Protein Bars:  Good or Bad?

With so many protein bars on the market, it’s hard to know what to look for in a good quality low carb protein bar.  Some bars have more sugar than a candy bar or donut and not much protein.   When looking at the ingredients list, don’t forget that when following a low carb diet, you don’t just look at the total carbs.  You must look at the NET carbs.  These are the carbs that are left over after you subtract the fiber and sugar alcohols.  For example, if the bar says it has 28g of total carbs, 12g of fiber and 8g of sugar alcohol, it only has 8 NET carbs.  These are the carbs left that have a glycemic response and will affect blood sugars.  Other things to look for include:

  • Gluten Free
  • High Fiber (10g or more)
  • Moderate Protein (no less than 8g)

Basically, the fewer ingredients the better.  Why not make your own protein bars?  This will take the guessing game out of all of the unknown ingredients and you can control everything yourself.  Check out this site which has links to 50 best low carb protein bar recipes.

https://www.lowcarblab.com/best-low-carb-protein-bar-recipes/

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