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Am I missing out? -Shellfish...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 09, 2011 at 12:41 PM

I don't eat any kind of shellfish. shrimps, oysters, clams, crabs, scallops, lobsters... I used to, but stopped all together about two years ago. I cut it out initially as a part of my elimination diet and I just never added it back. I'm wondering if there is anyone in PaleoHacks who also avoids shellfish for various reasons..

Am I missing out on something nutritious?? If then, what kind of nutrition and what are the possible whole foods replacement ?

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on March 31, 2012
at 02:13 AM

why are pastured eggs and organ meats in the same category?

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on December 10, 2011
at 08:42 PM

Andy, Weston Price's research was done in the 1930s and 40s ... these were these populations' cultural diets ... it was not what the "health-conscious" ate. See for more: http://www.westonaprice.org/traditional-diets/ancient-dietary-wisdom

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on December 10, 2011
at 08:14 PM

It's extremely likely that that's selection bias though. The *only* people who'd eat raw dairy, and more generally consumed organ meats, insects etc. are those who are health-conscious.

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on December 09, 2011
at 09:03 PM

I have a slight allergy to shellfish but still eat them due to how delicious and nutrient-dense they are, by the way.

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on December 09, 2011
at 09:01 PM

You can get fairly substantial amounts of both iodide and selenium from cod.

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on December 09, 2011
at 03:41 PM

Iodine. Seaweed.

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on December 09, 2011
at 03:40 PM

+1 for iodine. If you don't eat shellfish, you need an iodine source. Seaweed would do.

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on December 09, 2011
at 01:24 PM

In a recent radio interview Chris Masterjohn pointed out that Weston A Price found that healthy groups generally consumed one or more of the following:

  • raw dairy
  • pastured eggs & organ meats
  • shellfish/seafood
  • insects/whole small animals

The implication is that there are important minerals and fat-soluble vitamins that we need from these foods. So if you're regularly eating one of the other categories, you can probably continue to take a pass on shellfish.

Me, I'm with Matt. I think that (for now) mussels and oysters are a good source of some critical micronutrients at a relatively low risk.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 10, 2011
at 08:14 PM

It's extremely likely that that's selection bias though. The *only* people who'd eat raw dairy, and more generally consumed organ meats, insects etc. are those who are health-conscious.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on December 10, 2011
at 08:42 PM

Andy, Weston Price's research was done in the 1930s and 40s ... these were these populations' cultural diets ... it was not what the "health-conscious" ate. See for more: http://www.westonaprice.org/traditional-diets/ancient-dietary-wisdom

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 31, 2012
at 02:13 AM

why are pastured eggs and organ meats in the same category?

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on December 09, 2011
at 01:05 PM

Shellfish are usually pretty rich in minerals (more so than fish I've seen). Copper, Selenium, Iron come to mind, B12 as well (as you're more likely to be eating their innards). It's not that you can't get these nutrients in other sources, but that shellfish are mighty tasty!

Also worth considering is that there's less bioconcentration of pollutants (i.e. mercury, PCBs) in shellfish.

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on December 09, 2011
at 01:55 PM

One other nutrient that is very bioavailable in shellfish that might be 'missing' in your paleo diet is iodine. For many of us, we've significantly reduced the salt in our diets, and converted to versions of salt that are not iodized. Shellfish provide a ready source of iodine.

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on December 09, 2011
at 03:40 PM

+1 for iodine. If you don't eat shellfish, you need an iodine source. Seaweed would do.

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on December 10, 2011
at 07:41 PM

Mark Sisson talks about "the uniquely dense nutrition inherent to most shellfish" in detail in this post. I'm sure you'd be fine without 'em, but if you're interested at all, it might be a good thing to introduce.

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on December 09, 2011
at 07:39 PM

I don't eat shellfish either. I never have. That said, I think you'll be ok. I'm sure there are people following a primal lifestyle who are allergic to shellfish and still get along just fine. I know I do...

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on December 09, 2011
at 03:12 PM

i eat shellfish every chance i get. best benefit of living in a coastal state, even if it is the most obese. there are always some sorta critters available. oysters, crawfish, shrimp, mussels, clams. i love them all. crabbing has been a fail for me every time i go to the coast, i cant catch any! i dont have a pier license so i go ghetto style with a stick, string and chicken with the slow pull, net grab....faileo

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on December 09, 2011
at 12:57 PM

I don't think there's anything in shellfish particularly that you'd be missing out on, other fish are far more useful and only then because of the mess we've made of land animals. I've yet to get round to seeing if I'm still allergic to shellfish, but being able to eat salmon seems a sufficient step. Variety is always nice though.

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on December 09, 2011
at 08:42 PM

Shellfish eating is highly rewarding. Best leave it alone.

Less for you is more for me.

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