As a personal fitness trainer and weight loss specialist,people are always looking to snack healthier and make better choices. We all want a food that satisfies our sugar cravings and is also nutritionally healthy. In many ways this cannot be accomplished. But many corporations are putting out products that are comparable to regular candy bars and advertising them as being healthy and nutritious.

There is great misconception in nutrition field today regarding high-protein bars. Along with the misconception energy bars being needed for optimal nutrition and performance. If you go into any health food store or supermarket, you will come across walls of various high-protein bars and energy bars. Consumers that are health orientated

There are hundreds of protein bars and energy bars on the market. Most of these bars are no different than the average candy bar such as Snickers. They pretty much have the same caloric intake, fat content and protein as a Snickers bar. They just change a few ingredients. Add more protein, and they advertise it as if it is a healthy alternative to having a candy bar.

The difference between protein bars and energy bars is usually the protein bars have more protein in them. Where the energy bars are high in sugar and high carbohydrates. Be really careful to choose the right one. There are ones that are low in sugar and carbohydrates.

Let’s look at three bars. Two will be healthy bars and the third one will be a Snickers. Here is the breakdown of nutrients.

  • Bar A — 410 calories, 12 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 28 g sugar1
  • Bar B — 300 calories, 8 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 25 g sugar2
  • Bar C — 250 calories, 12 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 27 g sugar3

Can you guess which one is the Snickers bar? They’re all very close in calories, saturated fat and sugar. If you just see you chose the Snickers bar. Actually across the board it is the healthiest of the three choices.

As a personal Fitness trainer, fitness expert and someone that’s passion is about helping people get healthy. It is very important that people understand to make smart choices and understand the difference between various food groups and food products. In my private studio in Cliffside Park, I am always asked about I am always asked what protein bars or energy bars I recommend. My answer is always to lean towards healthy foods. Vegetables, fruits and even some grains are a lot better for energy that any of these protein bars.

The difference between protein bars and energy bars is usually the protein bars have more protein in them. Where the energy bars are high in sugar and high carbohydrates. Be really careful to choose the right one. There are ones that are low in sugar and carbohydrates.

When I’m asked on my recommendation on high-protein bars and energy bars? My answer is always simple. Try to eat healthy wholesome food. Not something from a package or wrapper. Vegetables, fruits and even drains will give you the proper energy to sustain a workout or through daily living. In regards to protein. Lean meats, fresh fish, chicken and being are a great start. These proteins on able you to build muscle and carry you towards for filling your protein requirements.

Michael Metchikian NASM,CPT,CNS,CES

Michael works with his clients one-on-one in his private fitness studio in Cliffside Park.NJ. his specialties are weight loss. strengthening and working on problem areas, flexibility and balance and nutrition. Making people move pain-free and staying active is a key component that Michael practices towards helping his clients. He has a deep interest to motivate his clients into living healthier and happier lives through exercise and nutrition.

His practice is in the Bergen County,NJ  area. Fort Lee, Edgewater,  Hoboken,North Bergen, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs area.