In the supermarket the other other day I spotted a PowerBar ride bar, retails at around £1 per bar. I then later saw a 6 pack of nature valley Chewy Trail Mix bars for £2.39 so I did a little compare of the nutritional info that I consider must be the most crucial DURING a ride.
Per 100g, the nature valley has 7 more calories, 22.3g more Carbs, and 1.3g more Carb of which sugars.
The Ride bar has more than twice as much protein which I always understood was more vital for recovery.
My question is: Is there a sound nutritional reason to buy the expensive, purpose-designed sports bar over the lunch-box filler which seems to have all the right figures. Are there differing types of Cargbohydrate, with the PowerBar being full of the right stuff?
Should I be looking at other figures, Fat, Fibre etc? I'm really only concerned with something to eat during long rides to keep my legs moving til the end.
Anyone out there with knowledge on this subject, I'd love to hear from you.