Protein bars are gaining more and more popularity. Aside from the traditional place, which we are used to finding them (gyms and nutritional supplements stores), some of them are already being sold in most of the grocery stores and fuel stations.
But why do more and more people consume them and how do they help us, this we will try to explain in this article.
Before looking at the different types of protein bars, it is better that we give you a little more information about proteins and also to remind you briefly of their role in our diet.
Table of Contents
1) What Are Proteins and Why Do We Need Them?
Proteins are one of the key building blocks of the living cells and are involved in all essential processes of the human metabolism. You can get them from animal and plant products.
The difference, however, is that animal proteins (such as meat, eggs and dairy products) contain all the essential amino acids, those small building blocks of the proteins, which are used for millions of processes in the body and are so necessary for our health.
Plant proteins lack one or more essential amino acids and in some of them the level of absorption is low.
Because of these reasons, the animal protein is called "complete" and the plant one is called "incomplete", or in other words, the animal protein has a much higher biological value for humans than the plant one.
Aim to eat "complete proteins" to make sure that you obtain the essential amino acids.
2) Why Are Proteins Diets Effective and Widely Prevalent Also Outside of Sports?
If you are tracking your weight, strive to take greater amounts of proteins. This will create a feeling of satiety for a longer period of time and will prevent the slowing of metabolism.
A curious fact is that the body does not absorb the calories from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins equally.
Aim to eat protein at every meal. 20% of the protein calories will be burned in the process of food digestion.
3) How to Get Enough Proteins If We Can Only Eat 2-3 Times a Day?
Not only do we have to obtain a substantial amount of proteins, but it is important that these proteins are absorbed.
Scientists have long ago established that with one intake the body cannot absorb large amounts of proteins (more than 50-60 g) and for this reason, it is best to split the intake to 5-6 servings, especially if you are training on a regular basis.
To achive this in practice, we have to carry food in boxes with us, to waste valuable time and a lot of money on restaurants, or to go home every few hours.
Of course, it's not impossible, but hardly many people (besides professional athletes) can devote as much time and energy to that. A possible solution to this problem is the protein bars.
Besides protein bars being convenient to carry around and quick to eat, they are a balanced breakfast with high biological value, especially if they have a quality content (which is rare, unfortunately).
4) How Are Protein Bars Created
Protein bars were originally designed by NASA as food for astronauts. They fast became very popular among professional athletes and today they are already easily accessible for all active people interested in healthy eating and sports.
If selected properly, they are a good source of nutrients and can perfectly complement our daily menu.
5) What to Look For at The Label?
Before considering the various categories, it is important to point out what to look for at the label in order to make sure the bar you eat will help you reach your goals.
Many bars are promoted as protein ones, but in fact, they are nothing more than ordinary cakes. Always pay attention to the label before you buy a protein bar.
Here are a few tips:
Always pay attention to the label before you buy a protein bar. Look for:
6) What Bars Should We Prefer When On a Diet?
Content with a high % of proteins - proteins give a sense of fullness, stimulate the metabolism and prevent the muscle degradation due to the reduced calorie diet and cardio intensive workloads.
7) What Bars Should We Prefer When We Need Energy Before or After Exercise?
8) What Bars Should We Prefer as Meal Replacements?
9) Which Protein Bars Do I Recommend?
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