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

Updated on August 1, 2017

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. | Source

Protien Bars Sorted by Lowest Sugar to Calorie Ratio

bar maker
bar type
calories
fat calories
total fat
saturated fat
trans fat
cholesterol
sodium
potassium
total carbs
dietary fiber
sugars
sugar alcohols
protien
net carbs
Carb/Cal
Protien/Cal
Fat/Cal
Sugar/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

Protein
Carbohydrates
Calories
Fat
Sugar
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
*This is what I look for based on my diet desires

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

Source

My Favorite Protein Bar Based on Analysis of Various Bars

Atkins Advantage Bars, Chocolate Peanut Butter,  2.1-Ounce Bars 5 count, (Pack of 2)
Atkins Advantage Bars, Chocolate Peanut Butter, 2.1-Ounce Bars 5 count, (Pack of 2)

The chocolate peanut butter Atkins bar is the best bar for my weight loss diet. It's high protein, low net carbs, and low sugar. It's 2.1 ounces and has 240 calories. For a low-carb diet, I think this is the best bar. The one downside is that they are pretty expensive. I often buy them at Walgreens Pharmacy and usually have to pay more than $2 per bar. It's cheaper to buy them from Amazon.

 

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        MManley 

        9 months ago

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Paul Edmondson 

        5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        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.

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        Dave 

        5 years ago

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

      • Paul Edmondson profile imageAUTHOR

        Paul Edmondson 

        6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        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.

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        Recipes 

        7 years ago

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

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        BlueDinosaur 

        7 years ago from Denver, CO

        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.

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        Tammy 

        7 years ago from USA

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

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        ronpass 

        8 years ago from Brisbane

        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.

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        NightFlower 

        8 years ago

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

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        fundamentallife 

        8 years ago

        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..

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        agusfanani 

        8 years ago from Indonesia

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

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        aladdin2010 

        8 years ago

        Thanks for these useful information.

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        Ethel Smith 

        8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

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

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        8 years ago from Sunny Florida

        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.

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        SJ 

        8 years ago

        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!

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        TheOneWhoKnows 

        8 years ago from Croatia

        I heard for Atkins, but never really tasted them.

        Check my hub :-)

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        ocbill 

        8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

        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.

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        Hello, hello, 

        8 years ago from London, UK

        I love protein bars and thank you for your advice

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        sherrylou57 

        8 years ago from Riverside

        Very good info on yummy protein bars.

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