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BEST & WORST OF: Energy bars

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So you want to eat healthy and see all of the "healthy" protein bar options at the store, buy them and then realize that you really aren't feeling or looking any better.

Well, there may be a reason for that. Fox 9 fitness expert Ali Holman from CoreCamper.com stopped by to show us her picks for protein bars with the most sugar and her REAL picks, too!

To find out more about Ali's online daily workouts and meal plans, visit www.CoreCamper.com

WORST:

Luna LemonZest

Just because it's advertised as a "woman's bar" doesn't mean it should have a place in your purse. LUNA Bars are filled with difficult-to-absorb minerals and vitamins (like Vitamin D2) that will slow your body down instead of giving you that desired burst of energy. 13 GRAMS of sugar

Clif Bar Coconut Chocolate Chip

Clif Bars are intended for endurance athletes who need 42g of carbohydrates and 22g of sugar to power through a four-hour hike or climb up the Andes Mountains, not an hour-long workout. The first ingredient on the label is brown rice syrup (not helpful if fat-burning is your goal), and the company uses soy protein isolate as the main source of protein, which is known for causing digestive stress, inflammation, and thyroid problems. 22 GRAMS of sugar,

Balance Bars S'mores

Balanced carbs, protein, and fat: yes! Balanced ingredients? Not so much. Balance Bars source their protein from soy, leaving you bloated and gassy. They also use a handful of unnecessary oils, sugars, and an artificial flavor-enhancer calcium caseinate, known to cause migraines and cognitive issues. 18 GRAMS of sugar

Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Bar

This cereal bar only has 130 calories and 3.5g of fat. But that's because some of the ingredients of this energy bar aren't technically food. 12 GRAMS of sugar

BEST:

Pure Protein

When it comes to overall nutrition, Ali likes Pure Protein bars because of their high protein-to-carbohydrate ratio. And she says these bars don't have that chalky protein taste. Only 2 G Sugar

www.pureprotein.com

KIND Bars

This is a no-nonsense, 10-ingredient bar made with simple, whole foods like almonds, blueberries, honey, and brown rice. Gluten Free and has all ingredients you can pronounce. Under 10 GRAMS Sugar.

www.kindsnacks.com

Quest

In a pinch for protein? One of Ali's favorite is the Quest bar that manages to pack 17g of fiber and 20g of protein into only 170 calories. 2 GRAMS Sugar

www.questproteinbar.com

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