Some would argue that Quest protein bars are the best protein bars ever and others would disagree.
There are plenty of reason to love and hate them, depending on your diet, textures you like, consistency of the bars, flavours available and ingredients used.
There are literally hundreds of different protein bars available to buy. All made with different ingredients, having different macros and prices.
First, we're going to look at a Quest protein bar and what makes it what it is and then see what other protein bars have similarities to it.
What Makes A Quest Protein Bar
Not all Quest protein bars are the same, there flavours are not just the only differences you will find, here we look in to their nutritional info so we can find similar protein bars.
Quest protein bars are one of the most popular protein bars available in the United States but are they best for you? Below we break down everything about these protein bars and look at alternatives. If you want to look for alternatives yourself, head on over to the food discovery tool to search, filter and compare hundreds of sports supple
Cost Of Quest Bars
Most Quest bars can be bought online for less than $2.08 a bar, this is the RRP price of each protein bar. Buying in bulk and when on sale can drop this down.
All of the Quest bars are safe for vegetarians and are gluten free. Unfortunately vegans can't have them because of the whey used as the main protein ingredient.
Size And Weight
Each bar is 60grams in weight and the usual pocketable size of a protein bar and energy bar.
Quest protein bars have between 180 and 200 calories per bar and a calories per gram of 3 to 3.33calories per gram of weight. This is their calorie density and is a number we have worked out so that you can compare every food in the discovery tool objectively.
Each Quest bar has between 20 and 21grams of whey protein.
Giving them a protein per gram of 0.33g, this equates to 33% of the protein bar being made of protein.
The bars have between 21 and 25grams of carbs.
This works out at a range of 0.35 to 0.40g carbs per gram of food.
In percentage this is 35-40% of a Quest protein bar is carbs, depending on it's flavour.
The bars have between 14 and 15g of fiber per bar, depending on the flavour.
This works out at 0.23 to 0.25g of fiber per gram, which is 23 - 25% of each bar is fiber.
Fats vary quite a bit in Quest protein bars, depending on the flavour you are looking at between 5 and 9grams of fats per bar.
In the fats per gram this is 0.08 to 0.15g of fats per gram, which is 8 - 15% of a bars content being fat based.
Sugars have between 3 an 7grams in each bar, depending on the flavour. They actually advertise less than this on their nutritional info, but we include added sugars and alcohols as part of this section.
They use Erythritol as the main sugar source through most protein bars and some other ingredients do add small amounts of sugar as well.
You will find the range between 0.05 and 0.12g of sugar per gram in a Quest protein bar, which equates to 5 and 12% of the bar.
The bars have between 180mg and 280mg of sodium which is 3 to 4.67mg of sodium per gram of food.
Protein Blend (Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate), Soluble Corn Fiber, Erythritol, Water, Palm Kernel Oil, Almonds, Natural Flavors, Sodium Caseinate. Contains less than 2% of the following: Sea Salt, Gum Arabic, Spirulina Extract (Color), Red Cabbage Extract (Color), Turmeric Extract (Color), Radish Extract (Color), Sucralose, Sunflower Lecithin.
Comparing Quest Protein Bars With All Other Protein Bars
How well do Quest bars compare to hundreds of other protein bars? Lets find out!
Comparing The Price
In regards to price and cost of each bar, they RRP at just over $2.08. Out of 143 protein bars in the database and a range of $1 to $3.50 for the entire protein bar catalogue they are in the cheapest half of the list.
To summarise, Quest bars are not the cheapest, nor are they the most expensive, there are plenty of cheaper options if price is your concern.
Comparing The Calorie Density
The range of calories in protein bars goes from 1.86calories per gram through to and over 5 calories per gram.
Quest bars come in at 9th and 10th on the list of 143 protein bars with just 3 calories per gram.
If you're looking for a protein bar with low calories, it would be hard to beat the Quest bars, as only 8 others come in with smaller calorie densities.
To summarise, you will find it hard to beat a Quest protein bar if you're looking for a low calorie protein bar.
Comparing The Protein Density
The range of protein in protein bars goes from 0.15g with the most having 0.42g of protein per gram of food. Where does the Quest bars sit in this range?
Quest does really well in this area and out of the 143 protein bars they around found from 13th best in protein density, having 0.35g of protein per gram. This equates to 35% of the bar being protein.
To summarise, Quest bars have a high density of protein and are amongst the best in this area. If you're looking for a different protein type though, either non dairy or plant based, there are other options with just as high a protein density.
Comparing The Carb Density
The carbs range from 0.02g of carbs per gram through to 0.74g for the most. Quest bars actually vary quite a bit in this comparison depending on the flavour of the bar you choose.
They range from 0.35g to 0.42g of carbs per gram, this means that in the range of 143 protein bars they appear just under half way in the list.
If you're looking for a protein bar with less carbs you can do much better and if you want carbs for energy that can be used right away, there are many other options.
To summarise, if you want a high or low carb protein bar, you can do better than the Quest bars.
Comparing The Fiber Density
Fiber goes from 0.52g of fiber per gram to 0, depending on the protein bar in our growing list of foods.
Where does the Quest bars come in this range?
Quest do quite well if you're looking for a protein bar with high fiber. They come in at 8th and after depending on the flavour.
To summarise, If you want a high fiber protein bar, Quest are one of the best comparing them to nearly 150 other protein bars in our database.
Comparing The Fats Density
Fats range from absolute zero through to 0.35g of fats per gram, which is equivalent to a 35% fat content in a bar.
Quest vary quite a lot depending on the flavour, going from 0.08g through to 0.15g of fat per gram. Even with this variance in the flavours they are all still less than half and in the lower end of the list of fats in protein bars.
If you're looking for more fats in a protein bar, you can definitely improve upon this and if fats are not your thing there are a few options which do better but not by much.
To summarise, if you want more fats, you can do much better than Quest bars which have low amounts compared to most others.
Comparing Sugar Density With Other Protein Bars
Protein bars have a range of 0g through to 0.45g of sugar per gram. Out of 143 protein bars the Quest bars do really well, coming up in the bottom half with a small amount of sugar.
They actually advertise on their nutritional label they have less than 1 or 2g of sugar in each bar, because they use erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol and this is not categorised in a nutritional label as a sugar.
To summarise, Quest protein bars have very little sugar so you'll find it hard to improve upon. But if you want naturally occuring sugars, found in fruits or have problems with sugar alcohols like erythritol then you will have to look elsewhere. Some sugar alcohols cause stomach issues and not everyone agrees with them, so other options will have to be looked at.
Comparing Sodium Density
Protein bars have between 0.06mg and 12.61mg of sodium per gram of foods. Quest come in exactly half way in this list with 4.67mg of sodium per gram. Their density of sodium isn't small but it isn't a lot either.
If you're looking for less or more, you can improve upon Quest bars quite a bit. This is a good option to look elsewhere if you want to either reduce your sodium intake because you're having too much or if you need to look for more because you are exercising a lot and losing sodium when you sweat.
To summarise, you can improve upon a Quest bar if sodium is one of your main requirements when looking.