Quest Protein Chips vs. Regular Potato Chips

Quest Protein Chips - BBQ

Nutritionally speaking, a good snack should balance protein, carbs, and fats in order to keep you satiated for at least 3 hours until your next meal. A decent amount of protein every meal helps, about 10 grams.

Potato chips are the penultimate American snack. A one ounce serving provides greasy fingers and takes 150 calories off your daily budget. The macronutrient spread is 10 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbs, and just 2 grams of protein. This low level of protein means that you will be hungry again soon.

The folks at Quest took the chip form-factor and decided to turn it into a protein super-power. They did this by changing the simple potato-oil-salt recipe of classic chips into something more similar to Pringles – a processed potato snack. Here is the ingredient list for Quest BBQ Protein Chips:

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

The protein blend is not something you can make at home or buy from a farmer. Milk protein isolate and whey protein isolate are a byproduct of cheese production. Body builders buy them in powdered form to add to food and drink. In some cases, they may cause digestive problems such as bloating, cramps, and gas.

Dried potatoes are the base for Pringles as well. The corn starch is used as glue to keep everything together. Most of the other ingredients are used to create the BBQ flavor. Yeast extract is another name for MSG.

Nutritionally, a one ounce serving of Quest Protein Chips has just 120 calories, divided into 21 grams of protein(!), just 2 grams of fat, and 5 grams of carbs. The macro-nutrient imbalance pendulum has swung in the other direction, and there are not enough healthy fats or carbs here. However, there are worse things you could eat for snack.

Get Fooducated

  • Ella

    Awesome, so glad I know this now.

  • Melissa Hayes-Gehrke

    If potato chips are the “penultimate American snack”, what would the ultimate American snack be?

    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

      bacon

      • Melissa Hayes-Gehrke

        ===== BLOCKED EMAIL NOTICE =====

        Your email, which is attached below, was blocked by my spam
        filter for some reason. Because spam filters can catch
        legitimate email by mistake, the filter is configured to
        accept all email if it has the password listed below anywhere
        on the Subject: line. (You can just forward this notice back
        to me with the password on the Subject: line if you want.)

        If you are a bulk mailer, advertiser (commercial or political), or
        are sending any kind of “free offer”, unless I explicitly requested
        to receive your email, please remove this email address from your
        list and do not email me again.

        Thank you!

        ********** The password is GoTerps. **********

        =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

        From SRS0=wysg=4X=gmail.com=melissanhayesgehrke+caf_=avondale=alum.mit.edu@alum.mit.edu Mon Jul 28 16:09:21 2014 Return-Path: X-Spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 3.3.1 (2010-03-16) on earth.astro.umd.edu X-Spam-Level:
        X-Spam-Status: No, score=-3.6 required=5.0 tests=BAYES_00,DKIM_SIGNED, DKIM_VALID,DKIM_VALID_AU,HTML_MESSAGE,RCVD_IN_DNSWL_MED,SPF_HELO_PASS, SPF_SOFTFAIL autolearn=ham version=3.3.1
        X-Original-To: avondale@earth.astro.umd.edu
        Delivered-To: avondale@earth.astro.umd.edu
        Received: from gaia.astro.umd.edu (gaia.astro.umd.edu [129.2.14.3])
        by earth.astro.umd.edu (Postfix) with ESMTP id 1F7CF7CA39D
        for ; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:21 -0400 (EDT) Received: by gaia.astro.umd.edu (Postfix)
        id 16584A6C9AE; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:21 -0400 (EDT)
        Delivered-To: avondale@astro.umd.edu
        Received: from alum-mailsec-relay-12.mit.edu (alum-mailsec-relay-12.mit.edu [18.7.68.32]) (using TLSv1 with cipher DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA (256/256 bits))
        (No client certificate requested)
        by gaia.astro.umd.edu (Postfix) with ESMTPS id E132DA6C7F5
        for ; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:20 -0400 (EDT) Received: from alum-mailsec-scanner-5.mit.edu (alum-mailsec-scanner-5.mit.edu [18.7.68.17]) by alum-mailsec-relay-12.mit.edu (8.14.7/8.12.8) with ESMTP id s6SK7hZ9008650 for ; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:20 -0400 X-AuditID: 12074411-f79d86d000006a97-f1-53d6adef64ff Authentication-Results: symauth.service.identifier
        Received: from mail-wi0-f173.google.com (mail-wi0-f173.google.com [209.85.212.173]) (using TLS with cipher RC4-SHA (128/128 bits))
        (Client did not present a certificate)
        by alum-mailsec-scanner-5.mit.edu (Symantec Messaging Gateway) with SMTP id AF.92.27287.FEDA6D35; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:20 -0400 (EDT) Received: by mail-wi0-f173.google.com with SMTP id f8so5092565wiw.12 for ; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:09:19 -0700 (PDT) X-Received: by 10.180.106.66 with SMTP id gs2mr35273407wib.5.1406578158990; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:09:18 -0700 (PDT)
        X-Forwarded-To: avondale@alum.mit.edu
        X-Forwarded-For: melissanhayesgehrke@gmail.com avondale@alum.mit.edu Delivered-To: melissanhayesgehrke@gmail.com
        Received: by 10.217.122.71 with SMTP id de49csp525029web;
        Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:09:17 -0700 (PDT)
        X-Received: by 10.60.34.98 with SMTP id y2mr54338474oei.9.1406578157238; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:09:17 -0700 (PDT)
        Received: from mail2.disqus.net (mail2.disqus.net. [75.126.125.194]) by mx.google.com with ESMTP id mn4si45791913obb.105.2014.07.28.13.09.16 for ;
        Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:09:17 -0700 (PDT)
        Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of notifications@disqus.net designates 75.126.125.194 as permitted sender) client-ip=75.126.125.194; Received: from mail2.disqus.net (localhost [127.0.0.1])
        by mail2.disqus.net (Postfix) with ESMTP id 8968911CD4F5
        for ; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:09:16 +0000 (UTC) DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha1; c=relaxed; d=disqus.net; h=content-type :mime-version:subject:from:to:date:reply-to:message-id; s=
        20120420; bh=bFdQ4keZOkqCyVl7q8VRjFEolks=; b=nBNmUo8cSGDR15yr0Y6 cI8R7hGVbEbaxdlsxcSw8dVH0nxQyrmO4gliYyZM6JKBcV+Up69w9S9tMKxn76zJ jwMOP3DoMhnBw+xZSpyUXRUpBXcARtxiBaNSm68xSO/dkyJCvNCaTvwEfSj/93Ih Tf66FgY9qA7/DLa6uUTGumw4=
        DomainKey-Signature: a=rsa-sha1; c=nofws; d=disqus.net; h=content-type :mime-version:subject:from:to:date:reply-to:message-id; q=dns; s=20120420; b=H3U+q7ZwoGCFS0wmKZMuwf/PHAS91r5Akgzsz2CAGJbu/8VSh N/vFGn6l2IOIgdCXwuRcrIXiLI6ZEcyXgNPF8mtgbmS1feWsNdqTVlh8cKNLTsCY 2b30iUnbnzD+fCv5ILOnU/LuAHTTVkJWKGoskV6w9tVFUOlrDrmSyCBwDM=
        Received: from localhost (task-8.i.disqus.net [10.16.113.228])
        by mail2.disqus.net (Postfix) with ESMTP id 87FBF11CD44A
        for ; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:09:16 +0000 (UTC) Received: from [127.0.0.1] ([127.0.0.1])
        by localhost (Postfix) with ESMTP id 6D3732D69D37
        for ; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:09:16 +0000 (UTC) Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary=”===============8701136189490042930==”
        MIME-Version: 1.0
        Subject: Re: New comment posted on Quest Protein Chips vs. Regular Potato Chips

      • Mike

        Mmmm, bacon chips….

      • jadegreen_eyz

        Just as long as it’s not covered in chocolate. I think that’s disgusting and I love chocolate.

      • Aria Gonzalez

        I wonder how many other parts of the world would also say that’s their ultimate snack? :)

  • Audrey

    “Healthy potato chips” is too much of an oxymoron. The real potato chips are way better, so have a few with some protein source to satisfy cravings and also provide a more macronutrient-balanced snack. I’m not endorsing or recommending potato chips as a snack, and try to resist when you can, but if you really crave them just go ahead, the flavor and texture of the baked/popped/fortified/etc chips won’t satisfy a craving for the real deal.

  • Mr4theluv

    I typically love Quest protein bars (yes, I disagreed with the review on here) but I did not know they made chips. I shy away from simple carbs so potatoes are off my nutritional regulars but depending on how they taste an every once in a while snack of these would not be too bad. But 21g of protein (2/3+ of the caloric value) is a lot of protein. Quest usually disguises the whey taste pretty well, so these will be interesting to see how they taste.

    • Jp

      But… Potatos are complex carbs..

      • Stardust

        Only sweet potatoes are complex carbs.

        • Lauri

          A potato is a startch. That is literally a complex carb. Use common sense.

  • John

    You use try food substitute system at alimentalo.com

  • mfp142

    Another overly-processed, dead food. Not appetizing to me but to each his own…

  • sevbomb

    Penultimate means second to last in a series. Perhaps you meant some like quintessential?

  • http://sportnutrition1.com/shop/mens/pure-whey-isolate-26-protein/ whey isolate protein powder

    maybe a food alternative powdered would more fit your needs. If you’re looking more for nutritional supplements in your smoothie

  • A Loud Fart

    You know that they are called crisps right?