I found this great article by Robb Wolf and I have a feeling it is going to hit home with a few of you!
The Paleo lifestyle is getting BIG and so is the market for ‘’Paleo” convenience foods and snacks. There are paleo bars, paleo treats, paleo cookies, paleo granola – you name it. Now granted, I wasn’t around to know for sure but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Paleolithic man did not have the luxury of rolling into 7-11 and grabbing a quick snack. We’ve got it easy compared to our ancestors and while, for the most part, that’s a good thing it can lead to some major problems.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received food logs that look something like this:
Breakfast: Paleo Pancakes (made with coconut flour), Almond Butter (on top of pancakes), Bacon
Lunch: Salad with chicken, dried cranberries, walnuts and balsamic dressing
Dessert: Paleo cookie
Snack: Coconut water, Paleo energy bar or paleo banana bread, Handful of almonds
Dinner: Steak, Sweet Potato with butter, Broccoli
Dessert: Paleo brownie
Okay, so yep, this person is eating a seemingly paleo friendly diet – but he or she is likely not seeing earth shattering results. Why? Well, like they say – “You can paint a turd gold, but it’s still a turd.” A cookie is always a cookie, a pancake is always a pancake, and sugar (whether it be honey, agave, or coconut nectar/sugar) is still sugar; and the body is going to treat it as such. Now, don’t get me wrong, ingredients matter too – gluten, dairy, and soy free are important, and it’s perfectly okay to indulge and enjoy a ‘treat’ – sometimes. The problem comes in justifying a paleo snack or sweet as a daily, totally innocent (like meat and vegetables) food, while expecting to see major body composition and/or health improvements. Nutrient density matters. Steak and vegetables are going to do a lot more for you nutritionally than any bar, cookie or ‘healthy’ paleo treat.
|Product #1||Product #2|
|Serving Size||50.7 grams||56 grams|
|Total Fat (grams)||12 g||14 g|
|Saturated Fat (grams)||9 g||1 g|
|Cholesterol (mg)||5 mg||0 mg|
|Sodium (mg)||100 mg||0 mg|
|Total Carbohydrate (grams)||33 g||30 g|
|Fiber (grams)||1 g||2 g|
|Sugar (grams)||24 g||26 g|
|Protein (grams)||2 g||6 g|
|Vitamin A (% Daily Value)||0%||0%|
|Vitamin C (% Daily Value)||0%||0%|
|Calcium (%Daily Value)||4%||2%|
|Iron (% Daily Value)||2%||4%|
So here’s the take-home message – 80 to 90 percent of the time eat the good stuff: meats, vegetables, good fats, some fresh fruit. Reserve (paleo or otherwise) pancakes, cookies, bars, etc, for times of indulgence and don’t be fooled by the seemingly innocent appearance of a ‘paleo’ treat. Gold turds will do you no favors!
** Product #1 = Twix Bar**
**Product #2 = Paleo Cookie**
Read more from Robb Wolf here