FAQs About Refrigerated Protein Bars
Protein bars have been around for ages, but refrigerated protein bars have only recently become more commonplace. There are now several brands that offer these bars, which must be kept in the fridge to prevent spoiling. If you're thinking about buying and enjoying one of these protein bars, you might have a few questions. Keep reading for the answers.
Why do these bars have to be refrigerated while others do not?
There are a couple of reasons why certain protein bars require refrigeration. First, they may contain ingredients, such as dairy, that will allow bacteria to breed if the bars are kept at room temperature.
Second, the bars may have a higher moisture content than shelf-stable bars. This makes for a softer, chewier protein bar, but it also makes the bar prone to spoilage if it is not refrigerated.
Third, refrigerated protein bars are usually free from preservatives or contain fewer preservatives than shelf-stable bars. Without these preservatives, they need to be kept at lower temperatures.
Are refrigerated protein bars healthier than shelf-stable ones?
In some ways, they can be. If you are sensitive to the preservatives used in other protein bars, buying refrigerated ones will allow you to avoid an allergic reaction or sensitivities. Refrigerated protein bars may also be better for you because they're not as dry. If you're someone who is prone to dehydration and does not always drink enough when eating dryer foods, then these moist bars can counteract some of that.
How do you choose a refrigerated protein bar?
Look at the package labels, and compare and contrast a few bars before picking one to enjoy. Some things to pay attention to include the sugar content and how much protein each bar has to offer. Unless you're eating the bar after a workout, you generally want it to be as low in sugar as possible. And you might as well choose a bar that provides more protein rather than less. That being said, you also want a bar that appeals to you, flavor-wise. If there's a caramel bar with 16 grams of protein and a strawberry one with 18 grams—but you don't like strawberry—then the caramel may be the better choice overall.
If you're looking for a tasty, convenient, and healthy source of protein, consider buying refrigerated protein bars. Give a couple of different brands a try, and see how you respond.
Visit your local grocery store to find refrigerated protein bars.