On a visit to Aldi recently I was waiting patiently at the checkout when a word popped out of the sea of impulse buy snacks placed strategically above the conveyor belt…PALEO BAR. Surely not! Has this way of eating gone so main stream now that supermarkets are in on it?
When I started eating low carb, I had resigned myself to the fact that indulgent snacks were a thing of the past and that unless it was real food then it wouldn’t be passing my lips and I was and still am content with that.
Okay, I might see someone tucking in to a slice of cake or packet of crisps and a wave of nostalgia briefly bubbles to the surface but I just remember that it was ‘food’ like that which took me to the brink of destruction in the first place and the thought of a hard-boiled, free-range egg dipped in homemade mayo becomes far more appetising.
Intrigued by my discovery in Aldi, I did some digging online and found an abundance of Guilt Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb goodies everywhere; Paleo Bar, Ketone Bar, Adonis Bar, Atkins Endulge, Grenade Carb Killa with the confusing strap-line ‘Join The Snacking Revolution’. Since when has Low Carb, Paleo, Keto etc. ever been about snacking?
Sinking deeper and deeper into the murky world of the ‘nutritionally optimised snack bar’, I saw a headline ‘Soylent’ a meal replacement containing everything the body needs in a bottle! No need to eat real food ever again, just down a bottle of this stuff and you are good to go.
Being a sci-fi fan I remember the name Soylent from a film starring Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson Soylent Green in which a dystopian over-populated future earth is unable to feed its masses and is saved by the invention of a meal replacement bar called Soylent Green.
[Spoiler Alert!] It turns out that these bars were being made from the bodies of dead humans.
So if that tale isn’t enough to discourage an impulse buy at the checkout then maybe an examination of the ingredients and more importantly the carb content of these so-called low carb bars should.
Is it not the philosophy of healthy eating just to eat Real Food?
It would be great to hear what you think.