Legendary Foods Review
Those on the keto diet often find themselves searching for any type of foodstuff that can bring a bit of variety to their table.
Not that the keto diet is bland (it’s hard to call avocado, bacon, Swiss cheese, dark chocolate and the like bland), it’s just that it can be somewhat limited in scope.
After all, you’re pretty much forbidden to ingest all but a tiny amount of carbs on keto.
So that eliminates about half the foods found in the standard Western diet. While Legendary Foods doesn’t market its products as keto per se, they have been receiving a lot of attention from ketophiles lately.
So we’re here to put this brand under the microscope and see what they’re all about
What is Legendary Foods?
Legendary Foods is a brand of processed food products like Kraft, except keto. Sort of.
Like their mainstream counterpart, Legendary produces an array of foodstuffs.
Their product line includes everything from:
- Cinnamon Bun Nut Butter
- Almond Nut Butter
- Pizza Flavored Almonds
- Wasabi Soy Sauce Flavored Almonds
- Apple Pie and Cashew Nut Butter
- Peanut Butter Cup Nut Butter
If you’re sensing a trend, congratulations. Legendary Foods might want to consider rebranding itself “Nut-Related Foods” because that’s their stock and trade.
The company has a set of abiding principles posted on their website that they say drive the creation of all their products. In a nutshell (so to speak) those principles drive them to create food that is:
● Delicious and fun to eat.
● Good for you and able to satisfy your hunger.
● Based on the science of nutrition.
● All-natural and convenient.
The fact is the company never claims to produce keto-friendly foods. In fact, they go to some lengths on their blog to dismiss a low-carb diet as a kind of passing fad. A diet du jour. So
why are their products being reviewed here on this keto-related website? Because a lot of keto dieters have been asking us about whether Legendary Foods are okay for them to eat. That’s an issue we’ll get into below.
What are the ingredients in Legendary Foods?
There’s too many in play in all the Legendary Foods recipes to list here. So we’re going to concentrate on the most common ones.
● Nuts - These foods are legendary for being all about nuts. But how exactly did they settle on the triumvirate of almonds, peanuts and pecans?
According to the company, they submit all the potential nut candidates to something called a lipid peroxidation test.
This test is designed to measure the quality of the fat in each type of nut. Apparently, they only choose nuts that possess a certain type of unsaturated fat.
And you know what? That would be great if they stopped with the nuts.
But, in order to make the different nut butters and nut treats they make tasty, they need to introduce other ingredients. And some of them are nothing to write home about.
● Palm oil - Palm oil is cheap and easy to produce. But we find its inclusion here to be something of a head-scratcher. The company goes to great lengths to tout the supposed integrity of its ingredient list.
Yet palm oil is loaded with saturated fats that have been shown to drastically increase a person’s risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease.
Not good. Palm oil plantations in the developing world are also responsible for a huge percentage of deforestation in the world’s few remaining rainforests.
● Stevia - These products are basically sugar-free. Instead, they added stevia, a natural sweetener which, in terms of sweetness, is some 400 times sweeter than sugar.
It’s a product with a decidedly checkered past, however, and has been banned by the FDA in its raw form.
The stevia you get in products like these is a highly refined version of stevia about which there are nearly as many questions and doubts as there are concerning the raw form.
● Yeast - Legendary makes ample use of yeast in many of its recipes. For mainstream food companies, that’s pretty much par for the course.
But this company states that one of its driving principles is that all its products have to be safe. If you’re allergic to yeast, it’s anything but safe for you.
Reactions to yeast can include skin rashes, mood swings, widespread, pain and a compromised immune system. Just to name a few.
● Salt, lots of salt - The folks at Legendary have apparently discovered the secret to making things taste great. And it turns out, it’s the same way mainstream food producers do it: salt and lots of salt.
They say it’s okay though because they use sea salt. But the fact is, there’s virtually no difference between standard table salt and sea salt when it comes to the health danger it poses.
What is Nut Butter?
Nut butter is a spreadable food created by grinding nuts until they achieve a paste-like quality.
Nut butter bears a passing resemblance to real butter and can be spread like it.
But beyond the cosmetic similarity, the two are unrelated. The most popular form of nut butter by far is peanut butter.