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Behind the Ingredients

As competitive swimmers training 6-8 times a week, we needed lots of protein and carbohydrates to help us recover and build muscle. However, many of the protein bar brands already out there tasted more like a candy bar and gave us a sugar crash soon after. Thus, we started ModBars to make a delicious, filling, protein-enriched bar without a ton of sugar.

That being said, we want to make clear that weight gain/loss was not on our minds when we first formed this company, and these bars are not specifically suited toward those capabilities (to learn more about foods that help towards weight gain/loss, see Studies on Weight Loss). ModBars are snacks aimed to be integrated into an active and balanced lifestyle, containing ingredients with proven health benefits.

 

Each flavor contains a base of:


Oats

We first started out with oats because they helped us get through the day and into the next workout. They provide plenty of vitamins and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium. It’s also high in beta glucan which plays a strong role in promoting satiety. 


Milled Flaxseed


We also decided to pack the bars with ground flax seeds. Flax is a great source of soluble dietary fiber and omega-3s, which allows us to feel full without feeling bloated and crappy. Ground flax is also superior to whole seed flax for your stomach and getting the most out of the seed. 


Organic Brown Rice Syrup


Finally, we included a small amount of brown rice syrup. Brown rice syrup is mainly composed of maltose, a type of sugar/carbohydrate, and is thus categorized as being high glycemic. While high-glycemic foods should be consumed in moderation, especially by individuals with type 1 or 2 diabetes, foods high on the glycemic index are perfect during and post intense workouts when you need glycogen muscle replenishment (aka the energy needed to repair and grow your killer muscles).

 

Moving Forward...

We’d be the first to admit it, our bars have room to improve. Staying true to our mission and core values, we are working towards creating a more anabolic (low-carb) bar, increasing the amount of protein and fiber while finding a better alternative to brown rice syrup and cutting out 30% of the calories! 

 

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