ISS Oh Yeah! Bars

ISS Oh Yeah! Bars

ISS Research’s line is focused on protein powders, meal replacements, gainers and other nutritional support products for the bodybuilding market. There are 3 additional varieties of their popular nutrition bars: Protein Wafer, “Good Grab” (portion-controlled), and Natural. The regular “Oh Yeah!” bars come in 5 different flavors: Chocolate & Caramel, Peanut & Caramel, Peanut Butter & Strawberry, Creamy Vanilla & Caramel and Vanilla Toffee Fudge.

Manufacturer’s Description: No pain, no gain should define your training – not your protein bar! So reward your workout with the gooey, sweet taste of OhYeah!®. Containing 26-28 grams of muscle-building protein, heart-healthy fats, low sugar and absolutely no trans fats in a bar that’s nothing short of amazing.

More than just another flavorless brick, OhYeah!® looks and eats like a real candy bar that’s so good you’ll know how it got its name. OhYeah!® – It’s that good!®

Product Label:

Serving Size: 85g (1 bar)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380
Calories from Fat 180
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 130mg
Total Carbohydrate 31g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 8g
Sugar Alcohol 15g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 6%
Iron 10%

Ingredients: Peanuts, Protein Blend [(OhYeah!® Blend Consisting of Whey Protein Isolate, Soy Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Concentrate, Calcium Caseinate), Hydrolyzed Gelatin], Chocolate Coating [Chocolate Liquor, Maltitol, Cocoa Butter, Sodium Caseinate, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin (an Emulsifier), Sucralose, Vanillin (an Artifical Flavor), Vanilla and Salt], Caramel (Sugar, Corn Syrup, Non Fat Dry Milk, Maltitol Syrup, Cocoa Butter, Corn Starch, Butter, Sucralose, Soy Lecithin, Natural and Artificial Flavor), Soy Nuts, Glycerine, Peanut Flour, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Lecithin (an Emulsifier), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Salt, Sucralose and Potassium Sorbate Added as a Preservative

Comments: I picked up a couple of Oh Yeah “Chocolate & Caramel” and “Vanilla Toffee Fudge” bars from Netrition.com for $2.09 each – a fairly reasonable price, considering the size (3 oz each). The bars look like traditional candy bars: with chocolate (or vanilla) coatings, real peanuts and nougat-type fillings.

They more-or-less taste like traditional candy bars too. While I didn’t really catch much caramel in the “Chocolate & Caramel” flavor (shown above), it otherwise reminded me of a “Baby Ruth” bar. The Vanilla Toffee Fudge was also pretty good…not particularly toffee-like, perhaps, but still sufficiently fudgey with a good peanut crunch.

Although the bars pack 26 – 28 g of protein and contains only 12 g of “net carbs,” they’re not really low in calories or true meal replacements. If you can afford a candy snack in your meal plan, however, it’s certainly a value-added replacement, that’s also fairly low in sugar.

Some protein bars have come under fire for containing more fat and sugar, and less protein than listed on their labels. To ISS’ credit, certificates of analysis are posted on the web site to show the bars meet label claims (click here for example).

Taste:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Quality:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Efficacy:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Value:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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