Review: Aptonia 35 and 25 Protein Bars
Protein bars are an easy and quick method of getting a high intake of protein when on the go. Perfect for post exercise or between meals to keep you going, Aptonia have created two fascistic protein bars. The Aptonia 35 and 25 bars are designed to kick start the recovery process after a hard training session. Lets first look at the nutritional information of both bars, they don’t disappoint:
Aptonia 35 and 25 Protein Bars – Nutritional Information
|Aptonia 35 Bar (50 g)||Aptonia 25 Bar (45 g)|
|Energy (kcal)||187 kcal||171 kcal|
|Protein||17.5 g||11.3 g|
|Fat||4.3 g||4.1 g|
|of which are saturates||2.7 g||1.5 g|
|Carbohydrates||20 g||22.5 g|
|of which are sugars||14.5 g||11.7 g|
|Fibre||1.9 g||2.7 g|
|Salt||0.1 g||0.07 g|
|Vitamin B6||0.42 mg (30%)||N.A|
|Number of Bars||5||5|
|Cost per bar||£1||£0.60|
How do the bars compare?
With the Aptonia 35 bar costing £1 per bar, and the Aptonia 25 costing £0.60 per bar, both bars are great value for money. The 35 bar packs an impressive 17.5 g of protein, 20 g of carbohydrate and 30% of your daily B6. Compara-tively, the 25 bar contains the same milk proteins, but has 11.5 g of protein and 22.5 g of carbohydrate. What separates the two bars is the superior protein content found in the 35 bar, also containing 30% of your recommended daily amount of B6. B6 plays a pivotal role in protein and glycogen metabolism, facilitating the absorption of the protein bar. Both protein and carbohydrate are vital for protein synthesis and glycogen replenishment in skeletal muscle, integral to recovery.
The consistency of both bars is very chewy. At times it felt more of a workout to eat, than a bar designed to kick-start your recovery. The Aptonia 35 par contains more protein, but at the cost of tasting very dense. Both of the bars lack flavour and sweetness in comparison to other protein bars; having said that, with over 20g of carbohydrate in each bar, both bars are perfect to begin the recovery process of replenishing used glycogen during your workout.
Both bars contain milk-derived proteins, meaning absorption rate will be ~ 7 g.hr-1, significantly higher than vegetable proteins (~2-3 g.hr-1), but less than whey protein powder (~10 g.hr-1). Both bars contain carbohydrate in the form of glucose and fructose meaning absorption rate will be ~1.7 g.min-1 compared to 1.2 g.min-1, if glucose was the only sugar used. As a post work out recovery bar, few brands can compete in terms of nutritional quality and absorption rates.
So what bar, for which purpose?
Based on the high protein content, the 35 bar is best suited after a resistance exercise session. I would be more inclined to recommend the less dense 25 bar following aerobic exercise, because it would still provide enough carbohydrate and protein until a post training meal. For a snack to keep you going between meals bother bars would be great, but the 35 bar would be the best choice, because of its superior protein content, keeping you fuller for longer.
Even when considering that both bars don’t taste as great as some of the alter-native, more expensive brands, they are amazing value and pack the nutrition needed to kick-start your recovery post workout. Visit your nearest Decathlon store to pick up the Aptonia 35 and 25 protein bars. If you do not want a dairy derived protein bar, then why not try our Aptonia 35 vegetable protein bars instead.
(Notes on the Author – Danny Foster is an avid runner and nutrition expert currently studying sport and exercise science at Sheffield Hallam University. He works in our Sheffield Decathlon branch and currently works as an expert sports adviser ensuring each running/nutrition customer leaves the store kitted out with everything they need for their next race. Are you interested in a job that lets you pursue your passion? Why not scoot over to our careers site and discover the many positions available – http://www.decathlon-jobs.co.uk/ )