Most of the foods in the average American diet are cooked, baked, fried, steamed, roasted, processed, salted, preserved, or otherwise altered in some fundamental way. Unfortunately, this messes with the whole structure and nutritional profile of the underlying molecules.
Treating food with high heat can have some positive effects. For example, the dairy industry pasteurizes cow milk to kill bacteria and make it safer for human consumption (although it’s still full of cholesterol and hormones...but I digress!). Cooking can also improve the texture of some foods or lend them a desirable taste—the sweetness of caramelized onions come to mind.
In terms of nutritional value, however, ingredients that are baked, roasted, or processed can lose a ton of their beneficial effects. Fresh, raw plants are chock-full of antioxidants, enzymes, and phytonutrients. The heating process denatures good proteins and destroys many of these helpful nutrients.
What is a Raw Protein Bar?
Raw doesn’t have to mean we take a bunch of whole, fresh-off-the-vine plants and just smush them together. If this were true, every raw recipe would look a lot like weird salad. Truth be told, you probably wouldn’t have realized our Healthy Truth protein bars were raw unless we told you. Which we are!
Raw foods can be every bit as diverse and delicious as their cooked or chemically-altered counterparts. Here’s what really happens. Our recipes begin with a power-packed collection of protein-rich and flavorful organic, raw ingredients such as:
- Sunflower seeds
- Split yellow peas
- Cacao nibs
- Pink crystal salt
These are powdered, chopped, dehydrated, soaked, extracted, or blended into the perfect form for our Healthy Truth organic raw protein bars. What makes them raw? They’ve never been cooked or treated with chemicals and preservatives. This means the molecules of raw, organic pea protein powder (or any other great raw protein powder) still retain their natural, nutrient-rich glory—whatever their actual shape when we add them to our raw protein bars.
What About Sprouted Ingredients?
“Sprouted” means the ingredient has been soaked in water for a period of time before going into the recipe. Why? It kickstarts a lot of the biological processes in the raw, uncooked plant that make it easier to digest and healthier for your body!
We always recommend sprouting nuts, seeds, and rice before including them in a raw protein bar. Take sprouted almonds, for example. The sprouting process washes away antinutrients like phytic acid, which normally prevents your body from fully absorbing the nutrients in nuts and seeds. It also makes nutrients more bioavailable and unlocks healthy enzymes (six times as many as raw almonds!) that aid in digestion.
Why Choose an Organic, Raw Protein Bar?
Get the full bang for your buck.
If you want a great-tasting raw protein bar with more nutrients (and more bioavailability) than traditional cooked or baked protein bar recipes, look no further. Our vanilla, cacao, and fruit-and-nut protein bars combine raw plant proteins with naturally enriched ingredients like organic sprouted cashews and organic sprouted sunflower seeds for the perfect raw protein bar recipe.
A healthy mixture of organic, raw, and sprouted ingredients can give you all the flavor you love—without costing you the health benefits that make protein bars attractive in the first place!