Alternatives To Quest Bars

Alternatives To Quest Bars
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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.

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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.

Diet

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.

Calories

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.

Protein

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.

Carbs

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.

Fiber

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

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.

Sugar

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.

Sodium

The bars have between 180mg and 280mg of sodium which is 3 to 4.67mg of sodium per gram of food.

Ingredients

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.

 

Similar Protein Bars To Quest

In this table we have filtered the growing database of hundreds of protein bars to find bars which are as similar to Quest Protein Bars as possible.

  • As above, Quest bars have between 5 and 9 grams of fats, so in the table below we have limited the results to all protein bars which have the same range of fats.
  • The table has been filtered to only show vegetarian and gluten free protein bars
  • We have filtered the results to only show bars which have between 170 and 210 calories
  • All bars have a protein amount of between 19 and 22grams
  • You will find all bars have between 20 and 26grams of carbs

We have left out sugar and sodium filtering as that resulted in very few results, but we feel that the results below are still very similar to Quest protein bars.

You will find One protein bars, Muscle Pharm, No Cow, Nutrativa, Select and Costco's Kirkland protein bars are all very similar to those of Quest.

Diet Flavors Serving weight Fats Calories Protein Carbs Fiber Fats Sugars Sodium
1 One Birthday Cake Protein Bar One Birthday Cake Protein Bar vegetarian birthday cake, cake 60 grams 7.00g 210calories 20.00g 22.00g 9.00g 7.00g 5.00g 140.00mg
2 Muscle Pharm Combat Crunch Chocolate Cake Protein Bar Muscle Pharm Combat Crunch Chocolate Cake Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate cake, chocolate 63 grams 7.00g 210calories 20.00g 25.00g 12.00g 7.00g 5.00g 159.00mg
3 Muscle Pharm Combat Crunch Chocolate Cake Protein Bar Muscle Pharm Combat Crunch Chocolate Cake Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate cake, chocolate 63 grams 7.00g 210calories 20.00g 25.00g 12.00g 7.00g 5.00g 159.00mg
4 No Cow Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Protein Bar No Cow Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian chocolate, chocolate chip, peanut butter 60 grams 6.00g 200calories 20.00g 25.00g 18.00g 6.00g 5.00g 190.00mg
5 No Cow Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Protein Bar No Cow Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian chocolate, chocolate chip, peanut butter 60 grams 6.00g 200calories 20.00g 25.00g 18.00g 6.00g 5.00g 190.00mg
6 No Cow Lemon Meringue Pie Protein Bar No Cow Lemon Meringue Pie Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian lemon pie, lemon 60 grams 5.00g 200calories 22.00g 24.00g 17.00g 5.00g 5.00g 220.00mg
7 No Cow Lemon Meringue Pie Protein Bar No Cow Lemon Meringue Pie Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian lemon pie, lemon 60 grams 5.00g 200calories 22.00g 24.00g 17.00g 5.00g 5.00g 220.00mg
8 No Cow Blueberry Cobbler Protein Bar No Cow Blueberry Cobbler Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian blueberry 60 grams 5.00g 200calories 22.00g 25.00g 18.00g 5.00g 5.00g 220.00mg
9 No Cow Blueberry Cobbler Protein Bar No Cow Blueberry Cobbler Protein Bar gluten free, vegan, vegetarian blueberry 60 grams 5.00g 200calories 22.00g 25.00g 18.00g 5.00g 5.00g 220.00mg
10 Nutrativa Chocolate Caramel Almond Whey Protein Bar Nutrativa Chocolate Caramel Almond Whey Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate, caramel, almond 50 grams 5.00g 170calories 19.00g 20.00g 5.00g 5.00g 4.00g 45.00mg
11 Nutrativa Chocolate Caramel Almond Whey Protein Bar Nutrativa Chocolate Caramel Almond Whey Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate, caramel, almond 50 grams 5.00g 170calories 19.00g 20.00g 5.00g 5.00g 4.00g 45.00mg
12 Select White Chocolate Raspberry Protein Bar Select White Chocolate Raspberry Protein Bar vegetarian white chocolate, raspberry 60 grams 7.00g 210calories 19.00g 26.00g 12.00g 7.00g 11.00g 150.00mg
13 Kirkland Signature Cinnamon Roll Protein Bar Kirkland Signature Cinnamon Roll Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian cinnamon 60 grams 6.00g 180calories 21.00g 24.00g 15.00g 6.00g 7.00g 170.00mg
14 Kirkland Signature Cinnamon Roll Protein Bar Kirkland Signature Cinnamon Roll Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian cinnamon 60 grams 6.00g 180calories 21.00g 24.00g 15.00g 6.00g 7.00g 170.00mg
15 Kirkland Signature Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar Kirkland Signature Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate chip, chocolate, cookie dough 60 grams 7.00g 190calories 21.00g 22.00g 15.00g 7.00g 5.00g 190.00mg
16 Kirkland Signature Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar Kirkland Signature Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate chip, chocolate, cookie dough 60 grams 7.00g 190calories 21.00g 22.00g 15.00g 7.00g 5.00g 190.00mg
17 Kirkland Signature Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Protein Bar Kirkland Signature Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate, peanut butter 60 grams 6.00g 190calories 21.00g 23.00g 15.00g 6.00g 6.00g 250.00mg
18 Kirkland Signature Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Protein Bar Kirkland Signature Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate, peanut butter 60 grams 6.00g 190calories 21.00g 23.00g 15.00g 6.00g 6.00g 250.00mg
19 Kirkland Signature Chocolate Brownie Protein Bar Kirkland Signature Chocolate Brownie Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate, brownie 60 grams 7.00g 190calories 21.00g 23.00g 15.00g 7.00g 5.00g 170.00mg
20 Kirkland Signature Chocolate Brownie Protein Bar Kirkland Signature Chocolate Brownie Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian chocolate, brownie 60 grams 7.00g 190calories 21.00g 23.00g 15.00g 7.00g 5.00g 170.00mg
21 Kirkland Signature Cookies Cream Protein Bar Kirkland Signature Cookies Cream Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian cookies, cream 60 grams 6.00g 190calories 22.00g 23.00g 17.00g 6.00g 5.00g 170.00mg
22 Kirkland Signature Cookies Cream Protein Bar Kirkland Signature Cookies Cream Protein Bar gluten free, vegetarian cookies, cream 60 grams 6.00g 190calories 22.00g 23.00g 17.00g 6.00g 5.00g 170.00mg
23 CarbRite Diet Chocolate Brownie Protein Bar CarbRite Diet Chocolate Brownie Protein Bar gluten free, keto chocolate, brownie 57 grams 4.00g 190calories 21.00g 23.00g 1.00g 4.00g 0.00g 140.00mg
24 CarbRite Diet Mint Chocolate Cookie Protein Bar CarbRite Diet Mint Chocolate Cookie Protein Bar gluten free peppermint, chocolate 57 grams 4.00g 195calories 21.00g 21.00g 3.00g 4.00g 0.00g 140.00mg
25 CarbRite Caramel Chocolate Nut Bar CarbRite Caramel Chocolate Nut Bar gluten free, keto caramel, chocolate, peanuts 57 grams 5.00g 190calories 20.00g 21.00g 1.00g 5.00g 0.00g 136.00mg
26 CarbRite Chocolate Peanut Protein Bar CarbRite Chocolate Peanut Protein Bar gluten free, keto chocolate, peanut 57 grams 4.00g 190calories 22.00g 22.00g 1.00g 4.00g 0.00g 189.00mg
27 CarbRite Diet S'mores Protein Bar CarbRite Diet S'mores Protein Bar gluten free, keto smores, marshmallow, vanilla, peanuts, almond 57 grams 4.00g 190calories 21.00g 21.00g 1.00g 4.00g 0.00g 157.00mg

Vegetarian And Gluten Free Protein Bars

If you have Quest protein bars just because they are vegetarian and gluten free, here you can find many alternatives which are all safe for vegetarians and those who are after gluten free protein bars.

We have added the protein amount column to this suggestion table so you can see which vegetarian and gluten free protein bars are for you.

If you want more power you can search through the entire database at the food discovery tool, filter and compare hundreds of sports supplements and outdoors foods.

 

 

Protein Bars Between 55 and 65 Grams

Quest protein bars weigh 60grams and we have filtered the entire database of protein bars to show those which are between 55 and 65g.

Now you can find an alternative to a Quest bar based on weight.

If you have other requirements, head on over to the food discovery tool to search through the entire sports supplements and outdoor foods database.

 

Protein Bars With Similar Calories To Quest Bars

Quest protein bars have between 20 and 21grams of protein.

We have filtered the entire database to show protein bars with a similar amount of protein.

If you have other requirements, head on over to the food discovery tool to search through the entire sports supplements and outdoor foods database.

 

Protein Bars With Similar Protein Amount To Quest

Quest bars have between 20 and 21grams of protein in them. 

We have filtered the entire database of foods to show other protein bars which have a similar amount of protein in them.

If you have other requirements, head on over to the food discovery tool to search through the entire sports supplements and outdoor foods database.

Protein Bars With Similar Carbs To Quest

Quest bars have between 21 and 25g of carbs in each bar, depending on the flavour.

What we have in this table are other protein bars from the database which have a similar amount of carbs in them.

If you have other requirements, head on over to the food discovery tool to search through the entire sports supplements and outdoor foods database.

Protein Bars With Similar Fiber To Quest

Quest bars have between 14 and 15g of fiber, so we have filtered the entire database of foods to show protein bars with a similar amount of fiber.

If you have other requirements, head on over to the food discovery tool to search through the entire sports supplements and outdoor foods database.

Protein Bars With Similar Fat Amounts To Quest

Quest bars fat content varies from bar to bar, with a range of 5-9grams of fat, depending on the flavour.

Here you can find alternatives to Quest bars based on similar amounts of fat. So if you are looking for a protein bar with high protein and 5-9grams of fat, you will have plenty of suggestions right here.

If you have other requirements, head on over to the food discovery tool to search through the entire sports supplements and outdoor foods database.

Protein Bars With Erythritol

Quest uses erythritol as it's main sweetener and sugar type. This is added to the bar rather than being naturally occuring in the ingredients.

Here we have suggestions for other protein bars which also use erythritol as a sweetener and sugar alcohol in their ingredients.

If you have other requirements, head on over to the food discovery tool to search through the entire sports supplements and outdoor foods database.

Protein Bars With Similar Sodium Amounts To Quest

If sodium is a priority when looking for a protein bar, Quest have between 180 and 280mg per bar, depending on the flavour you choose.

Here we have a table of suggestions which also share a similar amount of sodium to that of the Quest protein bars.

If you have other requirements, head on over to the food discovery tool to search through the entire sports supplements and outdoor foods database.

Protein Bars For Keto

If you choose to eat Quest for keto reasons, then we have added a table of suggestions here which show high in fat and high in protein protein bars for you.

All of these bars are safe for people on the keto diet and you can even sort the table by its carb and fat content to play around with the order of protein bars.

If you have other requirements, head on over to the food discovery tool to search through the entire sports supplements and outdoor foods database.

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