We believe that our ingredients speak for themselves. We choose easy-to-understand, real ingredients, and proudly display them on the front of our packaging.

Which one of these snack bars would you rather eat?

Our Seed & Nut Bar Ingredients:

Organic Seeds (Flax, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Sesame), Almonds, Honey, Organic Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, Vanilla, & Salt.
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Leading Diabetes-Friendly Snack Bar:

Soy Protein Crisps (Isolated Soy Protein, Tapioca Starch, Rice Flour, Cocoa [Processed With Alkali], Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Barley Malt), Chocolate Flavored Coating (Lactitol, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Polydextrose, Cocoa, Artificial Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Monoglycerides, Vanilla Extract, Acesulfame K), Fruit Juice & Grain Dextrins, Marshmallow Binder (Maltitol Syrup, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Water, Corn Maltodextrin, Glycerine, Egg White Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Natural & Artificial Flavors), Fructose Liquid, Chocolate Flavored Chips (Maltitol, Chocolate Liquor [Processed With Alkali], Cocoa Butter, Sorbitan Tristearate, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Flavoring), Soy Protein Isolate, Corn Maltodextrin, Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides, Glycerine, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Chocolate Layer (Maltitol Syrup, Sorbitol, Palm Kernel Oil, Milk Protein Concentrate, Cocoa [Processed With Alkali], Chocolate Liquor, Natural Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Gum Arabic, Xanthan Gum, Locust Bean Gum). Less than 2% of the Following: Cocoa Fructose Liquid (Fructose, Water, Corn Maltodextrin, Dutched And Natural Cocoas [Processed With Alkali], Salt, Carrageenan, Natural Flavor, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid), Calcium Phosphate, Cellulose Gel, Guar Gum, Rolled Oats, Natural & Artificial Flavor, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Salt, Ascorbic Acid, Sucralose, Beta-Carotene, and Chromium Chloride.

It is our priority to purchase ingredients from companies who share our belief in quality, health, and sustainability.

Cocoa Nibs

Cocoa is one of nature’s superfoods, containing 2.5 times more immune-system boosting antioxidants than blueberries, lentils, and garlic combined. Naturally occurring theobromine acts as a mood-elevator, while magnesium supports your heart, brain, and bones.

Flax seeds and chia seeds are a terrific source of omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient which is essential to health but which our bodies cannot produce. Omega-3 fatty acids help build healthy cell membranes, especially in the brain. Healthy cell membranes are essential for proper nutrition and detoxification, controlling the extent to which nutrients can enter cells and wastes can get moved out. Omega-3s have also been found to offer protection against heart disease and stroke, and recent studies suggest positive associations between omega-3s and a variety of inflammatory conditions, including IBS, autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and some cancers. 3

You’ll find flax seeds in our No-Grain Granola and Seed and Nut Bars, and our Seedy Crackers contain both flax seeds and chia seeds.

Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and almonds are a great source of trace minerals such as zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper and selenium, and Vitamin E compounds. The minerals are required to jump start a range of metabolic reactions associated with proper digestion and nutrient uptake, and Vitamin E compounds are powerful antioxidants that protect against tissue degeneration and premature aging.

Our No-Grain Granola and Seed and Nut Bars contain all four of these ingredients. Almonds are a main ingredient in our Cocoa Nib Cookies.

CoconutJarSmallerCoconut and coconut oil contain a type of fat known as medium chain triglycerides(MCTs). MCTs are easily converted by the body to energy, and provide a long-lasting fuel. In truth, the body prefers to convert fats to cellular energy rather than glucose. A number of studies have shown that MCTs like those found in coconut products can promote the body’s tendency to burn fat, and when the body regularly burns fat there is a positive association with effective weight management.

HoneyHoney is indeed a form of sugar. However, when compared with sugar’s glycemic value, honey’s is significantly lower. Agave has also been found to have a lower glycemic value than other sugars, but agave consists of only fructose molecules. In fact, commercially produced agave syrup may have an even higher fructose content than high fructose corn syrup. Fructose can cause problems as it cannot be efficiently metabolized, and studies have connected fructose to insulin resistance, fat accumulation around the liver, and other liver problems. 2 Honey contains a combination of sugar molecules – glucose, fructose and sucrose – which are more easily metabolized. In addition, since the other ingredients in Keep It Real Food Co. products contain plenty of protein, fat, and fiber, it helps ensure blood sugar and insulin rise much more gradually, if at all. Honey is also unique in that unlike other sweeteners, it is minimally refined.

Honey is the sweetener used in our No-Grain Granola, and Seed and Nut Bars.

Organic Coconut palm sugar is a low-glycemic sweetener that comes from the nectar of the flower buds of coconut palm trees. Because it is minimally processed, the color, sweetness, and flavor can vary, but it is very high in nutrients and minerals. It is a rich source of potassium (electrolytes), magnesium (blood-sugar regulating), zinc (brain-power), and calcium (strong bones). It contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6, and over 16 amino acids (the building blocks of life).

Both our Peanut Butter Cookies and Cocoa Nib Cookies are made with organic coconut palm sugar.

 

1 See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23446906
2 See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/agave-this-sweetener-is-f_b_537936.html
3 See: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3/
http://www.oracvalues.com/sort/orac-value/