PE Nutrition The Bar review: PE Nutrition’s protein bars undercut the opposition but do they compromise on taste?
PE Nutrition The Bar
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£17.50 for 12 bars, hollandandbarrett.com (US shipping available)
- Cheap price
- High in protein (21g)
- Low in sugar
- Sickly orange flavour
- Powdery texture
- Long ingredient list
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PE Nutrition’s The Bar range comprises of three regular flavours and three vegan varieties. Its protein is a blend of soy protein and whey protein isolate. We tested the chocolate orange flavoured bar, which has the most extensive ingredients list of any bar in this review.
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Top of the nutrition list, however, is protein, with 21g (the highest of any bar on test) packed into a single 60g serving. This is definitely a good post-workout option to keep in your kit bag – and at 193kcal it’s fairly low in calories too.
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PE Nutrition protein bars are low in sugar at 1.3g, sweetened with maltitol (polyol) and contain a relatively high 16g of polyols.
Acknowledging that taste and texture can be subjective, but for us the PE bar is too sweet, with a slightly sickly orange flavour that tastes synthetic. The texture is chewy, but it’s fairly powdery too, so the mouth feel is a little unusual.
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At £1.45 it’s the cheapest bar on test. If the sweet taste and slightly powdery consistency aren’t a concern this could be a good budget option, as it can deliver a substantial slice of your protein requirements.