10 WORST PROTEIN BARS
10 Best protein bars
Carbohydrates are the main energy source for the brain. Without carbohydrates, the body could not function properly. Sources include fruits, breads and grains, starchy vegetables and sugars. 50-60% of your daily diet should be made up of carbs. Eating excessive amounts of carbs could negatively affect your blood sugar levels. Too little could lead to fatigue.
Protein is responsible for the building and repair of body tissues. Protein is broken down into amino acids, which are building blocks of proteins made in our body. 10-35% of your daily calories should come from lean protein sources such as low-fat meat, dairy, beans or eggs. Excess protein is used to provide your body with energy or turned into fat. If too much is consumed, you will gain weight. If you don't eat enough, it could lead to your body not getting enough energy causing fatigue and many long term issues such as chemical imbalances.
Fat is an energy source that when consumed, increases the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins including vitamins A, D, E and K. 20% of your daily intake should come from fat. You want to choose healthy options such as omega-3-rich foods like fish, walnuts and vegetable-based oils. Fat helps give the body energy, and helps with development and growth. If you take in too much fat, obesity will occur. Too little of omega-3 and omega-6 could lead to dry, scaly, flaky, dull, or bumpy skin.
Minerals help to maintain fluid volume outside of the cells and helps cells to function normally. Calcium helps to maintain and build strong bones and teeth. Include three servings of calcium-rich foods per day including milk, low-fat cheese and yogurt. Keep intake under 2,400 milligrams per day. Taking in too much sodium could lead to too high of blood pressure, and then cardiac arrest. Taking in too little minerals could lead to mineral deficiency that could lead to vomiting, excessive bodily fluids and other malfunctions.
Minerals help provides structure to blood vessels, bone and ligaments. Rich sources include citrus fruits, strawberries and peppers. The amount of vitamins that should be taken in is pretty individualized, so consult a dietitian or doctor to find out mow much you need supplemented in your diet. Getting too many vitamins could lead to nauseous, hair loss, fatigue, and could even be deadly with some supplements. To little could lead to muscle spasm or fatigue.
Water helps to maintain homeostasis in the body and transports nutrients to cells. It also assists in removing waste products from the body. All beverages and water-containing/moist foods such as soup and watermelon contain water and count towards your daily water requirement. Adults should consume 2-3 liters per day. Too much water could lead to excessive peeing, and too little could lead to dehydration, sickness, and fatigue.
10 WORST PROTEIN BARS!
Nature Valley coconut almond protein bars have 1 serving per bar, with 190 calories per serving. 14 g of carbs (5 g fiber, 7 g sugars)per serving, 190 mg Sodium, 10 g protein. It is passed off as simple healthy/whole ingredients, but in reality lots of the protein and fat is from soy protein isolate and palm oil, which can cause cholesterol issues. With a 5 bar box costing $4.38, each serving costs about $0.88
SimplyProtein Cinnamon Apple Whey bar has 1 serving per bar with 150 calories, 2 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (5 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 15 g protein per serving. Some of the ingredients include protein isolate, vegetable glycerin, calcium carbonate, inulin and xanthan gum. None are necessarily harmful, but they aren't good for you, and your body would much rather prefer whole foods to make up the protein intake. With a 12 pack box costing $28.20, each serving is about $2.35.
Pure Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter also has 1 serving per bar, with 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 per bar. 20 g of protein sounds like a good deal, until you look further into the ingredients. Some of them listed include fractionated palm kernel oil, artificial sweeteners, disodium phosphate, natural flavors, and laxative like sugar alcohols? These could lead to blood sugar problems, potentially causing diabetes. With a six pack box costing $7.85, each individual bar/serving costs about $1.31.
FitJoy Mint Chocolate Chip has 1 serving per bar with 220 calories per serving, 13 g of fiber, and 7 g of fat (4 g saturated), 4 g sugars, and 20 g protein. Although that looks really good, this bar also contains canola oil, which can lead to liver and kidney problems, and even heart disease. Each serving costs $2.33.
Lastly, Oh Yeah! One: Birthday Cake. This bar had one serving per bar, with 25 g of carbs, 22 g of protein, and 1 g of sugar. Sounds GREAT until you look at the ingredients. This bar is loaded with unnatural flavors and dyes such as yellow 6 lake, red 40, blue 1 lake, red 3, and red 40 lake. Not to mention it also contains corn starch, palm kernel oil, sucralose, soy lecithin. These can cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity, and even cancer. Each bar costs about $2.08.
Now, Good Ones!
Luna Protein bar Mint Chocolate Chip has 1 serving per bar with
GoMacro Protein Paradise: Caramel Cashew has 1 serving per bar and 260 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (1 g fiber, 10 g sugar), and 11 g protein per serving. This bar has organic sprouted brown rice and healthy fats from cashews and flax seeds. Each bar costs $2.20.
Health Warrior ProteinChia bar has 1 serving per bar, and 190 calories, 6 g fiber, 10 g of sugar, and 10 g of protein. It is full of protein-rich chia seeds, oats, quinoa and peas. All help with digestion and are good sources of calcium. Each serving costs approximately $1.
Evo Hemp Cashew Cocoa has 1 serving per bar with 185 calories, 3 g of fiber, 10 g of sugar, and 7 g of protein per serving. This bar has a simple ingredient list and a protein boost from vegan hemp seeds and protein powder. It consists of all whole food, and contains omega-3 fatty acids. Each serving costs about $2.03.
RXBAR Chocolate Sea Salt has 1 serving per bar, with 200 calories, 4 g of fiber, 12 g of sugar, and 12 g of protein per serving. There are 6 ingredients and all are whole foods. It also has a good source of magnesium and potassium which can lower blood pressure. Each bar costs about $2.06.
JunoBar Apple Crisp also has 1 serving per bar and 160 calories, 5 g of fiber, 7 g of sugar, and 5 g of protein. Although there isn't much protein in this bar, it is a great source of iron which can help with pregnancies. Also, the bar is fully made of whole ingredients. Each bar costs $2.00.
Lastely, YouBar Costumized Nutrition Bar is the perfect way to get the bar you best desire. It has 1 serving per bar, and is 150-250 calories, with 3+ g of fiber, less than 13 g of sugar, and 7 + g of protein per bar. You can chose from 13 different whole ingredients and to specialize your area of target. Prices range from $2.19-$3.39.