How to Choose the Right Nutrition BarApril 21, 2016 Insider
If your grocery store is like mine, it carries nutrition bars. A LOT of nutrition bars. The nutrition bar section is wider than my arms when stretched out and taller than I am. Dozens and dozens and dozens of choices. You might think that any of the bars are a good, nutritious choice for on-the-go eating. Think again.
Here is a smart way to find the right bar for you.
The price is right.
Have you noticed how different the price of a nutrition bar can be? Is the $2 bar the same as the $0.75 bar? The simple answer is not likely. Generally speaking, you get the nutrition you pay for, and some low priced “nutrition bars” have more in common with a candy bar than you might believe. For instance, the New York Daily News reported on May 11, 2015 “Clif’s White Chocolate Macadamia Nut bar has more calories (260) than a Snickers bar. And a Zone Chocolate Peanut Butter bar has 15 grams of sugar — about the same as a strawberry Pop-Tart.” So a low price bar is not necessarily a better value, it might be a very expensive candy bar.
If you want to keep the nutrition in your nutrition bar, here is what to look for:
Two things drive price in the nutrition bar category: bar size and quality of ingredients.
- Look for bars that have about 200 calories or less, this is a reasonable size to fill you up and keep you going. It will also give you a number of choices at about $2 or less
- Then look at the ingredients:
- If you see protein sources in the first couple of ingredients —GOOD.
- If you see sugars, syrups, nectars or sweeteners in the first couple of ingredients — look closer at the protein and sugar levels
Best case, you will find a bar that has 10g+ of protein and less than 5g of sugar for no more than 200 calories, priced at $2 or less.
Now the fun part, try a few different brands.
Find the bars that deliver the right nutrition AND taste great. They are out there.
Now you know how to find them!