Protein bars can be a convenient and nutritious breakfast or snack, but with so many brands on the market, how do you choose one? Many contain questionable ingredients and cheap sources of protein, as well as artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives.
Here are a few of the ingredients you’ll want to avoid:
- Soy Protein Isolate
- Sucralose (Splenda)
- Food dyes and colorings
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Hydrogenated oils
So, what should you look for? I look at 2 things when choosing a protein bar – the ingredients list and nutrition facts. These tell me everything I need to know! And here’s what I look for when examining these:
1. The Protein Source
The main protein source that I avoid is soy protein isolate. Most conventionally grown soy is genetically modified, and soy protein isolate is no exception. It’s cheaply made, highly processed, and can cause hormonal disruption in the body. Instead, I look for protein from:
- Brown rice
- Organic Whey
These are much cleaner options and better utilized by the body.
2. How Much Protein Per Bar
Many “protein” bars contain hardly any protein! I think bars need at least 10g of protein per bar to be considered adequate. However, if the bar is more of a snack-size, 5g of protein is a good amount as well.
3. How Much Sugar Per Bar
Many bars that are supposedly healthy contain way too much sugar! Unless the sugar is from whole dates or fruit, make sure to look for bars that are lower in sugar. Otherwise, it’s like eating a candy bar!
Here are a few of my favorite brands of protein bars that contain clean ingredients:
Garden of Life Fit Bars
Go Macro Bar
The Perfect Bar
Munk Pack Protein Cookie
No Cow Bars
Oatmega Protein Bars
Do you have a favorite clean protein bar? I’d love to hear!
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