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is black pepper paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 30, 2012 at 12:58 AM

It is a seed after all. Would be OK for someone with autoimmune problems?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on July 30, 2012
at 05:58 PM

Since when, Vincent? Mass quantities? No. A handful as a snack? Absolutely. A lot of people have to avoid them because they are VERY easy to overeat. Portion control is the key.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 30, 2012
at 03:13 PM

A link to that app would be cool.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 30, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Black pepper does have some PUFA/omega 6. In the quantities usually consumed it should not be an issue. Fresh ground pepper is better as the oil is less likely to be rancid. Again, in the tiny amounts we are talking about, it may not matter.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 30, 2012
at 12:16 PM

There's an app for that! (There really is.)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 30, 2012
at 12:16 PM

Many seeds don't have toxins, they're quite edible.

D978c78c5e30a48e139fa248240e4c16

on July 30, 2012
at 11:45 AM

Seeds are not paleo. Its because the plants dont want you to eat the seeds and so the seeds are protected by toxins.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:44 AM

I doubt it's the safrole that makes it irritating to the stomach. I think it's the spiciness.

Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

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on July 30, 2012
at 01:15 AM

A Google Scholar search doesn't turn up anything about intestinal irritation, unfortunately, and the study cited on the wikipedia page was conducted on rats.

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Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

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on July 30, 2012
at 01:06 AM

Black pepper is actually a fruit, not a seed, so I'm going to say it's paleo. The dried peppercorn does contain a seed, but i can't imagine you would ever be ingesting an amount large enough to have any of the negative effects associated with other seeds.

The Wikipedia article on black pepper is fairly in-depth- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_pepper

I haven't heard anything about black pepper and autoimmune issues, but I'll poke around.

EDIT: Just reading through the wiki article, and noticed this- "Pepper contains small amounts of safrole, a mildly carcinogenic compound.[32] Also, it is eliminated from the diet of patients having abdominal surgery and ulcers because of its irritating effect upon the intestines,[34] being replaced by what is referred to as a bland diet."

Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

(1163)

on July 30, 2012
at 01:15 AM

A Google Scholar search doesn't turn up anything about intestinal irritation, unfortunately, and the study cited on the wikipedia page was conducted on rats.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:44 AM

I doubt it's the safrole that makes it irritating to the stomach. I think it's the spiciness.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on July 30, 2012
at 06:10 AM

Why wouldn't seeds be paleo? My impression was that sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds were fine. I've read on this very site that people use sunflower butter to replace peanut butter. They are, after all, very easily obtained in nature without any processing required.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 30, 2012
at 12:16 PM

Many seeds don't have toxins, they're quite edible.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 30, 2012
at 05:58 PM

Since when, Vincent? Mass quantities? No. A handful as a snack? Absolutely. A lot of people have to avoid them because they are VERY easy to overeat. Portion control is the key.

D978c78c5e30a48e139fa248240e4c16

on July 30, 2012
at 11:45 AM

Seeds are not paleo. Its because the plants dont want you to eat the seeds and so the seeds are protected by toxins.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 30, 2012
at 06:13 PM

do questions like this demonstrate orthorexia?

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A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on July 30, 2012
at 06:11 PM

My grandmother never ate black pepper because she claimed it interfered with digestion. I realize this is a completely useless answer to throw out there without more to back it up, but a lot of the things my grandmother did make a hell of a lot more sense now, so maybe there is something to it.

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on July 30, 2012
at 11:57 AM

Someone needs to make a website www.isthatpaleo.com where you can type in an item and it'll accurately tell you if it's paleo or not, and maybe have some dropdowns to pick paleo, lacto-paleo, primal, auto-immune paleo, etc depending on which one you're trying to adhere to.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 30, 2012
at 12:16 PM

There's an app for that! (There really is.)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 30, 2012
at 03:13 PM

A link to that app would be cool.

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7e13e284a1bafd7b4de14a50ee96140c

on July 30, 2012
at 01:38 AM

It triggers my skin condition so i personally avoid it. I guess it can be an irritant depending on your condition.

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