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Understanding Energy Bars

Understand energy bars and compare the top energy bar brands

Energy bars come in all different tastes, textures, and types. Although many base energy bars around taste, there are other aspects of the nutrition and purpose of each bar that should help you make the decision of what bar to use. Different ingredients produce different results for activities like backpacking and hiking. Choosing the correct bar for your activity is vital to keep you going and your energy up.

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Types of Energy Bars

Activity Bars
Similar to endurance bars, activity bars focus on prolonging energy. However, they tend to focus on all-day outdoor activities that require both energy and some meal-replacement nutritional features. Clif Bar is perhaps the most prevalent bar in this category. Outdoor bars, Clif Bar included, often focus on organic ingredients and have crunchier, more granola, textures. Activity bars are the best energy sources while backpacking and hiking.

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How to Eat Well While Backpacking

Here is a great article on creating a nutritional diet while backpacking. This is a quick and simple article for all those who don’t want to spend hours reading all the science behind the nutrients! Enjoy!

How to Eat Well While Backpacking | eHow.com.

Calorie Intake

Calories are the nutritional units that provides you with energy. The more strenuous the activity, the more calories your body needs.

In general, a backpacker should create a diet that will provide them with about 3,000 – 4,000 (see table below) calories per day, two-thirds of which should be in the form of carbohydrates.

Backpacking Conditions Calorie intake/day Food weight/day
Three-Season or Normal Exercising 2,500 – 3,000 1.75 – 2 pounds
Cool Weather or Moderate Exercising 3,500 – 4,000 2 – 2.25 pounds
Winter or Strenuous Exercising 4,500 – 6,000 2.5 + pounds

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