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Are gluten-free Lara Bars paleo?

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Created August 29, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Are gluten-free Lara Bars paleo? By the most-strict definition? If not, what is wrong and is it "OK"?

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E42df6ff885d9d40f63836ce804d9e8e

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on November 22, 2013
at 04:57 PM

if they were once using GMO ingridents, I think that may have changed. See here.

I don't know a whole lot about the Non-GMO Project, but it looks reputable.

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on November 22, 2013
at 04:30 PM

Damn! These things are delicious. UGH. Well at least we only have to worry about LaraBars since those other brands are NOT paleo ;)

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on November 22, 2013
at 04:28 PM

LaraBar trees, haha. And good point about not making them a staple. Also one for breakfast would definitely spike your insulin, possibly the worst way to start the day for anyone. That being said... these things are delicious haha

6044d623688f4fe69133bab95c3ae3b9

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on November 22, 2013
at 04:25 PM

Good for you with your self control just breaking off a chunk! It's all or nothing for me -_-

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on November 22, 2013
at 04:25 PM

I love these! There are some with chocolate in them too, depends if you're avoiding that or not :)

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on November 22, 2013
at 03:58 PM

The "Uber: Sticky Bun" variety has only 7g of sugar, which is the lowest I've found of any so-called energy bar so far. The part that's not pure paleo is the brown rice syrup and molasses. Still, it seems like a good post-workout option to this amateur.

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on August 30, 2011
at 03:20 PM

1)linoleic acid - eliminate or minimize oils from nuts/seeds 2)grains - avoid or minimize food toxins (phytates, lectins and more) by eliminating grains/legumes/plant proteins. Nuts/seeds are also high in plant toxins unless soaked and sprouted (whene possible) 3)added sugars- minimize or eliminate foods with added sugars, especially fructose (sucrose is half fructose, honey is much more than half fructose.) fruit is definitely paleo but many minimize it or eliminate the high fructose fruits.

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on August 30, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Linoleic acid is one of the short chain, polyunsaturated omega6 fatty acids. Paleo/primal could be said to hinge on the following:

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:00 PM

Fish oil and whey protein wouldn't be paleo either then, right? Snarky is a great word. Thanks for the comments.

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on August 30, 2011
at 01:52 PM

I tried finding some info on linoleic acid here and came up pretty empty. Could you point me to some info?

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on August 29, 2011
at 08:00 PM

yes.. they are high in sugar.. sure its from dates, but thats arguably worse if you believe in the problems of fructose. Moreover, the protein is from nuts which isn't exactly ideal. I think you would even be better off eating a protein bar that has plenty of whey protein, as long as sugar/sweeteners and other preservatives/chemicals are minimized

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on August 29, 2011
at 06:27 PM

You are correct!

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on August 29, 2011
at 06:27 PM

I tried to use them for hypo emergecies only, but I just ate them anyway. So I had to stop buying them. Did I mention how tasty they are?

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on August 29, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Plus some ingredients are not "orthodox paleo" - peanuts, cashews, etc. Warning! They are really tasty and possibly insulin provoking. YMMV

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on August 29, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Snarky, snarky, snark-snark. Reminds me of a certain poem. "His vorpal blade went snicker-snack!" Speaking of snicker-snacks, I would avoid the one's with peanuts. For a bar, you're not gonna get much better, unless you make your own. I generally don't eat bars anymore - getting off the Atkins choco-peanut butter bars was harder than quitting smoking! I've tried those Lara bars and they are just too tasty for me.

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on August 29, 2011
at 06:02 PM

Snarky is a great word.

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:55 PM

did they have computers in the paleolithic era?? c'mon seriously - why you gotta be snarky to a newbie??

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Yeah, I read the nutrition information all the time and then put them back. I do occasionally buy one or two for "emergency" food to keep in my desk/gym bag. Usually they end up smushed and inedible. LOL.

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:40 PM

Did they have Lara bars in the paleolithic era?

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:26 PM

This thread may be helpful (I did a search on here for Larabars) http://paleohacks.com/questions/29721/do-you-eat-lara-bars#axzz1WR6O4WyJ Some varieties have peanuts, just need to read the ingredient list.

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Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

on August 29, 2011
at 06:35 PM

In my experience, avoiding excessive linoleic acid is one of the most beneficial things to be done in toward the goal of achieving health. Lara bars, because of the nuts, have a lot of linoleic acid.

Also when we dry fruit, the volume decrease tricks us into thinking we're eating a lot less sugar than we really are.

Certainly it's a fine snack or treat once in awhile but if a person has significant health issues needing attention, it may be best to avoid them completely.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on August 30, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Linoleic acid is one of the short chain, polyunsaturated omega6 fatty acids. Paleo/primal could be said to hinge on the following:

E751dbb140aecc9479b9248891edf584

(101)

on August 30, 2011
at 01:52 PM

I tried finding some info on linoleic acid here and came up pretty empty. Could you point me to some info?

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on August 30, 2011
at 03:20 PM

1)linoleic acid - eliminate or minimize oils from nuts/seeds 2)grains - avoid or minimize food toxins (phytates, lectins and more) by eliminating grains/legumes/plant proteins. Nuts/seeds are also high in plant toxins unless soaked and sprouted (whene possible) 3)added sugars- minimize or eliminate foods with added sugars, especially fructose (sucrose is half fructose, honey is much more than half fructose.) fruit is definitely paleo but many minimize it or eliminate the high fructose fruits.

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on August 29, 2011
at 07:02 PM

I use the non-peanut varieties for fuel when I'm biking because they are easy to carry in my jersey than a whole piece of fruit and nuts and provide some instant glucose that I need to continue. Not a bad option for that.

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on August 29, 2011
at 06:52 PM

No, LARABARs don't grow on trees. Yes, LARABARs are paleo. They are made with fruit and nuts.

We don't eat them all of the time because we'd rather eat meat for protein/fat and veggies for carbs.

They are high in carbs. But being paleo doesn't mean you have to be LC, VLC or ZC (if that's even possible.)

Avoid the ones with peanut ingredients, don't eat 50 of them a day and remember to read food labels on packaged foods.

D779919c96f031f7e3393057f1caaefd

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on November 22, 2013
at 03:58 PM

The "Uber: Sticky Bun" variety has only 7g of sugar, which is the lowest I've found of any so-called energy bar so far. The part that's not pure paleo is the brown rice syrup and molasses. Still, it seems like a good post-workout option to this amateur.

6044d623688f4fe69133bab95c3ae3b9

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on November 22, 2013
at 04:25 PM

I love these! There are some with chocolate in them too, depends if you're avoiding that or not :)

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on August 29, 2011
at 06:56 PM

From my experience, MOST Larabars are paleo. They have been coming out with new flavors though that have some ingredents that are not paleo; i.e. peanuts (in the peanut butter bar) and chocolate (in the cookie dough flavor) but for the most part they are. They are very dense, but I like to break off a chunk of one during a 6 hour shift when I need the energy. They are also my go to on my long runs (im training for a marathon, and they are so much better than candy and "goos" that other runners use)

6044d623688f4fe69133bab95c3ae3b9

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on November 22, 2013
at 04:25 PM

Good for you with your self control just breaking off a chunk! It's all or nothing for me -_-

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:38 PM

By the most strict definition, unless you find a LaraBar tree, then no.

However, I think they are fairly harmless as long as you dont make them a staple. One for breakfast everyday seems like a ton of sugar all at once. One every now and then while on a hike, bike ride, or just as a treat seems fairly harmless.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 29, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Plus some ingredients are not "orthodox paleo" - peanuts, cashews, etc. Warning! They are really tasty and possibly insulin provoking. YMMV

6044d623688f4fe69133bab95c3ae3b9

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on November 22, 2013
at 04:28 PM

LaraBar trees, haha. And good point about not making them a staple. Also one for breakfast would definitely spike your insulin, possibly the worst way to start the day for anyone. That being said... these things are delicious haha

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:21 PM

My only assumption is that it's a high carb load in the form of fruit sugars from the dried dates, or other dried fruits. Otherwise the ingredients are just nuts or the like.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 29, 2011
at 06:27 PM

You are correct!

C3edabc6267abec9b5f8178e5d73552c

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on August 29, 2011
at 08:00 PM

yes.. they are high in sugar.. sure its from dates, but thats arguably worse if you believe in the problems of fructose. Moreover, the protein is from nuts which isn't exactly ideal. I think you would even be better off eating a protein bar that has plenty of whey protein, as long as sugar/sweeteners and other preservatives/chemicals are minimized

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:41 PM

I was looking at them in the store the other day and was like no way I'm buying those. They are so tiny and way full of carbs.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Yeah, I read the nutrition information all the time and then put them back. I do occasionally buy one or two for "emergency" food to keep in my desk/gym bag. Usually they end up smushed and inedible. LOL.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 29, 2011
at 06:27 PM

I tried to use them for hypo emergecies only, but I just ate them anyway. So I had to stop buying them. Did I mention how tasty they are?

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on August 05, 2012
at 06:01 PM

The ingredients are amazing!! Great for on the go!

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on September 05, 2012
at 05:23 PM

No, any company that supports GMOs is not paleo. See here.

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on November 22, 2013
at 04:30 PM

Damn! These things are delicious. UGH. Well at least we only have to worry about LaraBars since those other brands are NOT paleo ;)

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on November 22, 2013
at 04:57 PM

if they were once using GMO ingridents, I think that may have changed. See here.

I don't know a whole lot about the Non-GMO Project, but it looks reputable.

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on August 29, 2011
at 07:00 PM

I'm a big fan of Larabar but like others have mentioned, you need to be careful as to which ones you select.

I'm constantly on the look out for paleo(ish) foods to snack on while I am out running. I made my own bars once just by dicing up some dates and mixing them with crushed almonds, cashews, and pecans. Roll them up in saranwrap and then freeze. Once chilled or frozen, just chop into bite or bar size.

Other options: Navitas sent me a couple packages of their new Power Snacks to try out and I absolutely loved them. They promote them as being vegan but I see nothing non-paleo about them and will be snacking on more of these in the future. Very mild on the sweetness level which appeals to me. Clif is sending me some of their ClifC bars in the mail soon to try out. These are similar to Larabar but with a higher sugar content I believe. Advertised for vegan athletes but the ingredients appear paleo which is why I am interested in trying them out.

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on November 22, 2013
at 08:42 PM

Larabars are one of the only ways to get my dw enough calories *and* sugar. Yes, I said sugar. From natural fruit. They're so dense we can get a mini-meal in her without being exasperated at half the plate still full from too much bulk.

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on February 06, 2013
at 05:33 PM

I love Larabars. Especially cashew cookie. It makes a great dessert in the evening: a couple times a week my wife & I indulge in a cup of herbal tea and half a Larabar. I know, cavemen did not have Larabars, but they didn't have cars, TVs, cell phones, or grocery stores.

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on September 05, 2012
at 05:12 PM

yes, only the larabars without the peanut and chocolate chip crap are paleo by strict definition. however, it doesn't mean they are the best choice of food to eat as a staple. they are made with dates and dates can easily spike your insulin levels making you hungrier than when you started. then again, not everybody responds the same way to insulin, so you might find you can eat them regularly throughout your day without any problems. but for most people it can cause issues.

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on September 05, 2012
at 03:30 PM

They're Paleo, choose your battles on which you want to eat. I don't get any with Peanuts, and only get ones with Chocolate once in a while. If you get Blueberry Muffin it's less than 20g Carbs and when you're looking for a quick snack for traveling or as a Post workout fuel they work great. I would say that I usually have maybe 2 a week, sometimes 3 if I have a heavy workload in the gym. For something you can grab off the shelf and take anywhere I love them. They are a lifesaver when flying.

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on September 05, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Some Lara Bars are. Just look at the ingredients. Some might have fruit juice concentrates, chocolate chips,and peanuts.

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