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Zeroing In On the Best Energy Bars

As a meal replacer, pre- or post-workout treat, afternoon snack, or protein source, here are our top picks for the best tasting and most nutritious energy bars.

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Convenience vs. Whole Food

Convenience vs. Whole Food

Stashed in a backpack or purse, energy bars offer portable food at a moment's notice. But they can't trump real food when it comes to delivering the best nutrition. Our tip: pair bars with whole foods to up the nutrition ante. And be smart about fortification. If you're using a bar as a meal replacement, extra vitamins and minerals might be a good thing. Just take care that you don't overdo it. Quaffing a daily multivitamin and fortified bars, cereals, and other heavily enriched foods can add up to a dangerous nutrient overload. Bottom line: Bars are good for occasional use, but their convenience comes with a much higher price tag than just as nutritious whole food.

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