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Kind Snack brand, anyone else using them?

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Created July 26, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I have fallin in love with the BE Kind Almond and Cocunut bars specifically but they have alot of other options too. Eh I'm sure I am stretching the Paleo idea here...but the ingredient list is tiny. No crazy adders. Here is the list of ingredients from the bar I love. They have some other, lower sugar content ones as well.

Almonds, honey, shredded coconut, coconut chips, glucose, puffed rice, chicory fiber, soy lecithin.

Total Sugar content on this is 11Grams with 14Grams Carbs, and 4 Grams of Dietary Fiber.

http://kindsnacks.com/ If you check their Kind+Plus line they have some that are mixtures of nuts only that are yummy too.

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15976 · August 08, 2011 at 1:31 AM

I'd have to agree. Lara are available everywhere and they have by far the least ingredients I've found. I don't eat them but if one wants to eat a sweet bar then just eat a larabar and be done with it.

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7970 · February 09, 2011 at 1:59 AM

Huh, wonder if my local Whole Foods carries these, I've been afraid to mail order them in any kind of quantity.

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7324 · February 09, 2011 at 12:20 AM

I would have to disagree with that. Glucose is not really a problem in healthy individuals, but fructose is a whole different ballgame. Agave nectar has 90 percent fructose, and brown rice syrup has little to none. Which would you choose?

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7324 · February 09, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Arsenic is all natural too...

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514 · July 29, 2010 at 7:21 AM

I like to cut them into thirds and re-wrap in tin foil to get mini-sugar bombs.

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30 · July 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Agree with Patrik. Instead of "natural" as a guide, use your common sense.

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247 · July 27, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Well please explain your stand of why they are "Candy". I'm not trying to start an argument, I simply am trying to learn new angles to look at food. Obviously my past viewpoint angles have been incorrect thus the reason I am overweight and trying paleo. :)

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2374 · July 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM

I've tried them, Jason. I was celiac before I was paleo; I've tried most GF options in most places. They read as candy to me. I stand by my answer.

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247 · July 27, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Neat, I'll have to check them out. Would make a good snack for school.

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247 · July 27, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Eh John I would say a Kind bar is a far cry from a Snickers bar. These bars are Gluten Free, Low GI, and made from nuts and shreds of cocunut bonded with honey. (Kind Bar 14gCarbs -4g Fiber) Snickers includes 28g of sugar 37g Carbs , includes corn syrup, hydronated oils, and other goodies. One thing I like about these bars is there simple ingredient list. No its not a perfect list of ingredients, but is no Snickers bar.

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10502 · July 27, 2010 at 3:44 AM

No need to be sorry. :)

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247 · July 26, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Yeah sorry, I'm not using these as a nutritional source for my everyday nutrition. I meant from the angle of a cheat, or last minute deal. But you have opened my eyes more..I was looking at it from the wrong angle all together.

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10502 · July 26, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Agreed with Chris. This is simply candy. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing remotely "Paleo" about this.

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10502 · July 26, 2010 at 7:53 PM

@Jason -- there are a lot of things that are "natural" that are decidedly unhealthy for us to eat. I would not use "natural" as a filter for what you eat.

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3651 · July 26, 2010 at 6:22 PM

thanks, no way did i mean for it to come off harsh or anything. glad you liked my answer.

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247 · July 26, 2010 at 4:54 PM

True, I'm only a few weeks into Paleo which is probably part of my problem. I like your response. :)

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851 · July 26, 2010 at 3:08 PM

does it really matter if the sugar is coming from honey or not? sugar is sugar

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247 · July 26, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Well I was thinking...Honey is Natural, and some Paleo's use this to sweeten the product. After reading up on the Soy at this link. http://www.fooducate.com/blog/2009/07/07/what-is-soy-lecithin-and-why-is-it-found-in-so-many-products/ and others. I didnt feel the need to truly worry about it being super non paleo. Looking at the bar there is little to no rice seen, I presume they are using it as a bonding agent as well. Overall they market the bar as a low GI. SO maybe I was stretching is hoping I could use it as a snack :)

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247 · July 26, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Cool thanks for the brand recomendation.

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1973 · July 26, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Just say no, seriously.

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247 · July 26, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Yeah I was trying to figure out how much of that was naturaly occuring from the cocunut or added from the Honey.

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3651 · July 26, 2010 at 3:55 PM

I guess the argument here is about optimal nutrition. If you are going to ingest 11 grams of sugar, where would you rather get it? You could eat a cup of strawberries for only 7 grams of sugar bound up as nature intended--a perfect on the go snack available at most grocery stores--and get a day and a half's worth of your vitamin C intake as well as some folate and fiber.

The beauty of Paleo is changing the way we eat and the way we think about eating. Convenience foods from the processed food industrial complex are out, nature's energy packets in the form of real food are in. We should do our best to resist the enterprising urges among us that might try to bring the processed food world to paleo eating--it's a slippery slope from grass fed steaks to processed paleo protein bars made from only the freshest finest ingredients (in a factory a few months ago) and packaged in a shiny foil wrapper with a picture of a ripped paleo dood on the front.

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3651 · July 26, 2010 at 6:22 PM

thanks, no way did i mean for it to come off harsh or anything. glad you liked my answer.

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247 · July 26, 2010 at 4:54 PM

True, I'm only a few weeks into Paleo which is probably part of my problem. I like your response. :)

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20787 · July 26, 2010 at 6:53 PM

If you love these because of taste, I would consider them not paleo but probably not that bad as an occasional cheat or for a snack to keep in the car for emergencies as long as you are not eating a lot of them. If you were eating them for health reasons, I'd say don't bother. I do like to keep snacks in the car and there are only limited items that won't go bad or melt or wither in a boiling hot parked car. I usually try to have nuts or some kind of meat jerky. For shorter durations, oranges hold up well to heat as well and a juicy orange tastes so good when it's really hot out!

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30 · July 26, 2010 at 12:56 PM

What's Paleo about this bar? Glucose, rice and soy lecithin?

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10502 · July 26, 2010 at 7:53 PM

@Jason -- there are a lot of things that are "natural" that are decidedly unhealthy for us to eat. I would not use "natural" as a filter for what you eat.

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247 · July 26, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Well I was thinking...Honey is Natural, and some Paleo's use this to sweeten the product. After reading up on the Soy at this link. http://www.fooducate.com/blog/2009/07/07/what-is-soy-lecithin-and-why-is-it-found-in-so-many-products/ and others. I didnt feel the need to truly worry about it being super non paleo. Looking at the bar there is little to no rice seen, I presume they are using it as a bonding agent as well. Overall they market the bar as a low GI. SO maybe I was stretching is hoping I could use it as a snack :)

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30 · July 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Agree with Patrik. Instead of "natural" as a guide, use your common sense.

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7324 · February 09, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Arsenic is all natural too...

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56616 · July 26, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Sometimes when I am in a bind I do eat commercial nut and fruit bars. Kind Bars are kind of sugar-heavy though. There is a rival brand, Oskri, that makes an almost identical bar with a low-sugar option. I bought a couple of these when I was on a road trip.

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247 · July 26, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Cool thanks for the brand recomendation.

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2604 · July 26, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Eleven grams of sugar is a lot for a small bar - adding glucose in its own right is not good, but containing a soy product as well would put me right off this - sorry!

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247 · July 26, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Yeah I was trying to figure out how much of that was naturaly occuring from the cocunut or added from the Honey.

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851 · July 26, 2010 at 3:08 PM

does it really matter if the sugar is coming from honey or not? sugar is sugar

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7324 · February 09, 2011 at 12:20 AM

I would have to disagree with that. Glucose is not really a problem in healthy individuals, but fructose is a whole different ballgame. Agave nectar has 90 percent fructose, and brown rice syrup has little to none. Which would you choose?

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70 · April 04, 2011 at 2:56 PM

You guys are harsh. The transition to Paleo isn't all that easy, so if your biggest problem is a Kind bar every now and then, I'd say you're doing awesome!

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295 · July 27, 2010 at 4:37 AM

I was at my local Whole Foods-type store (Metropolitan Market) cruising for a snack to eat. Near the Larabars (which I find very sugary) they had these: http://www.tankabar.com/cgi-bin/nanf/public/product-tankabar-intro.cvw?sessionid=c7281f478de4d3db8af3783cc776702a3a45d4e9

In an emergency, seems somewhat better than these except for the sugar added to the cranberries.

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247 · July 27, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Neat, I'll have to check them out. Would make a good snack for school.

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7970 · February 09, 2011 at 1:59 AM

Huh, wonder if my local Whole Foods carries these, I've been afraid to mail order them in any kind of quantity.

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2119 · July 26, 2010 at 9:17 PM

For goodness sake, just have a Lara Bar. They are sugar bombs, but they are actually paleo.

(The sugar in them is from dates)

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514 · July 29, 2010 at 7:21 AM

I like to cut them into thirds and re-wrap in tin foil to get mini-sugar bombs.

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15976 · August 08, 2011 at 1:31 AM

I'd have to agree. Lara are available everywhere and they have by far the least ingredients I've found. I don't eat them but if one wants to eat a sweet bar then just eat a larabar and be done with it.

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Almond cashew with flax is paleo, but should be considered a dessert or a rare treat, it was all they had at the store between classes, it is better than all the other grainy granola bars and had no rice in it. In my opinion it has a lot of sugar, too sweet for me, but the vanilla was delicious.

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Steves original is one of the best websites I have found for paleo, they have the Tanka bites! I have had the paleo krunch cereal and it is great! If that doesn't help, make your own bars!

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0 · April 09, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Steves original is one of the best websites I have found for paleo, they have the Tanka bites! I have had the paleo krunch cereal and it is great! If that doesn't help, make your own bars!

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421 · July 27, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Glucose, puffed rice, soy lecithin! EEK!! RUN!!!

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2374 · July 27, 2010 at 12:35 AM

If I'm desperately hungry and stuck in a Starbucks -- the only place I've seen KIND bars -- I'll get a fruit salad over one of these, anyday. I figure even GMO'd watermelon chunks have to be better for me than what is essentially a $2 Snickers bar.

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2374 · July 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM

I've tried them, Jason. I was celiac before I was paleo; I've tried most GF options in most places. They read as candy to me. I stand by my answer.

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247 · July 27, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Well please explain your stand of why they are "Candy". I'm not trying to start an argument, I simply am trying to learn new angles to look at food. Obviously my past viewpoint angles have been incorrect thus the reason I am overweight and trying paleo. :)

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247 · July 27, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Eh John I would say a Kind bar is a far cry from a Snickers bar. These bars are Gluten Free, Low GI, and made from nuts and shreds of cocunut bonded with honey. (Kind Bar 14gCarbs -4g Fiber) Snickers includes 28g of sugar 37g Carbs , includes corn syrup, hydronated oils, and other goodies. One thing I like about these bars is there simple ingredient list. No its not a perfect list of ingredients, but is no Snickers bar.

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