Lately I’ve become more and more interested in fitness. And in an effort to learn more, I started following quite a few weightlifters/trainers on social media. Because of that, I’ve gotten sucked into a couple popular trends within their community. Including Quest Nutrition.

For those of you who aren’t following the bodybuilding world, Quest Nutrition is a supplement company that started with protein bars in 2010 and recently released protein powder and a product called “Quest Protein Chips.” Which is supposed to be their interpretation of a protein potato chip.

Before I begin my review, I do want to say that I like Quest Nutrition as a company. They have a focus on not only making great tasting products but try as hard as they can to use high quality ingredients. Which is super rare in the supplement business.

Quest Chips

The Good

I originally decided to check out Quest because their products are soy and gluten free. They technically aren’t dairy free because they use a whey protein but I haven’t had any problems digesting it (so far).

Quest Chips

The ingredient list is actually really small. No it’s not perfect but for processed foods, the fact that I can pronounce and recognize all the ingredients is a big deal.

Quest ChipsThe other awesome thing (and the main reason these are so popular among bodybuilders) is the macronutrient breakdown.

Calories: 120

Fat: 2 grams

Carbs: 5 grams

Protein: 21 grams

Crazy right? Just to give a point of comparison, Kettle Sea Salt & Vinegar has 150 calories, 9 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein.

 

 

The Bad

However, I want to be clear, Quest Chips are still chips. They are still a processed food. Just because these chips have 21 grams of protein, does not automatically make it healthy.

To compare, you can also get similar macros from:

Calories Fat Carbs Protein
Chicken Breast (100 grams) 151 3 grams 0 grams 31 grams
Ground Beef 96%  (112 grams) 140 5 grams 0 grams 24 grams
Tilapia  (100 grams) 129 3 grams 0 grams 26 grams

The big difference is real meat and fish will be more satisfying and filling. Chips, really all snack foods, are engineered for you to eat more. Although to be fair to Quest, these chips probably weren’t manufactured to replace eating protein at meals. It compares more closely to the protein powder you drink after working out.

The other issue with processed food is you’ll miss out on important micronutrients. Food isn’t just fat, carbs and protein. An important nutrient you should be getting with your protein is iron. According to the label on Quest Chips, they contain 0% of your recommended daily intake. Whereas the chicken I mentioned above has 3%, the ground beef has 15% and the tilapia has 4%

The Deal Breaker…

But what if you said “Rachel, they are potato chips. I don’t care that they don’t have micronutrients, I don’t care that it’s processed. When I want a chip, are they better than eating regular chips?”

Quest Chips

Well….When I first started eating the chips I thought they were great. The flavoring powder is spot on. And the texture isn’t half bad. It’s more of a baked cracker than a traditional chip.

But about 1/3 of the way in I started picking up on a weird after taste. It was almost chemical. Or like baking soda. As I continued to eat them it got worse. And worse. Until I wasn’t sure I even wanted to finish the bag. And it stayed in my mouth during my walk to the gym.

This unfortunately was a deal breaker for me. I just can’t do it. Maybe I’m more sensitive to certain ingredients than others? Not sure. But this product is a nay for me.

PS. Just in case you were interested, I did buy this bag of chips myself. GNC sells them individually so you can try out the flavors.

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