Is the Perfect Foods Bar "Perfect" for Athletes?
Calling any product "perfect" raises the question: Is it really? A fair question, especially from athletes who are bombarded with claims that certain products will give them bursts of energy for improved performance.
The family behind Perfect Foods Bar states why their bar deserves the label. "Simple Ingredients. Real Food. [And] you can pronounce all of the ingredients without a chemistry degree." It's true. Food with a long list of ingredients usually implies plenty of added chemicals. Take a quick glance at Perfect Foods' list of ingredients on the peanut butter bar, and you'll see a variety of organic foods, including peanut butter, honey and lots healthy seed oils [sunflower, pumpkin and flax seed oil].
In 2005, the family of Dr. William Keith, a fitness enthusiast who created the original recipe, decided to share their healthy snack with the rest of the world. Athletes across the sports world have since tried the bar. MMA fighter James Wilkes says he includes the bar in his daily routine, "because it has an ideal balance of healthy protein, good carbs and essential fats." The peanut butter bar has 17 grams of fat, 10 of which are healthy monounsaturated fat. It also has 25 grams of carbs and 18 grams of protein.
Triathlete Matty Reed applauds Perfect Bar's nutritional value, adding that it helps sustain his energy throughout workouts. "And they taste so good and have no aftertaste," he adds. Perfect Foods Bar comes in different flavors, including peanut butter, cranberry and almond butter.
Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday praises the Perfect Foods Bar for giving him the "nutritional boost and balance to recover and sustain energy after a workout or game."
Is the bar perfect? You decide. Try one about two hours before your workout and see if it meets your energy demands. Then head on over to our Facebook or Twitter page and let us know if it led to the perfect workout!