Protein Bars: Good or Bad?

Labrada Nutrition Protein bars

Protein bars have been promoted highly in magazines for their great taste and excellent sources of protein, but in reality do they give you the benefits that you truly need?

Most protein bars typically have 20-30 grams of protein and are usually either low or moderately high in carbs ranging anywhere from 20 to 40 grams of carbs per bar. Most protein bars have glycerin in them which is most commonly known as sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols are not really carbs. If you notice, many protein bar labels always show a net carb count. Net carbs are those that prompt the body to release insulin.

Net Carbs = Total Carbs – Carbs That Do Not Cause Insulin Release.

Carbs that have no impact on insulin release are dietary fibers and the sugar alcohols (like glycerin).

Depending on your schedule, I would only use these bars when you do not have access to make a quick protein shake. The only reason I suggest this is because even the best bars have too many calories in the form of sugar alcohols. These are extra calories that protein shakes do not have. I do understand for those who have jobs that it is not always easy to go ahead and eat a nutritious meal. I do indeed eat protein bars for the simple reason that I cannot make a shake or eat a chicken breast all the time when I am on the go or do not have access to other foods.

So if you are too busy or do not have access to other food sources or protein shakes, a protein bar is a great way to go.

If you do shop for a protein bar, here are some nutrition facts to look for:

• Protein: 20-30 grams
• Carbs: 30-40 grams
• Sugars: Under 10 grams
Fats: Under 10 grams.
• Saturated Fats: No more than 4-6 grams of saturated fat as most protein bars tend to about this amount.
• Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated Fats are okay as they yield health benefits.

Good Protein Bars that I like Are (In order of Preference):

• Labrada Nutrition Lean Body Gold Bars
• Worldwide Nutrition Pure Protein Bars
• Labrada’s Rockin Roll Bars (only when my fat intake for the day is low as these are high in monounsaturated fats)
• Met Rx Protein Plus Bars

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