Nutrition bars fall under various names such as “energy bars,” “meal replacement bars,” “protein bars,” and “snack bars.” Nutrition bars are generally much larger by weight than snack bars (such as granola bars) or candy bars (such as chocolate bars) and have a much higher protein content –generally 10 grams to 30 grams of protein in a nutrition bar versus little or no protein in a snack bar or candy bar. Some “fiber” or “whole food” bars may also contain little protein, but added protein not the main emphasis of those types of bars.
Claims and Purported Use
Nutrition bars offer a convenient means to supplement a balanced diet. “Energy bars” usually contain about 200-300 calories and feature a mix of carbohydrates, fats, and protein, plus vitamins and minerals to help stabilize blood sugar throughout the day. “Meal replacement bars” are similar to energy bars, but offer a wider range of calories, anywhere from 180-370. “Protein bars” provide high amounts of protein, usually 30 or more grams per bar and support muscle repair and development following exercise as well as help increase metabolism for those trying to lose weight. The following nutrition bars are considered tested and true.
MEAL REPLACEMENT BARS
HIGH PROTEIN BARS
Selected Potential Side Effects
Nutrition bars are generally regarded as safe when taken as recommended.
Selected Drug Interactions
No cases have been reported.
The USDA recommends that most adults, who exercise lightly or moderately, consume between 2,000-3,000 calories per day. Of the total calories, about 45-65% should derive from carbohydrates, 10-35% from protein, and 20-35% from fat with less than 10% of the total calories coming from saturated fat (USDA Dietary Guidelines, 2005). Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to the total amount of calories provided by the bar you choose.
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