Product Review: Quest Protein Chips

Quest Protein Chips
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Capsule Summary Review of Quest Protein Chips

The makers of Quest Protein Bars and other low-carb and high-protein products have come up with a snack food meant to replace potato chips. They are high in protein, fairly low in carbohydrate, and come in tasty flavors similar to regular potato chips. One taster found that the underlying taste of the chip was slightly unpleasant, while the other found that it was merely bland and served to convey the the flavors in flavored chips or dips.

The chips are crispy, stand up to dips about as well as potato chips (though a hearty dip such as spinach dip can break them), and arrive unbroken when mail-ordered (with the exception of a few expectable shards).

Description, Nutritional Information, and Ingredients

Quest Protein Chips are meant to be a healthier substitute for potato chips. They are high in protein (from whey and milk protein), low in carbohydrate (from dried potatoes and corn starch), and have little fat (similar to baked potato chips). They come in several flavors that are popular in potato chips - Sea Salt, BBQ, Sour Cream and Onion, Cheddar and Sour Cream, and Salt and Vinegar.

  • Serving Size: One bag, 1 and 1/8 oz
  • Calories: 120 (compared to 160 in a one-ounce bag of regular potato chips)
  • Carbohydrate: 5 grams (compared to 15 grams in potato chips)
  • Protein: 21 grams (compared to 2 grams in potato chips)
  • Fat: 2 grams (compared to 10 grams in potato chips)

    Quest Protein Chips are sugar-free (in fact, free of sweeteners of any kind) gluten-free and soy-free, though not dairy-free. At this writing (January 2015) the price is about $2.39 per bag (less if you buy a box of 8 bags), available at the manufacturer's Web site, GNC stores, and various places around the Internet.

    Ingredient List for Sea Salt Flavor Quest Protein Chip

    Protein Blend (Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate), Dried Potatoes, Corn Starch, High Oleic Sunflower Oil. Contains less than 2% of the following: Sea Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavors.

    Ingredient List for Sour Cream and Onion Flavor Quest Protein Chips

    Protein Blend (Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate), Dried Potatoes, Corn Starch, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors. Contains less than 2% of the following: Onion Powder, Sour Cream, Garlic Powder, Spice, Salt, Yeast Extract, Calcium Carbonate.

    In Conclusion

    Although I'm not a fan of processed foods in general, I do think that products of this kind can fill a niche. Is it better to eat a chip made of protein powders and other components instead of slicing potatoes and frying them? I am open to the answer being "no" for many people. However, if you are sensitive to carbs or need more protein in your diet and crave potato chips, the answer may be "yes" as an occasional thing.

    For the most part, these chips do a credible job as a potato chip substitute. They are crispy and crunchy, and similar to Baked Lays Potato Chips in texture. They can be used to accompany dips, and the flavored ones are comparable to their regular potato chip counterparts.

    I did find that the underlying flavor to be a bit off-putting, but my husband didn't notice this, just feeling it was a rather bland chip and that it was meant as a transport mechanism of the flavorings or dips.

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