Quest Bars, how bad are they?

Answered on July 28, 2015
Created December 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM

I eat about 1 a day with a banana after a workout. I know they're not paleo but they are the cleanest protein bars on the market. How bad are they?

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on July 28, 2015
at 11:28 PM

OK SO I too was into these bars for a little while. I had a Quest bar stint if you will. If you tolerate whey isolate, the bars are (in my opinion) a harmless and satisfyingly chewy way to get a punch of protein when you don't have a steak dinner in your back pocket. However the company is (and this is brand new news) SNEAKILY replacing its main ingredient (isomalto-oligosaccharides--basically pure fiber that tastes sweet) with soluble corn fiber. BOOOO. I was going to switch over to making them at home anyway because those little bars are way overpriced. But still, I'm disappointed in Quest Nutrition. I saw a comment on Mark Sisson's site about a brand of IMO called "FiberYum" that derives the stuff from tapioca, which makes it even more paleo. Mix it up with a clean whey protein powder and real-food flavoring of your choosing. I was partial to the cinnamon bun flavor which is one of the few that uses only stevia & erythritol as sweeteners. I suspect Quest's delicious variety of flavors relies heavily on somewhat processed versions of elusive "natural flavors" (I HATE seeing that on labels!) so it might be difficult but I'm sure I'll come up with some tasty recipes soon. All you do is nuke some of the IMO syrup, mix the ingredients together, and shape. I'm a sucker for the chewiness of those things. You could make healthy Tootsie Rolls if you wanted.


on December 11, 2014
at 01:02 PM

I've had many-a-Quest-bar and they are yummy and addictive.  I was having one about every day for awhile after a workout but I found I gained a couple of pounds and was just trying to eat better so I ditched them.  There is one flavour that, I think, is better than the rest in terms of sweeteners.  I think it might be the chocolate chunk one or the brownie one.  Whichever it is, it's sweetended with erythritol which, I've read, is better than other sweeteners and doesn't raise insulin levels.  Just my opinion, of course.


on December 10, 2014
at 07:09 PM

Honestly..I think you'll be ok with Quest bars but definitely stay away from other big brand protein bars. Personally, I've had Quest bars and if I have to have a bar I go with that one.

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