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How to choose the right protein bar for you 🍫

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Chances are you're already consuming protein bars or you've tried them in the past. They're an easy snack or meal replacement and a great way to add more protein in your diet without much effort or planning.


However, not every protein bar is created the same! You'll want to pick the right bar for you, your lifestyle and your own fitness goals.


So how do you choose the best bar for you? Below are 5 things to consider ⬇️⬇️


1. Ingredients.

If it's important to you to eat foods that are minimally processed, choose a protein bar made with 10 or fewer ingredients. Most bars on the market are highly processed, so you'll want to read the list of ingredients before digging in. You may be sacrificing other things (like amount of protein) when you choose minimally processed so you may want to supplement more protein elsewhere in the day.


2. Protein.

Next, you'll want to consider the amount of protein each bar contains.

If your goal is to build muscle, the amount of protein you eat is imperative. Many bars market themselves as high protein but in actuality only offer about 10 grams of protein. When the typical muscle building diet requires ~1 gram of protein per bodyweight each day, eating a bar with 10 grams of protein isn't going to help you out much as you think it may.


3. Sugar.

You'll also want to consider the amount of sugar (or sugar to protein ratio) per bar. Some bars market themselves as "healthy" but in some cases, the nutrition facts are more similar to that of a candy bar. In general, you'll want to choose bars with less than 13 grams of sugar per bar.


4. Taste.

You've got to want to eat the bar regularly, right?! Taste is an important factor as well.


5. Cost.

Lasly, the cost of the actual bar is also an important factor. You don't want to break your monthly food budget on bars. Luckily, most bars on the market are about the same price, at about $.80/ounce.


In sum, if a minimally processed bar is most important to you, you may want to try a bar like RX Bars. This bar wins for fewest Ingredients (only 7 ingredients per bar!) and has the best protein to sugar ratio out of all the minimally processed bars and 10-13 grams of protein per bar.


If the amount of protein to sugar ratio is most important, I would go with either the Barbell Bar or Quest Bars. Both offer ~20 grams of protein per bar and only 1-2 grams of sugar. Out of the two, I prefer the taste of Barbell Bars.


Check out the table below to inspire you to try a protein bar! And there's so many more on the market, too. Do you have a favorite bar you'd like to add to the list? Lemme know! 🤩🤤

Protein Bars

Processed?

Protein

Sugar

Fat

Calories

Taste (10 is best)

Price/ounce

Yes - High

18-21 grams

< 2 grams

0 grams

200

6/10

$1.88

Yes - High

13-14 grams

13 grams

13 grams

220

9/10

$0.95

Yes - High

20 grams

1-4 grams

4.5 grams

180

7/10

$0.76

Yes - High

20 grams

1 gram

8 grams

200

7.5/10

$1.68

Yes - High

20 grams

17 grams

10 grams

280

8.5/10

$1.66

Yes - High

20 grams

1 gram

6 grams

220-230

8.5/10

$1.59

Yes - High

20 grams

0 grams

9 grams

230

8.5/10

$1.09

Yes - Low

15 grams

17 grams

19 grams

330

11/10

$1.40

Yes - Low

12 grams

9 grams

9 grams

210

6/10

$1.19

Yes - Low

6 grams

16 grams

16 grams

200

10/10

$1.35

Yes - High

4 grams

12 grams

12 grams

250

10/10

$0.68


 

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