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Love my grits! Paleo or not?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 09, 2011 at 3:12 AM

Are grits Paleo?

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on April 23, 2012
at 10:38 PM

De gustibus non est disputandum.

E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

(1159)

on April 23, 2012
at 09:56 PM

You speak truth Nemesis!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on April 23, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Heaven is cheese grits with shrimp and andouille sausage :)

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on April 23, 2012
at 08:32 PM

There seems to be more and more of us around here that are starting to relax into things, to realize that how you feel about a "cheat" may make as much of an impact as the actual food, that happiness is about quality of life - not necessarily about following the rules all of the time. Love it!

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on April 23, 2012
at 06:40 PM

I'm from Alabama, and I've always hated grits. I also hate sweet tea. I'm sure my mother wondered where she went wrong. ha!

E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

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on April 23, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I have abandoned many diets and ways of eating at Tupelo Honey.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 09, 2011
at 08:00 PM

Technically, no. If you don't have a problem with corn (some do, some don't), it is still a nutritionally suboptimal source of starch. However, you love them. Love is more important than being "paleo".

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 09, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Thank you Shari, for taking that stick and pulling hard.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on December 09, 2011
at 06:53 AM

that's not grits, that's cauliflower & almond meal..

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

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on December 09, 2011
at 05:46 AM

Corn, ground up. Hominy grits are alkali-treated, apparently. My dad told me they were soaked in lye. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grits

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on December 09, 2011
at 03:56 AM

Because Mark Sisson is a God and he says go and be happy and live a little while you're out there doing the happy. Because sometimes we need to take the stick out of our ass and just LIVE!

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on December 09, 2011
at 03:50 AM

how are they primal, exactly?

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on December 09, 2011
at 03:49 AM

shari knows, listen to shari.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on December 09, 2011
at 03:25 AM

No but they're primal. See 20% rule. Enjoy.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on December 09, 2011
at 03:56 AM

Because Mark Sisson is a God and he says go and be happy and live a little while you're out there doing the happy. Because sometimes we need to take the stick out of our ass and just LIVE!

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on December 09, 2011
at 03:50 AM

how are they primal, exactly?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 09, 2011
at 03:49 AM

shari knows, listen to shari.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Thank you Shari, for taking that stick and pulling hard.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on April 23, 2012
at 08:32 PM

There seems to be more and more of us around here that are starting to relax into things, to realize that how you feel about a "cheat" may make as much of an impact as the actual food, that happiness is about quality of life - not necessarily about following the rules all of the time. Love it!

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A993550f2a130df8d3462c08582f08ec

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on December 09, 2011
at 03:46 AM

If you buy masa harina (or soak your corn meal in lime water) and let it ferment overnight with some live yogurt or kefir, then you can make some pretty tasty grits. It's not strictly paleo, but it is Weston A. Price approved (in addition to being quite yummy).

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on April 23, 2012
at 04:51 PM

I grew up on grits and love them.

I only eat them when relaxing my diet (such as on vacations). For what it's worth, the restaurant Tupelo Honey in Asheville, NC has goat cheese grits that I'd club a seal for. Other than those, I tend to be a purist, salt+pepper+butter, with eggs, bacon, and a sliced tomato on the side.

They do not cause me any particular GI duress, but tend to prevent me from hitting my weight loss goals.

I even seem to tolerate grits/corn products better than tubers and rice, so if I did ever convert to a "safe starch" way of eating - then grits and tortillas would be back on the menu. Same as oats.

Grits are not Paleo. There, I said it. "Cheating" by eating grits is not either. That being said, who cares? I'm not going to lose my "Paleo Pension" by deviating from the diet, and downsides (if any) might be typical discomfort from switching carb sources and perhaps a slowdown in body composition.

Other than that, there is many more important matters I can concern myself with than losing sleep wondering if I am more elite than others because of my dietary compliance.

E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

(1159)

on April 23, 2012
at 09:56 PM

You speak truth Nemesis!

E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

(1159)

on April 23, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I have abandoned many diets and ways of eating at Tupelo Honey.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 23, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Heaven is cheese grits with shrimp and andouille sausage :)

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on April 23, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Grew up a southern girl, eatin' grits anyway. Butter, cheese, bacon, eggs, fish, even chili--all of it with grits. MMmmmm-mmmmm slap-your-mama good. Some things don't get set aside, even in the name of . . . what was this again? Pass the grits, please.

:-)

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on April 23, 2012
at 06:40 PM

I'm from Alabama, and I've always hated grits. I also hate sweet tea. I'm sure my mother wondered where she went wrong. ha!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 09, 2011
at 03:18 AM

Nope, afraid not.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 23, 2012
at 06:03 PM

Rule: if it works for you, and you feel good reintroducing it, do it. Don't make it a key factor of your diet, but enjoy them. Slide them into your 20% if you do primal!

Also, don't believe anyone who tells you to make them with cauliflower. Cauliflower gives me mad gas plus just makes me mad because it doesn't taste like grits- it tastes like cauliflower dressed up as grits.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 23, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Strict paleo, nope. Loose paleo, maybe. See if they work for you, but don't make them a keystone in your diet even if they work well.

Hominy grits are probably better, have that extra traditional processing that makes more nutrients available.

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Aebee51dc2b93b209980a89fa4a70c1e

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on December 09, 2011
at 03:54 AM

Melissa at Hunt Gather Love eats them.

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Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on April 23, 2012
at 05:00 PM

No, they aren't. But if you experiment with them, and it works for you, go for it!

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E34fbfa1bca9ae970c9c7313bf9de9f8

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on December 09, 2011
at 06:50 AM

there's a recipe for paleo grits in the "Paleo comfort foods" book. It involves cauliflower & almond meal.

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on December 09, 2011
at 06:53 AM

that's not grits, that's cauliflower & almond meal..

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94a4a87e3d2e1e9160b6ed77678b4bea

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on December 09, 2011
at 04:44 AM

Ummm what are grits?

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on December 09, 2011
at 05:46 AM

Corn, ground up. Hominy grits are alkali-treated, apparently. My dad told me they were soaked in lye. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grits

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01adafcb4dd4147c6af543f61eee60a8

on April 23, 2012
at 08:08 PM

No and grits ard nasty anyway

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on April 23, 2012
at 10:38 PM

De gustibus non est disputandum.

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