Power bars are one of the most popular energy bar
on the market, with its great taste and nutrition
contents. Power bar comes in several types: the original,
protein plus, powerbar harvest, and power bar Pria,
and each type comes in their own distinct flavors.
This review is for the orginal powerbars, but you
can find reviews for the other types on the site here
as well. ;-)
Power Bar Taste Test
Powerbar energy bars come in a variety of flavors,
more than most other brands of protein bars. They
come in: peanut butter, chocolate, apple cinnamon,
banana, chocolate peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, mocha
chip and wild berry. I've tried the oatmeal raisin
and chocolate flavors, and they both tasted great.
This is a very 'flexible" bar, in that it's
very chewy and soft. It has a nice soft outter coating,
and a slightly crunch and chewy inner filling. Very
Overall, I'd give them a 8.5 on a scale of 10. These
energy bars have a nice moisture, and chewiness, and
aren't too powdery or dry.
Each PowerBar Performance energy bar contains: 17
essential vitamins and minerals; 100% RDI of B-Complex
vitamins and antioxidant vitamins C & E; branched
chain amino acids and electrolytes. 12 bars, 2.30
oz. (65 g.) each.
High fructose corn syrup with grape and pear juice
concentrate, oat bran, maltodextrin (complex carbohydrate),
milk protein (lactose removed), peanut butter, rice
crisps, brown rice, salt. Minerals: calcium phosphate,
magnesium carbonate, zinc gluconate.
Being a energy bar, its only fitting that power bars
are high in carbs - each bar contains 45g carbs, 230
calories, 2.5g fat, 3g dietary fiber, and just 10g
of protein. The amount of protein in it may seem low
for bodybuilders, but this bar isn't meant to target
bodybuilders. Power bar has a "Protein Plus"
bar that's more geared for weight lifters.
The carbs in power bar is maltodextrin, a complex
carbohydrate that has the highest rating on the glycemic
index of 100. Its a very light tasting powder, so
the protein bar isn't overly sweet. Maltodextrin is
commonly used in weight gainers, and also used in
making post workout shakes. It helps restore glycogen
stores, and raise insulin levels leading to greater
Another big plus of power bar is that its very nicely
priced. For a box of 12 bars, retail costs you about
$23, which is quite a bit cheaper than most other
types of protein bars. Of course, keep in mind that
this energy bar is high in carbs, and has just 10g
of proteins. You can get them online for under $15,
and that works out to less than $1.25 per bar. ;-)