Protein is an important nutrient for tissue/muscle building and repair.
Here are the current Protein Recommendations:
- Daily Reference Intake (DRI) for protein is 0.8 g/kg/day (0.36 g/lb/day)
- For endurance athletes it is 1.2 to 1.4 g/kg/day
- For resistance athletes it is around 1.6 to 1.7 g/kg/day
The amount of protein we consume and time we consume it are both important factors for building muscle. Within 15-30 minutes after a workout, snacks with a mixture of both carbohydrate and protein are beneficial for replacing energy stores and aiding in recovery. Many athletes and active adults tend to grab protein bars to get this job done. A recovery snack or meal containing 10-20 grams of protein should be sufficient enough for most normal weight athletes.
It is important to check the sugar content of each protein bar before purchase. Some of them are really high in sugar!
A simple rule of thumb to follow when selecting a protein bar is for every 100 calories there should be less then 10 grams of sugar.
Anymore sugar than that per every 100 calories would make your protein bar a candy bar. Yes, sometimes sugar is found in more natural forms on the ingredients list like dried fruit and other times it is listed as one of these. Consuming too much sugar shortly after a workout can spike your blood sugar and leave you feeling really fatigued once your blood sugar level begins to drop. It is also important to look out for sugar alcohols on the Nutrition Facts Label of a protein bar. The sugar alcohols are listed right under the sugar amount on the label. Sugar alcohols are carbohydrates that are not metabolized (broken-down and used) the same way as table sugar (sucrose) in the body, which results in less energy consumption. Protein bars that contain a high amount of sugar alcohols may cause gastrointestinal distress.
For more tips on protein bars check out this blog post: Protein Bars- Protable but Healthy.
What is your favorite protein bar?