Worldwide Sports Nutrition Pure Protein Bars - Functional Foods

Worldwide Sports Nutrition Pure Protein Bars

Worldwide Sports Nutrition produces a number of ready-to-drink supplements, including “Pure Protein” shakes, “Sonic” Tea, and various pre-/post-workout formulas.  The Pure Protein bars come in two sizes (50g and 78g) and seven flavors: Blueberry Crumb Cake, Chewy Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Deluxe, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Peanut Marshmallow Eclipse, S’mores and Strawberry Shortcake.

Manufacturer’s Description:  New Pure Protein® Chocolate Peanut Butter high protein bars are loaded with 20 grams of high quality protein and have 0 grams trans fat. A pure paradise for peanut butter lovers and anyone who wants to eat good on the go. Keep one close at hand because you never know where temptation is lurking. Pure Protein Bars… High Protein never tasted so heavenly.

Product Label:

Serving Size 1 Bar (50g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190
Calories from Fat 60
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 210mg
Potassium 120mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Sugar Alcohol 6g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 25%
Iron 10%
Vitamin E 25%
Thiamin 25%
Riboflavin 25%
Niacin 30%
Vitamin B-6 25%
Folic Acid 25%
Vitamin B-12 25%
Biotin 25%
Pantothenic Acid 25%
Phosphorus 10%
Iodine 20%
Magnesium 8%
Zinc 25%
Copper 30%
Ingredients: Chocolate Coating (Maltitol, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Whey Protein Concentrate, Cocoa (processed with alkali), Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Sucralose), Hydrolyzed Collagen, Peanut Flour, Protein Blend (Whey Protein Hydrolysate, Whey Protein Isolate), Glycerin, Maltitol Syrup, Soy Crisps (Soy Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch, Salt), Water, Peanuts, Peanut Oil, Sucrose, Salt, Natural Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Ascorbic Acid, Tricalcium Phosphate, d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Copper Gluconate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin), Sucralose, Soy Lecithin, Milk Protein Isolate, Wheat Germ, Almond Meal.

Comments: The 50g bars were on sale at my local Fred Meyer for $1.00 (US) each – a pretty good bargain. I picked up the Blueberry Crumb Cake, Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Peanut Butter (shown above) flavors.

The Chocolate Peanut Butter bar had a chocolate coating around a peanut butter-flavored nougat center, which was chewy – with a grainy/slightly crunchy texture. It was sweet without being overpowering – I thought it was pretty good.

The two fruit bars (Blueberry Crumb Cake and Strawberry Short Cake) were fruity and somewhat tangy. Each bar had a white (vanilla?) coating, surrounding two layers: a fruit and semi-cookie like base. The fruit flavors were a little more acidic than I would have preferred – overall, I thought they were decent, but weren’t my faves.

Each bar supplies a solid amount of protein (18g – 20g) – mostly from whey protein, although hydrolyzed collagen is also in the list…it’s a cheap and incomplete protein source that’s doesn’t rank real high on my list of top-quality ingredients.

On the other hand, though, the fruit bars are made with genuine fruit, and the nutrient fortification is pretty comprehensive.

The bars are also low in sugar (good) but also relatively low in fiber (not so good).

Overall, I thought they were ok: economical and reasonably tasty. Not the best bars I’ve had, but certainly not the worst, either.

[usrlist “Taste:3.5” “Quality:3.0” “Efficacy:3.5” “Value:4.0″ avg=”true”]

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.


  1. Pretty tasty, not too large of a bar and you don’t need a gallon of water to choke it down.

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  2. These are my favorite as far as taste for bars. I have one a day for either a morning or afternoon snack and they keep me satisfied for a couple of hours.

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