Do You Know What to Look for When You Buy a Health Bar?

Sport Bars, protein bars, breakfast bars...They all claim to give you a nutritional boost but they may not be as beneficial as you think. With hundreds of different brands and types of bars on the market, it's hard to know which ones provide good nutrition and which ones are just extra calories made of fat and sugar. Read this handy guide before you head to the store (14 Photos)

Cleveland Clinic on Aug 30, 2012 at 2:58PM

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Do You Know What to Look for When You Buy a Health Bar?

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Meal Replacements vs. Snack

It’s fine to eat a bar in place of a meal, as long as it's substantial enough to get you to your next one. Look for a product that has at least 300 calories and 10 grams of protein and no more than 4 grams of added sugars and 4 grams of saturated fat per bar to provide enough calories, carbohydrates and protein to maintain energy and blood sugar levels throughout the day. If you’re eating it as a snack, choose bars with no more than 2 grams of added sugar or 2 grams of saturated fat per bar. These numbers are important because fats and added sugars -- cane juice, molasses, honey, and others -- increase inflammation in the body, which increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.

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