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Supplement Review: Boundless Nutrition Oatmega 3 bars

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The Boundless Nutrition Oatmega 3 Wellness Bars have a lot of positive attributes. However, I must tell you straight off that the bars themselves are not certified gluten free.

I contacted the company directly, as there were no apparent gluten containing ingredients. Trevor (the founder and CEO) was very prompt and friendly in responding to my inquiry. He stated:

To answer your question the bars do not contain gluten (we even use the gluten free oats), but they are processed on the same line as bars made with wheat. We do make sure the line is cleaned very well before our bars are made, but we cannot claim they are gluten free unless they made on a line dedicated to non-wheat products.

So there you go. Caveat emptor. Having said that, I have eaten all flavors on various occasions over the past year or so with no outward effects.

OK, on to the reviews.

Ingredients: 8/10

I give these a 8/10. They do contain milk and nut ingredients for those with intolerances in those areas. Many of the ingredients are organic if that is of interest to you. The protein source is a whey/casein blend, which is highly bioavailable and more friendly to my tummy personally than a soy protein. Carbohydrates in the form of the aforementioned oats. It has added inulin which is a natural chicory root fiber source, and fish oil (you can’t taste it I promise) and uses a natural sweetner called Lou Han Guo. Really the only significant improvement I would make is the ability to make it on dedicated equipment to assure gluten free status.

Nutrition Facts: 9/10

Per bar, 190 calories. 6 grams of fat (300 mg EPA/DHA from fish oil), 23 grams of carbs, 5 of which are fiber. 14 grams of protein. I give this a 9/10. Really good. Personally I’d like to see a tad more protein, but this is really good as compared to most on the market.

Flavors/Taste/Texture: 7/10

These come is 3 flavors. Dark Chocolate Peanut, Chocolate Mint and Mocha. Obviously personal preference is going to play in here. You DO NOT taste the fish oil. The peanut/coffee/mint flavors are not overpowering. The texture is not great, kind of like the classic Power Bar. They’re flattish, a little chewy. It’s a little hard to me to tell because the ones I had recently were melted and reformed. (I live in South Florida. Enough said.) 7/10.

You can get more information on the bars at Boundless Nutrition

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Gluten Free Athlete Profile: Caitlin Burman

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Caitlin is here in my neck of the woods in South Florida. It was a pleasure to learn her story!

Caitlin Burman

Caitlin Burman Gluten Free Triathlete

Caitlin Burman: Gluten free triathlete

Age: 21
Location: I’m currently at school at the University of Miami, Florida and live in Coral Gables. Originally from Severna Park, Maryland. I have competed in 10 triathlons, including two Collegiate National Championships.

I was diagnosed in March 2009. I was in the process of being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and was having unbearable stomach pains, headaches, and was always fatigued. After being told everything from it was stress to IBS, I did some research and found celiac. I insisted on being tested. My results were negative, but because my symptoms persisted, I insisted on being tested again. My results were still negative, but my stomach was bloated and I was still having pain. I decided to go gluten free anyway. Within 24 hours, all of my symptoms disappeared. I do not know my trigger, and in hindsight, I have probably been dealing with this most of my life.

Caitlin’s training schedule:
I swim four times per week, cycle twice per week, teach a Spin class twice per week, and run three times per week.

Nutritional philosophy:
I believe we are what we eat. If you eat large heavy meals, you will be large and heavy! I don’t believe in eating processed foods. I don’t think humans were meant to consume chemicals. I eat a balance of lean meat, fruits and vegetables, with very few grains. I prefer to eat locally grown organic foods, to help contribute to a sustainable earth.

Her favorite pre and post workout foods:
My favorite pre workout food is a Lemon LaraBar. After a hard workout, I like a guava smoothie.

Her favorite sports supplements are:
Orange GU chomps. They even guarantee gluten free on the box!

Caitlin’s current plans:
I’m currently training for USAT’s Collegiate National Championship in April. To prep, I’m racing Escape to Miami, Suncoast
Sprint, Miami Man, and Miami International Triathlon.

Advice to pass along to other gluten free athletes:
Get out there and compete! You’ve already gone gluten free, which requires the same type of diligence and commitment that athletics does.

Thanks for sharing you story Caitlin and best wishes on your upcoming races!

Follow up on the “Smart Choices” Program

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About 3 weeks ago I posted my thoughts on the new “Smart Choices” label. You can find that post here. Today I was directed to this online petition by Kim of Gluten Free is Life. Thanks Kim, for the heads up!

Posted on the CREDO Action website is more information on the Smart Choices label. They also have begun an online petition. Take this opportunity to educate yourself on what this program entails, and then make a decision based on your own beliefs. Do not accept any viewpoint, whether from me or another, without doing your own due diligence and making your own judgment call.

Article from CREDO Action site:

Need another example that the food industry can’t regulate itself?

How about an industry sponsored health label that declares Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Cocoa Puffs, Frosted Flakes and Lucky Charms to be a “Smart Choice”? That’s the thrust of the new “Smart Choices” label, and it’s no accident that it has turned out this way. Though many healthy foods are indeed eligible, the overall structure of the program — with its industry-backed board-members, its burdensome application process and its relatively high fees — appeals to giant packaged food companies at the expense of unprocessed, unbranded foods like fruits and vegetables.

USDA guidelines warn extensively about the need to avoid consumption of added sugars from breakfast cereals, yet the Smart Choices board explicitly defined the label so that sugary breakfast cereals could qualify. That’s not really a sign that the label’s main concern is consumers’ health.

The American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association have already walked away from the Smart Choices initiative, but food companies are maintaining their commitment to it. Meanwhile, in response to the program’s questionable decisions, the FDA has announced its intention to study front-of-package health labels and possibly develop its own, a process which, unfortunately, could take years to complete.

Please join with CREDO and sign this petition demanding that the group responsible for oversight of the Smart Choices label make immediate changes to the program including:

  1. Disqualifying sugary breakfast cereals;
  2. Allowing all fruits and vegetables without additives to carry the Smart Choices label through a simplified, no-fee application process; and
  3. Diversivying the Smart Choices board to include broader food industry and public represntation and to allow for direct FDA input.

Read everything, think it over, make your decision. Then take action.