QUEST BARS. Surely all of us know what they are or at least heard of this newest craze. It is glorified on Instagram with hashtags such as #fitspo, #cleaneating or #healthylifestyle. But is it really worth the hype?

Multitudinous fitness instructors, bodybuilders and even some nutritionist revere the product that made its first appearance in 2010. According to them, the ability to enjoy the taste without any guilt is what makes them so truly irresistible. Currently , there is a selection of 18 different bars, from which ‘cookies and cream’ along with ‘chocolate chip cookie dough’ have proven to be absolute favourites. Delicious, healthy, guilt-free treats with lots of fibre and protein, but hardly any sugar. Sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?

Not so fast. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! One must keep in mind that quest bars are still highly processed: they contain sugar alcohols and high intensity sweeteners, which can lead to digestive problems, including bloating, cramps and, oh, gas. Awesome! Personally, whenever I had them, I have experienced all of the above.

Also, I quite don’t fathom why people adore the taste of it so much. It’s nothing special: nice, but gooey and a little mouth-drying. At first it may seem incredible – however, this impression quickly fades.

So, don’t be fooled by the visual temptation these bars generate. Their ostensible harmlessness is bullshit. I’m not saying that they should be completely banned, but it’s probably a wise choice to cut down on them or have them only occasionally. Just don’t abandon scepticism, especially when it comes to nutrition! Making wholesome snacks in your own kitchen should be a priority.