Energy bars have been all the rage in the last few years and manufacturers can thank their marketing teams for selling them as healthy meal options. Such is the demand for these so-called healthy meal replacement energy bars that more and more manufacturers have started manufacturing and selling these sugary candy bars. So what's in them and why do they give consumers an instant boost of energy?
Most of these energy bars contain grains, nuts, and dry fruits, which in themselves, are a good source of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fiber. The problem, however, is the quantity of these healthy ingredients used in these bars, which is questionable. The worst ingredient, however, is refined sugar that is used in these bars, which we will further discuss in the blog today.
As we have discussed in great lengths, that carbs per se aren't bad for you, what's bad is the fact that these pseudo nutrition bars are sold under the healthy foods section on various e-commerce websites. Of the 77.9 grams of carbohydrates, a staggering 36.4 grams of it comes from refined table sugar. This answers the question of how consumers feel energetic after eating this bar, as the energy is nothing more than a sugar rush.
Fats are important for your body to function efficiently and one can find 8.6 grams of fats in this bar, some of which is sourced from nuts which is the healthy kind, while some of it comes from refined vegetable oils.
What's baffling is the fact that many companies claim that these bars are protein bars. One bar that weighs 30 grams contains just 3 grams of protein. If a company can market a bar that contains just 3 grams of protein as a high protein bar, then it's obvious that the company does not have your best interest at heart.
These bars are nothing more than candy bars sold as healthy foods all thanks to clever marketing teams working overtime to pull a fast one on its customers. If you are serious about your health, then you can opt for healthier options such as hard-boiled eggs, paneer, a glass of milk, a HYP Protein bar, or Protein cookie, etc.