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The Best Protein Bars Are Low Sugar, Low Carb and High Protein

High Protein Low Carb and Low Sugar Bars Are the Best

Protein bars are popular supplements for active people wanting a snack that fits their diet. They are also a recommended component of many diets, including some weight-loss diets like mine. Many people don't realize that there is an extremely wide range of calories, sugar, fat, carbs, protein, fiber, and other ingredients in the various types of bars that are available on the market.

When I look at the nutritional information on the back of a protein bar, I evaluate four main criteria in selecting the best one for my diet: I look for low sugar and carbs, high protein, low fat, and a medium number of calories. I use this particular criteria because I'm looking for a bar as part of my weight-loss diet. I like high protein because I find it satisfying and it reduces my desire to eat. I like a mid-calorie bar since I try to eat protein bars as a meaningful snack. If I eat a small bar, I find myself getting hungry shortly after. I like low-carb protein bars and low-sugar bars because eating fewer carbs and less sugar can help reduce body fat.

Pure Protein Peanut Butter Nutritional Information

It's not always easy to find a bar with the perfect nutritional information, so sometimes you need to trade some calories and carbs for protein and taste.  This bar is one of my favorites.

It's not always easy to find a bar with the perfect nutritional information, so sometimes you need to trade some calories and carbs for protein and taste. This bar is one of my favorites.

Protien Bars Sorted by Lowest Sugar to Calorie Ratio

bar makerbar typecaloriesfat caloriestotal fatsaturated fattrans fatcholesterolsodiumpotassiumtotal carbsdietary fibersugarssugar alcoholsprotiennet carbsCarb/CalProtien/CalFat/CalSugar/Cal

Atkins

Chocolate Peanut Butter

240

99

11

6

0

0

0.18

0

22

10

1

0

19

12

5%

8%

5%

0%

Atkins

Peanut Fudge Granola

210

90

10

5

0

0

0.23

0.15

17

9

1

7

16

8

4%

8%

5%

0%

Atkins

Carmel Chocolate Nut Roll

170

100

12

4.5

0

0.5

0.13

0.14

19

8

2

8

8

11

6%

5%

7%

1%

Clif

Builders Peanut Butter

270

70

8

5

0

0

0.31

0.21

30

4

20

0

20

26

10%

7%

3%

7%

Larabar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

230

110

12

3.5

0

0

0.7

0.31

26

4

19

0

5

22

10%

2%

5%

8%

What to Look for in Nutritional Information on the Back of a Protein Bar

ProteinCarbohydratesCaloriesFatSugar

Over 15 Grams of Protein

Carbs (minus Dietary Fiber) of about 12 Grams

200 - 250 Calories

About 12 Grams of fat

Less than 5 Grams of Sugar or less than 1% of the bar as a ratio to calories

Atkins Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Is the Lowest Sugar Bar

After evaluating several bars and analyzing the various nutritional information, Atkins Advantage chocolate peanut butter bars are the best.

  • They have the lowest sugar to calorie ratio of less than 1%.
  • They are ranked in the middle with a fat to calorie ratio of 5%.
  • They are ranked near the bottom with a carb to calorie ratio of 5%.
  • They are ranked near the top with a protein to calorie ratio of 8%.

It gets my #1 protein bar rating because of the low sugar, high protein, low carb, and mid point on fat. If a bar could be made with a lower fat content, that bar would beat out the Atkins Advantage chocolate peanut butter bar, but currently Atkins is the winner.

Atkins Peanut Butter Bar Photos of the Nutritional Information

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My Favorite Protein Bar Based on Analysis of Various Bars

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2010 Paul Edmondson

Comments

MManley on February 22, 2018:

Not sure if you’re still looking at this post but Carb Killa bars are the best I’ve found over here in the UK. High protein, low carb, low sugar and tastes good!

Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on April 08, 2013:

I'll look into the Quest bars. At a quick glance they look like they're low in sugar and carbs. I'll see how they compare.

Dave on April 07, 2013:

You should include bars from Quest Nutrition in you comparison. I prefer them over Atkins because of the lower saturated fat content.

Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on July 08, 2012:

I just updated this hub with nutritional information and computed various ratios to find the best protein bar for my diet. Looks like Atkins is the winner.

Recipes on July 25, 2011:

I love making the bars myself. I know quite a few recipes as well that I put on my website.

BlueDinosaur from Denver, CO on June 21, 2011:

My personal favorites are Power Crunch bars. They have about 12-15 grams each of fat, protein and carbs, and they are a nice little snack at the end of the day before I work out. Plus they don't taste like cardboard or are as hard as a rock. Very tasty, actually. Great hub, and good advice on power bars (watch out for the ones that have way too many carbs ... you want more protein and less fat and carbs. Gave this a vote up.

Tammy from USA on January 14, 2011:

I have never heard of the Atkins bars before. I will have to look for them and try them out. Thanks for the info!

ronpass from Brisbane on October 12, 2010:

I usually don't have protein bars. I am often put off by the sugar content and the level of unsaturated fat that is present in so called "health bars". Sounds like the Atkins Advantage Bars are more suitable for my purposes.

NightFlower on October 09, 2010:

I love atkins products, love eating organic, natural foods but that ish gets expensive. Eating healthy or healthier is truly an investment in itself.

fundamentallife on September 25, 2010:

Great article, thanks for sharing.

The first thing I check with nutrition bars is the protein content and the sugar content.

If protein is up and sugar is low - I eat the bar!

AJ..

agusfanani from Indonesia on September 20, 2010:

Another nice protein bar is soy bar, it's tasty and nutritious.

aladdin2010 on September 19, 2010:

Thanks for these useful information.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 17, 2010:

I like these but yes some have too much sugar. You need to read the labels carefully

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 16, 2010:

I like protein bars also but look for low sugar and usually use them when I've exercised, am hungry and not much time. They are a quick and easy alternative to most lunches. Thanks for the information.

SJ on September 16, 2010:

I'm a long-time protester of protein bars--who knew the chemical compounds that make protein are identical to the chemical compounds that make sidewalk chalk? I've had Atkins and they are the most tolerable. See ya at hubcamp!

TheOneWhoKnows from Croatia on September 16, 2010:

I heard for Atkins, but never really tasted them.

Check my hub :-)

ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on September 16, 2010:

I used to be a cliff bar person, now a Larabar, Cliff Builders are good too. I haven't seen Atkin's to much but will keep an eye out for them.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on September 16, 2010:

I love protein bars and thank you for your advice

sherrylou57 from Riverside on September 15, 2010:

Very good info on yummy protein bars.

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