The Bar Exam

Some protein bars taste just as good as candy bars. So how can you tell the difference? Check out these four red flags to make sure your selection passes the bar exam.

It tastes too good to be true

If your protein bar tastes like a candy bar, it could very well be one in disguise. Make sure you read the nutrition fact panel on your selection. Thanks to advances in food science, delicious and nutritious protein bars are available. Just choose wisely and stay informed.

The calorie count is through the roof

Just because the label says protein, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Read product labels to make sure the serving size is 1 bar and that it’s not going to burst the calorie bank.

It’s loaded with sugar

Look at the types of carbs listed on the label. Avoid protein bars that have a sugar content that exceeds the fiber content. Although sugar makes your taste buds happy, it can cause spikes in blood glucose levels, resulting in an energy dip later on. Fiber is considered a “good carb”; it helps move things along and makes you feel fuller.

The ingredient list reads like a foreign language

If you don’t understand what the ingredients are, it may be a good idea to educate yourself or ask a sales associate. Look for a protein bar that lists the type of protein, fiber, sweeteners and vitamins it includes. Bottom line: quality ingredients can help you reach your goals and stay on track.