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"Paleo" products you'd steer folks away from?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 02, 2010 at 2:03 PM

On a lighter note:

A coworker of mine stopped me yesterday to tell me she was starting to diet, and was hoping to get some tips from me. Flattering, I thought. So I'd told her the basic tenets of Paleo, and left it at that. She said, "Oh, I went shopping this morning," and pulled out a Go Raw Banana "Bread" Flaxseed Bar (their quotes on the Bread, not mine).

I looked at the ingredients. Flaxseed, banana, unsweetened coconut, organic dates. Wow, I thought, I could eat this. "Interesting."

She told me when she had some she'd stop back and let me try it.

20 minutes later, she comes back disgusted with the Bar. "This is awful."

I was surprised but not, given that sometimes when you've been eating the SAD, "healthier" stuff might not come off as super-tasty. "Really?"

"Yeah," she said, "It's awful. You want it?"

I took a bite. And it wasn't bad -- I tasted banana. The consistency was, well, flaxseedy. Pretty much what you'd expect. I swallowed. Okay.

Not even five seconds later, there was this...aftertaste? And it went from bad to worse quickly -- like I'd had a bad case of acid banana reflux. "Can I pitch this?" "YES."

In the garbage.

So the question: has anyone else come across products that follow the Paleo guidelines, and would theoretically be tasty/good...but you wouldn't wish for anyone to eat them/use them?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on July 09, 2012
at 09:51 PM

Heh, have to wonder what folks think they line BFA-free cans with... ;)

7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

(540)

on July 09, 2012
at 09:42 PM

that paleo pasta is pretty good!

3806d8d2d78746ce55d8201e67ef3128

(244)

on July 09, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Larabar uber is not so bad, mostly nuts, and under 10 grams sugar.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on July 09, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Canned vegetables & fruit = Better than starving to death.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:32 PM

This. I know it's inconvenient, but processed foods are almost certainly not going to "be paleo."

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:31 PM

Not to mention that canned vegetables taste horrible compared to fresh.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 07, 2012
at 10:17 PM

Canned veggies that bad? Mostly, yes. The manufacturers do not have to list the preservatives if they are not actually put into the food. Instead, they line the cans with the preservatives (the BPA mentioned by Renee, for the large part). Same end effect, preservatives in the food, but they get around the law. Solution? Either stick with fresh, frozen, or can it yourself!

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 15, 2012
at 01:30 AM

Heck, *I'm* addicted to Larabars. >.<

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on January 15, 2012
at 01:08 AM

I think I tried this product once. I think I bought the spirulina one, so I thought it would taste ....green. Not like someone threw up banana into my mouth.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on January 15, 2012
at 01:07 AM

I'm a bit wary of canned veg ever since canned food was shown to contain BPAs. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/paul-taylor/bpa-being-absorbed-from-canned-food-study/article2248262/

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on January 15, 2012
at 01:05 AM

My prediabetic coworker is addicted to Lara bars

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on January 14, 2012
at 08:06 PM

My generalization I tell people "If it has an ingredients label, it's not Paleo"

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 14, 2012
at 07:41 PM

How about canned veg? Is that so terrible really?

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on January 14, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I'd go so far as to say "chew all your food" but especially you're protein. Unless you're dairy friendly and drinking some kefir, all your protein should be chewable.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on January 14, 2012
at 06:23 PM

It's called dehydration. Perfectly natural and ancestral. Ever eat jerky? Same thing.

Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

(3125)

on January 14, 2012
at 06:18 PM

i hate omega 6 but i just counter it with omega 3 and its like it dint even exist.

Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

(3125)

on January 14, 2012
at 06:14 PM

this girl? avoid her like the plague, she had already bought that paleo thingy befor she even spoke to you.LOL only joking do what you want to man.

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on April 05, 2011
at 07:54 PM

"Chew your protein" is quite quotable, he he

8063ffc4fa6b60a1275171659f8a14f0

(155)

on June 15, 2010
at 08:37 PM

I hope people read the ingredients for muscle milk if they are trying to stay paleo. Uses Veg oil for the majority if the fat and if i remember correctly uses casein as a major protein source. I for one would love a paleo version it is crazy delicious

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 03, 2010
at 01:28 AM

Lara Bars, looks paleo on ingredients, super insulin carb bars

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 02, 2010
at 04:31 PM

Edit : Product(s)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 02, 2010
at 04:30 PM

I'll try to get the brand names of the product I listed above

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 02, 2010
at 04:30 PM

Veggie chips I've found not in bad oils, still tastes of salty cardboard

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on June 02, 2010
at 02:48 PM

Processed food = agreed. I'm referring, however, to the products that would come across as healthy or Paleo-friendly (not saying that it's going to say "PALEO-FRIENDLY!" on the wrapper). I mean, this is obviously geared towards those who want a healthier choice, and all the ingredients would be considered healthy and/or "good for you" -- but it tasted awful. That's pretty much what I was asking about.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 14, 2012
at 07:43 PM

I'd stress not making nut flours (i.e. almond, coconut flours) a staple in one's diet. I think they're a crutch often for new paleo folks. I'm not saying you can't use them occasionally, I do. Relying on them for daily faux bread isn't the best idea.

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1340fe0b7e7b01683ea33042092e05d6

on June 02, 2010
at 05:01 PM

People who start paleo always seem to go out and buy protein shakes (muscle milk etc). They always seem to overdo it on protein initially. Probably the bodybuilding mantra subconsciously drilled intothem by media and magazines. So I tell them to stay clear...

Chew your protein.

8063ffc4fa6b60a1275171659f8a14f0

(155)

on June 15, 2010
at 08:37 PM

I hope people read the ingredients for muscle milk if they are trying to stay paleo. Uses Veg oil for the majority if the fat and if i remember correctly uses casein as a major protein source. I for one would love a paleo version it is crazy delicious

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on April 05, 2011
at 07:54 PM

"Chew your protein" is quite quotable, he he

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on January 14, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I'd go so far as to say "chew all your food" but especially you're protein. Unless you're dairy friendly and drinking some kefir, all your protein should be chewable.

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Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on June 02, 2010
at 09:07 PM

In most cases, if it's in a package (save meat in the foam tray and fresh/frozen fruits/vegies/nuts in a bag) it's most likely "processed" and therefore not paleo. Just my 2 cents

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on January 15, 2012
at 01:07 AM

I'm a bit wary of canned veg ever since canned food was shown to contain BPAs. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/paul-taylor/bpa-being-absorbed-from-canned-food-study/article2248262/

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 14, 2012
at 07:41 PM

How about canned veg? Is that so terrible really?

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on January 14, 2012
at 08:06 PM

My generalization I tell people "If it has an ingredients label, it's not Paleo"

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 07, 2012
at 10:17 PM

Canned veggies that bad? Mostly, yes. The manufacturers do not have to list the preservatives if they are not actually put into the food. Instead, they line the cans with the preservatives (the BPA mentioned by Renee, for the large part). Same end effect, preservatives in the food, but they get around the law. Solution? Either stick with fresh, frozen, or can it yourself!

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:31 PM

Not to mention that canned vegetables taste horrible compared to fresh.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on July 09, 2012
at 09:51 PM

Heh, have to wonder what folks think they line BFA-free cans with... ;)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on July 09, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Canned vegetables & fruit = Better than starving to death.

4
510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:33 PM

I always argue that if the food begins with "paleo-" it's not paleo and should be avoided. Eat real food, foods that are ingredients, rather than food that has ingredients.

4
2c66c70d033e7ec05327026121d2ceb4

on January 14, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Pretty much anything that is being marketed as paleo should be avoided. There are some exceptions of course but you don't see paleo stickers on fruits and vegetables in the produce store. They don't need them.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:32 PM

This. I know it's inconvenient, but processed foods are almost certainly not going to "be paleo."

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4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:50 PM

All of them. I try to eat paleo, not "Paleo".

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Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on January 15, 2012
at 01:13 AM

Other than very rarely:

7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

(540)

on July 09, 2012
at 09:42 PM

that paleo pasta is pretty good!

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Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

on January 14, 2012
at 06:11 PM

who would eat somthing so dead as a fruit bar that sat on a shelf for what? six months and didnt rot? was it going to taste good? of course it tasted like trash. Any way ,if it doesnt have the nutrition left in it to rot, how can you expect it to be healthy for mankind to use it as a food? im not one of those idiots that think a McDonald french fry wont rot either, all they need is water. the moldy ones are more nutritious.LOL

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on January 14, 2012
at 06:23 PM

It's called dehydration. Perfectly natural and ancestral. Ever eat jerky? Same thing.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on June 02, 2010
at 02:15 PM

As processed food is generally fail...this is hard to answer...

My personal bad experinces are vegetable chips and flax crackers also had some rancid seaweed chips

processed junk almost always ends up high O6 or overcooked and therefore nutrient destroyed

meal replacement powders taste horrible without sugar

Most flavored nuts taste off

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 02, 2010
at 04:30 PM

Veggie chips I've found not in bad oils, still tastes of salty cardboard

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 02, 2010
at 04:31 PM

Edit : Product(s)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 02, 2010
at 04:30 PM

I'll try to get the brand names of the product I listed above

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 03, 2010
at 01:28 AM

Lara Bars, looks paleo on ingredients, super insulin carb bars

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on June 02, 2010
at 02:48 PM

Processed food = agreed. I'm referring, however, to the products that would come across as healthy or Paleo-friendly (not saying that it's going to say "PALEO-FRIENDLY!" on the wrapper). I mean, this is obviously geared towards those who want a healthier choice, and all the ingredients would be considered healthy and/or "good for you" -- but it tasted awful. That's pretty much what I was asking about.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on January 15, 2012
at 01:05 AM

My prediabetic coworker is addicted to Lara bars

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 15, 2012
at 01:30 AM

Heck, *I'm* addicted to Larabars. >.<

3806d8d2d78746ce55d8201e67ef3128

(244)

on July 09, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Larabar uber is not so bad, mostly nuts, and under 10 grams sugar.

0
D1deb6d7cd6056a08b254c9d2364b753

on July 09, 2012
at 06:28 PM

Try Larabars. For example, the Banana Bread bar only has almonds, dates, and unsweetened bananas. The Larabar package claims it is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, non-gmo, vegan, and kosher.

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293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on January 15, 2012
at 01:03 AM

Any dried fruits. I don't care if they're homemade. Fruit in general I think is overconsumed.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 03, 2010
at 12:37 AM

chicken livers- yuck. fed to dog. chicken hearts- yummy- just couldn't look at them too closely or a felt like a zombie people eater. not sure about balsamic vinegar. i love the taste- but cordain says unless its distilled(?) vinegar is a no-go. plus it has sulfites in it. some people have been talking down nuts for being too high in omega 6, but i just read that copper may be very important in iron absorption (i'm anemic) and pistachios have lots of minerals, including lots of copper. i think walnuts do as well.

Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

(3125)

on January 14, 2012
at 06:18 PM

i hate omega 6 but i just counter it with omega 3 and its like it dint even exist.

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