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Protein Bars

In the middle of trying a new protein bar, I asked myself: “Could this be the method of consumable protein for the future and for space?”

It’s possible.

Protein bars, if you aren’t familiar with them, are candy bar sized bars with increased protein.  Most range 15g-30g protein from varying sources.  The issues that arise with protein bars is type of protein, the carb content, and additive content.  Fat tends to be rather low.  There are usually a range of flavors and textures.

Protein Sources

The most common protein source is whey protein, which is derived from milk proteins.  If you have lactose issues, this could be an issue.  Another source of protein is from soy, used in a lot of vegan protein bars.  If you have soy allergies or issues with hormones, this isn’t a good option for you.  Other protein sources come from eggs, peas, and insects.  Yes, I said insects.  Crickets are a good, renewable source of protein, antioxidants, omegas, amino acids, and minerals.  According to Cricket Flours, 2 TBSP cricket flour has 11g protein, 2g carbs, 3g fat.

2 TBSP Cricket flour has 11g protein, 2g carbs, 3g fat

19.5 g Whey protein 13g protein, 3.5g carbs, 1g fat

20 g Pea protein 15g protein, 1g carbs, 1.5g fat

1oz Egg white protein 24g protein, 1.3g carbs, 0.09g fat

1oz Soy protein 25g protein, 0g carbs, 0.96g fat

Protein in Powder Form - images


Protein bars are usually consumed by people who want to increase their protein intake without having to eat a bunch of meat all the time.  It’s a product you can toss in a bag to eat later and there are a ton of flavors out there.  The people who eat these bars may be people after exercising or doing sports, people with busy schedules who need additional protein in their diets, and those mitigating weight management or muscle mass issues.

Use for the Future

Protein powders are utilized in creating protein bars. The type used is up to the manufacturer. If you want to try a cricket flour protein bar, I recommend Exo Bars (don't taste bad). The cyberpunk aesthetic, which reflects street food and grab-n-go food could definitely utilize protein bars. They can be in vending machines, corner stores, multiple bars can be carried in a small pocket, and they come in various flavors. For futurists, protein bars may be increasingly used in space applications, a healthy vending option for professionals and students, and a staple for athletes.

Protein in various forms with a futuristic twist

Not all products are created equally. Some have textural issues. Some seem to glue to your teeth as you eat (protein breakfast cereal). Some have odd flavors or aftertastes. It's best to read the labels to check for hidden negative ingredients. If it seems to fit what you're looking for, give one item a try. You can always buy a 12 pack later.

Why Protein?

If you are trying to maintain your weight or increase your muscles, you probably need some extra protein. If you get sweet cravings, your body probably wants protein and water. Give it a try the next time you have a sweet craving. Have a meat stick and see if the craving goes away. Protein is used by the body to build muscle and bone, create enzymes and hormones your body requires, and it can be used as an energy source.

What are your thoughts on forms of protein for the future?

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