Supplement Superstore Reviews: Quest Protein Bars
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Protein bars are one of the most versatile, widely used functional foods on the market. They can be used to achieve various goals, including two of the most popular:
- weight/fat loss
- weight/muscle gain
Protein bars can be used as meal replacements to cut calories or additional snacks to add calories and hit protein goals. However, not everyone approves of protein bars—some people hate the taste and texture, while others say you might as well eat a candy bar with how much sugar some bars contain. So, let’s talk about one of the fastest-growing functional food companies: Quest Nutrition, and their flagship product, the Quest Protein Bar.
Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bar Review
It’s a hotly debated topic, but Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bars are arguably the best flavour they offer.
Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bar Taste
The first thing to note about the Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bar is that it, unlike many cookies and cream flavoured things, is stuffed to the brim with big chunks of those chocolate cookies with cream filling. It’s really impressive, and the cookies do indeed taste like the famous chocolate sandwich cookies you know and love.
The cookie chunks are held together by the protein bar mixture itself, and it does have a bit of a typical protein-bar taste. However, the taste isn’t unpleasant, and we’d argue that the big cookie chunks make up for that.
There’s not an overly strong aftertaste that lingers like with some other protein bars. So, it’s essentially void of all the bad parts of your average protein bar.
Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bar Texture
The texture of this Quest Protein Bar has to be talked about in two parts due to the large cookie chunks. As we mentioned, the cookies are true to the taste of a standard chocolate sandwich cookie, and the same is true for the texture. A dry, crumbly cookie with a creamy center.
The bar itself does have the thicker, tougher texture that you might expect from a protein bar. It also gives your jaw a bit of a workout to chew thoroughly before swallowing.
Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bar Overall Ranking
Overall, the Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bar earns a 9/10 from us at Supplement Superstore in terms of taste and texture. This is, by far, our favourite flavour they offer, though some of their other flavours are very tasty.
When we rank protein bars, we must take the nutritional profile into account, too. After all, you typically reach for a protein bar when you need to add more protein to your diet, not just for a sweet treat.
So, let’s look at the nutrition:
- 200 calories
- 8 grams of fat
- 21 grams of carbohydrates
- 15 grams of fibre
- 1 gram of sugar
- 2 grams of sugar alcohol
- 21 grams of protein
Quest Protein Bars provide an excellent serving in terms of protein—about as much as you expect from a protein shake or a full meal. They are relatively high in carbohydrates, but whether this is an issue or not depends on your goal when consuming them.
In addition to the carbs and protein, Quest Protein Bars offer quite a bit of fibre, and only a small amount of sugar. There’s one thing to point out here, and it’s the sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohols have become somewhat controversial.
What are Sugar Alcohols?
Sugar alcohols are categorized as sweet carbohydrates. However, they act similarly to fibre within the digestive tract because they are resistant to digestion. The molecules are essentially a hybrid between a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule—they don’t contain alcohol in the get-you-drunk sense, but they share a similar chemical structure to sugar.
The chemical structure means they activate the sweet taste bud receptors in your mouth, and unlike artificial flavours, they do contain some calories, albeit far fewer than in traditional sugar.
There are several common kinds of sugar alcohols, including:
Are Sugar Alcohols Bad for You?
Artificial sweeteners have a bad reputation thanks to their links to various health conditions and diseases. However, sugar alcohols are different, and experts agree that they’re safe, even over long-term use.
There are even some health benefits, including:
- prebiotic properties
- stronger bones
- healthier skin
The downfall is that consuming a lot of sugar alcohols in a short amount of time can lead to digestive upset like bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Sugar alcohols also tend to taste “fake” if you’re used to natural sugars. It’s also worth noting that xylitol, in even tiny amounts, can kill your dog. So, keep all xylitol-containing protein bars and snacks out of your dog’s reach.
Our Take on Sugar Alcohols
Sugar alcohols, like everything, are great in moderation—especially if you’re trying to reduce your sugar intake. However, if you’re trying to cut your sugar cravings, that’s another story.
Sugar alcohols and things sweetened with them (like Quest Protein Bars) are extremely sweet, and while the sweetness doesn’t affect your blood and insulin levels the way sugar does, it’s not going to help you stop craving sugar and sweetness. In fact, some argue that it can make your cravings more intense.
Who is Quest Nutrition?
Quest Nutrition is the brand behind Quest Protein Bars and all the other protein-packed, functional food snacks. Quest is on a mission to create great-tasting, protein-filled snack foods and sweet treats that work for your body the same way any other meal does.
Protein bars can be a great addition to your nutrition, whether you’re looking to increase your protein intake or decrease your overall calorie consumption. Quest Protein Bars are a great option for those looking to try a new protein bar.
Quest also offers “healthier” cookies, chips, and pizzas, and while we’re all for functional foods, we’re not totally behind the whole “healthier junk food” trend. We believe in food freedom, which can’t necessarily be achieved when we continue the notion that certain foods are good or bad. Food doesn’t equate morality, and you should feel free to consume anything you want without guilt about not being “healthy.”