Who doesn’t love dessert? There really aren’t too many of us who would turn down something sweet, chocolatey, and decadent. What if there was a legitimately healthy protein bar that tasted like dessert?
Built Bar has created that very thing. The company has taken real ingredients and formed them into a protein bar that’s light, fluffy, and coated in dark chocolate. With flavors like salted caramel chocolate and mint brownie delite, Built Bar conjures images and tastes of mouthwatering desserts that many would enjoy.
How does Built Bar truly stack up when it comes to the essentials—ingredients, taste, and health?
About Built Bar
Most protein bars don’t offer tons of flavors. Several of them offer a decent number of options, but Built Bar has gone above and beyond with 14 flavors to choose from. The company set out to create a tasty protein bar in a wide variety of flavors that people enjoy eating, and it seems they have succeeded.
Built Bar Ingredients
On their website, Built Bar goes into detail about their ingredients, stating that they are “serious about nutrition.” The plethora of information available on their ingredients does indicate that this is true.
- Whey protein is the first and main ingredient of all the bars, chosen specifically because of its complete amino acid profile. Whey is easily digested and has no strong flavor, and Built Bar’s version eliminates casein and lactose—the milk components that typically cause an allergic reaction. Most people aren’t sensitive to whey, but it is unfortunately not a vegan protein. Each Built Bar offers 15g protein, which is a pretty decent amount.
- Gelatin is another prominent ingredient that falls into the non-vegan and non-vegetarian category as well as non-kosher and non-halal. It is included, the company claims, to “stabilize the foam structure” of the bar, which is understandable. As one of the essential bar ingredients, gelatin really has no substitute, so Built Bar has kept it in to maintain the smooth, fluffy consistency of their bars.
- Erythritol is a common sweetener that is related to sugar alcohols but doesn’t cause the potential intestinal discomfort they can. Erythritol is safe for diabetics and doesn’t spike blood sugar; it’s easily filtered out through the kidneys; it has zero calories; and it’s very well-tolerated. Additionally, since erythritol occurs naturally in foods and fruits such as grapes, watermelon, and pears, it’s considered a “healthy” sweetener and has little to no side effect profile.
- Glycerin is another common ingredient used to sweeten foods as well as thickening, stabilizing, and controlling moisture levels. Glycerin increases a product’s shelf life, and the combination of glycerin and erythritol gives a sweet taste to Built Bars that also keeps them from crystallizing. The combo also contributes to the moist, smooth texture of the bars.
- Chocolate in Built Bars not only helps provide their unique dessert flavor, its high quality provides a purity to the taste. While the chocolate does add a bit of sugar to the bar, the fiber content makes it nearly negligible, preventing blood sugar spikes. The dark chocolate gives a decadent aftertaste that is lacking in so many other protein bars, leaving the consumer with a favorable impression of Built Bars. And, of course, dark chocolate always provides antioxidants.
- Maltodextrin is the soluble fiber included in Built Bars, used to improve their texture and increase health benefits. The type of maltodextrin used is water-soluble and non-digestible, so it has no negative side effects, only positive ones.
- Built Bars contain no artificial preservatives or flavors—although the company doesn’t mention exactly what the “natural flavors” are—and no coloring is added.
Does Built Bar Work?
Built Bar works for several things, namely for satiating hunger. While it doesn’t promise anything such as weight loss or improved focus, the company does claim that their bars will satisfy cravings and provide protein. Built Bar will also improve energy for several reasons, so it’s safe to say that yes, Built Bar works.
Who is Built Bar Best for?
Built Bar is good for anyone who works out or needs a quick snack or meal. Built Bars are not safe for vegans and vegetarians, those who need kosher or halal foods, and those who are sensitive or allergic to milk products. Aside from those restrictions, Built Bar is safe for most people and is even safe for diabetics.
If you’re watching carbohydrates, Built Bars are good for you, with only 13g carbs (and 6g fiber for a net carb count of 7g). If you’re counting calories, Built Bar is also good for that as well, with a mere 110 calories per bar (and only 3 Weight Watchers points as well). The bars don’t contain nuts and soy, so they are definitely safe for anyone allergic to those.
It seems that over 21,000 customers love the taste, texture, and flavor options of Built Bar. Many say that it is the best protein bar they’ve ever had, and some eat them daily. While they may not taste exactly like candy (although some say they do, so it depends on who you ask), they’re definitely a much healthier alternative that’s satisfying. Some even say that Built Bars are so good, they don’t even seem like protein bars. That’s a big deal considering many protein bars have an unpleasant taste or aftertaste.
Built Bar Safety & Side Effects
Aside from the previously mentioned issues with Built Bar not being appropriate for vegans, vegetarians, and those who follow a kosher or halal diet, there should be no reason for Built Bar to be unsafe for the rest of the population. The only side effects would be in those who have allergies, but Built Bar has put a lot of effort into making them safe with healthy ingredients for the majority.
When it comes to clinical studies, it doesn’t appear any have been done on the final Built Bar product (but as previously mentioned, they also don’t claim to boost weight loss or anything similar). However, Built Bar has clearly gone above and beyond studying the individual ingredients that go into the bars, and each one has been carefully selected to create a healthy and tasty balance. The company has definitely done its homework.
Built Bars are only available on their site, but the cool thing is that they offer lots of options. In addition to 14 flavor choices, customers can order either an 18-box of one flavor, a mixed box of 9 flavors, or a build-your-own box with 3 flavors of your choosing.
The more boxes you buy per order, the more the cost per bar decreases. A box of 18 bars is $36, so $2 per bar, but two boxes ends up being $33.30 and $1.85 per bar. If you order 6 boxes, the cost drops to $29.70 and $1.65 per bar, so the savings increase. Also, the company offers free shipping within the (continental) U.S., so that is always a bonus.
For those without the aforementioned dietary restrictions, Built Bar is a delicious and healthy option. The low carb, low sugar, and high protein counts make it safe for many consumers, and with all the flavor options, there will surely be one (or several) for each person’s taste. Built Bar knows what they’re doing.