The following is the ingredient list of a strawberry-flavored meal replacement bar, marketed as a “healthy” option for people who need to eat on the go.
Ingredients: Proprietary protein blend (soy isolate, whey isolate, whey concentrate, wheat isolate), vegetable glycerine, sorbitol, maltitol, corn syrup, rolled oats, icing (sugar, water, vegetable oil, palm kernel oil, corn syrup, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, pectin, potassium sorbate, agar, citric acid, calcium chloride, xanthan gumand salt), strawberry flakes (sugar, vegetable [palm, plam kernel], wheat flour, corn syrup solids, malic acid, strawberry natural and artificial flavors, soy lecithin, tricalcium phosphate, sodium citrate, strawberry juice, red 40 lake, acetic acid, blue 1 lake), sugar, polydextrose, margarine (palm oil, water, salt, whey, vegetable monoglycerides, soy lecithin, natural butter flavor, citric acid [acidulant], beta carotene [color], vitamin A palmitate added), palm oil, flax seed, N&A flavors, blueberry powder, baking soda, salt, potassium sorbate, calcium propionate and guar gum.
What is all that stuff? Read on…
Ingredients: Proprietary protein blend (soy isolate denatured GMO soy, whey isolate extra denatured dairy, whey concentrate denatured dairy, wheat isolate denatured wheat), vegetable glycerine byproduct of rancid vegetable oils, sorbitol poorly digested sugar alcohol, maltitol another poorly digested sugar alcohol, corn syrup GMO sweetener, rolled oats nice!, icing (sugar practically identical to high fructose corn syrup, water fluoridated?, vegetable oil rancid, most likely GMO soy, palm kernel oil crude, denatured, rancid, corn syrup more sugar, soy lecithin GMO emulsifier, mono and diglycerides emulsifiers, potentially from GMO soy, or from animal sources, pectin gelatinous starch concentrate, potassium sorbate anti-fungal preservative, agar a fairly natural gelling agent, citric acid a naturally occuring preservative made on a massive industrial scale, calcium chloride a “generally recognized as safe” firming agent, xanthan gum, another thickening agent and highly effective laxative of unknown derivation, most likely from GMO soy, GMO corn, or wheat (gluten containing), sometimes associated with bloating, and salt sodium chloride, for flavor), strawberry flakes (sugar addictive substance, vegetable [palm, plam kernel] crudely processed, toxic, wheat flour bleached, nutrient-poor, pancreas-exciting powder , corn syrup solids powdered high fructose GMO corn syrup, malic acid tart flavoring generally used in sour candy, strawberry natural this means nothing and artificial flavors non-disclosed chemicals, soy lecithin denatured GMO soy, tricalcium phosphate raising agent known as “bone ash,” commonly used in porcelain and dental powders, sodium citrate acidic salt, strawberry juice concentrated sugar, red 40 lake food coloring, since strawberries aren’t already red?, acetic acid main component of vinegar, blue 1 lake neurotoxic food coloring linked to ADD), sugar drug polydextrose synthetic fiber derived from glucose (sugar), margarine (palm oil toxic vegetable grease, water probably fluoridated, salt to make this crap palatable, whey denatured dairy, vegetable monoglycerides synthetic emulsifier, soy lecithin GMO thickener, natural butter flavor meaningless, citric acid [acidulant] acid, beta carotene [color] vitamin A, nice!, vitamin A palmitate added wait… vitamin A twice? Something is up here…), palm oil again?!, flax seed either whole and indigestible, or milled into a rancid meal. take your pick, N&A flavors natural and artificial flavors–all of which are pretty artificial, blueberry powder doubt there’s much left of the blueberry, baking sodawow! something we recognize, salt again, so you can palate this garbage, potassium sorbate anti-fungal preservative, calcium propionate slightly toxic fungicide that and guar gum thickening agent and laxative.