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Is frozen food paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 07, 2012 at 4:33 PM

If frozen in theory paleo? I just saw a video of some Inuit folks in northern Baffin Island transporting their catch back to their village. The first kill was frozen long before they finished with the last kill. And by the time they got home the entire load was way colder than any home freezer. And they were using snowmobiles, cutting down the time to get home. So doing the same thing with dog sleds would take much longer and the catch would be thus even colder.

But, of course, many people's ancestors never, ever, ever saw snow and ice, ever.

I would love to hear your ideas. It seems to me that there would have to be some kind of degradation of nutrients, but not necessarily really bad like pasteurization. Would the enzymes be permanently killed? My inquiring mind wants to know.

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HA! Agreed. But I would say frozen pineapple chunks purchased in January in North Dakota for a coconut milk smoothie might not be "Paleo." But that's a seasonality/locality issue, and not everyone considers those relevant to their diet.

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It preserves and saves me major $$$ by allowing bulk purchases...I'm in!

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:07 PM

how you cook/heat them determines if they are "paleo" or not.

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on June 07, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Whether food has been frozen or not doesn't make it more or less paleo. Freezing is just a natural and very effective conservation technique, no more, no less. It doesn't change the actual nutrients, it just preserves them.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:16 PM

It preserves and saves me major $$$ by allowing bulk purchases...I'm in!

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:07 PM

how you cook/heat them determines if they are "paleo" or not.

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Paleo or not, its' realistic.

If I bread stuff up and cover it cream sauce, no. If I roast it in the oven with a side of veggies, yes. Does really doesn't matter if I took it out to defrost while I was at my non-paleo, 8hour a day job?

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on June 07, 2012
at 08:59 PM

HA! Agreed. But I would say frozen pineapple chunks purchased in January in North Dakota for a coconut milk smoothie might not be "Paleo." But that's a seasonality/locality issue, and not everyone considers those relevant to their diet.

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De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:07 PM

How you cook/heat them determines if they are "paleo" or not.

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on June 07, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Sure. The concept of paleo in regards to an actual paleolithic/primal diet (not the loosely-based paleo-esque diet that most paleo eaters use) isn't about our ancestors in a certain part of the world. If there was ice anywhere, then the inhabitants of that area probably used it to preserve their food. And the breakdown of nutrients in flash-frozen foods is minimal. Most of the nutrient loss occurs during the cooking process.

Obviously a Hungry Man frozen dinner isn't paleo, but plain frozen meats or veggies is.

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