What is an Energy Bar?

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  • Written By: Amy Hunter
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  • Last Modified Date: 24 May 2020
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An energy bar is a food substance that contains many of the products that your body needs to keep it strong and healthy. There are many different varieties of these bars available, and choosing one will depend on personal preference and your reason for wanting an energy bar. Some of these bars can be used as meal replacements and others are meant to be used as a means to replace nutrients that you may have lost during exercise.

Protein bars are one popular form of energy bars. Protein bars are, like the name implies, high in protein. Most energy bars are higher in carbohydrates. An energy bar that is high in protein often contains artificial sweeteners as well. Many people who are on low carbohydrate diets find that protein bars are an easy way to enjoy a meal on the go or a snack without any special preparation.

Energy bars that are higher in carbohydrates are often used by athletes. The purpose of these bars is to provide your body with quick and easy to digest energy while exercising. If you are not exercising vigorously, and for at least one hour, an energy bar is probably not necessary.

Although most people will not find it necessary to supplement their diet with energy bars, they can still be a helpful addition to your pantry. Energy bars are often fortified with various vitamins and minerals. They typically contain a healthy combination of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. For these reasons alone, it is worthwhile to keep a selection of energy bars in your cabinets.

The main problem that many people encounter when adding energy bars to their diet is portion control. The fact that the food comes in a bar leads many people to believe that they are the perfect size for snacking. It is important to look at the number of calories in each bar; there is a wide range in calorie counts among different brands and styles. An energy bar that has more than 200 calories per serving should be considered a meal replacement. A bar that contains 200 calories or less can be treated as a snack.

There are many different brands and flavors of energy bars. If you try some that you aren’t fond of, try something different. Many grocery stores allow you to buy individual bars. Experiment until you find a flavor and consistency that you like.


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