We all know protein is important — it's what helps us build up our muscles, after all. If you're looking to incorporate more into your diet, a bar is one of the easiest ways to do it. They're portable, not crazy expensive, and, oh yeah — they're delicious. The only problem? They often have a ridiculously high calorie count and an even more ridiculous amount of sugar.
It's easy to get sucked into promises of protein and forget the rest — especially if you just worked your booty off and are all kinds of hangry — but bars often ring in at a whopping 20+ grams of sugar and up to 400 calories per serving. Considering the 2016 U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommends eating no more than 50 grams of sugar per day (and the American Heart Association recommends even less — about 25 grams per day for women and 37 grams per day for men), it's time to be picky when it comes to protein bars — especially if you want your tough workouts to actually be worthwhile.
The next time you're looking for a protein bar after a sweat session, grab one of these healthier options instead.More