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Food for thought : The PROBAR

    Hey everybody, happy Saturday!  I've been meaning to sit and write about this new favorite of mine (and many of you) for a few weeks now.  For those of you whom I get to work with regularly, PROBARs are no longer a secret.   After years of searching for something both satisfying and healthy I have finally found what I've been looking for in the PROBAR.  Both delicious and healthy, the PROBAR can serve simply as a snack or even a meal replacement.  You all know I go to great lengths to ensure that you have access to the most accurate and helpful information available.  The PROBAR is something I stand behind 100% in introducing to all of you.  You owe it to yourself (and your body!) to try all the flavors available and figure out what your favorite is!
    Please read the following as it will answer many of the questions you'll naturally have before and after you try your first PROBAR.  

FYI: METropolitan Fitness is an authorized retailer of PROBAR products

Why does Art's Original Collection PROBAR satisfy my hunger better than other bars?
15 whole foods found in Art’s Original Collection PROBAR formula is the reason your hunger is curbed for hours after eating. Nothing beats whole foods for providing broad-spectrum nutrition. Chemically derived vitamins, found in other bars, do not supply everything found in whole foods. Nutrition science is consistently uncovering more and more components in our foods that are critical for good health. The 15 whole foods guaranteed in each Art’s Original Collection are also about 70% raw. This means you get optimal nutrient quality, undestroyed by processing. This nutrition simply cannot be duplicated with any existing technology.

How does Art's Original Collection PROBAR work as a meal replacement?
The superb nutrition load, found in Art’s Original Collection PROBAR, satisfies the body’s nutrition requirements better than any other bar available. Once again this goes a long way in satisfying hunger pangs. It frees us from the cravings that drive us to overeat. Great news for dieters!!! This is also the reason why our customers keep coming back - once they try it, the body keeps saying “yes” to the incredible nutrition.

Why is Art's Original Collection PROBAR blended and not baked?
Art’s Original Collection is made with real food that you can see. It is blended together rather than chopped up, pureed and baked. By doing this we preserve the nutritional integrity of all natural ingredients so your body receives the maximum value it deserves.

Are there peanuts in Art's Original Collection PROBAR?
All of Art’s Original Collection flavors contain peanuts and other nuts except the Whole Berry Blast bar. The Whole Berry Blast bar contains cashew butter instead of peanut butter. Although the Whole Berry Blast bar is produced in the same production facility as other flavors we maintain a rigorous sanitary process in the production of this bar.

How does Art's Original Collection PROBAR deliver its carbohydrates?
The whole grains & naturally dried fruits found in Art’s Original Collection are carefully blended with low glycemic index grain sweeteners. This combination of simple and complex carbs immediately boosts blood sugar, while fiber loaded whole grains and fruits maintain these levels for hours.

Why does Art's Original Collection PROBAR require less hydration when eaten than other bars?
The PROBAR is lower in protein and sodium than most bars. Processing protein requires a lot of water. When ammonia and urea are produced in the processing of protein, the body uses H2O to dilute and eliminate these toxins.

How does Art's Original Collection PROBAR achieve such excellent shelf life without preservatives?
Dried fruits, nuts, seeds, rolled grains, and grain sweeteners all have a naturally long shelf life and don’t require the addition of chemical preservatives. Chemical preservatives also tend to taste like chemicals, yuck!

Why is the sugar content in Art's Original Collection PROBAR higher than some other bars?
The sugar content in an Art’s Original Collection PROBAR is balanced for blood sugar regulation and optimal energy. Simple carbohydrates from organic brown rice and barley malt syrups along with dried fruits bring blood sugar levels up quickly without severely spiking insulin. These simple forms of sugar are indicated on the sugar line in the nutrition panel and are mistakenly compared to table sugar and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). Complex carbohydrates along with fiber and other important nutrients are found in the rolled grains and support long term blood sugar regulation. Fiber also buffers the simple carbohydrates assisting them in a slower absorption. These are the reasons that Art’s Original Collection PROBAR is such an effective tool for managing blood sugar.

What is the difference between refined sugar and evaporated cane juice?
Refined sugar is cooked and becomes acidic. Evaporated cane juice is simply air dried. The nutrients are better preserved when they are not exposed to heat.

Why is an Art's Original Collection PROBAR lower than protein than other bars?
Art’s Original Collection PROBAR does not include any added protein powders or protein isolates that can be found in other bars. Protein happens to be the body’s last choice for fuel with carbohydrates being the undisputed first pick. Fat is a distant second. When the body is forced to use protein for fuel it results in toxicity. The amino acid chains in protein must be removed, liberating the calories for use as fuel. This process, called de-amination, results in the production of ammonia, and urea. This process is not only toxic, but is also very inefficient when compared to the simple assimilation of carbohydrates. High protein can equate to lower energy levels when compared to carbohydrates.

Why is an Art's Original Collection PROBAR higher in fats than other bars?
During extended periods of moderate level exercise (endurance sports), the body conserves vital carbohydrates by metabolizing fats at a more rapid rate than carbs. If the body becomes depleted of carbs it “hits the wall’. Muscles simply cannot function without the presence of carbohydrates. Art’s Original Collection PROBAR supplies a broad spectrum of healthy fats: poly and mono unsaturates, saturates (yes the body actually requires certain saturated fats), and EFA’™S (essential fatty acids more commonly referred to as omega essential fatty acids). Endurance athletes commonly deplete their bodies of these critical nutrients, several of which are not commonly found in foods. Because Art’s Original Collection PROBAR supplies these in abundance, it is not only an excellent tool for use during competition and training, but is also ideal for recovery application.

For the non-athlete, these fats translate into exquisite nutrition, providing one-third of the bodies daily requirements for fats in every bar. The key here is to provide the balance of fats from all of the different categories required by the body, while eliminating all of the unhealthy trans and hydrogenated fats. If any of the fats required by the body are missing, the body lets us know by giving us RELENTLESS CRAVINGS. This means that if we do not consume all of the different fats required by the body, we will crave everything that is fatty! SUPPLY THE FATS and END THE CRAVINGS!! When we avoid these cravings, weight management becomes much easier. HOORAY!

This information is provided for general informational purposes only. PROBAR will never take the place of your medical professional, dietician, or neighborhood know-it-all who’s willing to give the best advice you’ve ever heard. However, you can always count on PROBAR to provide the best tasting whole food energy bars to fuel your lifestyle on the go!

4 Comments to Food for thought : The PROBAR:

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Lee on Saturday, February 11, 2012 11:06 PM
PROBARs are awesome! They have become a staple in my diet. As a person who finds it hard to find time to eat a breakfast, they have become a lifesaver. I eat one and a Greek yogurt and I am full and satisfied. I also love that they are gluten free, which is great for me because I suffer from gluten allergies.
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Monica on Sunday, February 12, 2012 12:11 PM
I am completely addicted! PROBARs are not like anything else you've tried before. You can see (and certainly taste) the quality and substance in them. I carry them in my gym bag and eat them on the go. always know I'm putting something really healthy in my body. My favorites are Superfood Slam and Whole Berry Blast!
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Kurt on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 3:37 PM
Tastes great and is very filling :)
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Jason on Friday, March 2, 2012 5:02 PM
Woo hoo!
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