section of the market, and there are a number of excellent gluten free bars available. Here are five of the best.
5. Body Ripped Lean Protein Dessert
Although it isn’t a protein bar, the Body Ripped Lean Protein Dessert definitely deserves a mention. A delicious, custardy protein snack, the Lean Protein Dessert is a high protein, low carb, low fat and low GI pudding that will satisfy your sweet cravings whilst providing you with a good dose of nutrients to support muscle recovery and building. It’s the perfect, guilt free day time snack and its convenient, individual serve and package size is easily transported in your gym bags, backpacks or handbags.
4. ISS Research Oh Yeah Bar
The ISS Research Oh Yeah bar is an extremely delicious and filling protein bar that provides around 26g of protein per bar, along with 31g of carbs and 19g of fats, most of which is unsaturated. The bar is a good snack replacement, but is also ideal for those looking to bulk up a little thanks to its decent calorie count and fairly even distribution of macronutrients. Due to the lack of gluten free mass gainers on the market, the Oh Yeah bar is a viable gluten free alternative for those who are struggling to find mass gain supplements.
3. Horley’s Carb Less Delight Bar
A low calorie, high protein bar, the Carb Less Delight bar was designed for those who want a quick snack to tide them over between meals but one that doesn’t work against their plans of fat and weight loss. For such a small bar, it’s surprisingly satisfying thanks to the fairly dense texture of the bar. Free from artificial sweeteners and at only 110 calories per serve, the Horley’s Carb Less Delight Bar is the trainer’s ultimate travel companion.
2. Maxine’s Burn Bar
It is great news for many people that what could be the best weight loss bar on the market is also gluten free. The Burn Bar combines a high quality blend of whey and soy isolates for a fast protein hit, with casein and full cream milk which digest slowly, curbing appetite and keeping the muscles supplied with amino acids, to help retain lean definition while fat is lost. Like the super popular protein of the same name, Burn Bars are low in fat and sugar, and contain scientifically tested fat burning and carb blocking ingredients. Max's and Maxines are widely praised for their flavours - Burn Bars are no exception, and come in five rich, creamy, more-ish flavours.
1. Quest Bars
Quest has long been the gold standard in protein bars, and doesn't look to be moving from the top of the heap any time soon. Starting with the most obvious attribute, Quest bars are absolutely delicious! They come in a massive amount of flavour varieties, a few of which are 100% natural, so everyone is bound to find something that suits their preferences. Quest bars pack in around 20g of protein per 60g bar, comprised of rapidly absorbed whey and slow digesting milk protein. The bars are low in sugar, but high in fibre, which aids in appetite control and supports digestive health. Quest bars are versatile in their simplicity, and can be used as an aid to weight loss or muscle gain by anyone, including those people following a gluten free diet.