Most bodybuilders (whether recreational, competitive, or professional) understand the vital importance of incorporating the proper amount of protein into their supplement stack. Unfortunately, many protein supplement products are inconvenient, taste terrible, aren’t easy to transport, and are generally simply a bane to utilize. For this reason, it is no surprise that the world of protein supplements has evolved over the last decade or so to include a wide array of protein bars. An answer to the thick and gritty protein powders of the past, protein bars are convenient, tasty, and often contain as much protein per serving as the average protein powder.
There are literally hundreds of protein bars on the market today, and the fact is choosing the best one for your situation can often come down to simple personal preference and cost effectiveness, as they tend to be far more expensive per serving than bulk protein powder. Commonly, protein bars contain anywhere from 20 to upwards of 30 grams of protein per serving, making them the ideal way to get the RDA of more than 50 grams of protein per day.
If you do choose to go the protein bar route as opposed to utilizing protein powders, there are some things you should keep in mind. For example, while most protein powders are carb-free, protein bars tend to contain copious amounts of carbs in the form of sweeteners and starches. This can really throw you off of your game if not taken properly into consideration. Additionally, these products can be notoriously high in fat and calories.
Some protein bars contain upwards of 300 calories, which has led many who choose to use them to simply use them as a total meal replacement. This allows for the benefits of the additional protein without the fat-increasing effects of too many carbs or calories.