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Quest Bar Lemon Cream Pie is a 60g bar with 21g protein, 3g net carbs and just 160 calories.
Macros & Ingredients: 8.5/10
One of the high points of any quest bar is not using any junk ingredients. Most quest bars have 2-6g active carbs with no fillers or harmful ingredients (mostly, I’ll explain in a bit).
There is what we can consider two different lines, the original line and the natural line:
- the original line has no sugar alcohols but has sucralose;
- the natural line has stevia and sugar alcohols.
See which of the old flavors match which lines. Newer flavors (choc chip, etc) have BOTH sucralose + erythritol.
Sugar alcohols are a type of carbohydrates called “polyols” and are not completely absorbed by the body. Typical sugar alcohols are maltitol, sorbitol, xylitol and other things ending in “-ol” (including erythritol). While some people tolerate sugar alcohols just fine, it can produce laxative effects and gas discomfort in others.
The Lemon Cream Pie has 6g of Erythritol. Quest Nutrition explains the use of erythritol by stating that:
- erythritol doesn’t upset stomachs;
- erythritol has 0 calories (0.2kcal/g);
- erythritol has almost no impact on blood sugar.
What’s the deal with sucralose?
Sucralose is an an artificial sweetener with no calories (Splenda), a modified fake sugar, which you should stay away from. Other fake sugars are acelsulfane, aspartane, saccharin and others. If you need something to be sweetened, stick to stevia.
24g carbs? Why does it say 3g then?
Some people are curious about their claims on carbs. Doesn’t the package say 24g carbs. Yes, it does. When Quest states that the bars are low in carbs, they mean ACTIVE (or net) carbs. You get active carbs by subtracting fiber and sugar alcohols from total carb count. This is because the body doesn’t absorb fiber, and what is left over, is your active carbs.
So in the case of Quest Bar’s Lemon Creap Pie, you have 26g Total Carbohydrate count. You subtract Dietary Fiber (17g) and Erythritol (6g).
Active/net carbs = 26g – 17g – 6g = 3g
Even if you’re on a low carb diet, don’t fear these good carbs though, because these bar carbs don’t come from bad sources of sugar, instead, they come from nuts.
Upon opening you’re treated with a nice, pleasant lemon scent. You also notice there is no cracker crust or white cream top *promised* in the package (just kidding). The lemon flavor isn’t overpowering, yet works well enough to make you believe this is real lemon.
There are no actual bits of lemon or zest in the bar, it just appears so to your nose and mouth because they may be be using lemon extract (in the label it’s listed “natural flavors”).
The texture is just right, it’s chewy, a bit dense but doesn’t leave any aftertaste or fake sugar taste.
Overall rating: 7.5/10
At 60g per bar it has only 160 calories, making it one of the lowest calorie protein bars, not just from the Quest line, but all protein bars I’ve reviewed.
You may not be a lemon flavor fan, but you’ll probably appreciate the Lemon Cream Pie. There are already too many chocolatey flavors out there, so this may be a good change of pace.
ORIGINAL LINE (sweetened with Sucralose)
Mixed Berry Bliss
Peanut Butter Supreme
Vanilla Almond Crunch
NATURAL LINE (no Sucralose, sweetened with erythritol)
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Lemon Cream Pie