Disclaimer: This is the first of a series of reviews for “Naked” and “Nude” products. These products are using the words “naked” or “nude” to market themselves as being pure or “back to basics” – that is, without extra chemical preservatives, artificial flavorings or genetically-modified organisms that often do little for taste and are usually bad for our health. It can be novel and fun to buy a product with the word naked or nude in the name. The main question here is: Is this product appropriate in a nudist setting? Does the product fit in with nudist values of respect for nature and non-sexual social nudity? These reviews are my opinion, and some are as much for fun as for any useful information. None of these reviews are an official endorsement or condemnation by any official nudist organization.
Naked Granola is one of those few products that is what it appears to be – a back-to-basics product using everyday ingredients that justify its use of the word “naked” to mean pure or healthy.
As a nudist, the first thing I look for in a product using the word “naked” is the image on the package. Some products use the word “naked” in a sexual way to connect with people who might buy their product. They play off the “forbidden” or “naughty” connection that America has with nudity. It’s a strong lure, and it often works. But as nudists we see right through this cheap trick. Looking at the package of Naked Granola, I didn’t see any sexual images – a good start. There is a body in the logo, but it’s a person touching the “d” in the word naked – which has leaves growing out of it – as if it was a large tree, which reinforces the idea of naturalness. Hey, naturalness is something nudists can relate to!
I picked up the “Taste of Seattle” style of Naked Granola. It’s much darker than your average granola. That’s because it features dark chocolate. Hmm, chocolate sounds tasty but not healthy! But when I looked at the ingredients list, I was impressed: things like cranberries, almonds, raw sunflower seeds, and No artificial flavors, No trans fats, no GMO’s, and high in fiber and probiotics. It’s even got the Kosher Dairy seal! Wow, I’m plotzing and I’m not even Jewish.
Yeah, yeah, so what about the taste, you say? I’m chewing some right now, and yes it’s chocolaty, but just as prominent is the taste of the almonds, cranberries, and oats. It’s softer and less crunchy than most granola. The chocolate is not the over-sugary candy-bar kind, its the kind that mixes well with other foods. So this seems like a healthy treat. That fits with the owner’s mission statement – his “Naked Truth” on the bag – that he wanted to create food for his kids that contained “the beneficial wonders of nature, not chemistry.” Sounds a lot like the goal of the original nudist natural healers! He even points out that the bag is resealable and reusable. Gotta like that. (Unfortunately, the bag is not recyclable, since the outside paper is lined with plastic. But re-use is better than recycling anyway, so points for that.) Naked Granola is a good product for a nudist setting.
159 Calories per ¼ cup
Total Fat: 13%
Trans Fat: 0%
Sodium (7.2mg): 0%
So my Unofficial Nudist Rating of Naked Granola is 4 out of 5 Stars. Go out and get some!
For more info, check out NakedGranola.com
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