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Are Luna Bars Paleo-Friendly?

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Created May 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Would Luna bars be considered relatively Paleo-friendly? They're basically taking the nutrients that women need and putting them into these delicious little gluten-free bars and seem to really help me get through the day when I need a little something more. I seem to get the most energy to work out when I eat one about 30min before hitting the gym!

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0 · March 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Geeze... catty much?

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3043 · May 31, 2013 at 6:37 PM

YES! and trust me a roasted sweet potato and a grassfed steak is a billion, no a trillion times better! and so tasty!!

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251 · May 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I agree, I didn't realize how bad soy was until recently so I'm definitely staying away from anything soy. Thanks for your help, @Chelsea.

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251 · May 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I'm definitely going to give away my Luna bars now, those silly things aren't cheap either.

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3043 · May 31, 2013 at 1:39 AM

No one here eats soy, and if they do they are crazy. Its terrible, especially for woman because it messes with the endocrine system and acts as a phytoestrogen. Also the only grains that some athletes here are white rice, but really you only need it if your an INTENSE athlete, you can get great carb sources from fruits and starchy veggies.

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3043 · May 31, 2013 at 1:37 AM

If you are having adrenal fatigue and such (something I have experienced from raw fruitarianism and fasting) you definitley should stay away from luna bars. AlsoI would say they are total crap and terrible for you. You need a reboot and that will come from eating great, whole foods:)

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10134 · May 31, 2013 at 12:51 AM

I used to buy the Chukar Cherries mixes and parcel them out 1/4 of a cup at a time. Lately I've been making my own mixes. It's cheaper and I can limit it to the ingredients I like.

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10134 · May 31, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Aw you're just saying that because you want a man-bar @bill. Lol.

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10134 · May 31, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Larabars taste like nuts and dried fruit mashed together. To me they all taste the same. Not bad, but I relish the flavors of hazelnuts, dried cherries and dates individually.

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251 · May 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

A lot of people on here do their own version of their paleo diet, 80% or so and continue to eat grains or soy or something like that so I was curious for an opinion of others.

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5640 · May 30, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I thought it was a joke haha i figured people on this site have an idea already that grains, soy, and refined sugars arent paleo foods.

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251 · May 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Thanks :) I'm still learning.

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251 · May 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I've never tried them, maybe I'll try those instead. I love the Luna bars too, and they make me feel a lot better lately. I will have to look up how to make my own healthy bars because I'm just always on the go and need something with me at all times. Thanks for the idea :) I'm obviously very new to the Paleo eating technique and I've seen lots of different recipes from people (like eating Zaxby's salad with Ranch?) So I was just curious if it is an ok alternative to something really bad.

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10134 · May 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

It's not paleo to ride in a car either. Give her a break. It takes guts to ask a question here.

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251 · May 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Of course, but I meant more so health-friendly than Paleo-- my mistake. I will definitely be cutting out the luna bars though since they're full of soy.

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251 · May 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

That makes a lot of sense. They're not great for you, but they're definitely not the worst thing that's why I was just curious. I meant more so...health friendly than paleo, I'm eating MOSTLY paleo, but it's still a process. I suffer from adrenal fatigue and have a really hard time lately getting energy from foods and I'm not sure why that is? Thank you. :)

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3043 · May 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Welcome to Paleo Hacks:) The paleo diet, no matter how many variations people put on it, is basically a whole foods template. Nothing from a bar, package or box. Basically pastured raised meats and poultry, wild fish and seafood, grass-fed beef and lamb, fruits and vegetables. You say you workout, so that means your paleo template will include more carbs than lets say someone who is sedentary. Carbs could include a pre or post-workout sweet potato or a couple, some fruit throughout the day, squash (spaghetti squash is really good as a past sub if you know how to cook it and don't overcook it) and pumpkin. Some say rice but I wouldn't say its very nutritionally dense and you can get your carbs otherwhere, especially if you are just starting out. That's why the luna bar makes you feel good before a workout, its pure carbs but its full of junk (soy etc.).You'll get all and more nutrients you need on a paleo diet. Spend your money on the good stuff!

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3043 · May 31, 2013 at 6:37 PM

YES! and trust me a roasted sweet potato and a grassfed steak is a billion, no a trillion times better! and so tasty!!

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251 · May 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I'm definitely going to give away my Luna bars now, those silly things aren't cheap either.

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3043 · May 31, 2013 at 1:37 AM

If you are having adrenal fatigue and such (something I have experienced from raw fruitarianism and fasting) you definitley should stay away from luna bars. AlsoI would say they are total crap and terrible for you. You need a reboot and that will come from eating great, whole foods:)

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251 · May 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

That makes a lot of sense. They're not great for you, but they're definitely not the worst thing that's why I was just curious. I meant more so...health friendly than paleo, I'm eating MOSTLY paleo, but it's still a process. I suffer from adrenal fatigue and have a really hard time lately getting energy from foods and I'm not sure why that is? Thank you. :)

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6709 · May 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

The bar is garbage:

LunaPro ?? is the first thing listed for all Luna Bars. It is a combination of the following different ingredients: Soy rice crisp [soy protein isolate, organic rice flour] - Soy rice crisp is used in many nutrition bars and other packaged food in a variety of shapes and sizes. These little spheres provide texture and the main substance of the bar. The soy protein isolate provides the majority of the protein for the bar, and the rice flour also gives volume and texture to the soy protein.

Organic Toasted Oats- This also provides texture to the bar, and also provides complex carbohydrates and fiber. Evaporated cane juice is added to the oats for sweetness.

Organic Soy Flour- Soy flour also adds to the protein content for the Luna bar and may affect the moistness of the bar.

Organic flaxmeal- This is the final ingredient in the LunaPro ?? mix. Flax meal is ground flaxseeds. This adds texture, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids as well as giving a nutty taste to the bar.

Organic brown rice syrup: This is a sweetener derived from barley malt and brown rice. It is a honey like substance that gives a caramel like flavor to the bar. Brown rice syrup has a lower glycemic index than table sugar, but it still adds sugar and carbohydrates to the bar.

All Luna bars contain a coating on the bottom of the bar. For the flavor Nutz Over Chocolate, the coating is a chocolate coating. The coating contains the following ingredients: Organic evaporated cane juice: This ingredient is a sweetener that is derived from cane sugar, which is less refined than table sugar.

Organic Cocoa: Adds chocolate flavor. Cocoa also contains flavonoids that are natural anti-oxidants.

Palm Kernel Oil: This oil is high in saturated fats, and it is a common ingredient in energy bars. It does not have any harmful trans fat, but it is higher in saturated fat. Luna bars contain around 2 grams of saturated fat.

Organic soy lecithin: Used as an emulsifier.

Organic vanilla: Used for flavoring and the last ingredient for the coating.

Inulin: Inulin, derived from chickory root, is used to add fiber to food products.

Organic peanut butter, peanuts and peanut flour: Give the nut flavor to the bar, add some protein and fat.

Vegetable glycerin: This is a sweet, colorless compound from vegetable oil. It is used as a natural preservative and to keep moisture in food.

Natural flavors, organic oat syrup solids, sea salt: These last ingredients are used for flavoring. Luna claims no MSG is used in the natural flavorings, but a blend of secret ingredients.

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10134 · May 31, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Aw you're just saying that because you want a man-bar @bill. Lol.

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Oh man, I love Luna bars, but yeah, they're not Paleo.........although I still might have one once in a blue moon as a treat. On the days I feel like I need a quick pick-me-up before the gym, or something sweet, I usually have a spoonful of almond butter, maybe with a little bit of honey drizzled on it........delicious, and full of carbs (from the honey).

Have you ever had Larabars? Although still slightly processed, the ingredient list is typically just fruit and nuts - a little more Paleo friendly than Luna bars. You should totally look into making your own protein/snack bars though, there are some super easy and tasty recipes out there!

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10134 · May 31, 2013 at 12:51 AM

I used to buy the Chukar Cherries mixes and parcel them out 1/4 of a cup at a time. Lately I've been making my own mixes. It's cheaper and I can limit it to the ingredients I like.

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10134 · May 31, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Larabars taste like nuts and dried fruit mashed together. To me they all taste the same. Not bad, but I relish the flavors of hazelnuts, dried cherries and dates individually.

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251 · May 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I've never tried them, maybe I'll try those instead. I love the Luna bars too, and they make me feel a lot better lately. I will have to look up how to make my own healthy bars because I'm just always on the go and need something with me at all times. Thanks for the idea :) I'm obviously very new to the Paleo eating technique and I've seen lots of different recipes from people (like eating Zaxby's salad with Ranch?) So I was just curious if it is an ok alternative to something really bad.

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10134 · May 30, 2013 at 4:36 PM

They're pretty highly processed. Eat dried fruit and nuts instead.

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5640 · May 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Definitely not. Do you even know what paleo foods are?

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0 · March 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Geeze... catty much?

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251 · May 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I agree, I didn't realize how bad soy was until recently so I'm definitely staying away from anything soy. Thanks for your help, @Chelsea.

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3043 · May 31, 2013 at 1:39 AM

No one here eats soy, and if they do they are crazy. Its terrible, especially for woman because it messes with the endocrine system and acts as a phytoestrogen. Also the only grains that some athletes here are white rice, but really you only need it if your an INTENSE athlete, you can get great carb sources from fruits and starchy veggies.

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251 · May 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

A lot of people on here do their own version of their paleo diet, 80% or so and continue to eat grains or soy or something like that so I was curious for an opinion of others.

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5640 · May 30, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I thought it was a joke haha i figured people on this site have an idea already that grains, soy, and refined sugars arent paleo foods.

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251 · May 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Thanks :) I'm still learning.

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10134 · May 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

It's not paleo to ride in a car either. Give her a break. It takes guts to ask a question here.

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251 · May 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Of course, but I meant more so health-friendly than Paleo-- my mistake. I will definitely be cutting out the luna bars though since they're full of soy.

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