Protein bars; what is in them and are they really healthy? The NY Times explores.
Protein bars are very popular today, and many are touting their natural ingredients. As we strive for healthier snacks, bypassing milky way bars and eating Power Bars instead, protein is good because it is fuel for the body. A healthier diet has more protein and less carbs in general. As a chiropractor, if I eat more carbs during my lunch, I lose energy and feel tired, vs. eating protein which gives me energy and endurance.
The NY Times looked into what goes into making a protein bar and are they really good for us. Check out this article.
A Look Inside the Protein Bar
By MICHAEL MOSS
Protein is the hot ingredient of the moment in processed foods, joining the terms organic and low-fat as a major selling point to pitch to health-conscious shoppers. While carbohydrates and many fats are still widely regarded as suspect, protein is being proudly added to products throughout the grocery store, especially the snack aisle, which has made way for a new star: the protein bar. But a closer look shows that its blessings are mixed.
Unlike other snack bars, the protein bar contains large concentrations of protein. Protein helps build muscle. Research also shows that it may make you feel full, and thus avoid overeating. Kellogg’s Special K Protein Bar flags this idea on its wrapper: “Satisfies Hunger Longer.” But more rigorous studies are needed to assess the bars’ long-term usefulness in fighting obesity.