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    OK....I have a question for everyone...I saw a post about snacks for work..play ect. I was looking at the ingrediants for a Larabar and here is what I found:

    Banana Bar = one whole unsweetened banana, almonds and dates.

    Apple Pie = dates, almonds, unsweeted apples walnuts, raisins and cinnamon

    Coconut Cream = dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews and organic extra virgin olive oil

    Is this something that is ok.....or not....while doing Primal?

    I know eggs, nuts, olives are great.....this would be just for a chnange once in a while. Thoughts please and thank you!!!!

  • #2
    there is a TON of sugar in larabars. Of them the coconut cream is nearest to acceptable because of all the fat. But even that has a lot of sugar. I think if you are an athelete or need a boost for your anarobic training half of a bar would be fine just before you start. Otherwise you will definitely be spiking your blood sugar with all that fruit and sugar.
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    • #3
      This sugar things kills me everytime! I went on line and looked up the ingrediants and it looks all natural until you read the fine lines>>>>UGGGG.! Thank you. It seems anything pre-packaged stinks ! No short-cuts....REAL FOOD is going to be my motto from now on!!

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      • #4
        well Larabars are real food... just not primal food. For what they are they are a great product imo. The creator actually was graduated a few years in front of me from my highschool.

        There are posts here from athletes that swear by them when they need performance (athletic performance is very different than maintenance or weight loss!). If you need performance there is no denying you need carbs.

        The goal with primal (and weight loss) though is to lower your insulin and carb dependency so that your body enters ketosis and starts burning fat instead of expecting carbs. Unfortunately yummy sweet fruit doesn't help to that end.

        edit and I'm on the same boat as you! Just been doing it 8 days and each day I struggle to make "the right choice" I think by going lengths to try it shows that we are committed.
        Last edited by TheFastCat; 04-28-2010, 01:14 PM.
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        • #5
          This is good to know....since I am not trying to lose any weight and just want to keep my muscle and strength up! It is cool you went to highschool with the person who invented the bars. There is alot of talk about losing weight.....but....some of us (me)....am trying to hold on to my weight. A little frustrating at times....but...I will figure it out...EVENTUALLY!!! LOLO!! My performance at crossfit has gotten better since Primal and people are asking me what I am doing....love it!! Thanks again for your reply!

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          • #6
            I'm with TheFastCat... Larabars are real food and real good! Just figure the carbs into your total just as you would a piece of fruit or any carb for that matter. The bottom line, Larabars are one of the "prepared" foods you can eat with confidence... even if it is only occasionally. And man does their Ginger Snap hit the spot after a long bike ride mmm good!

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            • #7
              I adore Larabars. I cut mine up into slices and will just have a couple of pieces along with some nuts, with my coffee. No dramas.

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              • #8
                I use them as an emergency back-up for mountainbiking, hunting excursions, and skiing. I prefer Mark's primal bars instead but not always practical when its warm out.
                You'll never see the light if you're in someone else's shadow, or said another way, life is like a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the scenery never changes

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                • #9
                  tons of fructose in aplastic wrapper.
                  challenge yourself
                  i blog here http://theprimalwoman.blogspot.com/

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                  • #10
                    I have them at work if for if I run out of by baggies of seeds and nuts. Not for every day, but better than a snickers. Good for long bike rides, too, if you are in the midst of boinking.

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                    • #11
                      I used to be a Larabar fan but I found that I would gobble the bar in seconds and then be craving crunch and texture and salty things so I would chase that snack with something else. Kinda defeated the purpose of a healthy snack. I like Kind bars because they satisfy the need for crunch but they are very high in calories. My new favorite, which I stumbled upon, is a bar from Kardea Nutrition (www.kardeanutrition.com/bars/). Each bar is only 150 calories, and is natural and vegan. They are chewy, like caramel, so they take time to eat and are really satisfying. They have bits of crunch from nuts, oats, and fruit. I can't keep them in the house -- my family eats them daily!

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                      • #12
                        An occasional larabar won't kill you. True, it has quite a bit of sugar, but unless you are diabetic or trying to lose some weight, I wouldn't fret about having one every now and then.
                        Remember, you are unique just like everybody else.

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                        • #13
                          Let's see......


                          Larabar product info:


                          Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Walnuts, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened Coconut
                          No Added Sugar
                          5g of Fiber
                          Sodium Free
                          1/2 Serving of Fruit*
                          *1/4 cup based on USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005



                          Kardea Bar info:




                          Compare the total ingredients....the Larabar has FIVE, yes, FIVE total ingredients. Everyone talks about how much sugar they have, but it's all natural/non-refined/non-added sugar. I think I'll stick with my Larabars. I only eat 2 or 3 per week, but they haven't hurt my weight loss a bit. I'm down around 30 lbs in the past 6 weeks.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TxAgDuckman View Post
                            Let's see......


                            Larabar product info:


                            Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Walnuts, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened Coconut
                            No Added Sugar
                            5g of Fiber
                            Sodium Free
                            1/2 Serving of Fruit*
                            *1/4 cup based on USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005



                            Kardea Bar info:




                            Compare the total ingredients....the Larabar has FIVE, yes, FIVE total ingredients. Everyone talks about how much sugar they have, but it's all natural/non-refined/non-added sugar. I think I'll stick with my Larabars. I only eat 2 or 3 per week, but they haven't hurt my weight loss a bit. I'm down around 30 lbs in the past 6 weeks.
                            +1. I like Larabars. I can read the ingredient legend and know exactly what everything is. Yes, they may spike your insulin due to the sugar, but plan for that. I like to slice them up, and top them with coconut oil for a "dessert".

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                            • #15
                              I've seen them at the store and they sound good, I'll have to try them out. I'll buy one of each flavor, and try not to eat them all in one sitting!
                              I began this Primal journey on December 30th, 2009 and in that time I've lost over 125 LBS.

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