I'm watching a few videos from Paleo FX and trying to bring my 80/20 rule to more of a 90/10 rule [and beyond!]. I can't help but notice a huge sponsor in the backgrounds of these videos: Quest Bars.
I'm a huge fan/addict of the protein and fiber crammed bars... But are they paleo? I know this question has been addressed, but not thoroughly enough to my liking. I would like to know why I should quit this addiction. What ingriedients are NOT paleo?
They do a good job to solve my sweet craving, but if I ever have a binge on anything: it's these bad boys. That is reason #1 I've stopped buying them for now. I'd like some more reasoning, some specific targets in the ingredient list I've got to avoid. Please input what you know!
I think it's more of an issue of hyper palatability - as with most processed foods.
You shouldn't, naturally, find umami (glutamate in the whey), sweet, salty, and fatty all in the same morsel.
I don't mean to be mean but anything that comes in a bar is not paleo.
Stick with whole food sources.
Also the dairy is concerning. Sucralose is concerning. Amount of nuts is concerning. I would not recommend these.
Stick with 90% Dark chocolate for sweet tooth.
Did I answer thoroughly?
If you can't pull it out of the ground, off of a plant, or out of an animal then it isn't Paleo. Pretty much any highly processed food like this should be avoided. The comment about "hyper palatability" is right on -- if you have insatiable cravings for it, then it isn't Paleo.
I have weaknesses for some foods like chocolate and nuts, and when I get cravings for them, I try to figure out what is missing from my diet that is causing me to have cravings, which could simply be sufficient calories, or can also be vitamins or minerals. For example liver tends to kill my cravings, so I wonder if the cravings are triggered by a vitamin deficiency. If you regularly indulge in cheats like this, then you're depriving your body of better sources of nutrition.
I'm not going to say it isn't Paleo, but the existence of the bar itself does not meet the typical definition of a Paleo food.
Then again, is it a damn good option with MINIMAL INTRUSIONS to many of the detrimental stuff that comes with many other options? Yes.
I keep them around. Have a couple a week if I need something quick. However, I'm also not concerned with dropping weight, fixing digestion, auto-immune conditions or recovering/healing from something serious.
For instance, one of the guys I'm working with recently had lap band surgery and is really working on tweaking his diet post-surgery. Not only is it a struggle with the mental changes, there are some serious physical restrictions when it comes to food, especially early on, following this type of surgery. Even if Quest Bars were "Paleo", given the texture and contents of them, I wouldn't have him consume them.
I went to their web site, and checkout one of them for an ingredient list. Isomalto-oligosaccharides was something I had never heard of so I googled it.
Does it matter to you if the source is wheat or barley?
True, this bar is not "real food". However, the list of ingredients is short, no sugar alcohols, high fiber etc so it is one of the best out there. A strategy I use is to cut one bar into thirds, then cut that section into little pieces. I then toss the little pieces (usually the chocolate brownie flavor) into a snack size baggie with a few almonds or macadamias for a sweet/salty snack. This will drastically cut down the number of bars you consume per week - one or two.
I was eating them for a while. I found that they made me feel as if I had eaten a bunch of sugar. It felt as if my blood sugar was surging. So I looked online to see if anyone had a similar experience, and a bunch of people in the diabetic community were seeing high blood sugar spikes after consuming.
Anyone else notice that different flavors have a different response in the body? For instance the cookie dough one, I feel intense sugar cravings after and feel like its really jacked with my blood sugar levels but the coconut cashew one leaves me full and satisfied. Weird? Anyone else?