What do you guys think of these new bars by Elisabeth Hasselbeck? They are labeled specifically as a Paleo Bar. They are delicious, and the ingredients look to be sound, all but the last one, which is Safflower oil. They also contain honey, but I would think in moderation that would be okay. Thoughts?
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on April 28, 2012
at 01:07 AM
isn't this the same road Atkins went down? It's a candy bar, even if you call it a caveman bar (or a low glycemic index meal replacement). Better than a sharp poke in the eye, I guess, but still.
on February 08, 2014
at 06:48 PM
The bars use safflower oil, not even high oleic expeller pressed: f that . Wouldn't buy anything associated w/ this woman anyway...
on June 16, 2012
at 06:04 PM
They look fairly solid but of the 3 flavored bars, each one contains stuff that is not exactly paleo. The "Nuts About Nuts" bar has honey and Safflower oil that you mentioned above. Honey can go either way, but is generally accepted as paleo (for the most part). I too have never heard of Safflower oil, so I looked into it, but haven't found anything to back up a claim that it is paleo.
The "Nuts About Berries" bar has Apple Juice Sweetened Cranberries as an ingredient which is further broken out to contain cranberries, apple juice concentrate, and sunflower oil. Also at the end of the ingredients list sunflower oil is listed again. It would seem to me that this particular bar is not paleo based on the ingredients and contains a fair amount of sugar from non-natural/organic sources. Same conclusion on the sunflower oil as on the Safflower oil above.
The third and final bar, "Nuts About Tropical Fruit," contains honey (questionable, see above), organic sunflower oil (again questionable, see above), and unsulphured dried apples. As far as the apples go I don't have a clue what this is. A good rule of thumb that I learned when getting into paleo is that if you can't pronounce/read/easily understand/etc an ingredient on a label, then the chances of it being paleo decrease dramatically.
Just my two sense on the paleo bars.
on June 03, 2012
at 02:07 AM
I think having a bar like this is essential for the Paleo traveler. I know IF is an option, but there's only so much IF that can be sustained on long-haul flights, followed by connecting flights. Or backpacking through random countries that wouldn't know a meal if it didn't include rice.
Also, even in the States there's plenty of times I'm on the go, but have no time to eat or find a place that offers something remotely approaching Paleo but am too hungry to sustain IF.
I've been looking for on-the-go paleo foods/snacks. And yes I understand anything packaged is the antithesis of paleo, but even our paleo ancestors dried meat and berries together into 'traveling cakes'
Bottom line is, I definitely think there is niche for these, besides they taste good. The so-called unallowed oil is the last on the list and presumably relatively minor. And these are certainly much better--ingredients wise--than the other paleo bars I've seen which have who-knows-what.