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It’s finally time for another Battle of the Supplements.
Today we’re putting the protein bar and the protein shake up head to head in the ultimate battle of the post-workout convenience snack.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
Round 1: Which keeps you fuller for longer?
When it comes to protein snacks, you want something that is going to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Studies have shown that chewing solid foods help you feel more satiated.
In theory, therefore, even if the shake had the same nutritional value as a protein bar, the process of actually chewing the bar would be more likely to prevent you craving food later on in the day.
When it comes to keeping you from grabbing a snack when you get home, it looks like the protein bar takes it.
WINNER: PROTEIN BAR
Round 2: Which is going to help with growth and recovery the best?
One of the main reasons you might grab a protein product after your workout is to help with muscle growth and recovery. What you therefore need is a snack that is going to replenish your amino acid levels quickly.
Which is best for this?
The shake takes it hands down.
A study that was published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that those who consumed their protein in liquid form had higher levels of amino acids in their bloodstream than those who consumed it in solid forms.
This means that when it comes to making the gains, supping a protein shake might be the better option.
WINNER: PROTEIN SHAKE
Round 3: Which has the best macro balance?
If you’re looking for a quick source of protein, we have seen that the shake takes it.
However, if you’re looking for a more balanced snack, then the protein bar is definitely superior.
Protein bars tend to be higher in carbohydrates and fat and therefore are a pretty good substitute if you can’t get your hands on a balanced post-workout meal.
The carbohydrate content also makes them useful when it comes to recovery.
WINNER: PROTEIN BAR
Round 4: Which has the highest sugar content?
When it comes to sugar, you have to be careful with protein bars.
They might be more balanced, but all of those filler carbs in protein bars mean that compared to protein powders, protein bars tend to have a lot more added sugar.
This is not to say that some protein powders can’t be full of artificial flavours.
However, if you’re torn between a store-bought bar and a pure protein powder shake, then you’re probably better off going for the shake if you’re trying to watch your sugar consumption.
WINNER: PROTEIN POWDER
IT’S A DRAW
Which is better really is dependent on your goals.
If you’re watching your macros and calories, then shakes are likely to be the best option for you. However, if you’re looking for balance and convenience, then a protein bar might be better for you.