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What do you think of this LH article about food additions for nutrition?

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Created February 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM

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In this LifeHacker article, they talk about adding Chia seeds, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, oat bran, nori, cacao nibs, and wheat germ as a "seasoning" to add nutritional content.

I'll admit, most of the items are seeds or grain derivatives, thus containing stuff I don't want. However; nutritional yeast sounds interesting - especially because the way it's described sounds like a flavor that I would dig. I already use Nori for sushi-like wraps, as well as fry it crispy in coconut oil, but as far as just dicing and sprinkling onto stuff, haven't tried that.

So, any PH'ers experiment with using any of these items in their Paleo cookbooks?

How did it turn out?

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on February 22, 2012
at 02:45 AM

:D Let me know how it works for you; this sounds like a great recipe hack!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 21, 2012
at 06:57 PM

I'm guessing no, unless you are highly sensitive. I don't react well to proximity to black mold, but pre-paleo beer-drinking and use of brewer's yeast seems to be fine for me.

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on February 21, 2012
at 06:14 PM

I wonder if I'd react to that yeast... (mold allergy)

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on February 21, 2012
at 06:03 PM

Joshua...Nice! greymouser....I did mine "wild". Thanks for the explanation on what "nutritional" yeast actually is!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 21, 2012
at 03:43 PM

@JayJay It's basically the same yeast. "Brewer's" or "Nutritional" yeast is grown on a substrate that will enhance it's nutritional profile and flavor for humans, instead of being bred to produce up to a specific amount of alcohol in a sugar solution, such as is needed in beer or wine making.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 21, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Cauliflower & Brewer's yeast "mac and cheese" sounds awesome. I haven't eaten anything like it in years, mainly since that much dairy would probably kill me. ;-) Gonna try this tonight!

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on February 21, 2012
at 03:36 PM

JayJay, I'm doing the same with Wyeast cider yeast and 3 gallons of unfiltered/unpasteurized pear juice. Might even skip bottling and just attach a nipple when it's done.

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on February 21, 2012
at 03:12 PM

I'm guessing your not speaking of the same yeast that gets in my apple cider and turns it into a more interesting beverage? Cause yes I've done that.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 21, 2012
at 03:12 PM

I believe that chia seeds and hemp seeds can be incorporated into paleo eating, however all the usual caveats about omega-3,6 ratios apply. These are just seeds -- pretty neutral, but don't overdo it. There may or may not be some phytochemicals to avoid in them; if you're really curious more research would be needed.

If you can handle cocoa, stick with cocoa when you want it. Carob "evokes" chocolate flavor, but ... it isn't chocolate. I'm not a fan of carob. I'm a huge fan of cocoa butter and cocoa. I cook with both regularly.

Nutritional yeast would be a no-no for the paleo purists -- it is most definitely a neolithic food. Nutritional / Brewer's yeast us grown on a sugary vegetable, such as beets, and then harvested. For me, it's probably the single reason I'm not 100% paleo -- I have it every day. I mix a double serving into some water and down it soon after waking up. Tons of protein (by weight), and a great amount of non-roughage fiber. Most paleos don't really need to worry about fiber -- I unfortunately do, and nutritional / brewer's yeast is an okay compromise for me. I prefer Lewis Labs brand brewer's yeast. Besides a quick morning snack, I also top salads with it for flavor, as well as mixing a good amount of it with mustard to make a thick spread I use on paleo-ified sandwich type things -- rolls in lettuce leaves, or "bread" with root veggies slices. I really recommend it -- if the flavor jives with you, go for it. I've noticed its not for everyone, however.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on February 21, 2012
at 06:14 PM

I wonder if I'd react to that yeast... (mold allergy)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 21, 2012
at 06:57 PM

I'm guessing no, unless you are highly sensitive. I don't react well to proximity to black mold, but pre-paleo beer-drinking and use of brewer's yeast seems to be fine for me.

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76d70438d2442d21206b8e5528d23d23

on February 21, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Not quite paleo here, either:

I used nutritional yeast years ago when I was coming out of vegetarianism. Definitely cheesy; great stuff!

I just looked it up, and it's made using sugar beets (as greymouser said) or molasses. Also has a lot of the free-form glutamate in it. (MSG-type stuff.)

OTOH, it's fairly low carb, and definitely delicious! I'm thinking it could be added to cauliflower for a mac n cheese substitute..... (And if someone beats me to trying that, please at least let me know! :) )

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 21, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Cauliflower & Brewer's yeast "mac and cheese" sounds awesome. I haven't eaten anything like it in years, mainly since that much dairy would probably kill me. ;-) Gonna try this tonight!

76d70438d2442d21206b8e5528d23d23

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on February 22, 2012
at 02:45 AM

:D Let me know how it works for you; this sounds like a great recipe hack!

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