Today I am going to talk about some of the worst “low” sugar protein bars that are currently being sold today. If you’re looking to further your better body goals, would you eat a candy bar every day? The answer would be no. But If you are me then you will have a candy bar almost every day. What about high protein snacks or a protein bar? We’re sure the latter sounds more beneficial, but unfortunately, most of the protein bars In the market are loaded with more of the waist-widening sweet stuff than a Snickers. And, because you consider them a health food you can eat every day (rather than a once-In-a-while treat), they can be more likely to hamper your weight-loss or tone-up efforts than help them. Whether you’re looking for a nutritious, on-the-go option to tide you over between meals or to maintain muscle mass between workouts, low-sugar, high protein snacks will be game changers—that Is, as long as you pick the right one.
ThinkThin Chocolate Strawberry
Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a deal with this sugar-free bar. To compensate for the lack of sugar, thinkThin loads this bar up with sugar alcohols—12 grams exactly. One of those Is maltitol, a low-calorie, plant-based sweetener that studies have found to be associated with stomach and abdominal pain as well as excessive internal gas and flatulence. Not something that makes me want to eat these high protein snacks.
250 calories, 9 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 230 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 12 g sugar alcohol), 20 g protein
Nature Valley Coconut Almond Protein Chewy Bars
It may look like your favorite of high protein snacks, GORP (good-old fashioned raisins and peanuts) In a bar, but what you’re really eating when you chomp down on this Nature Valley bar Is more fillers than whole foods. It looks like roasted peanuts and coconut, but more of the protein and fat you see In the nutritional Is from soy protein Isolate and palm oil than whole foods.
190 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (5 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 10 g protein
These bars may be high protein snacks, but their Ingredient lists read more like supply lists from a chemistry lab than foods from your pantry: protein Isolate, vegetable glycerin, calcium carbonate, inulin and xanthan gum. None of the Ingredients are harmful to your health, but why miss out on the additional health benefits and micronutrients you get from whole foods for the same amount of protein?
SimplyProtein Maple Pecan
SimplyProtein Apple Cinnamon Whey Bar
ZONE Perfect Nutrition Bar Dark Chocolate Almond
Don’t be fooled by the name of this bar; the “dark chocolate” Is less of what you’d picture In an 85 percent dark chocolate bar and more sugar, alkalized cocoa powder (which renders all antioxidants useless), milk powder and fractionated palm kernel oil (Instead of healthy-fat-rich cocoa butter). Not Ideal In terms of high protein snacks.
190 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (2 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 12 g protein
QuestBar Protein Bar Cookies & Cream Flavor
Don’t believe everything you read. Questbar claims to be one of the best protein bars that gives your body the energy the energy It needs to conquer your workout. QuestBar describes this bar as being made “with real cookie crumbles and delicious cream,” but according to the Ingredients and IF you understand the Ingredients, the only place that cream could be lurking Is In “natural flavors.” Not to mention, the bar may be “sugar-free”, but It’s made with a laundry list of additives and chemicals, Including artificial sweetener sucralose, and the only whole food Is almonds.
190 calories, 9 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 210 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (14 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 2 g erythritol), 21 g protein
Pure Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter
Is 20 grams of protein worth having to eat fractionated palm kernel oil, artificial sweeteners, disodium phosphate (Disodium phosphate, or sodium hydrogen phosphate, or sodium phosphate dibasic, is the inorganic compound with the formula Na₂HPO₄. It is one of several sodium phosphates), natural flavors, and laxative-like sugar alcohols? I think not and say no thanks to these high protein snacks.
190 calories, 6 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 8 g sugar alcohol), 20 g protein
PowerBar ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar Lemon Poppy Seed
This one Is pretty straightforward. Unlike the bars I mentioned those seven grams of fat and saturated fat In this bar don’t come as much from nuts as they do from palm kernel oil and canola oil.
200 calories, 7 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (5 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 17 g sugar alcohols), 20 g protein
I can’t say this enough always and I mean always check your labels and understand what the Ingredients mean. You may understand the basics when It comes to sugar, carbs, and calories but most people don’t understand what the Ingredients mean and where they come from. If you want to learn more about labels or you have any questions please don’t hesitate In reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
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