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Created February 22, 2013 at 8:29 PM

are KIND plus protien bars considered paleo?

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on February 22, 2013
at 09:47 PM

I agree that Larabar is generally better than Kind. Cherry pie Larabar is decent but other flavors I've tried, not so much. Clif makes Kit's Organic fruit and nut bars that are similar in price. Chocolate almond coconut is my favorite (ingredients: dates, almonds, unsweetened chocolate, coconut, coconut oil, sea salt), but berry almond is also pretty good and also plenty paleo.



on February 22, 2013
at 08:36 PM

So, suffice to say, for "hardline paleo" stuff like this isn't really paleo.

However, sometimes processed food doesn't actually ruin everything. Here's what you want to watch out for with KIND bars:

  • Peanuts
  • Rice
  • Added sugar
  • Vegetable oils
  • Soy lecithin

I just took a look at 5 of the 15ish bars they have, and all of them had at least 4 of 5 of those very non-paleo ingredients. So, I would say KIND bars (except for maybe an outlier I missed) are not paleo even for "softline" paleo. They are just dressed up candy bars, with all the same processed crap, sugar, and detriments to your health.

If you really need to include stuff like this into your diet, Lara bars tend to be a much better choice (just don't get any obvious outliers like Peanut butter).



on February 22, 2013
at 10:14 PM

Actually if your diabetic or trying to lose weight I dont recommend larabars either. They're mostly dates which can have a glycemic index as high as 49.



on February 22, 2013
at 08:57 PM

Definitely not paleo, or primal. But, I have to say that in a pinch, they are definitely an acceptable compromise, when faced with no better options. Just don't eat them regularly, for the reasons listed about.



on February 22, 2013
at 08:37 PM

In looking at the ingredients of some of them, I'm seeing things like soy protein isolate, corn derived fiber, and synthetic vitamins. So... no.

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