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Could this be a UK version of the Larabar?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 29, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Hello - This is my first post and hope it will be helpful to Paleo Hackers in the UK! A colleague introduced me to these raw chocolate bars: https://www.livingfood.co.uk/products-21-Raw_Chocolate_Pie.htm I think that they are a UK version of the Larabar? They seem to have similar ingredients? The bars are amazing (I've just had the Goji Berry one and the Naked Pie so far), so delicious! You have to keep them in the fridge but they are really filling and great for a snack if you're stuck for time. The bars are little 'more-ish' but manageable with a little self control ;)

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

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on November 11, 2011
at 09:04 PM

Oh I adore chocolate orange! But I got a really horrible sharp pain in my stomach the time that I ate that bar. The pecan pie bar sounds really nice, I might pick one up over the weekend. I really need to watch myself with sugar cravings - I've had really bad cravings this last week or so, gave in a few times and of course I felt 10 times worse after! I'm learning that I need to totally avoid dried fruit and raisins cos they cause massive sugar crashes for me. I just can't process sugar in any form these days!

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on November 09, 2011
at 01:18 PM

I hate anything chocolate/orangey, so haven't tried that one. My favourites are the pecan pie and gingerbread flavours. They are good and surprisingly filling. I know what you mean about sugar causing cravings though.

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

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on November 08, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Thanks jessyannb! I've tried the choco/orange bar before but I felt a little unwell after eating it. I would certainly end up eating it all in one day if I made a home-made version! Sugar gives me really bad cravings lately and triggers a really deep but fake hunger :(

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

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on November 08, 2011
at 07:49 PM

I've had the Nakd bars before - I've only tried the chocolate/orange one but didn't feel very well afterwards! I'm trying to avoid sweet foods completely, they trigger a ridiculous insatiable hunger in me - It's really not a nice feeling.

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:06 PM

Melissa. What kind of Stevia is good to buy?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 30, 2011
at 01:56 PM

I would only worry about it if you actually got addicted. I know a lot of people who eat agave and none of them have had any of the problems listed here. As treats (by definition something you should eat occasionally) go they have ingredients that might counteract the negative effects anyway.

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on August 30, 2011
at 12:07 PM

Agave isn't pure fructose and none of these studies were done with agave which has nutrients.

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on August 30, 2011
at 11:59 AM

Agave is actually the very worst sweetener to use as it's almost 90% frucose.

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on August 30, 2011
at 05:51 AM

Agave is a deal breaker.

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on November 08, 2011
at 11:57 AM

Nakd Nudie bars are good too - just raw fruit and nuts, but very delicious. I avoid sweet foods completely now though.

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

(522)

on November 08, 2011
at 07:49 PM

I've had the Nakd bars before - I've only tried the chocolate/orange one but didn't feel very well afterwards! I'm trying to avoid sweet foods completely, they trigger a ridiculous insatiable hunger in me - It's really not a nice feeling.

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on August 30, 2011
at 05:36 AM

Years ago I used to eat Trek Bars before cutting out sweet things entirely.

No added sugar or syrups, all "smooshed" fruit. UK health food shops and Boots stock them.

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on November 08, 2011
at 12:59 PM

I love these things http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/store/nakd-nudie-bars/default.aspx NAKD Bars. They are made of basically like, dates and almonds, but are way more than the sum of their parts. However it is easy (and yummy!) to make stuff like that at home, if you can manage to not eat all of it in a day.

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

(522)

on November 08, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Thanks jessyannb! I've tried the choco/orange bar before but I felt a little unwell after eating it. I would certainly end up eating it all in one day if I made a home-made version! Sugar gives me really bad cravings lately and triggers a really deep but fake hunger :(

F42e0775218d2c88fcb1869f3b7ea58e

(130)

on November 09, 2011
at 01:18 PM

I hate anything chocolate/orangey, so haven't tried that one. My favourites are the pecan pie and gingerbread flavours. They are good and surprisingly filling. I know what you mean about sugar causing cravings though.

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

(522)

on November 11, 2011
at 09:04 PM

Oh I adore chocolate orange! But I got a really horrible sharp pain in my stomach the time that I ate that bar. The pecan pie bar sounds really nice, I might pick one up over the weekend. I really need to watch myself with sugar cravings - I've had really bad cravings this last week or so, gave in a few times and of course I felt 10 times worse after! I'm learning that I need to totally avoid dried fruit and raisins cos they cause massive sugar crashes for me. I just can't process sugar in any form these days!

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 30, 2011
at 01:54 PM

I've had these before. Delicious, but definitely a "sometimes food" because of the agave. I would recommend making your own, as you could use less sweetener and also save some money. When I make raw chocolates I use honey and some stevia.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 30, 2011
at 02:06 PM

Melissa. What kind of Stevia is good to buy?

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on August 30, 2011
at 03:57 AM

I'm put off as they all seem to contain agave, which whilst a better than many sugars; it is still sugar. I prefer that the sweetness in Larabars comes from dates & fruits.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on August 30, 2011
at 11:59 AM

Agave is actually the very worst sweetener to use as it's almost 90% frucose.

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on October 02, 2012
at 07:27 PM

I've eaten half of one of those things (peppermint/chocolate) and it tasted like pure sugar. The most important part of my paleo-ness is being sugar free, so I'd rather just make my own snacks. And FTR I'd argue that Lara Bars are actually more nutritious than these ones.

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on August 30, 2011
at 11:52 AM

I agree with the Agave comment. Here's more infomration on it:

There's a good summary as to what affect Agave has on your body here:

A. Fructose appears to interfere with copper metabolism. This causes collagen and elastin being unable to form. Collagen and elastin are connective tissue which essentially hold the body together.1 A deficiency in copper can also lead to bone fragility, anemia, defects of the arteries and bone, infertility, high cholesterol levels, heart attacks and ironically enough an inability to control blood sugar levels.2

B. Research suggests that fructose actually promotes disease more readily than glucose. This is because glucose is metabolized by every cell in the body, and fructose must be metabolized by the liver. 3 Tests on animals show that the livers of animals fed large amounts of fructose develop fatty deposits and cirrohosis of the liver. This is similar to the livers of alcoholics.

C. ???Pure??? isolated fructose contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals and may rob the body of these nutrients in order to assimilate itself for physiological use.4

D. Fructose may contribute to diabetic conditions. It reduces the sensitivity of insulin receptors. Insulin receptors are the way glucose enters a cell to be metabolized. As a result, the body needs to make more insulin to handle the same amount of glucose.5

E. Consumption of fructose has been shown to cause a significant increase in uric acid. An increase in uric acid can be an indicator of heart diease.6

F. Fructose consumption has been shown to increase blood lactic acid, especially for people with conditions such as diabetes. Extreme elevations may cause metabolic acidosis.7

G. Consumption of fructose leads to mineral losses, especially excretions of iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc compared to subjects fed sucrose.8

H. Fructose may cause accelerated aging through oxidative damage. Scientists found that rats given fructose had more cross-linking changes in the collagen of their skin than other groups fed glucose. These changes are thought to be markers for aging.9

I. Fructose can make you fat! It is metabolized by the liver and converts to fat more easily than any other sugar. Fructose also raises serum triglycerides (blood fats) significantly.10

Agave Syrup and other concentrated sweeteners are addictive, so you end up trading a cooked addiction (eating candy bars or cookies) for a ???raw??? addiction which is not much better. Eating concentrated sweeteners makes it harder to enjoy the sweet foods we should be eating ??? whole fresh fruit since they don???t seem as sweet by comparison.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on August 30, 2011
at 12:07 PM

Agave isn't pure fructose and none of these studies were done with agave which has nutrients.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 30, 2011
at 01:56 PM

I would only worry about it if you actually got addicted. I know a lot of people who eat agave and none of them have had any of the problems listed here. As treats (by definition something you should eat occasionally) go they have ingredients that might counteract the negative effects anyway.

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