An Endobar? What the heck is that? It’s a nutrition bar created specifically for women with Endometriosis (but can also be enjoyed by others). It’s packed full of ingredients that are good for our bodies and may help ease the symptoms of our disease. Endobars are non-GMO, gluten free, dairy-free, and are vegetarian! That being said, please be mindful of the ingredients and any sensitivities or allergies you may have.
Why haven’t you heard of them before? Because they’re new to the market! The Endobar’s creator (he goes by S.C.) reached out to me for my help and sent me a few bars to sample. Again, I don’t endorse any products or services on this site, but feel like pointing you, my readers, in this direction so you know these bars exist. You can decide for yourself if they’re something you wish to try.
SC didn’t create these bars to make a quick buck or push them out overnight. He began his hunt for nutritious recipes to fight Endometriosis over four years ago. His wife suffers from Endometriosis and he wanted to do everything he could to help ease her pain. Due to the recipes he was able to prepare for his wife, after years of studying nutrition, diet, Endometriosis, and inflammation, she was able to manage her pain, without the use of narcotics, until she was able to locate an excision specialist. SC shared these recipes with friends and family, but all agreed they were just too complicated. So, a simpler solution was needed.
Hence, the Endobar. And he’s done so in a very legitimate matter. Not only has he created a nutrition bar, BUT he’s done it according to FDA rules and regulations, following shipping and insurance codes and procedures, and has secured a US manufacturer. This is not just a gimic. He’s invested his own hard-earned money into this labor of love. And wants to share it with the world.
Initial feedback from over 100 people who tried the Endobar reported an average reduction of Endometriosis pain by 20%. Is that scientific fact? Of course not, but that’s okay. It’s feedback from people that have been tasting and testing these bars since the creation of “the final recipe.” If these bars help women feel better, then S.C. is doing what he set out to do.
Flavor & Texture
My first thoughts on my first bite of an Endobar: it’s got a bit of cinnamon and ginger, with a slight hint of coconut and fruit, and is somewhat nutty. It’s soft, yet firm and crunchy at the same time, and is very moist. It’s not too sweet and is juuuust right. And it’s delicious. I passed out a few slices to my co-workers who all came back with “I really like it!” and “I’d eat this all of the time” and “Where do I buy these?” And I really enjoyed my Endobar…I mean devoured the thing.
The sample I received was recently created and has a Use By date of March 22, 2016. So, shelf life may be less than six months. But do you know what? I like that. Makes me feel like there are less preservatives in there. And as my Mum said when I was talking to her last night, “It’s got life to it.”
My boyfriend will be the first to tell you what a raging monster I turn into when I’m hungry and there’s no food around. It’s like Hulk on steroids. Amazing…well, no not really. BUT even I feel the difference : there’s a mental and physical shift and I’m quite crazy and quick to anger. BUT I can keep these bars in my purse or in the glove box of the Jeep and always have something that’s good for me and delicious! I can also shove it in my backpack or pocket when we go on hikes, motorcycle rides, or even trips to the mall or movies. Just sometime to tide me over. And best of all – it’s not going to melt into a blob!
In order of appearance on the nutritional label:
Organic cashew butter – cashews are full of goodness : B vitamins, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, antioxidants, and fiber. Cashews are believed to help eliminate free radicals, improve bone and joint flexibility, reduce migraines, lower blood pressure, and increase heart health. Although cashews have a high fat content, it’s considered “the good fat” and contain no cholesterol.
Organic dates – dates are not something I enjoy…BUT…they’re tasty in these bars. And apparently dates are very good for us. They reportedly help clear up intestinal/digestive issues and heart problems, as they are also full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber (one small date contains 8% of your daily fiber). They’re also high in natural sugars : glucose, fructose, and sucrose, for a boost of energy. Although they are high in sugars, studies show that dates are actually a low-glycemic index food and do not significantly increase blood sugar levels. Dates also contain tannins, which possess anti-inflammatory properties.
Organic clover honey – honey has long been praised as a miracle food. A Super Food. It’s fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free. It’s got vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and flavonoids. It’s been shown, among other things, to increase energy levels, alleviate allergies, have anti-inflammatory properties, and aid in the healing of wounds.
Pea protein – a great alternative to soy, whey, or meat protein sources, pea protein is packed full of needed amino acids, fiber, and protein. No lactose. No gluten. It’s cholesterol-free and fat-free.
Quinoa puffs – quinoa is a gluten-free seed that’s full of protein, fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, including B6, iron, magnesium, cooper, thiamin, phosphorus, and folate. Quinoa is also rich in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. There are some suggestions and ongoing studies that quinoa may contain phytoestrogens, which may mimic estrogen…which may be an issue if you believe Endoemtriosis is an estrogen-driven disease. Those studies, however, are still pending.
Cherries – as well as being a great source of vitamins and minerals, studies have shown that cherries boost antioxidant activity in the blood stream significantly. They have also been shown to reduce arthritis and inflammation.
Organic sesame seeds – these are also a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, including copper, magnesium, and calcium. They’re great for bone health, which may be a concern for EndoSisters who have been on medication which may lessen bone density. A quarter-cup of sesame seeds contains more calcium than a whole cup of milk! Sesame seeds are also considered an anti-inflammatory food because of their high copper content. They’ve also been shown to help regulate blood pressure levels.
Sweetened blueberries (blueberries, sugar, sunflower oil) – I’m sure we’ve all heard that blueberries are little powerhouses of antioxidants. But did you also know they’re full of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, too? AND they’re a great source of Vitamins K and C, as well as fiber.
Organic cacao nibs – cacao is loaded with flavonoids (antioxidants) and may also help to lower blood pressure. Cacao, and cocoa, contain caffeine which not only acts as a stimulant but may also increase Endometriosis growth (click here for more info). But S.C. had these bars tested and they contain less caffeine than one cup of decaffeinated green tea : minuscule amounts of caffeine (if it worries you, like it does me). BUT, I’ve decided that, for me, it’s such a trace amount of caffeine that I’ll eat these bars on an as-needed basis (not every day) and in moderation and not boost up my caffeine levels.
Organic coconut – coconuts are filled with good fatty acids and fiber, and have zero trans-fat. It is also a low glycemic index food and helps reduce cravings for the sweeter things in life. Coconut is also known to contain anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
Organic quinoa flakes – see “Quinoa puffs” above
Organic cocoa – see “Cacao” above
Ground flaxseed – flaxseed is high in fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. Just two tablespoons of ground flaxseed contains 133% of our daily allowance of Omega-3 fatty acids! That’s the GREAT fatty acids! Ground flaxseed is recommended over whole flaxseed simply because it is easier for our bodies to digest. Studies have shown that flaxseed oil lowers high blood pressure levels, as well as reduces skin cancer (melanoma tumors in mice). It is also believed that flaxseed decreases inflammation.
Organic spirulina powder – spiru-what-y? Spirulina is a microalgae which grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes! Many people claim that Spirulina helps with weight loss, high cholesterol, depression, and stress (just to name a few); although, scientific evidence into these claims is pending. But, Spirulina is rich in antioxidants, protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B, and iron. Several animal and test tube studies have shown that Spirulina has strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Be careful, Spirulina may interact poorly with blood thinner medication, or you may react if you have an iodine allergy.
Chlorella – chlorella is another algae packed full of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B12, C, and E) and minerals. It is supposedly a great “detox” for harmful toxins in the body, as well as a great aid in good bacteria and flora in your gut. However, some people may suffer from side effects such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation. Others may suffer from allergic reactions which may be as irritating as a skin rash or as life-threatening as respiratory problems. A word of warning : chlorella may interact poorly with blood thinner medication.
Cinnamon – besides smelling and tasting great, cinnamon has a lot of fiber as well as antioxidants. The essential oils found in cinnamon help against blood clotting and inflammation.
Organic ginger – ginger has long been hailed as an aid for digestive health and wellness. It is also a very potent anti-inflammatory food as well as a cholesterol reducer. Studies have shown that after six months of regular ginger consumption with meals, people complained of less joint/arthritis pain and swelling.
Organic vanilla extract – yet another ingredient that is rich in antioxidants. It has also been shown (in animals) to be a great anti-inflammatory food which also boosts and protects liver function.
Sea salt – the difference between sea salt and table salt is all in the processing. Sea salt is gathered from evaporated sea water; table salt is mined from salt deposits and processed. Sea salt also contains less iodine than table salt; however, both table salt and sea salt contain relatively the same amounts of sodium.
Please be aware that the facility where the bars are manufactured (in Los Angeles, California) does process other food items, and the bars are labeled with the warning that it may contain, “traces of peanuts, egg, soy, milk.”
It’s got 11% of my daily fiber allowance, as well as 14% of my daily protein allowance! Seven grams of protein is what I aim for in a protein bar; I don’t need much more for a snacky bar and refuse to buy anything with less. I was ecstatic to find out the proteins are plant-based, too!
It also kept me full for a while! I was ravenous when I tore open my Endobar wrapper at 7:45am. And my stomach didn’t growl until over three hours later at 11:00am. Normally I have a bowl of oatmeal and a piece of fruit for breakfast. Today, just 3/4 of the bar … and it kept me going and satisfied for that long!
Wait…”how much are they,” you ask. Right now they are selling for $2.99 per bar. Now I’m insanely picky when it comes to protein bars or nutrition bars. Not only with flavor and texture, but with price. Would I pay $3 for one of these? I’m stingy. A tight-ass, one might say. A penny pincher. Well, actually, yes…yes, I would pay $3. I’ve finally found a bar (or it found me) that I 1) enjoy the taste, 2) enjoy the texture, and 3) don’t have to worry about key ingredients being soy, milk, or gluten. Am I saying it will help with your Endometriosis pain? No. I don’t know that it will. You’ll need to be the judge of that.
Where Can I Get One?
Again, I’m not telling you all to run out and buy this bar, especially just because I like it. But , S.C. and I just wanted you to know that the Endobars do exist and are available to the public. His research and dedication to his product, as well as his motivation for creating and distributing these bars, is admirable. And, I say again, they really are delicious. And I was so overwhelmingly surprised at my lack of hunger for hours after eating this small, dense bar. The ingredients in these bars are incredibly healthy and are targeted to fight inflammation and disease. Any health or pain benefits I get from eating these bars will be an added bonus for me. Otherwise, they’re delicious and really do the trick with my appetite.
Want more information or want to buy one for yourself and try it out? You can check out Endobar’s webpage here, or email S.C., the Endobar’s creator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you’re a blogger and want to sample his bars and push out your own thoughts and help spread the word, please email him! He’d love to hear from you! Anything to help get out the word.
I want to extend a giant, heart-felt thank you to S.C. for all of his efforts, and for sharing these bars with me. And also for being one hell of a great husband – reaching out, doing something, trying to find a way to ease his wife’s suffering – the world needs more great partners like you. And thank you for sharing your discovery with EndoSisters everywhere.
Livescience – quinoa
Livescience – spirulina
Livestrong – cashews
Livestrong – chlorella warnings
Livestrong – cinnamon
Livestrong – cocao
Livestrong – dates
Livestrong – pea protein
Livestrong – spirulina
Livestrong – spirulina and chlorella warnings
Livestrong – vanilla extract
Medical Daily – cherries
Medical Daily – honey
Natural News – cacoa
Natural News – chlorella
Nutrition and You – cashews
Nutrition and You – cherries
Nutrition and You – dates
Nutrition and You – vanilla extract
Organic Facts – dates
Organic Facts – sesame seeds
The University of Maryland Medical Center – spirulina
The World’s Healthiest Foods – blueberries
The World’s Healthiest Foods – cashews
The World’s Healthiest Foods – cinnamon
The World’s Healthiest Foods – flaxseed
The World’s Healthiest Foods – ginger
The World’s Healthiest Foods – quinoa
The World’s Healthiest Foods – sesame seeds
~ Again, I am a layman. I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. If curious, do your own research 😉 Validate my writings. Or challenge them. And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always. Yours ~ Lisa