So, I got a sampler box of the 100% natural bars last week and have been incorporating them into my plan (mostly IP with alternates to avoid soy and sucralose). Never more than 1 a day (as my restricted) and no more than 2 days in a row.
#1--they are GOOD! Way better to my taste than the IP bars I've tried.
#2--I find them very filling and satisfying
#3--I've experienced a bit of what Lisa referred to as "tasting like more" (love that!) but haven't really struggled with overindulgance
#4--I have found myself WAY more hungry between meals than I was before. Haven;t had any issued with hunger (sometimes wanting to eat, but not hunger
) since the first 3 days, and the bars are the only change I made.
So, out of curiosity (and because I am a total data nerd!) I ran a blood sugar profile on one this morning (fasting glucose to start, then a reading every 1/2 hour for 2 hours after eating the peanut butter chocolate bar)
My profile looked like this: 92/114/146/124/119
So, I got a significant blood sugar spike (but no hypoglycemic reaction) from eating the bar. This *may* help explain my increased hunger/cravings since adding the bars. The scale has also stopped going down, but we all know that 5 days is NOT a stall
so I'm not really taking that into account.
Things to keep in mind:
- My fasting number was a bit on the high side (not sure if this is atypical for me as I don't monitor regularly--I'm not diabetic)
- Logically, the stevia shouldn't have produced such a spike... artificial sweeteners aren't supposed to either, but the meter doesn't lie.
- This is ONE test on ONE person; certainly not generalizable. But potentially interesting.
I am not in ANY way suggesting this will happen to everyone--Quest Bars have obviously served many people on this forum *very* well
(and heaven knows I enjoyed them
) Just wanted to share my experience for others who may experience similar effects and be looking for a possible explanation.
(I plan to run a profile on one of the really low carb IP foods tomorrow and see how that compares)