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
We'll be comparing the 'healthy' protein bars to a classic: the Krispy Kreme glazed donut. If you're on a diet, trying to lose weight, or just trying live a healthy lifestyle, no way would you go near one of these. But shockingly, they contain fewer calories, carbs, sugar, and fat than a lot of the 'healthy' foods on our list.
We've created a handy table at the end of the article directly comparing the stats of the 'healthy' foods with the donut.
One Krispy Kreme Glazed Donut contains:
11g of fat
22g of carbohydrates
10g of sugar
3g of protein
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.
One Myprotein Baked Chocolate Cookie contains:
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.
One Multipower Power Pack Bar contains:
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 so that you don't feel like you're depriving yourself, which would contain fewer calories and less sugar than this flapjack, and then top up your protein intake through a natural source like eggs, steak, or quinoa.
One Myprotein High Protein Flapjack contains:
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.
One Nutramino Protein Bar contains:
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.
One Science In Sport Protein Bar Contains:
6.4g of fat
21g of carbohydrates
18g of sugar
20g of protein
Product Calories Fat Carbs Sugar Protein Krispy Kreme Donut 190 11g 22g 10g 3g Myprotein Cookie 289 8.6g 38g 16g 13g Multipower Bar 145 4.7g 14g 11g 11g Myprotein Flapjack 324 11g 32g 20g 20g Nutramino Bar 290 14g 22g 15g 20g Science In Sport Bar 223 6.4g 21g 18g 20g
The point we're trying to make here is that there are are lot of products out there that are being marketed to us as being 'healthy' when they really aren't. Nutrition and weight loss are difficult enough as it is without struggling to know what you should and shouldn't eat.
As always, check the labels on what you are eating and educate yourself on how much of each macronutrient (fat, carbs, protein) you should be eating each day, as well as how much fibre you need (hint: it's more than you think!) and limiting your sugar intake.
These days, sugar is added into everything and so limiting your intake can be difficult. Make informed choices and don't be tricked into eating something just because of the way it's sold to you. Natural foods will always be healthier than packaged foods, and if you want a treat from time to time then go ahead! You can still indulge without going too far over your daily caloric allowance.
Remember: weight loss is only possible if you maintain a caloric deficit, meaning you burn more calories than you consume. You only need a 500 calorie daily deficit to lose 1lb of fat every week. Eating one 190-calorie donut probably isn't going to bust your diet, but a 324-calorie 'healthy' flapjack might!
It is now easier than ever to choose fair trade, sustainable clothing instead of opting for cheap, fast fashion which is bad for both the environment and the people in the production chain. We take a closer look at the best eco friendly products when buying sustainable clothing.
Biodegradable Fitness Tops
The t-shirt in the photo above looks pretty unremarkable, doesn't it? A quality white t-shirt which is stretchy, comfortable, and features performance technology such as sweat wicking and anti odour. Well, that's not so hard to find, right? What if I told you that the t-shirt in the photo is actually biodegradable, and instead of laying in landfill for the next century, it would decompose naturally in three short years? Pretty incredible!
The t-shirt in question is the Eco Tech women's fitness top by Sundried and is made from the world's first biodegradable polyamide yarn. In a world of fast fashion, we rarely think about where our clothes end up once we throw them out. Do they get recycled? Do they get given to the homeless? Not really. In fact, 85% of textil waste ends up in landfill where it will stay for hundreds of years, taking up space and hurting the environment.
Instead, why not invest in a technical, performance-enhance biodegradable fitness t-shirt such as the Sundried Eco Tech women's fitness top? It features some of the world's best performance qualities so is perfect for running, cycling, yoga, Pilates, gym workouts, and all number of sports.
Bamboo is a natural, organic raw material which is sustainable and perfect for clothing as well as accessories like gloves. Bamboo is an eco-friendly replacement for plastic as it is renewable and can be replenished quickly. Bamboo grows extremely quickly – some species up to a metre a day! – which means it's perfect for harvesting at high rates for turning into textiles and is easily renewable. When it comes to greenhouse emissions, bamboo minimises CO2 and generates up to 35% more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees.
There are now lots of different brands and companies who use bamboo as a raw material for their textiles, including Sundried. It has many advantages over cotton and hopefully will be used more widely as time goes on.
Organic workout clothes
When you think organic, chances are you think about food. Organic food is not treated with pesticides and organic meat, dairy and poultry comes from animals which have not been given growth hormones or antibiotics.
Organic textiles are clothing made from materials raised in or grown in compliance with organic agricultural standards. Organic clothing may be composed of materials like cotton or jute. Sundried's yoga mat is made from organic jute fibre which is a vegetable fibre similar to hemp or flax. Jute is one of the most affordable natural fibres, second only to cotton in the amount produced and variety of uses. This means it is an excellent choice for textiles and products like the Sundried yoga mat as well as products like yoga clothes.
Sundried is an independent UK business that was founded by entrepreneur Daniel Puddick. We encourage the growth of small businesses and want to empower consumers to choose ethical companies rather than defaulting to multi-national corporations and faceless conglomerates.
We sat down with Thomas Lock who is the founder of fledgling AP Brands which oversees several British snack brands, including The British Crisp Co and Awfully Posh, to talk about life as an entrepreneur.
In a nutshell, what is the story of AP Brands? What motivated you to develop the idea?
In 2013, I started making pork scratchings in my mum's kitchen and selling them from the boot of my car. Now, we supply pub groups and supermarkets across the country. One thing hasn’t changed – our desire to make the best quality pork snacks with no nasty ingredients.
What was the biggest challenge you faced when setting up this business?
Finding the right manufacturer to enable us to be competitive. We operate an outsourced business model, so we are competing with manufactures who have a lower cost of goods. We needed to find a manufacturer who we could build a long-term partnership with.
How do you manage a healthy work-life balance?
I have two phones – a work phone and a personal phone. I switch the work phone off and make sure I take downtime from emails.
What's been the most exciting part of developing AP Brands?
I love the early stages - the brand development, tasting samples and packaging design.
What does the future hold for AP Brands?
We are growing very quickly and are currently crowdfunding on CrowdCube –www.crowdcube.com/apbrands
What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Don't rush things. Desire to get the product to market as quickly as possible so you can start generating revenue shouldn't override product quality and making sure you do things properly. Take your time.
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Summer or winter? Summer
Gym or outdoors? Outdoors
City or countryside? Countryside
Sweet or savoury? Savoury, of course!