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Choosing A Protein Bar: Part 2

Posted by Dr. Donna Restivo on May 30, 2019 3:43:00 PM

In Health Tips, protein

One of the obvious perks of adding protein bars to your diet is the fact that they allow for a simple, traveling snack, which can do wonders for maintaining your blood sugar levels when you are on the go. Instead of starving yourself, it’s easy to unwrap a bar and fuel up. Here are a few more things to be on the lookout for when deciding on a bar that will give you more bang for your buck.

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Sugar Alcohols. Also found in low-calorie candy, sugar alcohols are often found in protein bars, which for some may be fine, but for others, it can be a recipe for disaster. If you have trouble tolerating sugar alcohols, it’s best to look for a minimal amount in the protein bars that are battling for your affection. If there are too many sugar alcohols for your body to tolerate, you may end up with cramps, bloating, diarrhea, and painful gas. If you don’t know what your tolerance level is, then you may have to do a little trial and error, and if you find out that your body is perfectly fine ingesting sugar alcohols, then by all means, feel free to load up on bars with the ingredient.

Carb count. While we discussed the protein to carb ratio in our last post, it’s important to know that if you are trying to lose fat, you’ll want to stay under 30 grams of carbs per bar. However; timing is everything and if you are consuming the bar immediately after a workout session, you can afford to take in a higher amount of carbs, as your body will use it to replenish. Keep in mind that if you are eating the bar, post-exercise, you’ll want to look for a bar that is as low in fat as possible, since it would be best to be avoid excess fat during this recovery period.

As we said earlier, preparation is the key to success, and it will do your body good to have a decent protein bar or two on hand at all times. This convenient snack can be taken anywhere and eaten with ease. One of the worst things that you can do for your body is to starve it as both your body and brain will pay the price. When we eat, we fuel our brain with the glucose that is found in food, and if we go without for too long, your energy will nosedive. For most people, it’s best to eat every few hours to ensure optimal health and energy.

 


 

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