PROTEIN BARS - THE BUYER'S GUIDE
What is a Protein Bar
First thing's first, whether you are a pro-athlete, new to the gym or just someone who's health conscience, to get any type of results you need to remain consistent, maintain healthy eating habits and have a good relationship with food. Also, being active doesn't hurt either.
- Don't have any time to fit in a full meal?
- Want to sustain energy during the working day or while working out?
This is where a protein bar comes in handy. Unlike typical chocolate bars, protein bars have fewer carbs and don't contain trans fats, found in typical chocolate bars. Furthermore, thanks to ever improving food technology, creating a variety of nutrient dense and great tasting protein snacks means that bad tasting protein bars are yesterday’s news!
What to look out for?
"what constitutes as a GOOD protein bar?"
Usually, any protein bar that provides 15 - 25 grams of protein or more is GOOD! So right off the bat you’re getting the benefit of a substantial amount of protein as you would, compared to a chocolate bar. The next thing to consider is fat content. Usually, a chocolate bar can range anywhere from 10 - 15 grams of fat. For example, a Galaxy chocolate bar has 13.5 grams of fat and a Malteaser’s teaser bar has 29.8 grams of fat. Generally, if a protein bar ranges from 1 - 12 grams of fat then that's GOOD! Lastly, Carbs. most bars range anywhere from 12 - 20 grams of carbs. The bulkier bars, like flap jacks, will see you hitting the ranges of 40 - 60 grams of carbs per bar. There is not a definitively “Good” range to hit for carbs. However, when looking at carbs, we need to consider how much sugar and sugar alcohols there are in a bar? Let's consider a Snicker bar. Out of its 33 grams of carbs, a Snickers bar has 27 grams of sugar and zero sugar alcohol. In comparison, the “fan fav” - ‘Oh Yeah One Bar’ has 23 grams of carbs but only 1 gram of sugar and 5 grams of sugar alcohol. Now here’s where it can get a little confusing. Most protein bars include dietary fiber. When looking at net carbs, dietary fiber is subtracted from the total carb count. This means that if you have 20 carbs in a bar and 9 grams of dietary fiber, your net carbs are 11 grams. Therefore allowing you more wiggle room to get your carbs in from other sources,
Protein bars contain many positive nutritional qualities that enrich our bodies with all the necessary vitamins and minerals aiding with building muscles, controlling hunger and reducing calorie intake. They can add to any healthy diet or even replacing a meal.