While granola bars are great for snacking on the go or hiking, they typically don't contain healthy ingredients. Most of the granola bars that you see in gas stations and stores are sugar bombs and/or contain a plethora of unhealthy ingredients and oils. Nutrigrain, for instance, contains enriched flour, soybean oil, sugar, dextrose, fructose, modified food starch and more bad news.
Ratio Keto Bars are one of the few keto-friendly bars on the market that taste close to granola bars. These bars contain clean ingredients, which we discuss at the bottom of this post, and they also taste great for not having a ton of carbohydrates.
Ratio Keto Toasted Almond Taste
Let's do my favorite bar first. The texture is a dry crunch like one of the classic Nature Valley bars. The bar breaks up easily so it'll create lots of crumbs. The toasted almond flavor has a strong cinnamon flavor with a hint of nuttiness. The fullness of the bar makes you feel like you're eating a granola bar, but it is largely almonds and seeds.
Ratio Keto Lemon Almond Taste
The texture was very similar to the toasted almond flavor; hard, dry and crunchy. This bar has less cinnamon flavor and contains lemon. I did not like the lemon flavor in this bar as much as the cinnamon flavor in the toasted almond, but it was still tasty.
Ratio Keto Macro Check
Each bar has the same macros. For keto dieters, the advertised net carbs for this product is 2g net carbohydrates. Subtract the fiber because fiber does not get digested and subtract the sugar alcohols because they represent the Erythritol. Note that not all types of sugar alcohols are removed.
Ratio Keto Ingredient Check
Almonds are mostly made up of healthy fats, fiber and protein. Studies have linked almonds to reduced blood pressure and lower levels of cholesterol.
Pumpkin seeds are a good source minerals like magnesium and iron and also contain a high amount of protein. Pumpkin seeds also have healthy fats in them which promote heart health. This makes pumpkin seeds a great addition to almonds in these bars.
Coconut oil is pressed fat from the whites inside coconuts. This oil is almost never refined by chemicals, so it is commonly expeller-pressed or cold-pressed. If it is refined, it is typically steam pressed. Coconut oil has many health benefits backed by scientific studies. One notable benefits with Coconut oil is that, while the majority of the type of fats are saturated, they contain MCT's. MCT's have been shown to increase the number of calories your body burns and perhaps even put your body in some sort of fat-burning ketosis.
A sweetener that contains nearly no calories that tastes like our common refined sugar. It does not spike blood sugar and possibly reduces risk of heart disease. Human studies show little side effects other than minor digestive issues in some people at larger doses.
Whey Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Isolate is a great protein source which has the complete amino acid profile. The addition of this protein to the bar is what boosts the amount of protein in these bars at a low calorie cost.
A sweetener refined from the stevia plant that is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia has nearly zero calories and is also linked to lowering insulin and glucose levels.
Soy Protein Isolate
Soy Protein is a complete source of protein, but studies show that it isn't as efficient at muscle synthesis as whey protein is. While high protein diets are shown to aid in weight loss, the evidence isn't clear with soy protein particularly. Soy protein comes from soy products which are frequently genetically modified (GMO). That said, just know that there is no clear evidence that soy protein is inherently bad for you.
A flavor that has been extracted from a plant or an animal. This can include a large array of foods. Quoting the FDA, this can be a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof. Basically, we cannot tell just from reading the label what is in natural flavors.