Atkins bars are protein-rich dietary bars used to get calories, protein and nutrients in quickly and on the go. They do not require refrigeration and come in flavors that include S'mores and Cookies N' Cream. Atkins bars can be used for people who lead very busy lifestyles and sometimes don't have enough time to eat.
Atkins bars are similar to other protein bars, but the difference is that they are based on the nutritional regulations of the Atkins diet. The Atkins diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet that promotes limiting carbohydrate intake severely so that the body is forced to burn its own fat for fuel instead of burning carbohydrates. The Atkins diet is composed of mainly meats, dairy and vegetables, which all require refrigeration. Atkins bars are one of the few sweet-tasting foods allowed on the diet.
Though there are many flavors of Atkins bars, S'mores flavor is one of the most popular. According to the nutritional database CalorieKing.com, a 2.1 oz. S'mores flavor Atkins bar has 220 calories. Atkins bars are the right amount of calories for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.
According to CalorieKing.com, there are 27g of carbohydrates in Atkins bars, S'mores flavor. The Mayo Clinic states that dietary fiber is a type of carbohydrate indigestible by the human body, so it binds to water in the colon and promotes bowel regularity. Fiber can also relieve constipation and reduce cholesterol, according to the Mayo Clinic. Since fiber is indigestible, the Atkins diet allows for the subtraction of grams of fiber in determining grams of carbohydrates. Therefore, instead of 27 g of total carbohydrates in Atkins bars, subtracting the 12 g of dietary fiber results in 15 g of net carbohydrates.
Protein is the main emphasis of the Atkins diet, so it is reasonable that Atkins bars are high in protein. Protein helps to contribute to a feeling of fullness and promotes muscle growth and maintenance. CalorieKing.com states that S'mores flavor Atkins bars has 17 g of protein each.
While many diets shy away from fat, the Atkins diet recommends eating as much dietary fat as a person wants, as long as the carbohydrate intake is low, states the Mayo Clinic. Dietary fat does have some health benefits, like aiding in the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, yet saturated fat is not healthy for the heart. S'more flavored Atkins bars have 9 g of total fat and 6 g of saturated fat each, according to CalorieKing.com.