Saturday, October 27, 2012

Quest Protein Bars: A Full Review

Note: after my initial post about Quest Protein Bars, the company graciously sent me a box with one of every one of their flavours to do a full review. When the company contacted me, I informed them that I will accept the box, if they remained fully aware that I will post my positive and negative opinions of the product. The company agreed, and were super friendly about it. The product arrived from California well packaged in less than 4 days. Speedy shipping and great service!!

So! I love this product for the most part. My rating system will be pretty simple, they all have relatively the same ingredients so I will base my ratings solely on the flavour of each different bar. I have had the same outcome on my blood sugars/hunger for each bar so I don't think I need to explain what happened with each bar.

My rating for the flavours will be out of five stars :) The single stars are the flavours that I actually didn't want to finish. I didn't enjoy them at all. The 2 stars a I finished but wasn't a huge fan, 3 stars means I somewhat enjoyed it and 4 and 5 means I thoroughly enjoyed them, with 5 being the ones that I have bought again.

Vanilla Almond Crunch : *****
Chocolate Peanut Butter: ****
Coconut Cashew:*****
Lemon Cream Pie:****
Apple Pie:**
Cinnimon Roll:***
Chocolate Brownie:**
Strawberry Cheesecake:**
Mixed Berry Bliss:*
Peanut Butter Supreme:*
Peanut Butter and Jelly:****

These bars are not cheap. On the Quest website they are $2.39 each. In the local nutrition store they are $3.59 each, but in my opinion, they are a totally worthy meal replacement. They are gluten free, high fiber and low carb. Anyone who has tried to get me to drink a protein shake or eat a protein bar (HI MOM!) Knows that I hate the stuff. I hate food that tastes fake, and I am  I hate when I can taste artificial sweeteners and artificial flavours and my pallet is very sensitive to those. The one stars above tasted very fake to me.

The fibre content is 17g across the board, and the fibre comes from IMO. Here's what the QUEST site says about the type of fibre they use:

In order for Quest Bars to be usable as a complete meal, we wanted to ensure that they contained enough fiber to really matter. Almost every ounce of carbohydrate in our bars comes from fiber, which will keep your insulin levels low and your stomach satisfied. Fiber has been shown to do many things such as controlling hunger, improving digestive health and preventing certain diseases.
IMO is a 100% natural fiber derived from plant sources that is very similar to the better known chicory root fiber. The two fiber sources are almost identical in taste, feel and texture but with one minor exception: IMO does not cause any intestinal upset whatsoever even for people with very sensitive stomachs. We use it to make sure that Quest bars can be complete meals for use whenever you want something convenient.

I do find myself extremely full after eating one of these. I ate them most commonly as breakfast since eating carbs in the morning tends to destroy my bgs. The low carb content combined with the high fiber and high protein (20g) made for an absolutely delicious meal that helped my blood sugars stabilize at a time that I was seriously struggling with dawn phenomenon.

They are gluten free too! I am not celiac or gluten sensitive as far as I know, so this normally doesn't mean a lot to me, but this was definitely a big deal to my pal who came to visit awhile ago. He was hungry and I offered him one of these for breakfast (strawberry cheesecake) and he LOVED it. He loved it so much he kept his wrapper to buy more. Where the diabetes community is prone to digestive issues, these bars are great for us! They are easy on the stomach, mostly delicious, and digestible.

As for my favourite: a definite toss up between vanilla almond and coconut cashew. I love nuts and I love vanilla, and I love coconut so these flavours just made sense for me. I have them stashed in my purse, my lunch bag, desk at work, gym bag, bicycle paniers....everywhere.

I highly suggest these if you're active or struggling with post meal highs. It may take a few tries to get a flavour that you really like, but like any food that is actually good for you......that's how it is.

Over all I give Quest Protein Bars a 4/5 stars.

1 comment:

  1. I am curious. What impact did it have on your blood sugar? I have heard that it can lead to so e sharp bg spikes.