I was happy when the new Quest Bars came out and my BGL tolerated the Vanilla Almond flavor okay. Yesterday I read an article from David Mendosa about fiber, which mentions Quest Bars:
Here is my response to David’s article:
Yikes! I did my own test and am NOT happy with the results!
Months ago, I tested my BGL after trying the original PB and Vanilla Almond Quest Bars. My BGL doesn’t like PB, but did okay with the Vanilla, so I continued to eat those. Recently, Quest came out with new flavors, but staying away from fruit and PB left me with just Chocolate Brownie. It has a couple more net carbs than the Vanilla, but the ingredients are similar, so I’ve been eating Brownie bars.
Big mistake! For over 8 years, I tested my BGL after EVERY meal, but I have gotten lax in the past few months, sticking to the foods I have tested in the past and haven’t had a problem with. But your article got me wondering about the new Quest Bar flavors, so I tested today.
I started with a nice 81 at 12:35 (several hours after breakfast). I ate a Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar at 12:40. I meant to test at 1:40, but was busy paying bills and missed the time. I did test at 2:10 (90 minutes after eating) and my BGL was a whopping 143! At 2:40, it was down to 121, but still way too high for someone who usually stays under 100 and aims for the 80s.
I am really unhappy with these results and kicking myself big time for not testing this flavor sooner. I can only console myself with the fact that I have been eating the Quest Bars with some nuts and hopefully that has given me enough protein to keep my BGL from spiking this high all this time.
I am really bummed… But VERY glad your article prompted me to do what I know to do: get out my meter and CHECK!
I don’t think it’s the fiber itself that is causing the problem; I think it may be what Quest calls fiber isn’t like other fibers that don’t affect my BGL.
Whatever the cause, I will not be eating any more Quest Bars or recommending them to others. I strongly suggest everyone who wants to continue eating them test their BGL to see what they do to it. And don’t make the mistake I did, thinking that if one flavor is okay, they are all okay. 8+(