on Friday, April 6, 2018

How To Choose The Right Protein Bar

By Megan Windham

  • Check sugars (and sugar alcohols)

If your protein bar is packed with sugar you might as well be eating a candy bar. ALWAYS check how many grams of sugar come in your bar. Lots of companies fill these up with excessive sugar and sugar alcohols and still claim to be super “healthy” because they have sooo much protein. Don’t fall for the trap and check the nutrition label before you buy.

  • Check the type of protein used

There are tons of different types of protein out there. Whey Concentrate, Casein, Whey Isolate, Soy, Egg, Pea, Hemp, Brown rice, etc. While some people don’t care what kind of protein they’re getting in, you might after looking into each one.

For starters, you’ll want to know what’s inside the bar if you’re Vegan, lactose intolerant, or gluten-free.

  • Check the amount of protein used

I know everyone’s protein needs are different, but for me personally, a protein bar with 10 grams or less is not a protein bar. I look for bars that provide roughly 20-22 grams of protein. That and a fruit makes a fast meal when in a pinch!

  • Check the carb/protein ratio (and net carbs)

Lots of protein bars might be high in protein...but with that, they’re high in carbs. Look for protein bars with fiber and a low number of net carbs.

  • Check the taste (obviously)

If it tastes disgusting, what’s the point in spending your money on it? My favorites are Quest Bars and FitJoy Bars!