FAQ

Here at Bonk Breaker we want to make sure we provide you with great answers to all of your questions.  If you EVER have a question for us please feel free to email us: info@bonkbreaker.com

What's a "Bonk"?

"In endurance sports, particularly cycling and running, '​hitting the wall' or the 'bonk​' describes a condition caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles which manifests itself by precipitous fatigue and loss of energy." -Wikipedia.

If you've ever bonked, you know how it feels, and you know you don't want to do it again!  The dreaded "Bonk" can be avoided by eating Bonk Breaker Energy Bars and making sure you stay fully hydrated.

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What is Bonk Breakers food philosophy?

Bonk Breakers are made by athletes for athletes.  Owner Jason Winn, former Division 1 college football quarterback turned triathlete, and Chris Frank, Category 1 Road cyclist, understand their market and have created incredible tasting bars with rocket fuel energy. However, the true beauty of Bonk Breaker is in the simplicity of its ingredients, which has expanded our market from just athletes to the general population. Bonk Breaker believes in a whole foods philosophy, using simple wholesome ingredients.  While ingredient quality is of top priority, so is taste. We don't have to tell you that, just taste them and they speak for themselves.

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Why are Bonk Breakers Gluten-Free?

All Bonk Breaker bars are certified gluten-free.  

“What is Gluten?”  Gluten is a protein found in the grains wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, and rye.  It can also be used as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizer or thickening agent. Over the last couple of years there has been an increasing awareness of Celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and gluten sensitivity.  In addition to people that suffer from gluten intolerance and sensitivities, many people just feel healthier and more energetic when they eat a gluten-free, whole foods diet. For more information on Celiac and gluten sensitivity visit: www.celiac.org/ or http://www.gluten.net/.  

Gluten-Free is the new era of cutting edge sports nutrition.  We believe in improving performance through diet.  Whether you are fueling for a sport or just nourishing to get through your day, Bonk Breakers are convenient, delicious, gluten-free bars made with the best quality ingredients.  

Please consult your physician or registered dietitian for a full and complete description of these conditions and how a gluten-free diet might impact you personally.

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Bonk Breaker is "Gluten-Free" but you use Oats?

Bonk Breaker products are made with 100% Gluten-Free Oats.  Gluten-Free Oats are grown in fields and on farms which do not grow Gluten containing grains, and that's all we use!  These fields are isolated and processed on farming equipment that handles Gluten-Free grains only.

This is a issue that can be confusing as over 99% of oats grown are contaminated with Gluten and are NOT Gluten-Free. Here is the reasoning behind the gluten contamination: The vast majority of Oats are grown in fields adjacent to or near wheat and barley fields. This turns into a cross germination and cross contamination issue when the wind blows.  In addition, shared soil and processing on the same equipment as wheat and barley can also lead to cross contamination.

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What does it mean to be Certified Gluten-Free?

We are pleased to announce that Bonk Breakers are Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).  This certification reassures our customers that the manufacturer and ingredients used have been tested and inspected to contain less than 10-ppm of gluten.  We appreciate our loyal customers and being Certified Gluten-Free allows us to ensure customer confidence that our products are gluten-free.

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Why are Bonk Breakers Dairy-Free?

All Bonk Breakers are dairy-free.

Dairy or milk products/derivatives are common ingredients and sources of protein in energy bars.  Dairy ingredients may show up as whey or casein on the ingredient label.  Although dairy can be a good source of protein, some people have trouble digesting dairy, especially before or during exercise.  When the gut is stressed, as it is with exercise, people may have even less tolerance for dairy, thus slowing you down with cramping and GI distress.  We believe in improving performance through diet, so our bars are dairy-free, made with the best quality ingredients. 

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Why are Bonk Breakers Soy-Free?

All Bonk Breakers are Soy-Free. 

Soy is a common ingredient and source of protein in energy bars.  There is mixed research on the health benefits of soy.   It is also one of the more common food allergens for people.  Since we are dedicated to providing an "allergy friendly" bar, our products are soy-free, along with being gluten-free and dairy-free.  We use a non-GMO Brown Rice protein and nuts as a protein source in our bars.  

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Are Bonk Breakers vegan and non-GMO?

All of our ingredients are non-GMO and vegan other than honey.  Therefore, due to the use of honey we do not make vegan or non-GMO claims.

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When should I eat Bonk Breakers?

All the time! Yes, we would love for you to enjoy plentiful amounts of Bonk Breakers, but we also support a balanced, whole foods diet.

For everyday use, Bonk Breakers make a quick and easy breakfast treat, convenient snack and meal-on-the-run.

For Exercise/Training:

  • Before: Start exercise fully fueled with one of our Bonk Breaker energy bars 30-60 minutes before exercise.  This will top off your carbohydrate stores and provide long-lasting, sustained energy.
  • During: For exercise lasting around 90 minutes or longer, it is important to refuel your glycogen stores to avoid “bonking”.   Athletes’ fuel needs differ depending on many factors, but generally athletes should consume 200-400 calories per hour.  Bonk Breaker energy bars range from 220-260 calories per bar; therefore athletes often eat 1-2 bars per hour.  Bonk Breaker energy bars have about a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein, which is well balanced, offering sustained energy.  When training, it is important to fuel consistently and stay hydrated.  Remember, training your gut and practicing your nutrition is an essential aspect to training and performance.  Bonk Breaker assists this process by using clean ingredients your body recognizes and can easily digest.
  • After: Recover with one of our Bonk Breaker High Protein bars.  The combination of carbohydrate with 15 grams of quality protein will help restore your glycogen stores and rebuild your muscles. 

 

 

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How much protein is in the Bonk Breaker High Protein bars?

Bonk Breaker High Protein bars provide 15 grams of protein coming from brown rice protein and nuts, a dairy-free and soy-free protein source.  Protein is essential after exercise, providing amino acids to aid muscle growth and recovery.  Consuming excessive amounts of protein will not make you stronger or bigger.  It is also important to consume carbohydrate immediately after exercise to restore depleted carbohydrate glycogen stores.   Therefore, Bonk Breaker High Protein has about a 1:1 ratio of protein to carb, making it great for recovery or as a meal replacement.

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What is the shelf life of a Bonk Breaker?

Bonk Breakers are made with fresh, real ingredients.  Bonk Breakers do not use preservatives to extend shelf life because we believe in offering a fresh product made with ingredients that you recognize.  We are committed to the quality of our ingredients; therefore, our improved packaging keeps the product fresh for 12 months.

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Do Bonk Breakers contain vitamins and minerals?

Bonk Breaker does not fortify our bars with vitamins and minerals.  We use the best quality ingredients, thus the nutrients are inherent from our ingredients. 

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