5 Things To Look For When Picking Out A Protein Bar

Posted On: March 20, 2018 • Fitness

Fitness North Branford, CT

Hey, guys. I’m Brittany from CT Krav Maga and MMA and this week I’m going to review protein bars that you can find just about anywhere. When you’re reading the labels there are five things that you really want to pay attention to. You want to pay attention to the calorie count, the carbohydrate count, the fiber count, the sugar count, and obviously the protein count. There’s another key term that I’m going to teach you guys today, it’s called a net carb. A net carb is when you take the total amount of carbs and then you subtract the amount of fiber. Your body uses fiber, so that’s part of the carbs that doesn’t put weight on. So in net carb again, you take the total carbohydrate count and you subtract the fiber count, and you get your net carb. The first bar I’m going to review is the Clif Bar. These are my least favorite. Again, for the sake of the video we are going to do my least favorite to my most favorite. This one right here is my least favorite.

Reason being there are 260 calories in one bar, there are 42 grams of carbs in this bar, 4 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and only nine grams of protein. Like I was explaining before, to look at the net carb you subtract the 4 grams of fiber from the 42 grams of carbohydrates, which still gives you 38 grams of carbs, and you have 21 grams of sugar. Second, we have the Nature Valley Protein Bars. These ones are okay. We’re going to take a look at the label here. Low in calories, 190 calories for one bar. We have 14 grams of carbs, but five grams of fiber so that gives you 9 net carbs. There’s only 6 grams of sugar, but there’s only 10 grams of protein. This bar is pretty good if you don’t want too much protein, and you know your carb count is still pretty low, so these ones are okay. Next, this one’s pretty trendy right now, it’s called the RX Bar. I like it because the ingredients are simple. It literally states right here what they are.

But then we look to the nutrition facts, and this is why I don’t love them as much. For this little bar there’s 210 calories. We have 23 grams of carbs with 6 grams of fiber, which still brings us to about 17 net carbs, and then we have only 12 grams of protein in here. This bar is okay, not one of my favorites. This one is my second favorite bar. These are called the No Cow Bars, these are a great vegan option. A lot of the other bars that we reviewed are made of whey protein, so they do have animal products in them. But this No Cow Bar is the best vegan protein bar and it tastes amazing. In the No Cow bar you get 200 calories for one, 24 grams of carbs but you have 18 grams of fiber, so a ton of fiber. And that’s going to give us 6 grams of net carbs, which is awesome. And you’re getting 22 grams of protein in this bar. This is one of the best protein bars that you can get. My absolute favorite protein bars are Quest Bars.

I love Quest Bars because of the taste, and because of their nutritional properties. In one bar 190 calories. We’ve got 20 grams of carbs but 14 grams of fiber, which gives us 4 grams of net carbs, and you’re getting 21 grams of protein. Again, the Quest and the No Cow bars are my favorite. They have the best nutrition facts of all the other bars that we reviewed. I hope this video helps you guys pick out an appropriate protein bar. To recap, you want to look at the calorie count, the carbohydrate count, the fiber count, the sugar count, and the protein count. Stay tuned next week and I will review a bunch of protein powders.