Protein bars gaining popularity. Even supermarket chains and drugstores have recently started offering a more or less large selection of protein bars. It is more important than ever to know whether protein bars are useful or useless, which protein bars are qualitatively good or bad for your fitness goals, and above all which protein bars are really worth the money.
The following article sheds light on all the relevant topics relating to protein bars and, above all, helps you to decide whether you should use protein bars.
Do protein bars make sense? What do they bring
More and more manufacturers of supplements (dietary supplements) are starting to sell protein bars. Almost every supplement manufacturer now has a line of different protein bars. The selection of bars of various flavors and sizes is currently larger than ever. The big question here: do protein bars really make sense for bodybuilding or fitness? What are the benefits of protein bars in terms of muscle building or weight loss?
The points are quickly clarified. First of all, a protein bar is nothing more than a finished dietary supplement, which has a certain ratio of carbohydrates, fats and protein. So protein bars not only provide you with protein, but also a certain number of calories overall, which you should take into account for your daily calorie requirement and your goals.
Manufacturers and online shops on the Internet often use a selection of studies that document the effects of protein bars and should induce you to buy. One such study is that of Ohio State University from 2004. The study on protein bars comes to the result that exercisers with a daily intake of protein bars (based on soy or whey protein) have built up significantly more muscle mass than the control group, who did not have protein bars daily (which led to an additional 33 grams of protein per day) used in the nine week period.
That being said, factors like
- daily calories
- the macronutrient distribution of the participants (do they eat a lot or little protein per day, how many carbohydrates and fats, etc.)
- the exact training plan
- and more details,
The number of participants is also very low, so this study ultimately says nothing other than the extra 33 grams of protein (in connection with exercise) per day resulted in more muscle mass being built than the group that did not have an additional 33 Grams of protein a day. Now what does this have to do with protein bars?
Basically, the 33 grams of protein can also be taken from other protein sources, such as a protein shake or a meal. What we mean by that: Although the title of the study includes the English term “protein bars”, the study could also have been carried out with 33 grams of protein from a protein shake or a given portion of a natural meal. Basically, we want to say: 33 grams of soy or whey from a protein bar or protein shake, based on the protein, is the same. Protein bars therefore do not have a direct advantage in terms of their effect compared to other protein sources.
So do protein bars make sense? Just taking it, the bar is already packed and can be taken anywhere without having to clean a shake cup or the like, which differs from other protein sources that you still have to prepare in advance. For situations where you cannot ensure that you can always fall back on prepared food or where you cannot (or do not want to) take your own protein shaker with you, a protein bar can be useful and useful as a “backup” for the protein supply.