The Ugly Truth About Protein Bars That Manufacturers Will Never Tell You
A lot of us keep a piece of a protein bar two in our gym bags for the sake of convenience. They do come in handy when you are out and don’t have a decent protein source. Some people even use it as a pre-workout meal and few even use it as a total meal replacement. Though some protein bars do actually help you, not all of them are as good as they are advertised.
What Are Protein Bars?
Protein Bars are nothing but chocolate looking bars with added protein. Some might even have fibre and carbohydrates in it. They generally contain anywhere from 10gm of protein per serving to 30gms. These meal replacement bars are meant to replace your meal, completely. Some contain calories as high as 400 calories per serving. And then, there are sports bars which claim to provide you with a robust supply of energy.
Filled With Incomplete Sources Of Protein:
Well, not all of them. If we specifically talk about the protein that these bars contain, then the protein is of low quality. The sources they pick are either soy protein isolate or protein that has an incomplete amino acid profile. So even if the bar has 20 grams of protein, best believe it’s not as potent as the protein from whey or animal sources. A better way to judge any protein bar is by looking at the source of its protein content. If the source is either whey protein isolate or micellar casein, they are good to go.
For The Sake Of Taste
Another problem with these high protein bars is that in order to make them delicious, manufacturers fill them up with artificial sweeteners. Corn syrup and caramel syrups are two most widely used sweeteners. They are nothing but empty calories and also reduce the rate of protein absorption. Buying a protein bar that has 20gm of protein and 30gm of sugar per serving is outright stupidity.
It Definitely Can’t Replace Your Meal
The case of Meal Replacement Bars is even worse. People buy them looking at the humongous calorie content but never pay attention to the sources of those calories. 400 calories in a single serving are not coming from what you would want them to come from. You can’t compare a well-prepped meal with a protein bar, period. A classic chicken, rice, and vegetables meal or oatmeal have a far better nutrition profile.
Only Sugar For Energy
Energy bars advertised as best sources of quick energy are filled with nothing but dextrose. If they are also taken regularly, without performing high-Intensity workouts, the excess calories will get stored as fat in the body.
The Final Word
Not all protein bars are bad but not all of them are created equally. Some walk the talk. Mostly though, they are garbage. Read the label and see for yourself. They can never match your nutritional needs. Don’t fall for what’s written on the label. Flip it and read the contents.
Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of thewebsite where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him throughFacebook andYoutube.
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