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A Rundown On Nutrition Bars

A Rundown on Nutrition Bars

Maintaining a sensible eating pattern throughout life, combined with regular physical activity, can help a woman maintain a healthy weight with which she feels comfortable. This might seem easy to read, but with today’s hush and rush of life, women have been left with a lesser time to think about their nutrition.

Result being an increasing use of ready-to-eat nutrition bars (Energy Bars, Protein Bars, Diet Bars, and Meal-Replacement Bars) to provide the body with much needed nutrition. The best part about these bars is the convenience — after all, they’re neat, they’re small, and you can grab one during a work break.

Nutrition bars go by many names including:

(Bars may also include vitamins and minerals or other ingredients permitted only in dietary supplements, such as ephedra, and therefore must be labeled as supplements, rather than foods. Consumers should read labels carefully before using nutrition bars or offering them to children.)

Nutrition bars are generally much larger by weight than snack bars (such as granola bars) or candy bars (such as chocolate bars) and have a much higher protein content — generally 10 grams to 30 grams of protein in a nutrition bar versus little or no protein in a snack bar or candy bar.

These days you can find a never-ending list of nutrition bars lying at the stores. Next time when you go looking for nutrition bars do not forget to look for the following specifications by

Carbohydrate (excluding dietary fiber) 4 calories per gram
Protein 4 calories per gram
Fats 9 calories per gram

For example, a product labeled as containing 25 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fat would have 100 calories from carbohydrates (25 x 4), 60 calories from protein (15 x 4), and 45 calories from fat (5 x 9), for a total of 205 calories. Carbohydrates would, therefore, contribute about 49% of the calories, protein would contribute about 29%, and fat would contribute about 22%.


You should also be aware that bars, particularly those for “energy,” may also include ingredients containing caffeine such as coffee extract, guarana, or even cocoa. Many bars are also fortified with an array of vitamins and minerals. Recommended Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs) have been established for many of these vitamins and minerals, so it is advisable to keep track of the amounts that you may be ingesting from the bars as well as from other foods and supplements.


If you are wondering about the contents of a nutrition bar, see the Product Review of Nutrition Bars by a firm which independently evaluates products that affect health, wellness, and nutrition. purchased samples of many of the nutrition bars sold in the U.S. and tests their nutritional claims.

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