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!
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.
Go 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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