About Me

I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Scoop on Protein Bars

I have talked about the importance of getting enough protein in your diet, and would like talk about protein bars.

From reading my blog on protein we know that being a female requires us to have a minimum of 50 to 55 grams of protein a day for optimal health. We also know that we can get good sources of protein from chicken, turkey, fish, beef, pork, eggs, and some dairy products. But lets talk about getting protein from protein bars.

Some day's it is more difficult to get the amount of protein we need due to being on the run and dealing with a busy schedule. These are the days that having a protein bar will be a good compromise.

I wouldn't recommend having protein bars instead of food on a regular bases, but they are good during athletics, and when you are on the go. However you need to know a few things before you choose your protein bar.

A study that was done in 2001 by consumer labs found after looking at 30 different nutrition bars that 60% failed to meet their labeling claims. Which means that 18 bars had incorrect information when it came to their labels claims of amounts of protein, carbohydrates, calories, fat, sodium, and cholesterol.

After doing a little research I found that these bars have a good source of ingredients and will be a good choice for a meal replacement on occasion or to maintain your protein needs.

Balance Bars:

Power Bars:

Protein Plus by MET-Rx:

Cliff Bars:

Soy Joy:

Remember you should try to get your nutritional needs from food most of the time, but when you are in a rush, or doing an athletic event, grabbing a protein bar is the next best thing.

Till Tomorrow,

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