Product Type: Nakd Snacks
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Trek bars- "Go climb a mountain" and take one of these along with you!
Nakd Trek Bars
Member Name: theabster
Nakd Trek Bars
Advantages: Made by a great small company. A healthy snack- really sweet and filling. Almost like a meal!
Disadvantages: A bit pricey and not widely available: see www.naturalbalancefoods.c o.uk for more info
Trek bars are my favourite snack! They are so moreish and yummy!
Firstly, what are they and what are they made of?
Trek Bars, made by Natural Balance Foods (the makers of "Nakd" bars) are a wholesome, raw, vegan energy bar made with all natural ingredients and gingko biloba and ginseng extracts for potential enhancement of concentration, alertness and endurance. They are high in protein: 11 grams of protein in a 68g bar derived mainly from soya 'crisipies' (i.e. puffed soya) and the high peanut content- 8%. They also contain 4 grams of fibre, are 89-98% fat free and contain 200-240 calories, all dependent on which flavour you choose. The high protein content make them ideal for active individuals who are seeking out a healthy, sustaining snack that will keep them on the move, whilst maximising muscle efficiency and development.
They come in various flavours: e.g. Peanut and Oat (my personal favourite!), Berry and Cocoa Brownie. They contain no added sugar and are sweetened just with dates, raisins and apple juice. Mmm!
The ingredients for the cocoa brownie flavour are:
Raw Dates, Soya Crispies (soya, tapioca starch, salt), Oats, Raw Raisins, Raw peanuts, Apple Juice, Cocoa, Maize Starch, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Ginseng Extract and a hint of natural flavours.
So what are Gingseng/Ginkgo Biloba Extracts?
Ginseng is probably the most popular of the two as a commercial supplement and thus its effects are more widely documented. Ginseng extracts are thought to act as an adaptogen (a product that increases the body's resistance to stress) and is considered to also have anticarcinogenic and antioxidant effects. As with most herbal medicines it is difficult to know for sure whether one particular effect is necessarily true for all cases and/or is scientifically proven. I would hasten to add however, that bias against herbal remedies is supported and waged from pharmaceutical companies who have a vested interest in keeping these products off the market in order to support their own profit drives.
Ginkgo Biloba is derived from the leaves of the Ginkgo Biloba tree and contains flavonoid glycosides and terpenoids. These have been used pharmaceutically with various conflicting studies but generally suggest that Gingko enhances memory, concentration and acts as an anti-vertigo agent. Further studies suggest a link between the consumption of Gingko and improvement of blood flow, protection from free radicals and preventing blood clots. For some people it is suggested that Gingko will enhance memory for up to 2.5 hours after consumption and will significantly improve attention span. Tinnitus prevention and treatment of Alzheimers have also been studied as being linked to the potential of Gingko as a pharmaceutical drug.
Trek bars contain both these extracts that are otherwise readily available as supplements from health food stores and chemists. Who knows if they work (!) but as a combination with the other ingredients it makes for a really satisfying and tasty snack.
The benefits of a raw food diet (whether exclusively or in part) are well documented. Branded as "extreme" and "unhealthy" it is far from either: bad press has illegitimised what should be a powerful food revolution. The consumption of raw vegan food essentially protects the nutrients contained within the product so that the body can efficiently uptake the maximum quantity of nutrients from a minimal quantity of foodstuff. It prevents sluggishness, lethargy, non-alertness, and encourages deeper, better quality sleep patterns. Further the consumption of a largely raw diet is thought to clear skin and generally improve overall health. It makes sense: raw foods are simple and unprocessed and relatively untampered by manufacturing processes. Trek bars are cold pressed so as to ensure none of the ingredients are ever heated incurring losses of valuable nutrients and enzymes.
A few words about the company?
Natural Balance Foods are doing rather well for themselves! They are a small ethical company devoted to the promotion of raw snacks in various forms (e.g. Nakd bars, trek bars, flavoured raisins etc). They have an online shop where you can buy bars in bulk: e.g. 24 bars (each 68g) for around £23, so that's just under a £1 per bar. Generally they retail in Holland and Barrett at around £1.20, which is quite pricey, but they do almost substitute a meal. Nakd bars are much more widely available e.g. in Boots, Tescos, Sainsburys etc, whereas Trek bars are less so.
Summary: I am completely addicted to them!