Mass Gain

Protein bars to buy & avoid in 2018

Mass Gain

Protein bars to buy & avoid in 2018

 | By Holly Trueman | @hollytrueman

We all love a post-workout protein bar, but did you know that many of them contain more sugar than a Krispy Kreme donut? OUCH.

We’ve searched the shelves from top to bottom, finding some of the best and worst protein bars that are on the market. Here’s our guide:

Bars to choose:

1) RxBar bar - chocolate sea salt

If you’re looking for a bar with a super-natural ingredient list, this is the one for you.

The exotic blend of dates, egg whites, almonds, cashews, cacao and sea salt contains 12g of protein and 6g of fibre. What’s more? For just 210 calories you’ll be getting a good dose of magnesium and potassium, making this an incredibly nutritious post-workout snack.

2) Pulsin protein bar - maple & peanut

With a hint of maple and a generous portion of crunchy peanuts, this protein bar packs in 13g of plant based protein and 5g of fibre.

What’s more? The bar itself contains real maple syrup, meaning your sweet tooth will be satisfied without consuming a tonne of refined sugars.

And as for calories? This one clocks it at 219kcal.

3) Quest bar - coconut cashew

Packing in an impressive 20g of protein and a whopping 14g of fibre, this bar is an absolute game changer for fitness fanatics.

Although it contains less wholefoods than the previous two bars, this tasty blend of cashews, almonds and dried coconut is still a great choice, totalling just 202 calories with 1g of sugar.

Bars to swerve:

1) thinkThin High Protein bar - creamy peanut butter

Despite the 20g of protein and 0g of sugar, this bar is almost void of wholefoods and contains a disappointing 1g of fibre. Don’t be tricked into this one!

2) Balance chocolate peanut butter bar

Containing almost 40 ingredients, this bar seriously lacks nutrients. Not only is it packed full of unnatural sugars, but it is void of wholefoods and provides just 1g of fibre.

So, remember, always read the labels and don’t be misled by the industry’s buzzwords.