MusclePharm Combat Crunch Review

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Whether you’re an athlete, a runner, a gym-rat, or someone who isn’t even active, you can always benefit from extra protein in your diet. This delicious, gluten-free, protein-packed bar from MusclePharm can deliver. Combat Crunch protein bars are non-GMO and have a lot of fiber and a small number of carbs. Most protein bars are hard and taste like cardboard, but Combat Crunch gives you an experience that is near biting into a freshly baked cookie.

MusclePharm believes in using only the best ingredients possible in the production of their protein products. Therefore, they adhere to the standard for gluten-free and are certified as safe for athletes via Informed-Choice. When athletes see that an item is marked with the Informed-Choice sticker/logo, they can rest assured that it has been thoroughly inspected and tested in order to ensure that it has not been contaminated with any substances that are banned and that it is one hundred percent safe to use.

You can purchase the Combat Crunch protein bars by the box, which includes twelve bars that are individually wrapped. There are eight flavors to choose from. They are Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cinnamon Twist, Cookies ‘N’ Cream, S’Mores, Birthday Cake, White Chocolate Raspberry, and Chocolate Cake.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Great price

20 grams of protein


Informed-Choice approved

Eight great flavors


Can melt during shipping

Taste/texture not for everyone


MusclePharm promises to create and put on the market, the most effective, safe, and thoroughly tested sports and nutritional supplement products they possibly can. The purpose the products aim to serve is to help improve athlete’s performance as well as their health, without using any banned substances. With employees who are now and have been athletes, MusclePharm only makes products which they personally believe are safe and will use themselves.

MP wants to help you build confidence because there is no greater challenge than facing the weaknesses we have. There is also no greater victory than defeating your fears and getting passed your failures, overcoming every obstacle thrown your way, and realizing your dreams and how possible they are to reach.

MP wants to bring people together by creating a community based on hard work and putting together teams that will push the company and the consumers farther than they could have made it on their own.

They say that if you want to get somewhere or accomplish something quickly, go alone. But, if you want to get somewhere farther or accomplish something larger, go together. When you have the right team around you, there really isn’t a limit to what you can achieve.


When people think of protein bars, they usually automatically think of a chalky, cardboard taste and a hard to bite crunch that leaves your mouth begging for something to bring it some hydration. Protein bars, for the most part, are sorely lacking in the flavor department. MusclePharm recognized the problem and acted to bring you what you deserve in your healthy choice because things that are good for you shouldn’t have to taste bad.

However, the Combat Crunch bars come in eight mouth-watering flavors. These flavors include Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies ‘N’ Cream, Cinnamon Twist, S’Mores, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Cake, and White Chocolate Raspberry. The best part about having so many delicious flavors that you’d typically only get to have at dessert time is that you can eat these bars for breakfast and literally any time you please.


The ingredients used in the making of these protein bars are protein blend (milk protein and whey protein isolate), peanuts, isomalto-oligosaccharide (which is prebiotic fiber), sugar, vegetable oils (palm and palm kernel), water, vegetable glycerin, and maltitol.

There is less than two percent of salt, resistant maltodextrin, natural flavor, soy lecithin, vanilla dextrose, caramel color, cocoa powder, tapioca starch, and sucralose. These bars do contain tree nut, peanut, soy, and milk. They are made in a factory that also processes these products, along with wheat and egg products.

Each bar is packed with twenty grams of protein to keep you going. There is a low level of active carbs and sugar in each bar but they are full of fiber. People who consume more fiber tend to end up with healthier body weight. The fiber will also aid with digestion and keep your stomach feeling full for a longer period of time.


One percent of the population needs to avoid gluten. Most people who think they’re gluten intolerant actually aren’t. However, if you do happen to be part of that one percent, these bars are safe for you. MusclePharm is proud to say they only use top of the line ingredients in their products. Both of their locations are approved to be gluten-free, Bakery Barn Inc certified them on September twenty-sixth of two thousand and eighteen.

Even if you’re not gluten intolerant, there are many benefits of adopting a gluten-free diet. You can improve your cholesterol levels. Having a buildup of cholesterol makes you more susceptible to serious health issues such as a stroke or heart attack. A gluten-free diet will help your digestive health, increase your energy levels, and get rid of processed foods and unhealthy foods from your typical diet, such as fried food, desserts, bread, and oils.

When on a gluten-free diet, vegetables and fruits will become something you’re more likely to eat because they are gluten-free. You can reduce the risk of diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease. You will be able to fight off germs and viruses easier because you’ll be ingesting more vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.

You can lose weight in a healthy way, improve your health as far as arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome, and become a lot more aware of foods and what they’ll do to your body.

Banned Substance Tested

MusclePharm products contain the Informed-Choice logo which lets athletes know that they are safe for consumption according to the prohibited list. The products were certified on May first in two thousand and seventeen. If you’re not familiar with which substances are banned, keep reading.

Non-Approved Substances (substances that any government around the world does not approve for medicinal use) are prohibited. This includes clinical trials, discontinued drugs, veterinary drugs, and designer drugs.

Steroids that increase muscle mass and are prohibited, even if they’re not specifically listed. Same goes for any drug that has similar effects. Any hormones or related substances that will increase your number of red blood cells, your blood oxygenation, or your capacity for carrying oxygen, and drugs that treat anemia are prohibited.

You cannot use drugs that are used for asthma, because they will relax your muscles in your airway, making breathing easier. Metabolic modulators that change how your hormones work are banned. Diuretics (water pills), probenecid, plasma expanders, and desmopressin are banned because they will increase your blood volume.

Also banned are any type of drugs that manipulate your blood or your blood components, anything that manipulates your physical or chemical composition, anything that edits your genes to enhance performance, stimulants, narcotics, cannabinoids (except cannabidiol), glucocorticoids, and beta-blockers.


Being considered non-GMO means that the product in question does not contain any organisms which have been modified genetically. GMOs are created in labs and use genetic engineering/modifying practices. There are many health and environmental risks related to foods that contain GMOs.

Using genetically modified organisms is not uncommon. This process has been utilized for many commercial purposes. It is used mostly in the production of food, though. GMOs are made with the intention of enhancing foods’ resistance to certain diseases, increase the nutritional levels, forcefully create the traits they desire in certain species or help crops increase their yield. It is not safe, though.

A long list of diseases and conditions are linked to foods which contain GMOs. This includes gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, infertility, and even organ damage. Chemical and pesticides are more plentiful in GMOs as well. People are beginning to put more focus on eating healthier and consuming more natural foods.

When you choose products that don’t contain GMOs, you could find that some symptoms you have will decrease or even subside shortly after you begin eating healthier. Non-GMO products don’t contain antibiotics and growth hormones that are injected into animal foods which can cause damage to your body and make you more likely to develop diseases.

Foods with GMOs have chemical preservatives that will make them last longer, but that doesn’t mean that they will stay fresh, even though they may appear to be. GMO foods require an environment with lots of chemicals, which will eventually cause the soil to erode and become unusable along with creating more pollution and using up more energy.


There are more benefits to eating protein bars than simply increasing your protein intake. They can help keep you going all day by sustaining your energy level. Protein is digested slowly, so it will give your body energy continuously as it digests. When you’re hungry between meals, just finishing a workout, or looking for an energy boost, protein bars can provide it for you. They will also help you accomplish your weight loss goals.

Protein is great for increasing your metabolism because it preserves your lean muscle mass. It doesn’t take much energy to digest carbs, but it does to digest protein, which will boost your body’s ability to burn calories. Protein also assists in maintaining muscle mass which will also help you burn more calories.

When you’re dieting, protein bars are a fantastic go-to for an in-between meals snack. They will help you to feel full for longer than snacks containing carbohydrates. Feeling fuller longer will help you to deny your temptations in the middle of the day. You don’t even need to have a reason to eat protein bars. You can simply eat them because they taste good or because they’re convenient, and you’ll be doing your body a favor in the process.

Satisfaction Guarantee

An important thing to look for when you’re shopping for anything online (or in stores) is a satisfaction guarantee of some sort. Sometimes you buy things and they just simply aren’t right for you, and that’s okay. You deserve to get your money back if you’re not going to use the product or are not satisfied with it. Nobody likes to waste money, and MusclePharm doesn’t like to see people waste money.

The Combat Crunch bars come with a one hundred percent satisfaction guarantee as long as you file your claim within ninety days from the date you purchased the item. In order to be able to qualify for a replacement or refund, you must have proof of purchase, and the items must be purchased from MusclePharm directly. If products were purchased anywhere that is not MusclePharm’s official website, they will not be eligible.

The product must be used for less than seventy-five percent. To request a replacement or refund, you need to email or call Customer Service. Once they decide that your product is eligible, they will issue you a return label via your email address. MusclePharm will absorb the shipping costs to return your item. MusclePharm items purchased from Amazon have a thirty-day money back guarantee.

Bottom Line

Whether you’re gearing up for a long day, rigorous workout, or just looking for an energy boost, you can reach for a Combat Crunch protein bar from MusclePharm. Packed with only the best and safest ingredients, these bars will provide you with the boost you’re looking for.

These bars can help your health immensely in many different ways. Since they are gluten-free, they will improve your cholesterol levels, promote digestive health, increase your energy levels, reduce your risk for certain cancers, heart disease, and diabetes, help you fight off germs and viruses, assist in healthily losing weight, help you maintain your muscle mass, alleviate symptoms of arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome, and increase your metabolism.

These bars are offered at a great price, in many flavors (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies ‘N’ Cream, Cinnamon Twist, S’Mores, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Cake, and White Chocolate Raspberry), containing only two hundred and ten calories per bar, with a money back guarantee. What do you have to lose? There is a lot to gain.