Since we live such high-paced and stressful lives, more times than not, the first “healthy” food that we have access to is what we end up consuming. Unfortunately, whether it’s a granola or protein-packed bar, it may be full of empty calories, fat and carbohydrates. Which begs the question: Are the foods that we typically consider as healthy, really that good for us?
One of the main pseudo-healthy culprits that constantly tests us is a protein bar. It’s become the standard rule of thumb that regular workouts and protein bar consumption go hand in hand. But, unless you are diligent about exercising (doing a ton of cardio and weights) and using protein bars correctly, they aren’t going to offer anything more than unneeded carbs. Not to mention, they aren’t all created equal. While some may make you feel full, since they contain protein, they also tend to be crammed with unhealthy fats, sugars, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. “Some protein bars are nothing more than glorified candy bars,” says celebrity nutritionist Paula Simpson, adding that several contain more protein than the body can physically digest.
An ideal protein bar has 10 to 15 grams of protein and a base of seeds, nuts, spirulina, rice or organic whey; is free of artificial sweetener; has at least two grams of fiber; and has equal amounts or more than twice the amount of carbs as it does protein,” says Los Angeles nutritionist Haylie Pomroy. So what’s a better trade for the Tiger’s Milk bar? With a base of ground soybeans, two grams of fiber and no oils or trans-fats, SoyJoy ($1.30 each) is a healthy option to consider.
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