Our fundamental philosophy is that proper nutrition is a balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates and isolating any one item doesn’t result in well balanced nutrition and health. Instead, we feel that nutrition is about the combined synergistic relationship of whole foods. The most important thing to consider is the overall dietary picture.


Protein is essential for the body to grow and repair. It aids in building healthy muscles and bones, boosts energy and helps us feel full. But Patterbars are not protein bars. We do not enhance our food with additional protein supplements. Therefore, our bars contain less protein than many others out there.

Fad diets place huge emphasis on protein consumption, and the extraordinary marketing efforts surrounding protein intake in the United States lead people to feel pressured to consume more protein than is necessary.

Experts agree that rather than adding supplements, protein is best consumed in whole foods. While extreme endurance athletes or bodybuilders require extra protein, most people get more than the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) from just their regular, daily consumption of food.

In order for your body to effectively process protein, it is better to space out your protein intake throughout the course of the day. Research has shown that the body has a limited capacity to process large amounts of protein all at once, a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that someone who ingests 90 grams of protein in a meal gets roughly the same benefits as someone who ingests 30 grams.

While convenient, foods that are inflated with protein are often packed with unwanted sugars and other additives. Consumer Reports also found them to be expensive and generally lacking in key nutrients from whole foods. A recent independent testing from The Clean Label Project, has shown that many of the top selling protein products contain high amounts of arsenic, cadmium, lead and other dangerous heavy metals, even BPA. Additionally, excess protein can lead to ammonia build-up, acidity, and gut issues.

You’ll never find added protein in your Patterbar because we believe that health and nutrition are best attained by eating a balanced, whole food diet.