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Quest Bars

Quest Bars

People who try to watch their carb intake are always on the lookout for a decent grab-and-go protein bar. Because most of the commercial offerings are loaded with either artificial or other poor quality ingredients or have too many sugars (most “all-natural” bars), it’s hard to find a product that makes the grade. The Quest bar is a favorite. They have several different varieties sporting different ingredient profiles, but a few of them are truly excellent. Here are the ingredients for the chocolate peanut butter bar: whey and milk protein isolates, isomalto-oligosaccharides (a natural prebiotic fiber almost identical to chicory root, but without the gastric distress), peanut butter, water, erythritol, cocoa, peanuts, naturals flavors, sea salt, lo han guo and stevia. Lo han guo is an Asian herb that is extremely sweet. Extracts from the plant are two to three hundred times sweeter than sugar with a glycemic load of zero. It’s comparable to stevia.
This bar is 160 calories, with 5 grams of fat, 25 of carb (including 17 grams fiber and 5 grams sugar alcohol, so net of 3) and 20 grams of protein. It is satisfyingly dense and chewy and the flavor is great, more like a candy treat than a cardboard protein bar. Like any processed food, Quest bars aren’t perfect, but in a pinch it’s on a par with the best I’ve seen for combined nutrient balance, ingredient quality and taste. Try it and see what you think.

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