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.

  • 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?

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      • 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

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • Insane Amp’d

    Maybe a meals substitute powder would more fit your needs. If you’re looking more for natural products in your smoothie

  • Earl Docks

    Sea Salt all natural tops the list of best flavor of Tim’s chips, but ‘yknow, are they really, really all that natural?

  • Name

    A lot of it isn’t to good for you

  • Maik Mohl

    The Quest Chips have the best and high priced proteins in. Other Chips have soy, or a mixture of soy and whey. I have done a market research on the german market as you can see on