How Do I Choose the Right Nutrition Bar?
When trying to find the right nutrition bar to put in your grocery cart the choices can be very overwhelming. There are thousands of different products on the market, all making a variety of claims. So which one should you choose?
First, it is important to note that everybody is unique. Your nutrition needs may be different from another individual's needs based on your genetic make up, pre-existing conditions, goals and other important factors. That being said, here are general rules that you can follow to make sure you are purchasing a high quality nutrition bar that is right for you.
Do I want a meal or a snack?
Ask yourself this question. Most nutrition bars are marketed as snacks, but many of those have enough calories to be a meal for the individual buying them. Once you decide if you want your nutrition bar to be a meal or a snack, search out the calorie appropriate choice. Another option would be to split a meal bar in half to create a snack.
Choose the right ingredient list
Choose the product with a shorter ingredient list with words that you can pronounce. This will help ensure that you are eating real food with a higher nutrient density, rather than processed food. Paying attention to the ingredient list will allow you to give your body more of what it needs and less of what it doesn't.
Choose Organic. Beware of "All Natural"
Organic refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, dairy products, and meats. The USDA defines Organic agriculture as “an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain, or enhance ecological harmony.” Simply put, organic is cleaner for the environment and cleaner food and fuel for your body."Certified Organic" is a term regulated by the FDA. The term "All Natural" is not. Be aware of products that have the term "All Natural" on the box, that term can mean whatever the company wants it to mean. Most often, the company is tricking the consumer into believing the product is organic.
What are Genetically Modified Organisms? GMOs are “plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology”, also known as genetic engineering. DNA from different species is merged through this experimental technology, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacterial, and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or traditional crossbreeding. A product that is Non-GMO does not compromise when it comes to quality and purity. Non-GMO products provide your body with a clean source of food and fuel.
What does Dynamic Health and Fitness recommend?
At Dynamic Health and Fitness we put a lot of research in before we recommend products to our clients. One of the few brands of nutrition bars that passes our criteria is PROBAR. You may purchase PROBAR at our studio or on our website dynamichealthfitness.com. If you need help deciding which kind of PROBAR is best suited for you, feel free to contact us.Knowledge is powerful, but only if you apply it. The next time you shop for nutrition bars apply the knowledge you have learned today.
Your body will thank you!
CPT, CES, BS Exercise Science