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Should You Eat A Protein Bar?

Should You Eat A Protein Bar?

Should You Eat A Protein Bar

Almost everyone has tried a protein bar before, but have you added them to your diet?Don't think all of them are exactly the same. There are many types for different situations.
In here you will find out about a variety of different bars and what’s in them and which one you should take.

Sometimes it's good to take them and sometimes it is not. These are things you need to know when choosing one.

What's The Difference?

Not all bars are the same. Some include several different types of protein and that can change the effects it does to you.

For example whey protein will be digested at a different time than soy protein which can affect your muscle growth if you plan on taking it after a workout. They also work differently.

They also contain different amounts and different types of sugars. This can lead to different tastes and different nutritional levels. I'm sure you don't want a protein bar that is actually a candy bar with protein powder. (Some are actually like that!)

In the end it all comes down to looking at the ingredients and picking the one that is right for you. Don't pick out a bar without looking at the ingredients.
This leads to my next question which is...

What Do I Look For In The Ingredients?

Guessing since you're at this website you want get or stay fit. For this I suggest you get a whey protein bar and avoid soy protein.

Because not much is known on whether soy protein helps muscle growth or not, amount of time it takes to digest, etc.

So I suggest just avoiding it. Don't take a gamble when whey protein is proven to work and get to your muscles within 30 minutes to 1 hour.

This is why I will mostly be covering protein bars without soy protein.
What I suggest is that you look out for artificial sweeteners and the amount of sugar in each bar. I don't believe anyone should have artificial sweeteners because of the controversy between them. Why gamble with your body when you only get one?

Here is a little tip if you want to avoid artificial sweeteners. In the ingredients some of the well known artificial sweeteners are called:
  • Sucralose
  • Acesulfame Potassium
  • Saccharin
Chances are a bar with more sugar will taste better but try to avoid a lot of sugar. Then again they could replace sugar with artificial sweeteners, so watch out.

Who Should Eat Protein Bar ?
Honestly, if you're working out you should not eat bars instead of taking a protein powder supplement. There are a few reasons behind this.

1.) You won't find very many whey protein bars. Most are soy protein.
2.) You will usually not get enough protein from one bar.
3.) It will take longer to digest.
4.) It costs much more per bar than 1 protein shake.

The only time you would want to take protein in a bar form is when you cannot make a healthy meal or a midnight snack or right before bed. I suggest getting a low carb bar if you're eating at night, but watch out for those artificial sweeteners!
Preferably you should still drink a protein shake at those times rather than eating a bar, but if you don't have access to a protein shake or a meal then it is better than starving yourself.