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Created July 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

If you're too squeamish to eat insects, are you truly on a paleo diet?

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on July 26, 2013
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Probably no. But then again sauerkrauts, bone broth and food combinations are neolithic. Insects are probably pre-paleo, if you take a European centered view of paleo. They are certainly paleo if you come from South East Asia, Latin America, China, Japan, or Africa. Since participants in the paleo diet are predominantly of European descent, they get to name what is paleo and what is not. It does not matter that insects really go back one million years, and cows only 50,000 years or so.

The funny thing is that the #1 argument in favor of paleo, higher density of nutrients, applies in spades to insects. Where I need to eat a pound of grass fed beef, and not even obtain 100% RDA for iron or any Vit. B, plus negligible amounts of Ca, K, and Mg, 100 grams of several types of bugs will hit 100%+.and ten minutes to figure out that. All one needs is google Then there is the fact that larvae are the sole source of lauric acid at our latitudes, unless one thinks that other countries will be happy to sell us their coconut oil forever.

So, there is some leftover irrationality. Most people will, say, eat supermarket meat, which contains hormones, pesticides and antibiotics, rather than eat black soldier fly larvae raised on grass fed cow manure. But some will notice that arthropods are all the same. If you have eaten shrimp, you can eat insects.

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