Make My Belly Flat: Best Protein Bars for IBS Sufferers
Low FODMAP Protein Bars: Best for IBS
IBS is a curse most sufferers wouldn’t wish on their worst enemy. Finding a protein bar that won’t aggravate your symptoms can be a problem because the majority of bars contain FODMAPs, including a range of random fibers, dried fruits, nuts, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives–all of which can spell big trouble.
This post has an in-depth review of what I think are the best low-FODMAP protein bars available for IBS, but first a little context.
Cracking the Code on an IBS-Friendly Snack Bar
The most promising dietary option for Irritable Bowel Syndrome is arguably the Low-FODMAP diet: It has more scientific research behind it than anything else out there.
If you’re not familiar, FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) are food ingredients that cannot easily be digested by many IBS sufferers, most likely because they lack the gut microbes needed to properly break them down. The result is gas, bloating and other unpleasant IBS symptoms. Many people with IBS experience significant relief when removing FODMAP foods from their meals.
The diet has a very precise breakdown of ingredients that will not cause bloating (and related IBS symptoms). You can see a good example below, courtesy of FODY Foods. Find a protein bar that contains only low FODMAP ingredients and voila, you’ve got a snack that even the worst IBS suffer can likely tolerate.
Avoid These Popular Bars
While looking for a snack bar at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods you may have wondered if you should buy Kind Bars, Quest Bars, RXBars, Lara Bars or Clif Bars. Are any of them IBS-friendly?
You might find a stray flavor here and there that does not have too many FODMAPs. But they are definitely not the best choices, mostly because they’re not all that healthy to begin with–for anyone, IBS or not.
MariGold Protein Bars: Best for IBS Sufferers
Having reviewed dozens of bars, I can confidently say that MariGold Bars are the best protein bars for IBS sufferers. They’re already healthier than anything else out of the gate, and because there are dozens of flavors to choose from it’s not hard to find options that are low in FODMAPs.
Pictured below are Texas Praline Pecan and
Delicious AND Nutritious
✅ Low-FODMAP options: Texas Praline Pecan, Coconut Rage, Macarooned, ChunkyChoco Pecan,
✅ Grass-fed whey protein (lactose-free): MariGold Bars are a grass-fed whey protein powerhouse. They are also hormone, antibiotic and pesticide free.
✅ Healthy ingredients: Grass-fed whey, chocolate, coconut, coconut oil, stevia, grass-fed ghee and very small amounts of coconut nectar and maple syrup.
✅ No sugar alcohols: Sweetened with stevia and small amounts of coconut nectar and maple syrup.
✅ Preservative-free: You even have to refrigerate them, a sure sign they’re fresh.
✅ High Amazon rating: These bars have 4.6 stars on Amazon, which is elite for this category. Rest assured: these bars are loved by many more people than just me.
✅ All Organic and Fair Trade: From grass-fed whey protein and ghee to Fair Trade chocolate and coffee beans, MariGold Bars does not compromise on ingredients.
An Ideal Snack for the Low-FODMAP Diet
Watch the video below to see me get hands-on with MariGold Bars and learn why they’re my favorite low-FODMAP snack.
Since I made the video they’ve updated their lineup to include the full six listed above, as well as the low-FODMAP sampler pack. See the full collection in the gallery after the video.