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Health Food Imposter #6: Protein Bars

If you think grabbing a protein bar is a healthy option for a snack or a meal replacement, you may want to reconsider. “Protein bars are all just processed chemicals,” says Garth Davis, M.D. a bariatric surgeon at The Davis Clinic in Houston, Texas and author of The Expert’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery. Dr. Davis says the body can only handle about 10-15 grams of protein at one time, so eating a protein bar with anything higher than that is a waste. Not to mention, many protein bars contain as much (sometimes more) sugar than candy bars! “I see so many patients that come to see me complaining that they are eating correctly but not losing weight. Invariably, they are using lots of protein supplements,” says Davis.

The Better Pick: Davis recommends sticking with real food instead of bars. He suggests having easy grab-and-go snacks such as a handful of walnuts, an apple or carrots with hummus, or Ezekiel bread with almond butter for a more balanced and satisfying snack.

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