Types of Bars:
PROTEIN: examples are Quest or Grab the Gold Bars
It must have more than 15 grams of protein to be labeled a Protein bar.
Should be low in carbs to avoid blood and insulin spikes that will hinder fat-loss efforts

ENERGY: examples are Power Bars or Cliff Bars
Higher Carb content, lower Protein
Intended use is for intense aerobic exercise of more than an hour

MEAL REPLACEMENT BARS: examples are Balance and Nutribars
More balanced ratio of Carbs, Protein, and Fat
Tend to be higher in calories

ORGANIC AND RAW BARS: examples are UBER and KIND bars
Made with WHOLE foods and devoid of artificial sweetners and inserted proteins
Higher sugar (fruits, dates, honey) and Lower in Protein

Avoid Refined Sugars (sucrose, corn syrup, HFCS, Chocolate as first or second ingredient.–>”Candy Bar Like”
Sugar Alcohols

Sugar Alcohols
(Xylitol, malitol, sorbitol, glycerol, glycerine)–
Found in low carb and sugar free foods (Atkins and South Beach Brands)
Not Alcohol/Not Sugar–>Hydrogenated Carbohydrate (Polyl) and is used to make up for the taste that is lost when sugar is removed with half the calories. Causes GI side effects–>diahrrea, bloating, and flatulence.

Avoid Palm Oils

High quality source of proteins
Hydrolyzed Whey, Whey Isolates, Micellar Casein
Whey or Soy Concentrates are acceptable but should be low on ingredient list.
Gelatin/Collagen–>added for texture; this contributes to protein content but is a low quality protein.
Should be low on ingredient list; can be used to artificially boost protein content

Remember, nothing can ever replace the nutritional perfection of whole foods!