|Not the Quest Bar, RX Bar, or the Cliff Bar – But the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Kind bar is reported on Google to be the #1 most-consumed protein bar in the US. |
44.51 million Americans consume protein bars each year!
Many people eat them because they are convenient and tasty and they think it’s better for them than a candy bar or some other snack.
But is it?(Watch video: Kind Bar & Glucose)
|Let’s first look at the label.|
Ingredients are always listed in order of abundance.
•Palm Kernel oil
Just from this list alone – I’m Out!
I would never eat this bar.
It’s a mixture of pure sugar and bad inflammatory fats (palm kernel oil).
|Let’s take a look at the nutrition label.|
•Total Carbs 17g – as we know from the ingredients list, it’s not 17g of carbs from broccoli.
•Total sugar 9g
Keep in mind, that a sugar packet is 4g of sugar.
So this bar is more than 2-sugar packets in your mouth!
|Using a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) implanted into my shoulder, I measured my results|
Before Kind Bar – baseline glucose 88
•12 min after eating Kind Bar – glucose 88
•25 min after eating Kind Bar – glucose 98
•33 min after eating Kind Bar – glucose 104
•46 min after eating Kind Bar – glucose 101
The Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Kind Bar raised my blood sugar 16-pts of sugar within 33-minutes.
|What does all this mean?|
Truth be told, I did this test two days in a row.
Day one – Glucose elevated 33pts in 20-min.
Day two – Glucose elevated 16pts in 33-min.
I’m not a fan of any protein bar if I’m looking to drop body fat.
All protein bars seem to raise blood sugar and hence insulin.
I teach clients to never go above 40mg/dl and I personally try to never go up more than 20mg/dl.
Doing so will cause a large insulin release, and we all know what that means…
•Higher Body Fat
•More inflammation of joints and blood vessels
•More future carb cravings