Some protein bars provide nutrition on the go. Some of them are more like glorified candy. Before you start adding them to your Holland and Barrett basket, study the back of their wrappers. Here's what you should be looking for...
Carbohydrates and Protein
Don't go much over 30 grams of carbs per bar, unless you plan to eat it immediately after a workout, when the main objective is to have a high carbohydrate intake.
Try and get as close to 20 grams of protein as possible. Muscle protein synthesis (production) increases with doses up to 20 grams, but teeters off thereafter.
Look at your protein to carbohydrate ratio. Ideally it will be a 2:1 or a 1:1 ratio of protein to carbohydrates. However, if you're trying to build muscle after a workout it should be 1:2 ratio of protein to carbs.
Believe it or not, you want your bar to have some fat in it.
Aim to keep saturated fat as low as possible. A healthy amount of dietary fat (anything less than 10grams in a bar) is good for your body, unless your consuming it straight after exercise, which is when you want close to no fat at all.More
Bounce Energy Ball Peanut Protein Blast, 49g
Verdict: During a period of time in my life I practiaclly lived off these (yes, an expensive time of my life). Then I checked the calorie and sugar content and backed away. For something almost half the size of other protein bars, that's a lot! Luckily, it still tastes pretty delicious, so I'll just have them as a treat from now on.
Grenade Reload Chocolate Browning Bar, 70g
Verdict: It literally crumbles apart when you bite into it, so if you're not a fan of crumbs, don't even go there. I found it to be quite tasteless. It's not offensive, but it isn't delicious either.