The protein bar section at most stores can be so overwhelming! There are hundreds of choices so here are a few guidelines I follow when im shopping for mine…
1.) I like to be able to pronounce the majority of ingredients listed in my bar (same goes for my regular food items at the grocery store) Most of these items are overloaded with chemicals and artificial ingredients.
2.) Some of the protein bars are packed with sugar. I aim for a bar with more grams of protein than it has grams of sugar! I tend to pass on anything with more than 12 grams of sugar. (note if you are getting bar with raisins and fruit mixed in it the sugar is going to be higher)
3.) Keep the fat under 10 grams and aim for no more than 210 calories (unless you are replacing a meal with the bar then around 300 is fine)
4.) I always look for at least 4 grams of fiber (helps to keep you full)
I personally try to stay away from bars with “sugar alcohol” in them. They can can cause diarrhea, bloating, and weight gain if you eat too much of them.(Common names for sugar alcohols are sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol, lactitol, isomalt, maltitol, and hydrogenated starch hydrolysates (HSH).)
*Sugar alcohols are usually incompletely absorbed into the blood stream from the small intestines which generally results in a smaller change in blood glucose than “regular” sugar. This makes them popular among diabetics and people on low-carbohydrate diets. They make me have an upset stomach and dont taste the best to me so I steer clear.
These definitely win the tastiest award! I love the power crunch bar! (it is higher in fat so I try to eat these in moderation. Its has 13 grams of fat but less than 5 grams of sugar)
Flavor and Fiber bars are my go to pick for traveling! They are super tasty and pack 12 grams of fiber!!!
These are the “best all around” bar. Im always impressed with Kashi. They fit all my nutritional guidelines and are tasty too!
The “no junk” bar is your best bet if you just want the necessities! If your looking for protein without all the added junk this is it!
Hope this was helpful for you ladies! xo