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Are all paleo foods good for you?

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Created September 29, 2010 at 12:47 PM

I often hear arguments that since the Kitavans ate it or since those in the paleolithic did it, therefore, it should be fine. Is this a good way of thinking? Should we assume that if a healthy group or tribe did something, therefore it is also healthy for us?

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on September 30, 2010
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eew! What? As something that's paleo that you wouldn't touch either?

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on September 29, 2010
at 02:28 PM

eating the fermented contents of an animal's stomach comes to mind.

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on September 29, 2010
at 01:02 PM

I think individuality and regionality come into play so we cannot make a blanket statement. It may be that if a foodstuff was commonly eaten in paleolithic times that it would probably be less problematic for most individuals. So it becomes a starting point not an endpoint.

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on September 29, 2010
at 12:58 PM

In short, no.

Honey is a good example. Totally Paleo. But I'm not gonna touch it.

I don't think either Kitavans or Inuit diets are optimal - but optimal probably varies from person to person. They both demonstrate that without grains, modern oils, refined sugar and processed foods - people tend to be much healthier. But it doesn't say what gives the best health/longevity. Maybe it just demonstrates that we are pretty adaptable as a species.

I look at the science and then salt it with an evolutionary perspective, if it still holds up, then I'm okay with it (at least for now).

By the way, after I read up on the Kitavans, I bought an organic coconut. Pretty much put my blood sugar through the roof! (over 200 after only a few chunks)

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

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on September 29, 2010
at 02:28 PM

eating the fermented contents of an animal's stomach comes to mind.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on September 30, 2010
at 06:50 PM

eew! What? As something that's paleo that you wouldn't touch either?

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