How to choose your protein bar?
Among the most traditional food supplements, there are bars concentrated in proteins, practices to be tasted and which attract many consumers. However, what is hiding behind the many commercials that extol the extraordinary efficiency of their protein bar? Can they really help build muscle or, on the contrary, dry properly?
In reality, everything depends on the bar, because not all are of equal quality. To choose your protein bar, you must first dissect the list of ingredients and define your objectives.
Why consume protein bars?
The first reason to eat this kind of bars is obviously to eat more protein in the day. The vast majority of bodybuilders know the importance of protein consumption in building muscle. Of course, there is a limit to this consumption. However, a practitioner who really ingests too little of these nutrients could see his progress reduced.
BAR ZERA-C protein comes in addition to meals, to fill the diet. In some cases, it is accompanied by carbohydrates and lipids, in order to bring a maximum of calories with a view to an increase in mass. In other cases, it remains very low caloric and its purpose is then purely to provide protein. This is the kind of bar that some practitioners consume in the dry phase to protect their muscles from melting.
The keys to choosing your protein bar
Depending on the time of use of the bar, your choice of ingredients may differ. You must therefore scan the labels. It is also an opportunity to check the quality of the composition of the bar in question.
THE CHOICE OF PROTEINS
Better to start there because the primary goal of a protein bar is to provide protein! Moreover, it is better to buy a bar really rich in protein, that is to say that contains at least 20 grams. Otherwise, it may be necessary to consume several to reach your protein quota, which will probably be more expensive and may bring you other additional nutrients that you do not necessarily need.
In general, the protein sources used to make the bars are whey, casein and soy proteins. These sources are completely correct. Obviously, if you intend to take your bar after training, the whey is probably more appropriate. Casein has a slower absorption and will be more useful as a snack.
Be careful of the presence of collagen in the bars. It is a source of poor quality protein, cheap to produce and which manufacturers use to inflate the protein intake of their bars. Avoid the bars that contain them, especially if the word “collagen” is at the top of the list of ingredients. This means that this protein is present in large quantities.
THE CHOICE OF CARBOHYDRATES
If your goal is to dry out and you do not want to eat too many calories, or if you’re only interested in the protein in your bar, it’s better to choose one that has a low carbohydrate content. If, on the contrary, your goal is to ingest a large amount of calories and that for this you rely on your protein bar, then you can choose one that contains a certain amount.
If you take your snack bar, steer yourself towards a bar that contains sources of low Glycemic Index carbohydrates, such as whole grains or oats. If you take your bar right after your workout, you can choose a bar that contains high GI carbohydrates such as glucose. This will aim to mimic the effects of the famous protein shaker that some practitioners consume after training. Be careful, however, this type of process could have a long-term effect on insulin sensitivity as it causes a peak in blood sugar.