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Selecting the Right Energy Bar

by Latisha Porter (follow)
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There are a lot of factors involved when selecting the right energy bar. It is important to think about why you are eating the energy bar. For example, do you need additional protein in your diet or just a handy snack following a workout? Whatever your reasoning is, keep in mind that energy bars are not a necessary part of a healthy, balanced diet.

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Before you select the energy bar, get familiar with these pros and cons:

Pros – In general, energy bars:
• Can help meet your energy (calorie) needs
• Can help meet your other nutritional needs (protein, carbohydrates, fat)
• Are convenient and pre-packaged for on the go meals
• Can help you stop binge eating if you become excessively hungry
• Have a long shelf life and don’t require refrigeration

Cons – In general, energy bars:
• May have excessive nutrients that cause minor diarrhea and constipation
• May have excessive calories if you eat too many which can lead to weight gain
• May be expensive if you are on a tight budget ($1 to $3 per bar)
• Are a highly processed food
• May contain additives, such as herbal ingredients or weight-loss aids

Thinking about using energy bars as a meal replacement, then read the nutritional label carefully to find an energy bar that use the following criteria:
• About 200-300 calories
• 3 grams of fiber or more
• Less than 20 grams of sugar
• No more than 30% of your RDA for vitamins and minerals
• Approximately 20-40 grams carbohydrates
• Approximately 10-23 grams protein
• Approximately 10 grams of fat or less

So, the next time you enter your local store to select your next energy bar, reflect back on the pros, cons, and the meal replacement criteria to ensure that you are satisfying all of your nutritional needs.

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