Questions after reading Paleo for Beginners 2013

Answered on December 11, 2013
Created December 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

1. At the top of page 6, Grains include wheat, barley, rye, and corn. Farther down the page in the Grains section, it addresses only wheat, barley, and rye. On page 7, though, it states "Other grains like rice, oats, and corn may also be contaminated with gluten at the factory." If you grow your corn in your garden, or buy rice and oats prepared in a gluten-free facility, are they safe to eat on a Paleo diet?

2. On page 9 in the discussion on vegetables, there is a reference to the "Dirty Dozen". What does this mean?

3. The recipes on pages 12 and 14 call for "rashers" of bacon? What is a rasher? The recipe on page 12 also calls for "fresh rocket"; what is that?

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on December 11, 2013
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1. Safe is a relative term. If you have no gut issues (leaky gut, gluten intolerance, celiac, allergies etc) you can choose to eat whatever you feel good eating. As a general rule, most paleo folk do not consume corn, oats and/or rice at least to start so they can see how they feel without them in their bodies. Later on, some re-introduce each one at a time to either gauge their reaction or reach certain athletic goals. You may find this article interesting to learn more about why grains are avoided (and yes, corn is a grain.)

2. The dirty dozen references the 12 most contaminated vegetables and fruits that you can buy. You should always buy these organic. The list includes:

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Nectarines
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Potatoes
  11. Cherry tomatoes
  12. Hot peppers

3. A rasher of bacon is just a slice of bacon and fresh rocket is another term used for Arugula.

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