Think! Protein Bar Dietitian Review: Pros and Cons

Are Think! protein bars healthy? This Think protein bar dietitian review will help you decide if Think protein bars are a healthy addition to your grocery cart. Read on for our dietitian review of taste, nutritional properties, ingredients, use, and cost before you buy.

About Think! Protein bars

Think! Protein bars are low-sugar bars with 20g of protein from soy and milk protein. They are advertised as “a multipurpose nutritional bar that can go from an energy-boosting snack to a meal replacement when paired with a piece of fruit”. Think! Protein Bars are available in four flavors in Canada, and eight flavors in the U. S.

Canadian flavors: Creamy Peanut Butter, Brownie Crunch, Chunky Peanut Butter, and Lemon Delight.

American flavors: Creamy Peanut Butter, Brownie Crunch, Chunky Peanut Butter, Lemon Delight, Chocolate Fudge, Cookies and Cream, White Chocolate, and Chocolate Mint.

Think! Protein Bar dietitian review - ingredients

Think! Protein Bar Ingredients

Ingredients
Brownie CrunchPROTEIN BLEND (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE), MALTITOL SYRUP, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, WATER, ALMOND BUTTER, COCOA BUTTER, ALKALIZED COCOA, CHOCOLATE, SUNFLOWER OIL, LECITHIN, SODIUM, CASEINATE, NATURAL FLAVOR, TAPIOCA STARCH, MILK FAT, SALT.
Chocolate FudgePROTEIN BLEND (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE), MALTITOL SYRUP, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, ALMOND BUTTER, WATER, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, ALKALIZED COCOA, SUNFLOWER OIL, NATURAL FLAVOR. LECITHIN, SODIUM CASEINATE, MILK FAT, SALT
Chunky Peanut ButterPROTEIN BLEND (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE), MALTITOL SYRUP, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, PEANUTS, WATER, COCOA BUTTER, SUNFLOWER OIL, CHOCOLATE, PEANUT FLOUR, PEANUT OIL, LECITHIN, SODIUM CASEINATE, SALT, TAPIOCA STARCH, MILK FAT, NATURAL FLAVOR.
Cookies and CremePROTEIN BLEND (WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE), MALTITOL SYRUP, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, PALM KERNEL OIL, SUNFLOWER OIL, WATER, ALKALIZED COCOA, UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE, LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, TAPIOCA STARCH, SALT.
Creamy Peanut ButterPROTEIN BLEND (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE), MALTITOL SYRUP, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, PEANUT BUTTER, WATER, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, PEANUT FLOUR, SUNFLOWER OIL, PEANUT OIL, LECITHIN, SODIUM CASEINATE, SALT, MILK FAT, NATURAL FLAVOR.
Lemon DelightPROTEIN BLEND (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE), MALTITOL SYRUP, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, ALMOND BUTTER, PALM KERNEL OIL, SUNFLOWER OIL, WATER, NATURAL FLAVOR, LECITHIN, TAPIOCA STARCH, SALT, ASCORBIC ACID, CITRIC ACID.
White ChocolatePROTEIN BLEND (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE), MALTITOL SYRUP, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, ALMOND BUTTER, WATER, PALM KERNEL OIL, SUNFLOWER OIL, NATURAL FLAVOR, LECITHIN, TAPIOCA STARCH, SALT.
Chocolate MintProtein Blend (Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate), Maltitol Syrup, Glycerin, Cocoa Powder (Processed With Alkali), Water, Almond Butter, Cocoa Soy Crisp (Soy Protein Isolate, Alkalized Cocoa Powder, Tapioca Starch), Palm Kernel Oil, Sunflower Oil, Casein, Sunflower And/Or Soy Lecithin, Coconut Oil, Natural Flavor, Unsweetened Chocolate, Salt, Steviol Glycosides, Peppermint Oil.

Protein blend: soy protein, calcium caseinate (type of milk protein), whey protein (type of milk protein)

Malitol Syrup: type of sugar alcohol created from sugar. Sugar alcohols are added to low-sugar products as a non-sugar sweetener. They can have a laxative effect if consumed in high doses.

Vegetable Glycerin: produced by hydrolysis of fats and oils. Glycerin has many uses as a food ingredient, including as a sweetener, bulking agent or filler, hydrating agent, and solvent.

Almond Butter: made by puréeing almonds.

Cocoa Butter: the fat that is removed from cocoa beans during processing. 

Cocoa: unsweetened form of chocolate. This is the leftover part of the cocoa bean after the cocoa butter has been removed.

Chocolate: added for flavor.

Sunflower Oil: oil from sunflower seeds that is rich in oleic acid (omega-9).

Lecithin: used as an emulsifier to help fats blend with other ingredients. Read more about lecithins in our Lecithin Ingredient Review here.

Sodium caseinate: binder, emulsifier, and stabilizing agent.

Natural flavor: this is a blanket term for any combination of extracts from plant or animal products. Check out our blog post, What are Natural Flavors and Should you Avoid them?for more information on natural flavors. 

Tapioca starch: a gluten-free flour from the cassava plant. Used as a binding and thickening agent in foods.

Milk fat: fat isolated from milk.

Salt: added source of sodium for flavor.

Are Think! Protein bars healthy? Nutrition facts

Think! Protein Bar Nutrition Facts

Brownie CrunchChocolate FudgeChunky Peanut ButterCookies and CremeCreamy Peanut ButterLemon DelightWhite ChocolateChocolate Mint
Calories230230240230230230230230
Fat (g)881099987
Saturated Fat (g)3334.533.53.53.5
Sodium (mg)190190220200260230200200
Carbohydrate (g)2324232422242424
Fiber (g)11101002
Sugar (g)00000000
Protein (g)2020202020202020
Potassium (mg)17015013090110110100170
Calcium (mg)12011012011013090110120
Iron (mg)2.11.91.51.71.31.61.43.3

The nutrition facts below are based on the Brownie Crunch flavor, with the range of other flavors in parenthesis. Always check product packaging for the most up to date nutrition and ingredient information before consuming.

Calories: 230 (230-240)

Fat: 8g (7-10g) from almond butter, cocoa butter, and sunflower oil.

Saturated fat: 3g (3-4.5g) from cocoa butter, almond/peanut butter, and palm oil (only some flavors).

Sodium: 190mg (190-260mg) from added salt.

Carbohydrate: 23g (22-24g) from tapioca starch.

Fiber: 1g (0-2g) from trace amounts of fiber found in tapioca starch, nuts, and other ingredients.

Sugar: 0g

Protein 20g from soy and milk proteins.

Other nutrients: potassium 170mg (90-170mg), calcium 120mg (90-130mg), iron 2mg (1-3mg).

Priority allergens:

Contains tree nuts (almond), milk, and soy. Manufactured in a facility that also processes other tree nuts, milk, and eggs. Always check the product label for up-to-date nutrient and ingredient information before consuming.

Are Think! Protein Bars healthy?

Cost

Think! High Protein Bars are available for $13.97 CAD for a 5-pack or $20.49 USD for a 12-pack.

Think Protein Bar Dietitian Review Continued

Are Think! Protein Bars Healthy?

We gave Think! Protein bars a score of 44 out of 100. On the positive side, Think! bars are a source of unsaturated fats, are high in protein, and low in sugar. However, Think! bars contain 11g of Malitol per bar (sugar alcohol), which is high compared to other bars. They are also high in saturated fat and low in fiber. Think! protein bars can be a good option for occasional use if the amount of sugar alcohol does not give you any negative digestive side effects and your diet is otherwise high in fiber and low in saturated fats. Otherwise, I suggest considering an alternate protein bar option. Check out our list of the Best Protein Bars at the Grocery Store here for some ideas. 

Think Bar Dietitian Review

Think! Protein Bar Dietitian Review – Frequently Asked Questions

Are Think! Protein bars gluten-free?

Yes, Think protein bars are gluten-free. Always check the product label for up to date nutrition and ingredient information before consuming.

Are Think! Protein bars keto?

Think! Protein bars contain 22-23g of net carbohydrates per bar and are not considered keto.

Are Think! Protein bars vegan?

No, Think! bars contain milk products and are not considered vegan.

Are Think! Protein bars nut-free?

Think! bars contain both tree-nuts and peanuts.

How much protein is in Think! Protein bars?

Think! protein bars have 20g of protein per bar.

Are Think! Protein bars low-carb?

Think! Protein bars contain 22-23g of net carbohydrates per bar which is considered a moderate amount.

Sugar in Think! Protein bars.

Think! protein bars have zero grams of sugar and are sweetened with the non-sugar sweetener Malitol.

Did you find this Think! Protein Bar Dietitian Review helpful? Let me know in the comments below!

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Additional Sources:

  1. O’Donnell, K., & Kearsley, M. W. (2012). Sweeteners and sugar alternatives in food technology (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.
  2. Glycerin, Technical Evaluation Report, USDA (2013).
  3. Bob’s Redmill, What is Tapioca Flour & Where Does it Come from? (2022).
  4. Sodium Caseinate, Health Canada (2023).

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