Quest Protein Bars

Sep
2010
02

posted by on blog, Low-Carb, Recipes and Reviews

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Protein bars are one of those items that I’ve loved the convenience of, but I was never convinced they were really good for me.  Many have an ingredient list that boggles the mind. I’m not crazy about getting my protein from hydrolyzed collagen and soy. The makers of Quest Bars weren’t excited about that either, so they set out to make a better protein bar. I believe they have succeeded.

Quest Bars contain a total of about 10 ingredients and taste better than any protein bar on the market. And let me tell you – I have suffered through them all. Quest Bars are a dense, chewy bar that tastes simply amazing. I was especially surprised that they were very filling. I ate one on-the-go and it carried me through a good 2 to 3 hours of running errands and shopping.  The ingredient list is missing a few things, and I think you’ll be pleased. There is no sugar alcohols, no soy, no glycerin, no trans fats and no gluten. It’s also free of large, intimidating ingredients that you’d have to look up to understand what you were actually eating. It seriously doesn’t get any simpler than whey/milk protein, chicory root fiber, almond butter, dry roasted almonds, raw almonds, water, natural flavors, sea salt, lo han guo, and sucralose.

I realize that some may not know what lo han guo is. I didn’t either, so I looked it up. Turns out it’s a fruit from the siraitia grosvenorii plant in China. When used as a sweetener it has no impact on blood sugar and is non-caloric. It appears to be much like stevia.

Quest Bars are available in two different flavors – Vanilla Almond Crunch and Peanut Butter Supreme. Both flavors are phenomenal and I intend to keep a stash here at the Dungan household, although I may have to hide them from my family since they all love them too. Currently they can only be purchased online.

Nutritional Information Per Bar - Peanut Butter Supreme

  • Serving Size 1 bar (60g)
  • Servings Per Container 1
  • Calories 220
  • Calories from Fat 100
  • Total Fat 11g
  • Saturated Fat 1.5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol <5mg
  • Sodium 320mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 20g*
  • Dietary Fiber 15g*
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 20g

Ingredients: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate), Chicory Root Fiber, Peanut Butter, Dry Roasted Almonds, Water, Raw Almonds, Peanuts, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Lo Han Guo, Sucralose.

*Only 5g non-fiber carbs (from nuts, not sugar).

I heartily give this product 5 stars, a few smoldering glances, and my phone number. I have a serious crush on them.

Disclosure: I was provided this product free of charge in order to review it. It in no way affected my opinion of the product.
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  • Beth

    I agree! I ordered some free bars and thought they were delicious! I was so eager to find a low carb protein bar with “real” ingredients and here they are!

  • Chris Feix

    I like this in theory but I’m a little concerned about the sodium levels. 320mgs? The Atkins bars that Lana and I are on are absolutely delightful. Taste is as good as a Snickers (and that’s not dieter delusion, it’s real, try them). But most of all the numbers look like this…
    * Serving Size 1 bar (34g)
    * Servings Per Container 1
    * Calories 130
    * Calories from Fat 70
    * Total Fat 8g
    * Saturated Fat 4g
    * Trans Fat 0g
    * Cholesterol <5mg
    * Sodium 70mg
    * Total Carbohydrate 17g*
    * Dietary Fiber 6g*
    * Sugars 1g
    * Protein 5g

    I know that the Quest bar (pound for pound) are better for you in almost every category when you consider the 34g < 60g ratio but the sodium seems outrageous. Your thoughts?

  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    These are good points Chris, but I think sodium is really a non-issue. Studies have shown that salt is a very necessary nutrient and restricting it can actually do more harm than good. Obviously there are a few exceptions to this rule, but for the average healthy person, research is showing that restriction is not necessary. The second side of this coin is that sea salts are used with Quest Bars, instead of your basic table salt. Sea salts are loaded with more magnesium and potassium.
    That being said, I’ve enjoyed the Atkins bars and think they are fine in a pinch. But they do all contain soy, which is troublesome for anyone with a history of thyroid issues, and soy has been implicated in other possible health issues that have yet to be proven or disproven at this time. So that’s just my personal take on the issue from what I’ve studied up to this point.

  • Amy_Dungan

    Thanks for the comment Beth, I agree it’s nice to find something with real ingredients. :)

  • Yaz

    I tried both flavours and found them far too salty for my taste.

  • Jennifer Eloff

    That sounds wonderful, except for the sodium level. That is the sodium level of half a wiener, I think. LOL I guess that is not too bad, but still.

  • Kathy Miller

    There are 3 low carbers in our family and we all bought these bars. Evidently the
    type of fiber does not agree with any of us- gave us terrible stomach pains! :-(
    I LOVED the idea of the ingredient list being so short as opposed to other bars.

  • http://WhatsJohnEating.com John David Hrab

    Thanks for the information. I have been looking for a good high protein bar to eat between classes and this may do the trick!

  • pam

    I got a sample in the mail today and plan to order right away.Great taste and kept me full for several hours!!!

  • Dave

    Yep, I found them to be much too salty for me, too. I had my first one yesterday and I woke up swollen and with a headache which hasn’t happened to me in nearly a year.

  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    Yikes. Sorry to hear that. Sadly, what works for one doesn’t always work for everyone.

  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    Interesting. I don’t notice a salty taste at all.

  • Bbigfrank13

    Sucralose is a dangerous substance.Not healthy

  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    I’ve yet to see any proof that Sucralose is dangerous. Some people obviously don’t react well to it, but then than can be said for anything. People are allergic to strawberries, but that doesn’t mean they are dangerous to everyone else. Until I see studies that prove otherwise, I’m not comfortable condemning a product that does seem to help many in their health/weight loss efforts.

  • cassandra

    I like them… I think they taste great!  If only they could get the cost down a little per bar… makes it expensive to buy too many of them!

  • Michael Dematto

    The nutrition facts on Quest Bars are completely false, if you count the number of grams for each ingredients listed the total is way more than the 60 grams per bar (11gr fat + 20 gr carb + 15 gr fiber + 20gr protein=66, what about moisture content and ash??). If you count the calories for fat, protein and carbs, it amounts to 260, not the 220 calories that is advertised (calories from fat: 100 + 20 gr carbs x 4=80, + 20 gr protein x4=80, total 260). These bars are full of baloney, and did I mention Splenda and Erythritol? What’s up with those two ingredients as good for you?