Quest Bar Lemon Pie review

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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


LEMON CREAM PIE INGREDIENTS
Lemon Cream Pie - Box of 12

20g Protein

ZESTY LEMON THAT YOU CAN EAT EVERYDAY
Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate), Isomalto-Oligosaccharides* (Prebiotic Fiber), Almonds, Eryithritol, Water, Natural Flavors. Contains less than 2% of the following: Sea Salt, Stevia, Lo Han Guo.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bar (60g)
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 45
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Amount/Serving
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
 
Cholesterol 5mg
2%
Sodium 250mg
10%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 4%
Magnesium 6%
Phosphorus 10%

Amount/Serving
%Daily Value*
Potassium 85mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 17g
68%
Sugars 1g
 
Erythritol 6g
 
Protein 20g
 
Calcium 10%
Iron 2%

CONTAINS: Almonds and Milk Derived Ingredients.
Only 3g net carbs (and they’re all from nuts – not sugar). 

The only true low carb bar on the market.
*Isomalto-Oligosaccharides are Prebiotic Fibers derived from plant sources.

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.

Taste: 7/10

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.

Buy Quest Bar Lemon Cream Pie on Amazon US, Amazon UK or Bodybuilding.com


ORIGINAL LINE (sweetened with Sucralose)
Apple Pie
Chocolate Brownie
Mixed Berry Bliss
Peanut Butter Supreme
Vanilla Almond Crunch

NATURAL LINE (no Sucralose, sweetened with erythritol)
Cinnamon Roll
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Coconut Cashew
Lemon Cream Pie
Strawberry Cheesecake

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About jon

Jon is a self-confessed protein bar addict that loves writing about protein bars, snacks and desserts. He is a former marketer turned into a blogger. Oh, and he loves writing in 3rd person.

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