When US adventurer Colin O & #; Brady was the first person to cross the Antarctic alone, without the help of supplies or another wind kite, he knew that a special energy bar would be crucial to his success.
Hundreds of 1,250 calories Colin Bars, the staple food for the hike, were housed in his 400-pound sled. He would start the day with some oatmeal and finish it with a freeze-dried dinner, but the Colin Bars – made by the nutrition firm Standard Process – kept him on his skis for 54 days and fought with cold, cold winds and frostbite to induce temperatures.
"I have some calories at each end – at the beginning, at the end of the day ̵
On the 13th day of his trek, O & # 39; Brady told his Instagram followers, "I eat about 500 calories every 90 minutes when I take a 5 minute break." When he finished the hike, O & Brady had lost about 20 pounds.
Read More : An American researcher was just the first person to cross the Antarctica alone and unaided and ended up with an "ultramarathon": photos show his spectacular journey of 932 miles  Well, O & M # 39; Brady broke the record and has safely returned to the US, he came over to a chat with Business Insider. His wife and business partner Jenna Besaw brought along some Colin Bar samples that we could sample.
The bar is extremely high in fat: it is made from coconut oil and also contains nuts, seeds and cocoa powder.
People in our office were somewhat skeptical when they first tried the bar. Could a snack made to withstand minus temperatures and perhaps an athlete burning 7,000 calories or more daily possibly taste good?
None of us dared to devour a full 1,250 calorie bar, but as soon as we tried a few small chunks, the most common reaction was, "Hey, not so bad."
"I would eat it," said scientific intern Peter Kotecki with a shrug.
Some people said they tasted notes of cranberries, dates and pistachios. Others complained about the sandy consistency of the bar, similar to a protein shake or power bar, and noticed a repulsive aftertaste.
Because he was unwilling to take any risks in producing an energy bar for O & # 39; Brady, Standard Process performed a series of tests to determine which foods could trigger an inflammatory response in his body.
The results indicated that peanuts or oranges were omitted and linseed, instead of coconut oil and dried fruits such as cranberries, was doubled Outside Magazine reports.
There was a problem eating the bar in our mild, temperature-controlled office: The oily bars glittered quickly with greasy sweat and made them pretty unappetizing.
Of course it is important to know that Standard Process has not raised the bar for the type of people in our office who spend their days there warm, dry desks at 40.7128 ° N.
The Colin Bar was made for only one man in a cold, dry place. But even now, Brady does not complain about the food.
"Still do not mind," he said.