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Eating too many protein bars?

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I have been eating on average around 2 meal replacement protein bars a day.  I don't use them as much as a meal replacement but a filling snack (in between classes, after a workout, etc).  My favorites are the Met RX Protein Plus Bars ( D=11&catID=1&xs=ae15222e9a324ff7ba833 d3111041b7d).  They have ~300 calories, 32 grams of protein, and 2-3 grams of sugar.

Is eating two of these a day bad for me??  I'm a 22 year old girl, around 125 lbs, and I run (~8 miles) or swim (~4000 yds) daily.  Besides the bars, I have a fairly healthy diet (lots of veggies, yogurt, grains, fruit, etc).  I'm concerned about the fact that I'm eating so much of one food (could contain harmful trace impurities from processing?), that all the protein might be harmful to my liver, and that most of the bars have artificial sugars (malitol, sucralose).

I'd love to hear people's thoughts on protein bars (Met RX bars and bars in general).  I know I should probably cut back on them, they are just so tasty! 

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I work out at about that intensity every day, so I know what you mean about them being great snacks! I down 1-2 a day as well.

Honestly, I don't think they're that bad for you if they're a snack and you still eat fruits/veggines/real foods at other meals.

Only thing- switch to something with actual sugar instead of splenda or artificial sweetener. I recommend Balance (about 200 each) if you're looking for protein. Balance don't have the artificial sweetners, and taste quite good (I recommend the dark chocolate raspberry one) 

Thanks for the reply!  Balance bars are quite yummy :)

I've actually tried the real sugar ones and find them less filling.  Is it possible that the "intestinal discomfort" that some people feel from the artificial sweeteners could make other people feel more full?  Weird theory I suppose.....




Eat a balance bar and an apple then, it'll still be 300 calories (same as an sf bar) but more filling.

I've just read too many bad stories of artificial sweeteners (and I get stomach cramps/head aches from them), so I don't recommend them. I think you're more full from the splenda ones, because, despite having splenda, they have more calories. 

I searched online and found many recipes to make your own bars. Maybe you could try that if your worried about processing, artificial sugars, etc. 

If I remember correctly, Met-Rx bars at 32 grams of protein is a heck of a lot more than a balance bar.  I think that, rather than the lack of real sugar, is what makes you fuller on a Met-Rx bar.  So instead, I'd try a balance bar with some sort of protein snack on the side...maybe a 100-cal serving of almonds.

Yeah I'll try eating a Balance Bar with some other snack.  Thanks for the advice!

They're fine for you, but they may be a little bit much -- 32g protein is somewhat excessive except for after a hard workout.  At any rate, better than most snacks.

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