The Good, the Bad, and the Healthy: Nutritional Facts of 7 Popular Protein Bar Brands

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Good: Kind Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein
What's in it: The Kind Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein bar provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and ... more 
Photo by: Amazon
Good: Kind Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein
What's in it: The Kind Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein bar provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and cholesterol-lowering fiber thanks to a significant quantity of nuts. This bar is a great option for someone looking for a natural bar and it only has 7 grams of sugar.
What's it good for: This bar should be considered a health snack bar more than a protein bar, given it's calorie-to-protein ratio. However, it is a good natural snack option and is also gluten-free.
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Fri, Sep 6, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
As a mom, I love having snack bars on hand for when life gets busy and the kids and I are on the go, which is most of the time! Since my kids are always telling me they are hungry, I like the option of a protein bar to fill their bellies and give them some lasting energy. And, let's face it, I need the energy too! But I am also aware that a lot of the bars on the market are essentially candy bars, filled with fat and sugar. Protein bars are appealing, both for busy folks and for those trying to lose weight, but finding options that are healthy and filling as well as tasty can be a bit overwhelming. I had the chance to ask Jennifer Christman, RDN, LDN, Clinical Nutrition Manager with Medifast for some advice when shopping for protein bars. She offered some great general guidelines and we were also able to carefully look at the labels for 7 popular protein bars. Hopefully this guide can empower you to make healthier choices when you hit the protein bar aisle at the store! - By Jane Maynard



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