What can protein bars give you?
The protein bars are already a product of frequent consumption although they continue being recommended for people who carry out an intense physical activity. If you’re thinking of including them in your diet, as an ideal snack to take to the gym, it’s a good idea to get to know them a little better and discover how much a protein bar can give you. Keep reading!
They are usually taken as a supplement in a balanced nutrition and it is convenient to know their nutritional composition to identify them meridianally and not confuse them with other types of bars such as energy bars, in which carbohydrates prevail more than proteins, or those that are designed for slimming diets.
The protein bars are very practical and many are the athletes who resort to them for how simple it is to carry them and take them at any time in front of the also known protein shakes.
When and for what reason should protein-rich bars be taken?
Depending on the physical peculiarities and the activity that develops, a person must ingest between 1 and 2 grams of protein per day for each kilogram of weight. Lean meats, fish, eggs, legumes, dairy products? Many foods are a natural source of protein but sometimes the amount we ingest daily through them can be deficient, especially when practicing sports that involve hard work for the whole musculature.
Protein bars are not designed to replace a meal, but rather to provide you with the extra nutrients your muscles need to recover after a sacrifice and be able to develop and thrive.
Protein is essential to sustain muscle fibers in perfect condition, fibers that may present micro ruptures especially after intense strength training or after prolonged aerobic exercise (cycling, running, triathlon, rowing …).
In general, protein bars are ideal snacks to take after a hard training session, although some athletes prefer to eat them as a previous snack to feed their muscles before the sacrifice.
What are the benefits of protein bars for athletes?
It must be clear that there are important differences between bars and always and in all circumstances it is essential to select a quality one, containing at least thirty percent – forty percent protein (the more the better!). You have different flavors and textures to choose the one you like, but remember to avoid those containing excess carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners or unhealthy fats such as trans if you really want to benefit from all the protein bars can bring you, for example:
- They’re great for taking care of and “repairing” your musculature. If you are in a phase in which the goal of your training is to gain strength and volume in your muscles, these bars can assist you to continue, temporarily, a overprotective diet.
- At the nutritional level, although protein is the most outstanding macronutrient, it should not be forgotten that these bars also provide energy, as they are often present, to a greater or lesser extent, carbohydrates, which are also essential at the time of sport. On the other hand, although its primary mission is muscle reconstruction, protein is a source of energy, to a lesser extent than carbohydrates, but it is a healthier energy than we would get with fat intake.
- Due to their high fibre content, the protein-rich bars have an interesting satiating effect, ideal for you to eat something healthy after training and not fall into the temptation to take another food perhaps too rich in fats and sugars. In addition to this, its fibre will help to promote intestinal transit.
- Dried fruits, spirulina seaweed, cocoa, seeds, red fruits, whey … are ingredients that are usually present in protein bars and some of them are themselves superfoods that, apart from protein, will provide you with the minerals and vitamins you so much need to practice your favorite sport.