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Did paleolithic people eat vegetables?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Did they just go around and eat weeds until they found species that didn't make them sick?..I mean fruit is obvious food in my eyes...but not most vegetables. In other words, when I see a blackberry or strawberry it screams "food." A spinach or broccoli plant...not so much.

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on June 19, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Potatoes and yams! Sad thing is most starch is often poison in it's natural,wild state also! LOL guess we are stuck with berry's, meat and fish.

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on June 19, 2012
at 08:15 PM

From taro roots of course, which are totaly non-tox... oh wait... :)

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on June 19, 2012
at 06:45 PM

And where do you think they got starch exactly?

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at 04:33 PM

Yes, modern vegetables have improved palatability over wild ones, but that doesn't mean that paleolithic humans weren't eating significant amounts of plant matter.

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on June 19, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Found one: http://paleohacks.com/questions/111595/are-vegetables-a-waste-of-money

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 19, 2012
at 03:52 PM

Wish searching was easier because I know there's at least 2 nearly exact discussions of paleolithic plant consumption around. The take home message is that we argue a lot. :P

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on June 19, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Ever see a child nibbling things in the yard? We're a curious species. Sometimes we probably hit on something tasty and non-lethal. Hmmmm, this might taste good with that leftover auroch.

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on June 19, 2012
at 03:02 PM

I'm not trying to say veggies are bad..I still believe fruit is only beneficial in moderation. But I'm just wondering how vegetables came into our diets because they're not as obvious as fruits.

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at 02:59 PM

I'm going to get a lot of hate for this...

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on June 19, 2012
at 03:04 PM

See this old question http://paleohacks.com/questions/53304/paleo-isnt-low-carb-anymore-but-it-kind-of-was#axzz1yBxxck1T

You might also want to google paleobotany.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 19, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Found one: http://paleohacks.com/questions/111595/are-vegetables-a-waste-of-money

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on June 19, 2012
at 03:52 PM

Wish searching was easier because I know there's at least 2 nearly exact discussions of paleolithic plant consumption around. The take home message is that we argue a lot. :P

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C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

on June 19, 2012
at 02:59 PM

I agree! All the veggies today have been BRED to be edible cause in they're wild form most of them are poison! Low sugar fruits. Some starch and animals are food. vegetables not so much.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 19, 2012
at 08:15 PM

From taro roots of course, which are totaly non-tox... oh wait... :)

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on June 19, 2012
at 06:45 PM

And where do you think they got starch exactly?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on June 19, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Yes, modern vegetables have improved palatability over wild ones, but that doesn't mean that paleolithic humans weren't eating significant amounts of plant matter.

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

(1631)

on June 19, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Potatoes and yams! Sad thing is most starch is often poison in it's natural,wild state also! LOL guess we are stuck with berry's, meat and fish.

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

(1631)

on June 19, 2012
at 02:59 PM

I'm going to get a lot of hate for this...

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on June 19, 2012
at 07:09 PM

These people eat these plants. So the answer is: Yes. Seaweed year round, spinach-like stuff in spring, berries in summer, and some lily bulbs (tubers) in fall.

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on June 19, 2012
at 02:56 PM

When survival requires finding food rather than driving to the market, most things look eatable. Fruit appears more pleasant because it's evolutionarily designed to be eaten, such that its seeds may spread in unique, digested packages.

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on June 19, 2012
at 06:49 PM

I wonder this too. Especially vegetables that are more edible cooked, like of the cruciferous variety and tubers.

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on June 19, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Many green things smell good when you pick them. We probably also carried along ancient knowledge passed down forever about what you can and can't eat. It's not like all this knowledge had to be invented over and over again.

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