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Top 5 Benefits of Protein Bars

Posted on June 22, 2017

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Updated 13th September 2019

 

Protein is a fundamental macronutrient for the human body, long with carbohydrates and fats. We need protein every day for good health, as it provides us with the essential amino acids. Your protein needs also increase the more active you are, and the more muscle mass you have.

 

Protein is found in a wide variety of foods, including meat, eggs, fish, chicken, nuts and beans, just to name a few sources. There are no shortage of protein options to choose from these days, with phamacies, gyms, health food stores, supermarkets and even petrol stations literally bursting at the seams with protein-loaded snack options. So let's take a look at some of the benefits of adding protein bars to your daily nutrition plan.

 

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Convenience

Protein bars certainly can be a convenience snack option. Heading out the front door with one in your bag or pocket certainly ensures that you won't go without a substantial source of protein, no matter where you end up.

 

Whether it's work, camping, or off to the cinemas or races, fishing or getting your hair done, it's handy knowing that at anytime you can retrieve a protein loaded snack to keep you anabolic. There's no denying Protein bars are a convenient way to keep your protein intake topped up throughout the day.

 

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Snacks

Protein bars are great for snacks in between main meals. You can slot in a protein bar to get you through to that next meal and also to keep your protein intake adequate across the day. This can be particularly helpful when your blood sugar is dipping or if you find yourself eyeing off the potato chips or glazed donuts. A protein bar will deliver less calories with a quality protein source. Of course they will never taste as good as a sugar-laden fat-filled fresh donut, but these days they protein bars taste pretty darn good.

 

Pre and Post Workout 

By having ample nutrients that your body can call upon when needed you power through your workouts more effectively. Protein bars are great to have handy if you don’t get a chance to eat before you train. If you have no gas in the tank, your workout suffers. They are great for post workout too, if you want a change from having your normal protein shake or if you have forgotten your shaker you can usually pick up a protein bar at the gym.

 

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Meal Replacement

Protein bars may be used as an occasional meal replacement and are often used in weight management diets and plans. The keyword here is “occasional”. Most meal replacement protein bars are high protein and are formulated with other ingredients designed to help you feel full and stop cravings.

 

So they tick many boxes in regards to helping you achieve your calorie goals. But they shouldn’t be used for every meal and should never replace all the nutritious food you prepare and eat. In saying this, meal replacement protein bars certainly are great for convenience on the days where you can’t get a meal. Everything in moderation they say, and this applies to protein bars too.

 

Taste

Is taste a benefit? Some would vehemently argue in favour of flavour! In the past protein bars got a bad rap as they were very chewy and generally tasted quite poor. It wasn’t uncommon to see someone struggle through eating a protein bar for half an hour after a workout. Then when you asked them what it tastes like, the response would be along the lines of bad ... and my jaw hurts.

 

As technology has caught up and the protein bar market became more mainstream the supplement companies have changed their ways (and their formulations). Now, pretty much any protein bar tastes great and is easy to chew! So taste is definitely a benefit of the modern day protein bar and we have all benefited from this.

 

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Benefits of Protein Bars

So there you have it, five benefits of protein bars and we are sure there are a few more we haven’t even mentioned either. Protein bars are great for a break every now and then from your diet and protein shakes, and they certainly are convenient as well! There are so many different types to choose from as well and they come in many different sizes too. So boredom shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to trying out new flavours and brands.

 

Where can I buy Protein Bars?

Has reading about the benefits of protein bars got you feeling a little peckish? That’s not a problem at all, you can have a look at the range of protein bars we have here at Sporty’s Health here, Protein Bars for You. Also, if you spot a bar that you like and haven’t tried them before, it’s easy to add one to your order. Most of our protein bars online have the option of adding one bar to your cart if you want. So next time you place an order, why not try a few out? You won’t be disappointed.