"ProteinBars" news and stories
With YouBars, you can make your own, and you don't even have to go to the kitchen to get them; unless your computer's in the kitchen. You just pick all the ingredients you want in your bar, submit your order, and magically, they appear at your door! You get to pick the base, protein source, and any number of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and other "stuff." The handy ordering form also keeps a running total of nutrition information as you make your choices.
It costs $40 for a box of 12, which comes out to about $3.33 a bar. That's quite a bit more expensive than what you'd pay at the store, but getting to name your own bar might be worth it.
Anyway, there was a time when I was very very dependent on these bars. I was working as a consultant, flying all over the place, and was forced to eat in airports, in taxi cabs, at my desk, etc. Bars were easy and, in some cases, not too horrible tasting. But I have often wondered, are they really any better than a candy bar? As a short article in iVillage points out, these bars have the same number of calories, sometimes more, than say, a regular sized Snickers bar. These bars sure look like candy bars, and more and more, they have things like chocolate, marshmallows ("s'mores flavor"). If it's a meal replacement, they sure are small for a meal, for I've found that I often want to eat another one because I don't feel full.
Are the "diet bars" really helping people lose weight? What about the true protein bars that look like canned spam and taste like peanut butter mixed with tree bark? Are they really that useful for athletes? IVillage has a few tips about how to effectively make use of meal replacement bars if you have to.
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