glazed donut

If you've been reaching for protein bars as part of a healthy diet in the hopes of boosting your protein intake and losing weight while building lean muscle, you may want to check out these 5 'healthy' protein bars which actually have more sugar and calories than a donut.

Krispy Kreme Glazed Donut Nutritional Information

One Krispy Kreme glazed donut contains:

190 calories

11g of fat

22g of carbohydrates

10g of sugar

3g of protein

Krispy Kreme Donuts Nutritional Information

Myprotein Baked Chocolate Cookie

Myprotein cites the key 'benefits' of eating this cookie being that it's high in protein, vegan-friendly, and baked using high quality ingredients. While 13g of protein is certainly high compared to a normal cookie, it still contains a lot of calories and sugar (much more than our Krispy Kreme donut).

You'd probably be better off eating a grilled chicken breast (or suitable vegan alternative) to get your protein hit and then enjoy a delicious donut, leaving you having consumed fewer calories and carbs than if you'd eaten one of these cookies. 

289 calories 

8.6g of fat

38g of carbohydrates

16g of sugar

13g of protein

Multipower Power Pack Bar

The Multipower Power Pack bar is marketed as being a 'healthy snack' and claims to contain 27% high quality protein. While this may be true, it also contains as much sugar as a Krispy Kreme and less protein than 100g of quinoa. 

145 calories 

4.7g of fat

14g of carbohydrates

11g of sugar

11g of protein

Myprotein High Protein Flapjack

The Myprotein flapjack is a formidable snack, containing a huge 324 calories (as much as a small meal) and an impressive 20g of sugar (almost twice as much as the donut). Despite this, it still contains less protein than a standard chicken breast or protein shake.

Why not enjoy a normal snack like a bar of chocolate, which would contain fewer calories and less sugar, and then top up your protein intake through a natural source like eggs, steak, or quinoa. 

324 calories 

11g of fat

32g of carbohydrates

20g of sugar

20g of protein

Nutramino Protein Bar

The Nutramino Protein Bar is marketed as being a healthy on-the-go snack, boasting about its 20g of protein. However, it contains 4g more sugar than a donut and more than twice the fat found in a Mars bar. 

290 calories 

14g of fat

22g of carbohydrates

15g of sugar

20g of protein

Science In Sport Protein Bar

Finally, we have the Science In Sport protein bar. SIS are world-renowned for their energy gels and are proud to fuel such athletes as Chris Froome and Olympic medallists. However, their protein bar contains almost twice as much sugar as a donut and is calorie-rich at 223 calories. 

223 calories 

6.4g of fat

21g of carbohydrates

18g of sugar

20g of protein