Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Do You Know What is in Your Protein Bar?

Do you know what is in your protein bar? Not all protein bars are created the same. The quality of the protein bar and the protein itself can vary significantly. When is the last time you looked at the label of your favorite bar?

Here is a break down of the good and bad of a typical protein bar.

1. Fractionated/hydrogenated palm kernel oil is used to create the chocolaty coating found on many protein bars. It contains a high concentration of saturated fat.

2. Like many candy bars, protein bars may contain up to 30 grams of sugar. That is more than 6 teaspoons. The daily amount for added sugars recommended for woman by the American Heart Association is 25 grams.

3. Artificial sweeteners such as maltitol and erthritol have been shown to cause gastrointestinal distress. Some studies have shown that these artificial sweeteners can trigger cravings for sweets.

4. A typical protein bar contains about 20 grams of protein, which is almost half the amount an average-sized inactive women needs in a day.

5. Many protein bars contain Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), a chemical preservative that extends shelf life. Some studies have shown a link between BHT and cancer.

So what protein bars are the healthiest to buy?

These bars have all natural and safe ingredients.

1. Kind Bars: low-glycemic, whole almonds, seeds, and legumes pack in essential amino acids without the use of soy, whey, gluten or GMO

2. Lara Bars: bars with the shortest ingredient list compared to most protein bars. They are gluten free. They contain few recognizable ingredients, are minimally processed, and are GMO free. Some bars may only contain only 2 ingredients while others contain more based on the flavor.
3.Vega One Sport: plant-based, certified vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, and made without dairy or soy ingredients, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. These power house bars contain Omega-3 fatty acids, 1 billion probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins/minerals, and one serving of green vegetables (whole food spinach, broccoli, alfalfa, and kale).

4. Raw Rev Glow or Raw Revolution: organic and minimally processed plant based ingredients, non-GMO, gluten free, Omega-rich ingredients, and vegetarian friendly.

 If easy and quick no bake energy ball are more your thing, check out these No Bake Energy Bites/Balls.

Or you can try your hand at these 9 protein bar recipes from Daily Burn.

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You train hard and try to make healthy choices. Sometimes products on the shelf are more like eating a candy bar. You want the proper ingredients to fuel your body, replenish the glucose in your muscles and keep your blood sugar from crashing, keep your metabolism burning, and to help your muscles recover  after a workout.

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