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Protein bars are somewhere between candy and eggs

It’s so easy to snatch up a Clif bar on the way to work as breakfast or a study break snack.

There’s a rock climber on the wrapper, so it must be healthy enough. It’s not a Snickers bar, after all.

But that doesn’t make it health food. My personal favorite Clif bar, the <href=”#nutrition”>White Chocolate Macadamia Nut flavor, has only 9 grams of protein packed within its 260 calories.

Compare this to a single hard-boiled egg, which has about 6.3g of protein and 72 calories. Opinions on cholesterol aside, that’s a pretty big difference.

Upon further study of the nutrition facts, I find that my favorite Clif bars have 42g of carbs, 20 of those being sugars. A regular sized Snickers bar contains 27g of sugar, and a Kit Kat has <href=”#fifth”>21g.

That amount of carbohydrates can be useful for athletes who need to refuel, but not so much for a late night study session.

Now, Clif bars aren’t the worst offender. Lauren from The Holy Kale broke down some of the most popular bars. Pro Bar, Power Bar, Oh Yea and Tiger’s Milk are among the worst offenders in her list. Think Thin, Clif, Kind and Luna Bars are deemed better, but not great. Lara and Zing bars are okay, but higher in sugar content.

She said the best ones have fewer ingredients with natural sugars and plant based protein sources. These are bars that would most likely be found at stores like Whole Foods and the Good Food Store, including Raw Revolution, Raw Macro and Pure Bars.

Some of these healthier alternatives can be costly. At the University market a Think Thin bar is $2.09 compared to the Tiger’s Milk at 60 cents. Most of the common bars like Clif, Think Thin, and Luna hovered around $2.

In the end most protein bars, while convenient, are a pseudo-healthy medium between hard-boiled eggs and candy.

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