Sunday, 21 January 2018

Popular Protein Bars with More Fat and Sugar than a Krispy Kreme Doughnut

Protein bars are very popular in the fitness sector as well as the health conscious dieters. These easy on the go snacks are often marketed as healthy alternatives to sugary and fatty snacks. Protectivity Insurance has analysed 50 of the most popular protein bars - out of the 50 bars researched 18 contained more saturated fat than an original Krispy Kreme doughnut and 10 contained more sugar.

Nutramino Protein Bar Coconut contained the highest grams of saturated fat at 9.9g, more than double Krispy Kreme's 3.9g.

In second and third place for the highest grams of saturated fat went to PhD Smart Bars, with their Chocolate Brownie flavour containing 7.1g and their Chocolate Peanut Butter flavour containing 7g.

In terms of percentage, it was Yorki's new protein Chocolate Crisp bar that took the crown with 6.9g of saturated fat making up alomost 17% of the bar's contents. Of the baes analysed, it was Grenade's Reload Protein Flapjack Chocolate Brownie tht had the lowest grams of saturated fat at just 1.2g, followed closely by Nutramino Oats & Protein Flapjack Chocolate with 1.3g

PowerBars Protein Plus 30% Lemon Cheesecake topped the harts for grams of sugar at 19.5g compared to Krispy Kreme's 12.6g

Check out this protein bar index


Will Hawkins is a nutritionist from NHS Push Doctor and has worked with a range of clients, including Premier League footballers, models and business people to help them improve their diet, wellbeing and body composition. This is what he had to say:

The practicality and similarity to everyday confectionary make protein bars a very popular pre-or post workout option for fitness enthusiasts. However, it's important to remember that these bars are a supplement. not a food. Before we even talk about protein, a lot of these products are made with synthetic sweeteners or sugar, neither of which has much nutritional value. It is important not to ignore other areas of nutrition when trying to find ways to increase your protein intake.

While these bars can provide the level of protein needed for building and repairing muscles, they often lack a lot of the essential amino acids that are the true building blocks of muscle building. Essentially, a protein bar is great if you're in a rush or haven't had time to prepare anything, but there are far more effective ways to get the protein you need from natural foods.

If you're looking for a pre-workout snack, you should swap your protein bar for tuna and beetroot salad with a handful of berries (2-3 hours before workout), or you could also try an espresso shot 30 minutes to 1 hour before exercise. As a post-workout treat, opt for a yogurt granola pot with a handful of nuts immediately after or up to 1 hour after exercise.


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