by Carol Kicinski on June 1, 2011

Gluten Free Bars - SOYJOY

When I was first offered a SOYJOY nutrition bar, my initial reaction was, “No thanks” –  for years I have avoided all bars that contain soy.  This was on the advice of my doctor who had told me that while “whole soy” was OK for me on my gluten-free diet, I needed to avoid things like shakes and bars made with “soy protein”.

Then I did a little research.

Soy isolate is a product derived from separating or isolating the protein from the soy bean. In theory this sounds good but on the contrary, the method by which soy isolate is processed and manufactured involves acid washing it in aluminum tanks. As a result, it contains large amounts of aluminum. In addition, nitrites and chemical flavorings are often used to add flavor to the finished product. According to the American Dietetic Association, soy isolate contains anti-nutrients that can actually delay your body’s ability to digest food and absorb nutrients, a problem those of us with celiac disease or gluten intolerance deal with anyway.

WHOLE SOY, on the other hand, does NOT go through this process; has loads of non-animal protein, fiber and omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids; can lower cholesterol and is rich in bone-building calcium, zinc, magnesium and iron.

It turns out that SOYJOY is made with WHOLE SOY and does NOT contain soy isolate (which is what my doctor wanted me to avoid)!

For their bars, SOYJOY takes non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) soybeans, toasts them up and then grinds them into a powder- a minimally processed, nice procedure – NO acid or aluminum here!

One of the issues I have had to deal with on this journey to good health is to balance my blood sugar levels.  I found I was gluten intolerant when trying to figure out why my adrenal glands were crashed and I was exhausted all the time. Along with other lifestyle changes I needed to make was to eat small portions of food more frequently, especially food high in protein with a low glycemic index. With my busy lifestyle this is not as easy as it sounds.

Fortunately, SOYJOY bars have come to my rescue!

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But we all know that if something doesn’t taste good, it doesn’t matter how good for you it is, you simply aren’t going to eat it. I am pleased to say that I REALLY love the taste of these bars. They come in 7 flavors, all made with real fruit.  Major yummers!!

The flavors include Banana, Blueberry, Strawberry, Mango Coconut, Berry, Apple Walnut, and their newest, Pineapple.

gluten free nutrition barGo over to their site and check them out. If you are gluten free like me, these just may be the bars you are looking for!

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Joy June 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Wow, I have been eating bars with soy isolate – thanks for this post. I will look for these bars instead. Thank you!!!


Carol Kicinski June 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm

You are welcome Joy, we all keep learning!


Mary Lou ridler June 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm

great info, Carol. every time i try and drink my gluten free protein shake, i get protein isolate is the 2nd ingredient.
forever learning, Mary Lou


Carol Kicinski June 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm

oh boy, well there you go. Glad I could help shed some light!


Donna June 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Oh oh! I just went and looked at the “nutrition” bars I have been eating to help me “get healthier” and saw that soy isolate is in them. I just realized that I do feel a little “off” when I have them. Great info, thanks!


Livvy June 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I didn’t know that soyjoys were made without the use of soy protein isolate!! That’s definitely an ingredient I try to avoid, and honestly, I always thought soyjoys had them in them!! Glad to know they don’t, I used to buy them all the time…might have to revisit;) love the mango flava!


Gretchen June 3, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I gave up all soy years ago and still regard it with a beady eye. My doctor suggested it and I try the isolate protein powder. My ankles were sooo swollen until I gave it up – scary stuff. Thanks for the writeup and if I see them I will give them a (very tentative) try ;-)


Anna June 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

THANK YOU for explaining the whole soy/soy isolate difference. I couldn’t really understand a lot of what I found online, but you totally cleared it up for me. I’m not a huge fan of soy joy bars, but they’re a good last resort when all you can find is a CVS for a snack.


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