I look at the ingredients in energy bars (like Power Bar or Clif Bar), and I fail to see anything there that remotely warrents the expense. The ingredients seem to be similar to many candy bars that you can by at 1/4 the cost. The nutrition bars also seem to be high in fat, something runners don't need or want just before a marathon.
Am I missing something?
I buy fat-free fruit bars at Costco. Their nutrition quality seems to be as good or better than the energy bars, but without the fat. True, the fruit bars are low in protein (only 2 grams), but runners don't need protein just before, during, or just after a race anyway. The fruit bars cost much less energy bars.
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