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The New Rx Bar - Chocolate Sea Salt

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The ingredient list is:

Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashew Butter, 100% Chocolate, Sea Salt, Chocolate Flavor

 

My concern is with the chocolate flavor.  Will this bar also be W30 compliant?

 

http://www.rxbar.com/products/cacao-collection.html

 

You could write to the company and ask them what exactly Chocolate Flavor is, and find out for sure.

 

But before you do that, remember that bars of any kind are really for emergencies only. They're not intended to be used regularly as snacks, desserts, or meal replacements. Also keep in mind that one thing most of us have problems with is a sugar dragon, and any kind of sweet food, even a compliant one, can keep that sugar dragon roaring. 

 

If you feel you need to keep emergency food around, if you're like most people, your best bet would be to keep things like compliant tuna, salmon, or sardines, or even something like a compliant jerky. I know that I find if I keep something sweet tasting around for "emergencies," I suddenly seem to have a lot of emergencies that I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have if I kept tuna fish on hand instead.

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I know RX bars are Whole30 approved but I'm sure there are a couple that aren't and I would almost say no go on this one per the "no adding chocolate to dried fruit and dates to create a chocolately confection".

 

Cacao (100%): Yes

Cacao (or 100% cocoa) is great when used as a savory spice (our Mocha Steak Rub, found in It Starts With Food, is a great example), but you can also feel free to add it to your coffee or tea, or brew it Crio Bru-style. But per the rules of the program, it’s not okay to add cocoa to dates and other fruits to make chocolate-y confections. Read our Great Cocoa Debate for details.

- See more at: http://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/#sthash.IazSSfFn.dpuf

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Most of the time, we have to trade up for the Big Win,  complete health  vs. convenience.    A Whole 30 requires some cooking.   You don't have to be an expert to get by.   Fruit and nutty bars are the slippery slope.

 

Many now have daily emergencies and choose bars over protein, vegetables and good fats.   kickcan.gif

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Before W30 I always kept a low sugar Kind bar in my purse for an emergency meal replacement (I have a bad habit of skipping meals). Are there any bars I can make without the honey? Like reducing apple juice concentrate or something to make the bar stick together?

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Robbone, please see Tom Denham's post above.

 

The Whole 30 is all about changing your relationship with food.  Skipping meals is non-starter right out of the chute.   Making bars to replace your Kind bar is second verse same as the first.  These Rx bars and all others are only to be used for emergencies.  You don't want to replace your meals with bars, Robbone.  It's so important to break the snacking cycles.

 

Many have budgeted for a daily emergency by eating these bars every single day.  They also normally restart a Whole 30 just a few days after they finish.  The 2nd go-around, they work hard on eliminating bars, dried fruits, nut butters and nuts eaten in excess.   You can learn from their angst by staying away from the daily bar fix and working towards eating 3 meals aday.   Tom Denham and Lady Shanny have all of the rules and Whole 30 Template attached to their siggie (signature).  They'll help you make great decisions for 30 days.

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Before W30 I always kept a low sugar Kind bar in my purse for an emergency meal replacement (I have a bad habit of skipping meals). Are there any bars I can make without the honey? Like reducing apple juice concentrate or something to make the bar stick together?

Whole30 is all about eating your meals, not skipping them. If you intend to eat on the go, you can pack a meal in a cooler, or take portable food that doesn't need refrigerating for a few hours: hard boiled eggs, cubed roasted sweet potatoes, cans of compliant tuna, salmon, or sardines (plus can opener and fork), etc.

 

One of the key aspects of Whole30 is to get you to pay attention to what you eat and when you eat it. We really do want you to prioritize eating. There is no virtue, and no good health, in skipping meals and then eating a bar of some kind later. We really really do want you to eat actual food. For real. Three times a day. Every day. For thirty days. That's the deal. That's Whole30. Really. Eat up and feel the magic.

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Guys, this one opens up a can of worms that we (the Whole30 team) need to address in a big-picture way; not just realated to this particular flavored bar. I'm sure there are other products in the works from a variety of companies that straddle the line of "technically compliant but we don't like it" and we want to make sure we do the right thing here, and not set a precedence that doesn't line up with our integrity.

 

For now, the verdict is out on these, and we are discussing internally, and will post a decision (and full explanation) soon. Which means if I were you, despite the technically compliant ingredients, I'd think long and hard about including them in your Whole30.

 

Melissa

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My husband love these things and I think it's confusing that Whole30 says no processed protein powders (like egg white protein powder) and no additive (chocolate flavor etc.) HOWEVER the Rx Bar is APPROVED!?? My jaw dropped when I saw that label on the Rx bar.  A Lara bar, I can understand.. although it has been chooped up/processed, the Rx bar has artificial flavoring! How is this approved!? It looks like Whole30 is making money from Rx

 

The whole30 changed our lives and 6 other people in our family as well because we bought the book and told everyone. But slapping a Whole30 label on a packaged sugary product is far from natural, whole food eating. Not to mention an isolated processed protien 'product' like egg white protien powder. That's FAR from eating a boiled egg. And doesn't this encourage snacking anyway? 

 

The Rx website says As prescribed by Nature. Where in nature do you find chocolate flavor?

 

From the website:

100% Natural

Get the energy you need in eight ingredients or less -- without grains, added sugars, gluten, soy, dairy or any artificial or processed ingredients.

 

Sure you could email them, they'll explain away the 'flavor.' Don't eat this crap.

 

In my opinion, the whole30 programs loses credit by approving an Rx bar. $$$

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