Whey protein isolate Globular proteins left over
from cheese making, minus the fats and sugars. The main protein,
beta-lactoglobulin, is an especially good source of amino acids for
building other proteins.
Calcium caseinate Legend had it that casein can
worsen autism due to the protein's alleged opiate-like effects on the
brain. But a 2006 study showed no significant connection. So don't
blame PowerBar for your Asperger's, nerdlinger.
Soy protein isolate High intake of soy protein
has been linked to lower rates of coronary heart disease. But manly men
seeking to sculpt their musculature may not like the fact that it's
rich in phytoestrogens (girlie hormones). Cooties!
Chocolatey coating Why the y? Anything sold as
"chocolate" can contain only one type of added fat — cocoa butter.
PowerBars use fractionated palm kernel oil instead, which is about as
healthy as Elmer's Glue-All.
High fructose corn syrup This ingredient is
everywhere, even in so-called health foods. In 2006, Americans consumed
58 pounds of this sweetener per capita, up nearly 50 pounds in 30 years.
Glycerin The bar's chewy texture is due in part to this sugar alcohol, which moonlights as a food moisturizer.
Maltitol syrup Another sugar alcohol and
probable sweetener, but one that the body absorbs super slowly. Besides
gas and bloating, maltitol can produce a laxative effect so powerful
that Australia and New Zealand require a warning label on foods that
Oat fiber Oat fiber helps lower cholesterol by
fermenting into the short-chain fatty acid butyrate, which can limit
the release of lipids from the small intestine.
Calcium phosphate This supposed performance
enhancer (which is essentially powdered bone) is also used to polish
teeth and build hard-tissue prosthetics.
Copper gluconate In theory, a copper deficiency
can lead to anemia and neurological disorders (though such problems are
usually found only in people who have been kept alive via intravenous
feeding or in babies fed nothing but cow's milk). So copper gluconate sounds healthy. Too bad a 1985 study showed zero effects from adding it to the diet.
Pantothenic acid (calcium pantothenate) Better
known as vitamin B5, pantothenic acid is necessary for the digestion of
sugars, proteins, and fats. Handily, it's found widely in foods —
plants, animals, and all PowerBar Protein Pluses.
Vitamin B6 B6 is essential for the synthesis of
neurotransmitters like epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, and
serotonin. But don't binge, new moms: Too much can stop lactation.
I hope the Beijing Olympics will be great for China and the rest of the world, but I'm quite sure that China's obsession to script and control everything will backfire. The Chinese government has already arrested many people who might cause upheaval, but the video below shows that protests or unscripted events might come from unexpected corners.
The matter in question arose last month when Hu Ziwei, a well-known
Chinese television personality, burst onto the stage during a lavish
ceremony where the state broadcaster, CCTV, was inaugurating its new
Olympics sports channel.
There stood Hu's husband, Zhang Bin, who is also a well-known sports
anchor, and suddenly, the neatly dressed woman began speaking in a calm
voice about her supposed discovery of his love affair with another
From the outset it was clear that Hu was a surprise guest, and her
message, too, was way off script. "Next year is an Olympics year, and
people all over the world will be watching China," she began calmly,
her hands folded in front of her. Quickly, several men approached to
try to get her off of the stage, but Hu held her ground, shaking off
their attempts to grasp hold of her.
From the perspective of a government that obsesses over control of
what is visible and what is not, what can be expressed publicly and
recorded for posterity and what cannot, even in these first instants
the makings of a nightmare were readily apparent. Voices could be heard
offstage, "Please don't take any pictures," but it was already too
late. Not only could one clearly hear the sound of snapshots being
clicked off, but also within hours video footage was spreading on the
Internet via Chinese Web sites, which the government attempted to
block, and via YouTube, which it could not.
Hu continued, citing the words of an unnamed French diplomat,
saying: "Until China is able to start exporting its values, it won't be
able to become a great power. For us to appear so prim and proper, yet
Zhang Bin can't even be brought to face his own - he won't even face
his hurt wife. I think China, as a - to succeed as a great power -
don't any of you have a conscience at all?" The men in suits approached
yet again attempting to remove her, but the diminutive lady was having
none of it. "You let me go," she exclaimed, pulling herself free.
"We're so far from being a great country."