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Energy Bars Review - Are They Really Beneficial

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We think that most of the people can relate to  one or the other type of energy bars. With so many energy bars crowding the market shelves, it is becoming increasingly difficult to grade their health benefits. Also, it is difficult to get all energy bar reviews at one place too. This review on energy bars concentrate on some of the general facts about these bars.


 


 


 



 


Energy bars supply body with all the vital energy, just like the energy drinks. People involved in high endurance sports or physically demanding activities are known to be active users of these energy bars.   


 


Ingredients

Most of the energy bars are composed of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and also they serve a wide array of minerals and vitamins. These energy bars are sweetened with natural and artificial sugars like fruit juice, stevia, honey, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, and high fructose corn syrup. Energy bars are offered in a variety of flavors such as cookies and cream, chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate mint, and blueberry cheesecake.


Some raw energy bars are also found in market, which pack lots of raw ingredients. These raw ingredients are not heated above 105 degrees. Various types of sprouted grains, nuts, seeds, and dry fruits are used in the preparation of energy bars.


 


Benefits

It has been found that endurance athletes could alter their performance by consuming energy bars at regular intervals. Eating a good brand of energy bar can serve them about 25 to 40 grams of carbohydrates, and about 100-200 calories of energy. If the energy bars are consumed before an hour then they aid in providing quick energy and building up energy reserves for a good bout of performance in the sports arena.


 


Side Effects

Some of the popular variants of energy bars are processed with little fiber, fat, and protein, which can cause abdominal distress and slow down the digestion. If the work out lasts for more than an hour then athletes can surely count on energy bar which serves them less than 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat. It is considered optimum to consume about 30-60 grams of carbohydrates in an hour. Also, after ending up the workouts, the athletes can actually improve their rates of muscle recovery by eating an energy bar which serves them about 200-250 calories of energy and serves them carbohydrates and proteins in the ratio of 3:1.


 


 


Actually there are no widely reported side effects of energy bars, but yes they are associated with life style issues. Energy bars are high in carbohydrates, sugars, and other nutrients. Most of the energy bars spike insulin levels in the body, which is actually expected by most of the athletes. However, if you are living a sedentary lifestyle and simply munching on energy bars, then there are all chances of carbohydrates getting accumulated in the body, which will, in turn, lead to unwanted fat deposits.


 


Conclusion

Energy bars should be eaten in small doses, if you are just having it as a snack. The athletes should check the package labels for ratio of ingredients before going for any brand of energy bars.


 


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