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Clif Bar - how bad are they?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Like the title says how bad are these things. I know they contain a lot of soy. I sometimes eat before the gym because they are quick and easy. Thanks

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on May 31, 2013
at 07:08 PM

I'll have to try that, too.

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on May 31, 2013
at 06:40 PM

Also a tablespoon of honey/coconut oil mixed together is like a power gel and is a great fuel before a heavy workout. My dad does that before basketball.

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on May 31, 2013
at 05:35 PM

Lara bars are a better option. Look for minimal ingredients/processing.

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on May 31, 2013
at 05:34 PM

A tbsp of coconut oil (either mixed with tea/coffee or straight from the jar) is another pre-workout option.

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on May 31, 2013
at 04:02 PM

Clif makes a few bars branded as Kit's Organic, some of which have all paleo ingredients. Their first ingredient is dates, which are high sugar and relatively nutrition-poor for a whole food, but I think they're significantly better than regular Clif bars, though ~50% more costly.

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on May 31, 2013
at 04:01 PM

On a scale between grass fed steaks and Twinkies they would fall closer to Twinkies. For me personally the digestive uproar they cause is more than enough to make me shudder at the mere mention of Clif Bars. I agree with CJ that if you want to go the protein bar route making your own is the way to go. You could also try working out fasted and see if that works for you. I think many people are hesitant to try working out fasted because for so long we have been thumped over the head with "you must eat before a workout" which just ins't true (for many people, at least). If you need a little boost before a workout how about a HB egg or a piece of fruit or a sweet potato? Experiment with some other foods and try to stay clear of the Clif Bars and see how you do.

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on May 31, 2013
at 05:34 PM

A tbsp of coconut oil (either mixed with tea/coffee or straight from the jar) is another pre-workout option.

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5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

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on May 31, 2013
at 03:49 PM

I was the same about my Luna bars, but apparently they're obviously very un-paleo and the soy is terrible for you in themselves. They're very, very processed and unnatural, even though most say gluten free or MSG free but they add their own special blend of ingredients that aren't very obvious. I decided to just stop eating the Luna bars solely because of the soy. I ate the Luna (and cliff bars) before a workout too and even though I had a lot of energy, they are so full of sugar and junk that you're not really helping out your body. That's from a paleo standpoint and what I've been told over the past couple of days. As for the details, check out my question "Are Luna Bars Paleo Friendly", some folks had some really great/terrible things to say about it. You could always be eating worse, but I would definitely just start making your own bars to have before a workout so they're easier and very much cheaper in the long run.

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

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on May 31, 2013
at 07:08 PM

I'll have to try that, too.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on May 31, 2013
at 06:40 PM

Also a tablespoon of honey/coconut oil mixed together is like a power gel and is a great fuel before a heavy workout. My dad does that before basketball.

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