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Beware of some “protein” bars!
So, you've made a trip to your local store or nutrition shop and picked up some protein bars or protein cookies. You indulged in one, feeling virtuous for choosing a protein-packed treat. But hold on a second, many so-called 'health foods' may not actually be the nutritional superheroes they claim to be. To make sure you're truly getting a protein boost and not just a carb overload, it's essential to become a savvy label reader.
Check the nutrition label
Here's the deal, When examining the nutrition facts, pay close attention to the quantities of fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Whichever component boasts the highest number will primarily define the food. Let's take an example – the protein bar you just devoured (or plan to devour). It boasts 16 grams of carbohydrates and 7.3 grams of protein. Surprisingly, this bar isn't primarily a protein source; it's essentially a carbohydrate snack with a protein cameo.
But wait, don't forget the dietary fiber! Those 2 grams of dietary fiber play a crucial role in this nutritional tale. They transform the bar from a 16-gram carb bomb to a net carb of 14 grams.
So, here's the takeaway, Before you stock up on "healthy" snacks, make it a habit to pay attention to the nutrition facts. The world of health food can be a maze of misleading labels and 'good for you' claims. Many fall victim to the allure of green labels and stickers proclaiming "healthy" or "fat-free."
If you're ever in need of more insights into nutrition, don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'm here to help you navigate the bewildering world of food choices and ensure you make the best choices for your health.
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