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Calories, Carbs, Sugar, and Fat: 25 Energy Bars vs. 25 Candy Bars

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Protein and energy bars might seem like the higher road when you’re craving a mid-afternoon snack, but if you examine their nutrition labels, you often get just as many empty calories and grams of fat as you’d get from the candy you’re trying to avoid. We took a look at 25 of the most popular and widely available nutrition bars, and how their contents compare to the candy bars and candies we all love to eat – and hate to pay the consequences. Get this: They’re scarily similar.

Are we telling you to gorge on candy instead of eat energy bars? No. We suggest eating unprocessed fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods that give you more bang for your carb (or fat, or calorie). For some extra (and terrifying) motivation, take a look at the candy equivalent of your favorite “healthy” boost:

A Tangy Tropical Fruit Smoothie PowerBar has more carbs than a Snickers.

Powerbar, Tangy Tropical Fruit Smoothie flavor:

210 calories

25 g sugar

42 g carbohydrates

1 Snickers Bar: 34.5 g carbohydrates

A Nature’s Path Orange Chocolate Bar has about as many calories as an Almond Joy.

Nature’s Path Orange Chocolate Bar:

220 calories

19 g of sugar

37 g of carbohydrates

1 Almond Joy bar (2 pieces): 235 calories

A Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar has as many carbs as 18 Hershey’s Kisses.

Quaker Chewy Granola Bar, Chocolate Chip:

100 calories

7 g of sugar

18 g of carbohydrates

1 Hershey’s Kiss: 1 g carbohydrates x 18 Kisses = 18 g carbohydrates

A Kashi GoLean Malted Chocolate Crisp Bar has more carbs than a 3 Musketeers bar.

Kashi Malted Chocolate Crisp Bar:

290 calories

35 g sugar

49 g carbohydrates

3 Musketeers Bar: 46 g carbohydrates

A ZonePerfect Chocolate Mint Bar has as many calories as a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar.

ZonePerfect Chocolate Mint Bar:

210 calories

13 g sugar

21 g carbohydrates

1 Hershey’s Milk

Chocolate Bar: 210 calories

An HerbaLife Lemon Protein Bar has more saturated fat than a bag of Skittles.

HerbaLife Lemon Protein Bar:

150 calories

3.5 g saturated fat

1 bag of Skittles: 2.5 g saturated fat

A Slim Fast! Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Bar has as many carbs as a Kit Kat.

Slim Fast! Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Bar:

200 calories

27 g carbohydrates

1 Kit Kat bar: 27.1 g carbohydrates

A SoyJoy Mango Coconut Bar has as much saturated fat as a Milky Way.

SoyJoy Mango Coconut Bar:

140 calories

4 g saturated fat

11 g sugar

16 g carbs

1 Milky Way bar: 4 g saturated fat

An Atkins Advantage Caramel Chocolate Peanut Nougat Bar has the same amount of saturated fat as a Butterfinger.

Atkins Advantage Caramel Chocolate Peanut Nougat Bar:

18 g carbohydrates

1 Butterfinger bar: 6 g saturated fat

A Kind Walnut and Date bar has as the same amount of carbs as a Baby Ruth.

Kind Walnut and Date Bar:

150 calories

17 g sugar

22 g carbohydrates

1 Baby Ruth bar: 22 g carbohydrates

A Cliff Apricot Bar has as many calories as a Charleston Chew.

21 g sugar

45 g carbohydrates

1 Charleston Chew: 230 calories

A Gnu Chocolate Brownie Bar has more calories than four marshmallow Peep bunnies.

140 calories

9 g sugar

32 g carbohydrates

4 Peeps Marshmallow bunnies: 130 calories

An Odwalla Mocha-Walla bar has more carbs than an Oh Henry!

Odwalla Mocha-Walla Bar

210 calories

38 g carbohydrates

1 Oh Henry! bar: 37.3 g carbohydrates

A Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick Bar has more carbs than a Pay Day.

Luna Bar, Chocolate Peppermint Stick:

180 calories

28 g carbohydrates

1 Pay Day bar: 27 g carbohydrates

A Pure Protein S’mores Bar has more carbs than two Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Pure Protein S’Mores Bar:

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