I have seen Bounce Energy Balls in the shops for ages now and never really got round to trying them, so I thought I would do a review just to see what they are all about.
So lets take a closer look.
Packaging and Price
The packaging comes across high end and gives the impression that the snack is a healthy choice. This is certainly mimicked by the high price of £1.99, however, lets not forget that most ‘protein’ bars are sold at this price, if not a little higher.
Immediately opening the packet I was able to smell this amazing chocolate-orange liquor type aroma. The bar itself tasted really quite pleasant and not too overpowering as some products tend to taste sickly sweet. This may be in part due to the use of cacao nibs rather than chocolate which contain less sugar.
The only negative thing I did notice was that it is quite tough so anyone who has difficult chewing may have a few issues. As well as this, the density made it almost too filling for a snack. But, this is just 1 person’s opinion and not gospel.
These balls are promoted as a high energy snack which immediately puts me at an unease as high energy means high calorie (calories are just a measure of energy).
Each Bounce Ball contains 181 calories which is pretty high for the average person looking for a healthy snack. To avoid weight gain it is best to try and eat healthy balanced main meals and then if really needed, have a low calorie snack such as a low fat yoghurt or piece of fruit (approx 70-100 calories). However, you could always split the bounce ball into 2 or have it as a breakfast alternative.
I used this bar as a post – gym snack and found it really useful as it didn’t need to be prepared, kept cool or run the risk of leaking all over my bag.
The sugar content is 10.7g / ball which makes this a high sugar snack and likely where the ‘energy’ is coming from. Unlike complex carbohydrates, sugar provides energy which is used up quickly. When you check out the ingredients you may notice that there is no actual mention of ‘sugar.’ But, brown rice malt syrup is a type of sugar and every bit as bad as the white stuff.
Although high sugar foods are not great for the general public, they do have a place in endurance sports, so again we need to think a little bit about whether this product is suitable for the individual rather than just a blanket no.
With 8.6g of fat per ball, this snack is considered to have a ‘medium’ fat content. Obviously not all fat is equal when it comes to health and what we need to be really careful of is saturated fats which lead to heart disease. The saturated part of the fats in this snack are considered a ‘medium’ amount which isn’t too bad when you balance it out with rest of your diet.
At 9g of protein, this snack just about qualifies as being ‘high in protein.’ The protein here is provided by whey protein which contains all the essential amino acids required to build muscle. Not only this, but protein is known to keep you feeling fuller for longer and controlling blood sugar levels. So having protein fortified foods is great right? Well, yes, BUT – in the UK, we mostly have too much protein in our diet already so the need for expensive high protein boosts really isn’t relevant in the majority of people.
Vitamin E is a really important part of anyones diet as it is needed for a healthy immune system, eyes and skin. In just one of these energy balls you can get your entire daily need which is great news.
Fibre is super important in the prevention of many digestive problems, obesity and cancer. So no surprise that the government recommendations are set at a hefty 30g/day. This means that each meal and snack you have, should really contain a good amount of fibre or else you will fall short of this requirement.
Having one of these balls will help towards that goal, with a content of 4.3g it is considered to be a source of fibre.
I am really pleased to have tried this product out as I always see them about. Although the Bounce Balls would be really handy for the occasional situation, I personally wouldn’t have them on a regular basis due to the calorie and sugar content. I feel it is much better to opt for the food first approach and use tailored foods like the bounce balls if and when needed as a second option. Not only this but I have PCOS so anything high in sugar is a no-go. Instead, I would prefer, and suggest you think about this too, to snack on fresh fruit/ low fat dairy and nuts – this is just as high in protein, a lot cheaper, high in fibre and will easily provide you with enough vitamin E.
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