Pulsin Snack Bar Review

December 23rd, 2014, by Dylan Thomas
From the makers of the Pulsin Protein Balls comes a high protein snack bar, which claims to be low in fat, low GI and suitable for athletes.


Pulsin claim that these bars are low in fat, high in protein and have a low GI. These are all good qualities which we would look for in a bar used around training (both pre and post workout), or as a meal replacement for anybody who does not wish to control their carbohydrate intake.

Sounds good, so how do the ingredients and macros look and how do they taste?

The bars are made from mostly natural ingredients, and appear to be pressed into shape (similar to the way nakd make their bars and nakd bits). They contain no artificial flavouring, and are sweetened using either natural sweeteners or Xylitol (depending on the flavour variety). The bulk of the bar appears to be from nut butter, and are certainly not low in fat as the advertising claims.

Also, the website claims that the bars are vegan and dairy free, but some contain whey protein (from milk). So, if this is a concern then ensure you check before purchasing.

How Do They Taste?

The bars are available as a 25g or 50g sized bar, in the following varieties;

Pulsin Snack Bar from PulsinThe texture is similar to dessicated nut butter
  • Almond and Raisin Raw Choc Brownie
  • Raspberry and Goli Raw Choc Brownie
  • Maca Bliss Raw Choc Brownie
  • Vanilla Choc Chip Bite
  • Orange Choc Chip Bite
  • Maple and Peanut
  • Maple and Whey Crisp

  • The texture of the bar appears to be a combination of powdered ingredients mixed with nut butter. Similar to the peanut butter that you find at the bottom of large containers of natural peanut butter. It’s a sort of dessicated nut butter. Quite powdery in texture and to be honest, not very pleasant.

    Of the bars I tried, the taste was very bland. I’m not sure if this is due to a lack of sweetener or a lack of other ingredients, but the predominant flavour was unsweetened, dessicated nut butter.

    Nutritional Analysis

    Taking the Vanilla Choc Chip as an example, we get the following macro nutrients;

    per 25g barper 50g barper 100g
    Energy115 kcals225 kcals460 kcals
    Protein6.4g12g25.7g
    Carbohydrate6.4g14.5g25.6g
    (sugars)2.4g6.2g9.6g
    Fat7.1g13.1g28.3g
    Fibre2.5g4.6g9.9g

    Nutritional analysis of the Pulsin Snack Bar.

    Which gives a profile of 22:22:55 (PRO:CHO:FAT), which is certainly NOT low in fat. In fact, more than half the calories come from fat which would place these in the HIGH fat category. (Maybe they got the words high and low mixed up...) I’m also aware that the variation between the 25g and 50g bars does not add up, so I based the profile on 100g.

    This would make these bars more suitable for a meal replacement rather than something to be consumed around sport as they are quite ‘heavy’ due to the high fat content which will cause them to digest slowly.

    It’s also worth mentioning that the Maple and Whey flavour contains 15g of protein per 50g bar, and less fat, although it is still high in fat.

    Conclusion

    To summarise, I will probably not buy these bars again.

    I would certainly not categorise them as a sport nutrition bar (which is what they are advertised as), but more as a natural food bar. They have a decent profile as a meal replacement for the average person. What really lets them down is the taste, they are pretty bland. For a bar so high in fat and carbohydrate there is just no reason why it should taste so bland...

    If you are interested in purchasing the Pulsin Snack Bar, they can be obtained from some supermarkets or direct from the Pulsin website.
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