Protein Bar Sales Jump

With statistics showing that Americans are the most overweight people in the world, industry has jumped in to promote products to aid in weight loss, bodybuilding, and health. One of those products is the protein bar. These bars, also known as energy bars, can be found at the supermarket, convenience store, health food store, or athletic club. Many claim to contain enough nutrition to be a meal replacement. But are they really all they claim to be? The answer isn't an easy yes or no. There are many varieties on the market, with a variety of ingredients. Some protein bars are healthy meal replacements; some are not. Some taste good; some do not.

So the question is, how can you determine which bars are the best protein bars for your needs? It will take some time, because the best way for you to choose the right protein bar is to read and compare labels.

So put on your walking shoes and grab a notepad. First, a few facts. The protein used in the bars is usually made from soy protein or whey protein. Whey protein is considered the best source for weight loss. Soy protein is often sued for bodybuilding. Some protein bars can have up to 50 percent fat. What you are going to look for are bars with over 25 grams of protein.

Calories should fall in the range of 220 to 320 (for weight loss, shoot for less than 280). You want a bar low in carbs-25 grams or less. Don't forget fiber-at least 3 to 5 grams, and the bar should include some vitamins and minerals.

Once you have established content, you can go for the taste test. You will find some healthy ingredients. Protein bars often include oatmeal or wheat germ, nuts, dried fruit such as raisins, apricots or dates, and often chocolate (it's good if it is dark chocolate).

Protein bars can be expensive.

I suggest buying one of each of the bars that fit your label test. Once you have picked out several that you like and have the right ingredients according to the label, you can search the Internet and order on line. You can find many kinds for a reduced rate and often the postage and handling is low or free.

You can save time of planning and preparing meals by using protein bars as a meal replacement or quick, healthy snack. But they can't totally replace the natural, healthy foods your body needs. Be sure to eat at least one healthy meal a day.

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