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Love it, Like it, Hate it: Protein Rich Granola Bars

Granola bar companies are finally catching on to the fact that protein can help us stay fuller longer and many are coming out with granola bars touted as higher protein.  Unfortunately, some still have nearly twice as much sugar as protein, so in Love it, Like it, Hate it, Molly has the best & worst of these protein-boosted granola bars!

 

Love it!

All of the following ‘Love it’ options have more sugar than protein:

 

Nature Valley PROTEIN bar

190 cals, 12 grams fat, 3.5 sat fat, 14 grams carb, 5 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, 10 grams protein

Ingredients:  peanuts, soy protein, chicory root, sugar, oils, whey protein corn syrup…

 

Kashi Honey Almond Flax Chewy Granola Bars

140 cals, 5 grams fat, 0 sat fat, 19 grams carb, 4 grams fiber, 5 grams sugar, 7 grams protein

Ingredients: red wheat, oats, rye, triticale, barley, almonds, brown rice syrup, soy protein…  chicory root

 

KIND Plus Almond Walnut Macadamia + PROTEIN

190 cals, 12 grams fat, 15 grams carb, 3 grams fiber, 8 grams sugar, 10 grams protein

Ingredients: Mixed nuts, soy crisp (soy protein, tapioca starch, salt), honey, glucose, chicory fiber

 

 

Like it!

Kellogg’s Fiber Plus PROTEIN bar

170 cals, 8 grams fat, 3.5 grams sat fat, 18 grams carbs, 7 grams fiber, 9 grams sugar, 10 grams protein

Ingredients:  soy protein, chicory root, sugar, peanuts, soybeans, almonds, corn fiber…

 

Atkin’s Day Break Chocolate Chip Crisp Bar

140 cals, 6 grams fat, 3 grams sat fat, 16 grams carb, 6 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar, 10 grams protein

Ingredients: soy crisps (soy protein, oat fiber, oat flour), glycerin, polydextrose, whole oats, chocolate-flavored chips… sucralose, acesulfame potassium.

It has one of the better protein: sugar ratios of granola bars, but does contain artificial sweeteners

 

 

Hate it!


Special K Protein Chocolatey Peanut Butter Granola

110 cals, 3 grams fat, 2 grams sat fat, 17 grams carb, 4 grams fiber, 7 grams sugar, 4 grams protein

Ingredients:  soluble corn fiber, rolled oats, soy protein, sugar cereal

Nearly 2x sugar as protein or fiber

 

Fiber One Protein Bars

140 cals, 6 grams fat, 4 grams sat fat, 17 grams carbs, 5 grams fiber, 7 grams sugar, 6 grams protein

Ingredients:  chicory root extract, soy protein, almonds, sugar oil, corn syrup, whey protein…

More sugar than fiber or protein, plus first ingredient is chicory root.

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