Daily Archives: June 5, 2014

Quest Bar Mislabeling Lawsuit

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Bonjour again beauties!

I don’t know how many of you out there know about Quest Bars, but we sell a lot of them at The Power Bar – the juice bar that I am managing in Rhode Island. They’re definitely our most popular and delicious protein bar, in comparison to PowerCrunch and NoGii.
Yesterday, one of our customers asked us if we knew anything about the lawsuit that they are currently facing. I didn’t, so of course I hit the web to try and gather some facts as soon as I had a free moment.

Why is Quest being sued?
Apparently, the lawsuit is over mislabeling… definitely not a good thing, especially when you are a product that is so popular in the health and fitness world. A large portion of these consumers count calories, protein, carbohydrates and fats like its their job, and reading all the other nutritional facts is basically an addiction. It’s really bad publicity to have mislabeling, but I’m sure all of you can grasp that.

What are they mislabeling?
Primarily, they lied about the fiber content and calorie count in their bars, but there are still some debates happening about all of this and whether or not it can all be proven. Here’s a snippet of the lawsuit transcript that may be of some interest to you:

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A lot of regular Quest Bar consumers don’t seem to be too upset by the issue with fiber and calories. To be honest, the fact that Quest claimed that much fiber to begin with is mildly outrageous – who needs 70% of their daily fiber to be in one bar? Personally, I can shrug that off. The calorie issue is also not too terrible; instead of 170 calories they are 204… 34 calorie difference. Alarm the authorities! Of course, it’s still bad that they lied (because what else could they be lying about?), but it could be a lot worse than 34 measly calories – that’s like a handful of strawberries.

The real issue that seems to be making blood boil is the issue with “active” carbs. If fiber content goes down, the active carbs go way up, which can essentially destroy any low carb diet.

However, there may be a sliver of hope. There is an independent testing agency called ConsumerLab that tested the nutritional content of Quest’s Banana Nut Muffin without any prompting, and they found that everything (including fiber and calories) was spot on and matched the labels. Good news!

Some say that Quest Bars use innovative and cutting-edge ingredients that actually outpace testing methods – basically, some testing procedures used in many labs can’t accurately detect and measure newer fiber variants that Quest incorporates in their products. The biggest example of this is isomalto-oligosaccharides (IMOs), which are a major player in the bars. Quite a few labs don’t know how to test for IMOs, which would explain why there are discrepancies. If you can’t test for a lot of the fiber, then naturally the fiber count will seem lower. I hope that this is the case, but only time will tell us the truth.

 

Well –  that’s it for my informational sh-peal of the day. Stay awesome! xx’s and oo’s

If You Must’ache…

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Hi there!

While I have a few minutes to spare before I have to go back into work, I thought I would give y’all some TLB (Tender Loving Blogging).

My mom did an awesome thing the other day… she bought a Vitamix. That’s right. The king of the blender realm; the appliance that makes all others quiver in its shadow.

Okay, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic.
However, it is a darn sweet blender and I am over the moon with excitement about all the awesome things that I will use it for. It can make liquids hot in 4 minutes with sheer blade powers – yowza! (They should probably just hire me to be an advocate).

This Red Viper and I (reference, anyone? Kudos if you know) had our first dance a few minutes ago, and we’re definitely going to be friends. I mean, look at the sweet ‘stache…

MoustacheThat’s right, I’m back on my smoothie grind! Today’s blend was:
– 1 cup vanilla almond milk
– 2.5 tbsp cacao
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– 2 tbsp peanut butter (made with flaxseed)
– 1/2 cup frozen blueberries – in lieu of ice
– 1/2 banana
– 3 strawberries

Voila! Behold a smoothie that is great for things such as skin, PMS, metabolism, weight loss and it is a good way to incorporate some more potassium, calcium and protein into your diet… amongst other things, of course.

I even took the time to do a basic Nutrition Facts panel for you guys.

Calories – 547
Fat – 34 g
Potassium – 427 mg (26%)
Carbohydrates – 50 g (27 g from sugar, 13 g from fiber)
Protein – 12.3 g
Calcium – 51%
Vitamin E – 60%
Vitamin B12 – 50%
Vitamin C – 54%
Iron – 16%

Now, don’t freak out about how high the calories, fat and carbs are. You need these things in order for your body to function at its best, and they are all coming from natural sources that come from our own Mother Earth. If you compare this to eating a burger and fries from McDonald’s, this is light-years better for you. Trust me. Plus, it is super filling and you can even substitute this for a meal.

Coconut oil is extremely high in fat (the good kind), so if you’re really turned off by that, just don’t add it in – though I recommend it for those who work out and live an active lifestyle! Once a day is more than fine.

All this drink needs is a name, so if anyone has any thoughts, I’m all ears. Have a great day loves, and stay tuned for another post quite soon! Maybe even in a few hours 😉