Lots of people ask us which the best protein bars on the market are. Protein bars come in varied sizes, brands and flavours, and of course the nutritional content varies between manufacturers. The best protein bars offer a great tasting bar which is low in saturated fat and sugar, and is high in protein from a whey source. The most popular brands in Australia are Max’s, Musashi, Body Science and Aussie Bodies, all of which cater to both men and women.
In the past, many supplement companies used to make protein snacks and bars with ingredients that were not healthy to consumers. Although marketed as a healthy alternative to chocolate bars, they often contained loads of sugar and saturated fat, and only a little extra protein. Many of these bars also tasted extremely chalky, possibly being due to an issue with the protein not mixing correctly before the bars were produced.
Nowadays, however, supplement manufacturers are much better at crafting snacks. The use of fibres such as polydextrose and malitol mean that great tasting bars can be produced with a minimum of added junk. From upwards of 20g of fat in bars just a few years ago, a good protein snack bar will have around the 5g mark of fat, which is quite acceptable (and necessary for texture and flavour). The protein sources, too, are of much higher quality now, with whey and milk proteins often making up the bulk content of the bars for a better absorbing protein source.
Here are our picks for the best protein bars on the market:
- Max’s Hydroxyphase Cut Carbs Bars – A delicious low carb bar with 20g of protein and only 8g of sugar.
- Musashi Bulk Mass Gain Bar – 27g of protein, which is one of the highest on the market.
- Body Science Hydroxyburn Lo Carb Bars – high in protein and low in carb. The Cherry flavour tastes like Cherry Ripe!
- Aussie Bodies Protein FX Super – these are basically an entire meal replacement within a bar. Great tasting too!
You can’t go wrong with any of these bars, but just be sure to select your protein bar based upon your needs. If you are dieting, you are best to look for a low carb high protein bar, while if you are on a bulk diet, go for a mass gain bar. The best protein snacks and bars are always available online and ready to add to your nutrition and supplement regime!