Are Protein Bar Supplements Any Good?
The article concerns the question – Are Protein Bar Supplements Any Good? Protein bars – promise to pack a lot of protein into a small form-factor while maintaining low levels of carbohydrates and fat. While this is definitely awesome – like everything in life, it’s not always the case. Let’s take a look at the benefits protein bars provide and at possible drawbacks or side effects that may arise.
First things first, a protein bar is a supplement just like protein powder, although it (and so does one powder to another) contains different ratios of protein, carbohydrates and fat.
Advantages of Protein Bars
- Small form-factor
A no-brainer, it’s very small and doesn’t require any preparation. Perfect for the busy people among the weightlifters… or just lazy.
- High amounts of protein
The protein amount in protein bars ranges from 15 to 40 gram. That’s a lot for the effort, much easier to get done with compared to a big piece of meat.
- Can replace a meal
Provided you’re following the 5-6 small meals a day scheme, it suits perfectly as a meal.
- Some are almost candy
Protein bar taste is a variable, some taste like candy while others not so much. And as you may have guessed – the sweetness comes at a price, the sweeter it is the more unhealthy it is for you.
Disadvantages of Protein Bars
They are more expensive compared to protein powder – sold at about 3$ or more (depending on your country) per piece.
- Manufacturer misleading
According to some studies, many manufacturers mislabel the contents of their bars – they lower the amount carbohydrates by disregarding some nutrients that may have their classification questioned.
- Some offensive to the taste buds
While not always true, a lot of them don’t taste quite as good as their packaging looks! But fret not, it only takes a few bites to finish this bugger.
The advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages, and as long as you do your research as to what brand to buy, there really are no disadvantages if consumed periodically and not as the ultimate source of nutrition.
It’s a much better option to buy those as a bundle since the cost will be significantly lower. Buying by piece is simply not a good choice wallet-wise.
So the bottom line: yes, protein bars are definitely among the good guys. Check the nutrition labels to make sure you’re getting the most protein for the buck and as less fat as possible. Also, consult the experience of other people online to guide you through dozens of manufacturers to find the one that sucks the least.
Another thing to look out for is taste, while it’s something somewhat subjective, I believe there is a level of yuck that is universal among all of men, so be sure to either filter out the nastiest through comments on the internet or buy several different ones to experiment on yourself!