Where to buy: Amazon
I came across these bars when looking for bars to test to find the best vegan protein bars.
They had pretty good ratings on multiple sites, so I decided to buy some and put them to the test.
The one unique thing about these bars that I haven’t seen another bar claim, is that it has fermented protein. In theory, this should improve digestion and minimize gas (i.e., “protein farts”).
I’ll walk you through how they scored on the standard testing process that I use for all bars.
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About Genuine Health
Something I consider these days before buying most things is whether or not a company is good for a vegan to buy from.
Genuine Health makes a wide variety of supplements. Most of them are vegan, but not all of them.
I’ve also reviewed Genuine Health’s vegan protein powder if you’re curious.
It seems like a decent company to buy from, with core values of inclusion and sustainability (although I’d like to see that reflected in products a bit more).
Protein Content and Nutrition
The most important part of a protein bar is protein content.
In most cases, you want a bar with as much protein as possible, while minimizing overall calories.
So the first way I score vegan protein bars is to calculate the percent of calories that come from protein, and shift that to a score out of 10.
For veganproteins+ bars, 28% of calories come from protein, which works out to a score of 7/10. The average of all the bars I’ve tested is also 7/10, so this isn’t good or bad compared to others.
Here are the full nutritional facts (per bar):
- 200 calories
- 14g protein
- 26g carbs
- 10g sugar
- 8g fiber
What my testing doesn’t take into account is digestibility, I’m not sure how’d that be possible. However, if you have issues digesting other protein bars or protein powder, the fermented protein in these bars should help.
Here’s the full ingredient list for each bar:
Protein blend [fermented pea protein isolate, sesame protein concentrate, fermented vegan protein blend (organic hemp protein, organic quinoa sprouts, alfalfa protein, organic spirulina, mung bean sprouts)], sugars (organic agave syrup, raisin paste), isomalto-oligosaccharides (Vitafiber), almond butter, organic crisp rice (organic rice flour, organic evaporated cane juice, salt, calcium carbonate), chocolate drops (organic cane sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter), shredded coconut, cocoa powder, organic coconut oil, natural flavours, chia seeds, sunflower lecithin, Himalayan salt, mixed tocopherols.
The fermented protein blend is pretty unique, you won’t find it used in many other products.
On top of that, the rest of the ingredients are pretty common, you should be able to recognize just about all of them.
How Do Genuine Health Bars Taste?
Taste is hard to describe, so let’s start with some pictures.
Here’s the full bar:
It looks quite hard on the outside, but quite doughy on the inside:
Here were my main thoughts from the taste test:
- Pretty soft and chewy, but hard outside, similar to texture of gingerbread cookies.
- I thought texture was really good.
- Bit chalky.
- Flavor is quite weak, but not bad.
It definitely wasn’t hard to eat, but it wasn’t really enjoyable either.
Again, it gets an average score of 7/10 for taste.
I tested the peanut butter chocolate flavor, but it also comes in a few others that could be better. Here are the 4 flavors you can find it in:
- Dark Chocolate Almond
- Peanut Butter Chocolate
- Double Chocolate Chip
- Lemon Coconut
Are Genuine Health Vegan Protein Bars Affordable?
Vegan protein bars can be very expensive, so this is the last aspect I score.
Basically, I have a formula that looks at how much a bar costs if you buy a full box, and then compares the price per 10 grams of protein to the cheapest vegan bars I found.
Depending on the day you buy them, you’ll probably find veganprotein+ bars to cost somewhere around $2.5 per bar when you buy a box.
Again, that comes out to be a 7/10.
Summary: Is the Fermented Vegan Proteins+ Bar Worth Trying?
This bar is the definition of average, it scored 21/30 overall.
Think of it like a school grade, that would be a “B.”
It’s not a bad bar by any means, but unless you really want fermented protein, there are other bars that either have more protein, taste better, or are cheaper.
Alternatives to Genuine Health Fermented Proteins Bar
Unless you have a very sensitive stomach, you won’t feel any significant difference or benefit from the fermented protein in this bar. And in that case, I think there are better alternatives for you. Here are the top ones in my opinion:
- Simply Protein Bar – If you’re looking for another bar with healthy, whole ingredients, the Simply Bar is a great option. It’s my #1 overall bar, and has a higher protein content, lower cost, and better taste than Genuine Health’s bar in my opinion. You can see my full Simply Vegan Protein Bar review for more details.
- Pegan Bars – Pegan bars are “paleo” and vegan bars. Even if you’re not on a paleo diet, you might appreciate that it uses mostly whole ingredients. It tastes pretty similar, but is cheaper and has a higher protein content. My Pegan protein bar review breaks down everything.