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Most people looking to buy protein bars are either looking to lose weight or looking to support muscle growth. While this is great, I often see a lot of confused faces at the protein bar isle of the super market. They look at the nutritional table and then make a judgement call based on the amount of protein contained within. By knowing exactly what to look for in your protein bar, you’ll be able to make better, more informed choices that will help you reach your weight loss or muscle building goal. Here we will teach you the basics.
The nutritional label will tell you all you need to know about the calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates and other ingredients contained within the product. Take the protein bars from Supplement Express as an example, each bar at their store has a nutritional label. This nutritional label can be found at the bottom of each protein bar, product page. Alternatively protein bars found in a local stores also note this information on the back of their products.
When you have found the nutritional label on the protein bar of choice. You are looking to review 4 key factors. These key factors will help narrow down the wide selection of protein bars, helping you make a better and healthier choice.
The first key factor to reviewing any protein bar is to look at the amount of calories found in it. This health information is usually found at the top of the nutritional label and is often referred to as energy or ‘kj’. If you are looking to lose weight, you are going to want your protein bar to have less than 150 calories. Alternatively if you are looking to support muscle growth you are going to want to have more calories (around 200-300).
The total amount of calories found within your protein bar come from its tally of protein, carbohydrates and fats. What you are looking to find when reviewing a protein bar is the ratio of protein to carbs and fats. The lower amount of fat and carbohydrates generally means a lower amount of calories and more protein. Basically, the tastier a protein bar is, the more likely it has higher amounts of carbohydrates / fat. The lower the amount of carbohydrates and fats the less taste the protein bar will have / the more additives that are added.
What you need to find is a balance between the two. Any protein bar that has a 2:1:.5 ratio that is 2 grams of protein for every 1 gram of carbohydrates and 0.5 gram of fat. Buying a protein bar that is close to this ratio will give it the highest chance of tasting great while also being great for the goal of weight loss. People that are looking to support their muscle gains have more wiggle room in a protein bar’s ratio, anywhere between 2:1:.5 and 2:2:1 is good. If you are still confused on which is the best protein bar to buy, then have a look at this top list of protein bars.
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