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Premier Nutrition Titan Protein Bar vs. Quest Nutrition Protein Bar

With the literally dozens and dozens of options for protein bars, it can be tough to decide which brand to go with. We've decided to pit two of the biggest names in protein bars against each other to see which one is a better investment. Today, we'll be exploring the pros and cons behind the Premier Nutrition Titan Protein Bar and the Quest Nutrition Protein Bar.


Premier Nutrition Titan Protein Bar


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Pros of Premier Nutrition Titan Protein Bar:


The Titan Protein Bar from Premier Nutrition contains a great blend of protein with Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, and Milk Protein Isolate. The benefit to having this type of blend is the extended release of amino acids. Having a greater amount of amino acids over a longer period of time may promote lean muscle gains while protecting current levels of muscle tissue. What's more, with 26 grams of blended protein, the Titan Protein Bar may be able to help suppress your appetite or at least keep your stomach quiet until you find a nutritious meal. (1-6)


Cons of Premier Nutrition Titan Protein Bar:


The two main concerns we have about the Titan Protein Bar is the amount of sugar alcohol and soy contained within. If you are avoiding soy, as many people seem to be doing, then the Titan Protein Bar is not going to fit in with your soy-free diet. Not only does it contain a soy isolate protein but it also contains soy lecithin.


As for the sugar alcohol, it contains 19 grams of the sugar alcohol called Maltitol. 19 grams! That is a lot for a sugar alcohol. For those with IBS or sensitive stomachs, Maltitol may cause a number of issues including stomach pains and diarrhea.



Quest Nutrition Protein Bar


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Pros of Quest Nutrition Protein Bar:


The ideal post-workout protein bar, Quest Nutrition has become very famous with these immensely popular supplements. Their protein bars contain an isolate blend of milk and whey protein. Other than that, there isn't much else to their bars. Unlike most protein bars, Quest has a very short list of ingredients. Along with 20 grams of protein, you'll also get 14 grams of fibre in every bar. Although you'll be getting plenty of amino acids with this protein bar, they are from an isolate source, meaning fast digesting. It's best to eat a Quest bar first thing in the morning, pre, or post-workout.


Cons of Quest Nutrition Protein Bar:


Quest shares the same problem that Titan does; however, Quest offers a remedy.


SOME Quest protein bars do contain sugar alcohol and/or the artificial sweetener, Sucralose. If you can't handle sugar alcohols, you're in luck as Quest offers a natural line of their protein bars. This natural line is free from sugar alcohol and artificial sweeteners, which means a few grams of sugar but that's cancelled out by the 14 grams of fibre!


Which One Should You Buy?


Hands down, Quest is the clear winner of this protein battle; however, we wouldn't rule out the Titan protein bar. The Titan protein bar features a more complex protein blend, allowing for immediate and extended release of amino acids into the body. If you can handle the sugar alcohols present in the Titan protein bar then it can definitely be a useful supplement in your line-up. If you want to stick to the more natural option, we highly recommend going with the Quest Nutrition protein bar.




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