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Most Protein Bars Are Worse Than Doughnuts

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  • Put down the protein bar after a workout, or the snack bars you use to stave off hunger in the midafternoon; while advertising may have you convinced they’re a healthy option, they often contain more protein than you need and more sugar than a doughnut
  • While your body needs protein to build lean muscle mass, most Americans eat at least double the recommended daily allowance for protein without the additional protein from a processed protein bar
  • Too much protein can sabotage your health; instead, choose healthy, easy-to-eat, on-the-go snacks like avocado slices, boiled eggs, nuts, homemade yogurt or kefir or a serving of fermented vegetables

Dr. Mercola

It's time to put down the protein bar you reach for after your workout or the snack bars you pick up to stave off hunger pangs in the afternoon. While manufacturers may have positioned these bars as part of the clean eating trend, most contain more sugar than a doughnut and only slightly less carbs than a Snickers bar. Many protein bars also use soy to boost the percentage of protein in their products.

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