The Protein Bar Problem

learn here - It's protein, it's from the well-known fitness brand, it should be good for you right? Not too fast. With the rapid emergence of the protein bar market, it may be easy to fall prey to a good looking package and a brand name "you can trust" with so many options to choose from. Nevertheless this is one of the biggest pitfalls you can make when trying to inject ready-made health food, such as protein bars, to your diet. Bottom line: Because it's "formulated for success" or "engineered to provide you with maximum performance" doesn't mean that's forever the situation. As with anything from buying a car to getting a brand new blender, it pays to do your research.

When picking out a protein bar, I suggest looking at the following main areas:

Main Areas

Overall Fat/Saturated Fat - You need some fat in your diet. However you don't need plenty of saturated fat, and even one other fats should be used moderation. One of the first things to look for in a protein bar may be the fat and more importantly the saturated fats content. You would be shocked at how much saturated fat is at some of these things. Generally, a great tip-off that this might be the case may be the flavor - anything with "creamy peanut butter" or "chocolate fudge", etc. is probably not a great choice. Your daily nutritional value based on a 2,000 calorie diet is 20g - and really you don't need this much - and a few of these bars contain half or even more of that value.

Carbohydrates - Less about the total amount in your choice, plus more about the break up of that amount. What you want is high fiber content. However what you will see a lot of the time is high sugar content. Sometimes shockingly so, such as most of the carbs originate from sugar. It's Alright to have some, especially if you take this after a workout, but you don't want 28g of carbs and possess 27 of those come from sugar. Fiber helps your overall digestion as well as keeps you full longer.

Protein - How much are you actually getting in comparison to the two categories above? It may sound obvious, in general a good protein bar will be giving you around 20g of protein. If you aren't getting that, you should at least see proportional decreases within the other categories. Or even, you're really only getting carbs and fats, along with a smattering of protein.

"All Natural" Labeling - Another big marketing technique - "All Natural" does not necessarily equate to "All Good". Sugar, saturated fat, etc. - these all exist in nature. Maybe the source is a bit better, however the ingredients remain.
07/14/2015 16:51:20
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