What Makes A Protein Bar Good?
We are huge fans of whey protein bars.
And of course, like any other protein supplements, there are good bars and there are bad bars. Hopefully this article will help you determine what the best type of protein bar for you will be.
For starters the biggest benefit of a protein bar is that they do not have to be refrigerated. I personally keep a few boxes in my pantry and because they stay fresh for over a year, I don’t have to worry about it.
I’ve even heard about some people feeding their kids protein bars instead of candy bars. While I do agree with the sentiment, unfortunately many of the new protein bars that are hitting the market are full of saturated fats and simple carbohydrates to help give people their sweet tooth craving. Just because it also contains an extra 10 g of protein does not necessarily make it healthy. So keep that in mind when you’re reading the label ingredients.
Speaking of simple carbohydrates – I’m also seen many bars that have sugar alcohols in place of the normal sucrose or other sugars that would be in the bar. Because of the way these chemicals digesting your body, the do not create blood sugar swings like normal sugar would. I personally am not a fan of the way they taste, but if you are looking to reduce the glycemic index of food or want some kind of sweet tasting protein bar, it can be okay.
Many of these protein bars also use hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated palm oil in order to boost the fat content and try and mask the chalky or grainy taste of low-quality proteins used. While the amount of fat in the bar on a macro level is okay, this does really boost the saturated fats level in the bar. If you watch your saturated fats you should really watch out to see what types of oils are used in your protein bar. Otherwise you might be in for a surprise.
And now for protein. There are so many different types of protein bars out there that the market has become very competitive for the manufacturers. Some bars, while having lots of protein, do not actually contain whey. The protein is actually coming from soy.
The others are using a protein blend that contains various forms of whey proteins in isolate, concentrate, and full form. This can provide you a good balance between both value and nutritional content.
And of course, many of the bodybuilding supplement companies have gotten on the whey protein bar bandwagon. For the most part, they use just whey protein to supply the protein ratio. These are the ones we prefer, and of course what we recommend that you get as well.