Tim Schwartz <email@example.com> from Left Coast Performance, a community of people living and thriving in a ketogenic lifestyle, shared with Healthy Lombard that protein is a necessary building block for every cell in our body. It creates and repairs tissues, makes required enzymes and hormones, and forms the backbone of our bones, muscles, skin, and blood.
For keto dieters, protein is all the more important as an energy source, but it can be tough to hit your required daily protein intake through the standard three square meals a day. Protein bars are a standby for those looking to build muscle or quickly supplement their protein intake on the go. However, many protein bars come with a dirty little secret: carbs.
In this article, we’ll tell you what you need to know to eat protein bars without slipping out of ketosis and share the best protein bars for keto dieters.
Can You Have Protein Bars on Keto?
If you want to eat protein bars on the keto diet, you’ll need to be vigilant about checking the labels. Unfortunately, many commercially available protein bars also contain loads of sugar–some with even more sugar and saturated fat than a doughnut!
However, low-carb protein bars do exist and can help keto dieters stay on track while bringing some positive dietary benefits.
For starters, protein bars are easy to eat on the run and are a much better option than grabbing something from a vending machine. If it comes to choosing between a sugary snack and a protein bar, the latter is obviously the better choice if it’s the right kind.
Meal replacements like protein bars have been shown to be an effective weight-loss tool. The American Diabetes Association, for example, says protein bars can aid in significant weight loss because they provide a portion-controlled alternative to regular meals and take decision making out of the equation when it comes to eating.
Nutrition experts say when looking for the ideal protein bar that will truly up to your protein intake without weighing you down with carbs, look for one that:
- Has around 15 grams of protein
- Contains some fiber
- Is a healthy source of vitamins and minerals