Paleo High Protein Bars
Paleo is short for Paleolithic. Dr Lorran Cordain coined the term when he was researching the habits of our ancestors from the Paleolithic Age. According to Dr. Cordain’s theory, our bodies were designed through thousands of years of evolution to eat the foods that were available to early hunter and gatherers such as meat and fish, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables.
As we settled into communities and became more agrarian, grains, dairy, and (more recently) processed foods became a larger part of our diet. Paleo proponents maintain that these foods are harder for our bodies to digest and that we should stick as closely as possible to the kinds of foods we believe our ancestors ate. In other words, our bodies have not evolved much since that time so in order be healthy, the optimum diet would be Paleo.
According to Dr. Cordain and others, the foods recommended in the Paleo diet provide our bodies with more efficient, long-lasting energy that also aid in burning fat. It is also considered to be optimal for digestion, blood sugar regulation, metabolism, and sleep.
What can you eat on the Paleo diet?
High quality protein is a Paleo staple including meats, poultry, fish, and eggs. In addition Paleo folks eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats from coconut, avocado, grass fed butter, olive oil, and some nuts and seeds. But not just any of these foods – the highest quality, non GMO options. Needless to say, the followers of this diet are label readers and quite choosy about what passes their gums.
What Should You Avoid?
Processed foods, grains, dairy, soy, legumes, refined sugar, artificial anything and alcohol.
What kind of protein bars would a Paleo bar consumer eat?
Well clearly the protein would need to come from nuts, seeds or an animal source. The Paleo diet encourages people to avoid processed foods altogether with refined sugar and flour at the top of the “no-no” list. It goes without saying the best bars for a Paleo bar eater would be as follows:
- Non GMO Protein Bars
- Low Sugar Protein Bars (natural source of course and wouldn’t spike your insulin with honey, agave, or maple syrup)
- Gluten Free Protein Bars
In addition it would have to be:
- Soy free
- Dairy Free
- Grain Free
- Legume Free
- Sugar Alcohol Free
- Artificial ingredient free
Okay. Let’s say you’ve decided try to eat Paleo, and you like the convenience of bars, what are your choices? Unfortunately, if you want a high quality food bar, the pickings are slim. Almost all of the bars out there that call themselves Paleo, are not organic. Most of them either contain GMO ingredients, sugar alcohols or high glycemic, insulin producing sweeteners.
According to the United States Exercise Counsel, it’s best to avoid bars with lots of sugar. Many bars contain sucrose (cane sugar), sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, honey, brown rice syrup or high fructose corn syrup. The counsel recommends that you limit your sugar intake to 25 grams daily for women and 37.5 grams for men. If you’re not careful, it’s possible to get close to those limits with just one protein bar!
Bhu Paleo high protein bars are a perfect choice! The sweetness comes from monk fruit and prebiotic tapioca fiber. They are also gluten, grain, dairy and soy free. All of the ingredients are non GMO.