If you’re out and about and in need of your daily source of protein, protein bars could come in handy. However, while some are healthy, not all of them are as good as advertised.
Before you choose your favorite protein bar, health experts say it’s important to know what’s inside of it.
Troy Brooks is no stranger to the protein bar section of the HyVee Grocery Store on 37th St. and Minnesota Ave. Once again he’s in search of the perfect protein bar to fit his highly active lifestyle.
“If it’s a hard workout it’s something with more protein. Running… maybe a little less protein,” Brooks said.
Whether they’re used as healthy snack or a meal replacement, store managers say protein bars are a popular choice among shoppers. Whatever the choice, ingredients matter.
Kristin Soucek is a registered dietitian with HyVee.
“Whether it’s for milk or meat or egg or cheese, some of these protein bars can fit the bill. Otherwise some of them can be as high in sugars and fats as a candy bar,” Soucek said.
Don’t let labels fool you. Soucek said you should make sure what you’re putting in your body is quality.
“We don’t want high fructose corn syrups. We don’t want fillers in there. We want our carbohydrates coming from whole foods,” Soucek said.
As much as Brooks is on the go, he has to make sure he’s grabbing the best option.
“It will keep you full throughout the run. It’s a good snack; you don’t have to snack as often,” Brooks said.
“They are a good choice. You just have to make sure that you’re not choosing a bar that’s basically a glorified candy bar,” Soucek said.
Another tip heath experts recommend is making your own protein bars so you know exactly what’s inside.