Is it Paleo to eat Spicy Food?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 28, 2013 at 5:42 AM

I don't know how much chili they ate in paleolithic times, but I guess it was close to nil. Besides, the thing that makes your tongue go numb when eating spicy food is actually nerve poison.

So how paleo is spicy food considered among the paleo community?

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on February 28, 2013
at 03:57 PM

Since chilis are native to the Americas, no one could have eaten one until at least @13000 BC, so you could make an argument that they aren't paleo. Of course you could use the same argument to say that chickens aren't paleo since no one ate one back then because the modern chickens are very much a recent intro. But paleo isn't about reenactment, it's about using evolutionary clues to help us explore what actually works in practice or not.

The nerve poison thing isn't really proof, given some of the anti-nutrients in plants such as cabbage, kale, spinach etc. The question is more about how the nutrients/anti-nutrients balance out in overall benefits/loss. For instance, the benefit/loss ratio of wheat clearly puts it in the big loser category. For the majority of people it seems that chilis and other nightshades wind up winning that contest. As I've said before, the majority of people don't need to give up eggs or nuts just because some people have deadly allergies to thos foods.

YMMV, especially if you have major digestive problems or rheumatic arthritis.


on February 28, 2013
at 06:22 AM

Actually, I bet they did use what herbs and spices could be found around them. They had time to experiment. Spicy food is great. We're not creative anachronists.



on February 28, 2013
at 03:44 PM

It's perfectly fine if you don't have issues with nightshades. Try it for 30 days with it and for 30 days without any nightshades. If you notice any issues, especially pain in the joints, perhaps you should avoid them. If you don't, enjoy.



on February 28, 2013
at 06:43 AM

Actually spice was primarily used to cure and preserve meat in ancient times, maybe pre-dating agriculture. However, chili is relatively recent comer to the cuisines after the discovery of the new world by Europeans. So moderation for chili may be advisable. But other spice and herbs should be ok, esp. the ones you sprinkle on food.



on February 28, 2013
at 05:48 AM

theres nothing wrong with it.

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