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Are Quest Bars considered Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 13, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Hi

I have heard these bars are ok for those who follow a fairly strict paleo diet

http://www.questproteinbar.com/

Just wondering what experience people have had with them.

Have you found them a good meal replacement?

Do they make you crave more sugar?

Is the dairy in the whey in anyway detrimental if you are following strict no grain/no dairy paelo?

Thank you!

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on September 13, 2012
at 05:25 AM

But who funded that study? The Sugar Assoc knows which side of the bread is buttered. They've been sponsoring studies like that on Stevia, Splenda, Aspartame, Sugar Alcohol, etc. The important thing here is to realize that individual responses to artifical sweeteners are highly variable. Most can tolerate them alright; but a few have severe reactions. The noisy minority always shuts out the silent majority. I have no problems with any of them. So do everyone that I know. But the ones I hear from are those with allergic reactions.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 16, 2011
at 07:04 PM

If on the other hand, I were munching on something bland, I would hardly go through a bag. It's the combination of salt, spicyness, i.e., palatability, that seems to be almost manufactured. Somehow, I doubt that the ingredients are just fried pork skins and salt.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 16, 2011
at 07:01 PM

I had a few bags lying around in my car and during those long afternoon stretches between lunch and supper, when I wouldn't be home, I would munch on a few, then a whole bag, then 2 bags. It's definitely hyperpalatable: it's a Paleo versionof Dorito's. Try a few when ur hungry -- u'll go through a bag quicky, and another bag. It's similar to Guyenet's "food reward" theory and I think more convincing is Seth Robert's "Shangri La Diet" -- in this case, not so much the smell but the taste: the salty taste just registers in your brain and u become addicted to it.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on October 15, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Would you still eat regular meals or just freaking pork rinds? Wow. I like a few here and there but wouldn't ever find the whole bag to be appealing. Thanks for the info on the frying to you both. Might need to dig some up for the ballgames this afternoon.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:37 PM

It initially felt filling when I had a few. But I bought 10 bags and left them around the house and I went through 3 bags in 1 day and 2 bags in 30 minutes. And when I ran out, I woudl drive 25 miles to the store to get some more (very few stores carry them). That tells you, it's definitely addictive and I decided I need to nip this pork crack rinds in the bud.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on October 14, 2011
at 12:24 PM

I actually emailed them and asked in what they're fried. the response was that they're fried "in their own juices" -- pork fat. i seem to have the opposite response -- i feel stuffed after just a few. hmmm

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78407)

on October 14, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Great quote :) keep it up

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:10 PM

That's supposed to be pemmican. According to Loren Cordain, they cause atherosclerosis.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:07 PM

Presumably they're fried in bacon grease (SaFA), so no PUFA nor trans fats. However, the problem is that they're just too HYPERPALATABLE. I thought only carb-rich snacks were like that; wrong, you can have HYPERPALATABLE 100% fat snacks. I would wolf down 4 bags in a day and that was 3200 kcal. Plus the fact that it's fried, which isn't as good as something steamed, boiled, broiled, or raw, no matter what it's fried in. If anyone wants to test "metabolic advantage" it's easy to do w/pork rinds. U'll realize that calories do matter, esp. if you go over 4,000 calories.

E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

(2226)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:06 PM

@tonysolo, I think it depends on the execution of each.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:14 PM

But they were chocolate-covered quail eggs with the creamy nougat center.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on October 13, 2011
at 06:08 PM

I know it's not the point of this question, but I presume these are friend in an oil of some sort? Any clue what kind? I could use a calorie bump...

C2ad96801ec1e22d2bf62475b6e52751

(1416)

on October 13, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Which is worse, a protein bar or tired reenactment-inspired sarcasm?

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 13, 2011
at 02:04 PM

I used to pig out on Frito Lay's Baken ETS, since it has zero carbs, no artificial ingredients. However, it's 800 cal per bag and I'm not sated until I finish two. That's 1600 calories. My metabolic advantage, since I'm on a 150g carb diet, stops at 3500 calories, as I consume about 2400, sans pork rinds. I gained 5 lbs, all in the abdomen. The problem here is food reward: too addictive, too tasty, too oinky and too fried. Decided I just don't need them. http://www.fritolay.com/our-snacks/baken-ets-traditional.html

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on October 13, 2011
at 12:46 PM

curious about why you've given up pork rinds? I've just discovered them and have used them for a snack once a week or so.

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on October 13, 2011
at 10:00 AM

are they the ones Jimmy moore peddles in his podcast for sponsorship?

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on October 13, 2011
at 02:28 AM

Any food that's processed, like these are, is generally not considered paleo.

Anything with dairy, like these have, is not really considered paleo.

Anything with added sweeteners, like these have, is definitely not considered paleo.

Anything with legumes (peanuts), as these have, is absolutely not paleo.

These are NOT a meal replacement.

These are not paleo.

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Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2544)

on October 13, 2011
at 02:13 AM

This is the difference between low carb Paleo and Aktins .... Low carb paleo is about WHOLE FOOD. This why it is superior to aktins and works better. It's not just a diet, it's a lifestyle.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78407)

on October 14, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Great quote :) keep it up

5
E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12867)

on October 13, 2011
at 12:45 AM

They are junk........

3
Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25467)

on October 13, 2011
at 01:52 AM

Not by me......

2
E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

(2226)

on October 13, 2011
at 04:30 PM

Our ancestors have been eating Quest Bars for hundreds of thousands of years.

No, wait, I'm thinking of quail eggs. Never mind.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:14 PM

But they were chocolate-covered quail eggs with the creamy nougat center.

C2ad96801ec1e22d2bf62475b6e52751

(1416)

on October 13, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Which is worse, a protein bar or tired reenactment-inspired sarcasm?

E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

(2226)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:06 PM

@tonysolo, I think it depends on the execution of each.

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B6400137b7a50279de74a24a2e08ae7f

on September 13, 2012
at 01:32 AM

The sucralose is the biggest offender IMO. They claim it's the safest sweetener but an animal study by Duke showed otherwise and from an anecdotal standpoint, splenda makes me feel sick in ways that stevia & even erythritol never do.

"a Duke University study conducted on rats (funded by The Sugar Association[21]) shows that at sucralose consumption levels of 1.1 mg/kg (below the FDA 'safe' level) to 11 mg/kg, throughout a 12-week administration of Splenda exerted numerous adverse effects, including reduction in beneficial fecal microflora, increased fecal pH, and enhanced expression levels of P-gp, CYP3A4, and CYP2D1, which are known to limit the bioavailability of nutrients and orally administered drugs.[22]" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splenda

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on September 13, 2012
at 05:25 AM

But who funded that study? The Sugar Assoc knows which side of the bread is buttered. They've been sponsoring studies like that on Stevia, Splenda, Aspartame, Sugar Alcohol, etc. The important thing here is to realize that individual responses to artifical sweeteners are highly variable. Most can tolerate them alright; but a few have severe reactions. The noisy minority always shuts out the silent majority. I have no problems with any of them. So do everyone that I know. But the ones I hear from are those with allergic reactions.

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3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

on October 13, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Here is a better alternative:

Boil and mash some sweet potatoes.

Mix with some crushed Brazil nuts, unsweented cocoa powder, cinnamon, blueberries, and cranberries. Mix 1 tbsp of coconut oil or some coconut milk, and heat up in microwave.

Spray some Stevia powder or liquid Stevia. You basically have a sweet potato pie or a filling.

This is my dessert from now on, after giving up protein bars and pork rinds for good.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on October 13, 2011
at 12:46 PM

curious about why you've given up pork rinds? I've just discovered them and have used them for a snack once a week or so.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 13, 2011
at 02:04 PM

I used to pig out on Frito Lay's Baken ETS, since it has zero carbs, no artificial ingredients. However, it's 800 cal per bag and I'm not sated until I finish two. That's 1600 calories. My metabolic advantage, since I'm on a 150g carb diet, stops at 3500 calories, as I consume about 2400, sans pork rinds. I gained 5 lbs, all in the abdomen. The problem here is food reward: too addictive, too tasty, too oinky and too fried. Decided I just don't need them. http://www.fritolay.com/our-snacks/baken-ets-traditional.html

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:07 PM

Presumably they're fried in bacon grease (SaFA), so no PUFA nor trans fats. However, the problem is that they're just too HYPERPALATABLE. I thought only carb-rich snacks were like that; wrong, you can have HYPERPALATABLE 100% fat snacks. I would wolf down 4 bags in a day and that was 3200 kcal. Plus the fact that it's fried, which isn't as good as something steamed, boiled, broiled, or raw, no matter what it's fried in. If anyone wants to test "metabolic advantage" it's easy to do w/pork rinds. U'll realize that calories do matter, esp. if you go over 4,000 calories.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on October 14, 2011
at 12:24 PM

I actually emailed them and asked in what they're fried. the response was that they're fried "in their own juices" -- pork fat. i seem to have the opposite response -- i feel stuffed after just a few. hmmm

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on October 13, 2011
at 06:08 PM

I know it's not the point of this question, but I presume these are friend in an oil of some sort? Any clue what kind? I could use a calorie bump...

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 16, 2011
at 07:04 PM

If on the other hand, I were munching on something bland, I would hardly go through a bag. It's the combination of salt, spicyness, i.e., palatability, that seems to be almost manufactured. Somehow, I doubt that the ingredients are just fried pork skins and salt.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:37 PM

It initially felt filling when I had a few. But I bought 10 bags and left them around the house and I went through 3 bags in 1 day and 2 bags in 30 minutes. And when I ran out, I woudl drive 25 miles to the store to get some more (very few stores carry them). That tells you, it's definitely addictive and I decided I need to nip this pork crack rinds in the bud.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on October 15, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Would you still eat regular meals or just freaking pork rinds? Wow. I like a few here and there but wouldn't ever find the whole bag to be appealing. Thanks for the info on the frying to you both. Might need to dig some up for the ballgames this afternoon.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 16, 2011
at 07:01 PM

I had a few bags lying around in my car and during those long afternoon stretches between lunch and supper, when I wouldn't be home, I would munch on a few, then a whole bag, then 2 bags. It's definitely hyperpalatable: it's a Paleo versionof Dorito's. Try a few when ur hungry -- u'll go through a bag quicky, and another bag. It's similar to Guyenet's "food reward" theory and I think more convincing is Seth Robert's "Shangri La Diet" -- in this case, not so much the smell but the taste: the salty taste just registers in your brain and u become addicted to it.

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C2ad96801ec1e22d2bf62475b6e52751

(1416)

on October 13, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Of course not, but don't worry, you're not missing much.

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C6fabcde199b796d6969aae6956e324b

on October 13, 2011
at 05:23 PM

What about the Tanka Bar? http://www.tankabars.com/

I would love more variety in these, and a cheaper price. Maybe make some with Coconut, and dark chocolate bits (or nibs?) I am sure there are some other good ideas to make these a bit more, but less expensive than the buffalo.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:10 PM

That's supposed to be pemmican. According to Loren Cordain, they cause atherosclerosis.

0
66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on October 13, 2011
at 04:07 AM

Not paleo at all, but if you choose to eat them then you do. As I tell my son 'you better make sure the juice is worth the squeeze' ;)

Lots of people have given alternatives so I will share my 'energy bar' alternative: mix liquid coconut oil with shredded coconut and maybe some chopped dried cherries or other dried fruit or some chopped nuts, pour into a flat bottomed container, chill in fridge until solid, then cut into bite sized pieces, eat a few of these and in a few minutes great energy as your body burns the readily available good fat for energy.

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76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on October 13, 2011
at 12:17 AM

I don't eat them because of the sucralose. Someone on here said that there's a new sucralose-free version, but I haven't been able to find it. Even if sucralose-free, I'd question what they use to sweeten them now.

I think it's best to train your taste buds to not want that sweetness at all.

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