Well, let’s not pretend that we all haven’t bought some bullshit, junk-filled “protein bar” cause we were either too lazy to make real food, or in a rush, or in a bind. Whatever the case may be, we have all eaten protein bars which claim to be great for losing weight, but when you look at the ingredient label, you are disgusted with the lies. Most protein bars (and we say “protein” extremely loosely!) are filled with sugars or whack oils or other shit carbs that are counterproductive. What the hell is the point?! There isn’t one, dammit! Those companies are out for money and to fool the general public. Yes, yes they are. But then enters Quest Nutrition into our lives. We must all pay homage to this company!
Why are Quest Bars so damn special and what’s do damn good about them? Well boy oh boy, are we gonna get into that! We are going to breakdown each and every ingredient and discuss why it’s good for you, and why Quest Bars are THE protein bars to eat, if you are going to eat protein bars! Just take a look at the ingredient label from these popular flavors and see for yourselves…
Pretty awesome!! Low in calories – Low in carbs – Clean ingredient list
What makes Quest Bars so awesome and good for you is the ingredient list. These are the only bars out there with an ingredient list so clean…
WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE
We know all about the value and quality of a good protein source, since you guys have read our Protein Manifesto. No need to go into too much detail about whey, since you can read about it by clicking the above link…
MILK PROTEIN ISOLATE
Again, The Protein Manifesto will go in depth about the various forms of protein out there, and why milk protein is a great, quality protein source!
IMO FIBER (ISOMALTO-OLIGOSACCHARIDES)
Whew, that was a mouthful, eh? You might be thinking that since this is such a long word and hard to pronounce, it must be some manufactured shit, right? Can’t say I blame you, but it isn’t! IMO Fiber is a natural prebiotic plant fiber. Prebiotics are fibers that ferment in your intestines, and are needed by the body. Direct from QuestNutrition.com:
Some of you might read the ingredients of our beloved Quest Bars and wonder: Wait a second, what’s this long word I can’t pronounce?!?! Well, as explained on the label, it is a natural prebiotic plant fiber.
Well, what does that mean, and why is it good for me?!?! There are multiple benefits of isomalto-oligosaccharides (IMO), and I’m here to explain a few!
Prebiotics are natural fibers that ferment in the gut and create an optimal environment for probiotics (the good bacteria in your gut that help digest foods and fight off illness-causing bacteria) to live in. There has actually been a study showing that even if you supplement probiotics, without a diet high enough in fermentable fiber, the good bacteria will ultimately not have a suitable place to “live”, and will be rendered ineffective1. Talk about “waste”ing your money….HA!
One of the great things about this particular prebiotic fiber (a form of oligosaccharides) is that it has been proven to be the least gastric-stress-causing fiber2 out of most of the commercially available fibers. This is great, because no one likes to walk around with the bubble-guts!
On any Quest Bar label, you are sure to find Almond Butter and / or Peanut Butter as a staple ingredient. Nut butters are low in carbs, and contain tons of healthy, lean fats. Not to mention, nut butters provide the perfect texture to these delicious protein bars!
Almonds, peanuts, and cashews are also often found as staple ingredients in Quest Bars. As we all know, nuts contain a great source of proteins, vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats!
Not much to explain about this one – gives these bars their unique taste that keeps you coming back for more!
THE SWEET STUFF
If you’ve ever eaten a Quest Bar, then you are surely left wondering how they can taste as good as a candy bar, but contain virtually NO sugar. Well, it’s because the natural sweeteners that are used. Let’s take a look, pulled right from Quest’s website:
– Lo Han Guo
A plant that’s been used as a sweetener in China for over 1,000 years. It only takes a TINY amount as it’s 300 times sweeter than sugar.
Stevia is an herb in the Chrysanthemum family which grows wild as a small shrub in many parts of the world. The glycosides in its leaves, account for its sweetness and it has been used as a sweetener in many countries for many years.
Though a sugar alcohol by nature, Erythritol is not the same as other sugar alcohols…
While Erythritol is classified as a sugar alcohol it is ENTIRELY different than all of the others. It does not upset stomachs, it contains only 0.2 calories per gram and has little to no impact on blood sugar. We know it’s important to give you control over your nutrition which is why select QuestBars are sweetened with Stevia and Erythritol, and our Original Line is sweetened with Sucralose.
Sucralose is generally recognized as the best artificial sweetener available. It’s over 600 times sweeter than sugar so it’s used in almost microscopic amounts.
Soooo…. convinced yet?! You damn well better be. Quest Bars are by far one of the very best protein supplements you can throw into your regime. These bars are all natural, absolutely delicious, and tremendous for your body composition and overall health! Take a look below at the flavor favorites approved of by Gone Liftin’ …
Enjoy the lip-lickin’ goodness!!!