Protein bars are not the healthy alternative to a sweet treat as many people believe, research shows
A report revealed chocolate is the main ingredient in 38% of products surveyed
Protein bars are not the healthy alternative to a sweet treat many people believe, research has revealed.
A report launched yesterday by safefood revealed chocolate is the main ingredient in 38% of products surveyed, while many are high in saturated fat and contain added sugar and salt.
Safefood’s Dr Catherine Conlon said: “We’ve witnessed a significant and consistent upsurge in the number and variety of foods and drinks for sale which claim to be high protein.
“When we asked people about protein bars, more than one in three [37%] thought they were healthy. However, many of these bars are in reality highly processed foods with a calorie content similar to that of a bar of chocolate.
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