High protein bars – more ingredients than grams protein!

Have you recently check the ingredient list on your protein bar? If your protein bar has ingredients with words you can’t even pronounce, you should think twice before buying it. When looking at an ingredient list try to pick the item with most recognizable ingredients.

Here are three examples of common bars:

Bars Ingredient                   Calories/protein
Special K Double chocolate protein bar COATING (SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL†, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, WHEY, NONFAT MILK, SOY LECITHIN, SORBITAN MONOSTEARATE, SALT, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, POLYSORBATE 60), SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CORN SYRUP, INULIN, FRUCTOSE, RICE STARCH, SUGAR, POLYDEXTROSE, CHOCOLATEY CHIPS (SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL†, COCOA, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, SORBITAN MONOSTEARATE, POLYSORBATE 60, SOY LECITHIN, SALT, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), CHOCOLATE, RICE CEREAL (RICE, WHEAT GLUTEN, SUGAR, DEFATTED WHEAT GERM, SALT, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WHEY, MALT FLAVORING, REDUCED IRON, NIACINAMIDE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE [VITAMIN B6], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE [VITAMIN B1], FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B12), DEXTROSE, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF CALCIUM CARBONATE, SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS, GLYCERIN, SORBITOL, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), POLYSORBATE 80, D-ALPHA TOCOPHEROL (VITAMIN E), XANTHAN GUM, NIACINAMIDE, ZINC OXIDE, REDUCED IRON, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), BHT FOR FRESHNESS, ALMOND FLOUR, PARTIALLY DEFATTED PEANUT FLOUR, WHEAT STARCH, VITAMIN B12, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN D. 170 calories

10gm protein

Kashi Golean Peanut Butter & Chocolate Protein Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Kashi Seven Whole Grains & Sesame® Cereal (Corn, Wheat Bran, Evaporated Cane Juice, Corn Bran, Oat Fiber, Kashi Seven Whole Grains & Sesame Flour [Whole; Oats, Hard Red Wheat, Rye, Brown Rice, Triticale, Barley, Buckwheat, Sesame Seeds], Soy Protein Concentrate, Salt, Annatto Color), Brown Rice Syrup, Peanut Flour, Evaporated Cane Juice, Palm Kernel Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Honey, Malt Syrup, Glycerin, Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Concentrate, Oat Fiber, Whole Grain Oats, Chicory Root Fiber, Calcium Caseinate, Cocoa Powder, Peanut Oil, Natural Peanut Butter (Peanuts), Whey Powder, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Pressed with Alkali, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Sesame Seed Oil, Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavor.

200 calories

10gm protein

Clif Bar  chocolate chip Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisp [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract, Calcium Carbonate], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Dried Apricots (Apricots, Evaporated Cane Juice, Rice Flour, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Organic Dried Apples, Organic Date Paste, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Salt, Colored with Annato 250 calories

10gm protein

Need a homemade protein bar recipe?  Check out this yummy recipe! 

By Sabine Saoud, RD, CDN

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