Are Protein Bars Bad for Children?

By Tammy Cagle
Children and nutrition

Protein bars are convenient and handy for families on the go. Protein bars are not bad for children, but they have nutritional pros and cons.

Meals

The best nutritional choice will always be fresh foods, but protein bars may have an advantage over sugary vending machine food or greasy fast food. A protein bar is certainly better for a child than skipping a meal.

Nutritional Value

Protein bars provide quick energy as an after-school snack or during sporting activities. The nutritional value varies depending on the bar. Some protein bars are loaded with vitamins and nutrients; some hide behind the word "healthy" and are loaded with sugar for taste.

Energy Bars and Granola Bars

Protein bar are larger than energy bars or granola bars, and are usually intended for adult use. Generally, children do not need extra protein, so other snack bars may be a more appropriate choice.

Read the Label

Be sure to read labels and make healthy choices when purchasing protein bars, especially when the bars may be eaten by children.

Tips

Choose protein bars based on nutritional components. Bars containing unsaturated fats are always the best choice. High protein diets are not recommended for children, and therefore, higher protein bars are not advised for kids.

About the Author

Tammy Cagle has worked in various healthcare facilities in North Carolina and Tennessee. She specializes in writing on health issues with approximately 35 years of experience in multidisciplinary healthcare. She holds a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in healthcare management earned at the University of Phoenix.