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Paleo diet flowchart: funny? Or paleo 101? Or both?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 11, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Saw this on Facebook today. It's got a couple of minor issues with it, but overall it's not bad. So what do you think? Is it just a funny graphic? Or is it darn near close to being a good overview of the paleo diet?

paleo diet flow chart

PS. Please credit the originator in the comments if you know who it is!

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on August 20, 2012
at 02:00 PM

It has much less than 15 if you subtract out the fibre (as us Europeans are prone too).

55ea6e5b742d73566f38593986ad9b9d

(50)

on July 05, 2012
at 03:38 PM

The green side should say "vegetables".

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on January 24, 2012
at 11:24 AM

also, lard had a face so it's up there with the meat.

9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

(581)

on January 19, 2012
at 05:38 PM

that's true; i forgot my pov is zc :) i sure do miss avocado

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on January 18, 2012
at 09:33 PM

Avocado has "tons of carbs"? A whole avocado has 15 carbs. I wouldn't consider that "tons", even for this LC-Paleo.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 15, 2012
at 12:36 AM

BTW, the plate is from Fitbomb.com

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 15, 2012
at 12:24 AM

I think the point of the plate is that after you get rid of the grains don't over-think it.

9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

(581)

on January 14, 2012
at 11:26 PM

replace "plants" with "dark green leafy"?

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 14, 2012
at 05:51 PM

There comes a point where you can start worrying about every possible natural toxin in your foods and end up eating almost nothing out of fear. This can potentially be more harmful than the glycoalkaloids.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 14, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Glycoalkaloids levels are low in commercial potato varieties. These can be reduced a lot more by measures such as peeling and not using green or sprouting potatoes.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 14, 2012
at 05:44 PM

Pal, the GI of potatoes vary greatly depending on variety and cooking method. I have seen GI values for boiled potatoes as low as 49 and values for baked sweet potatoes as high as 94.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on January 12, 2012
at 05:30 PM

1. I don't think glycemic index means all that much. Well at least not for me, since I'm always eating starches as part of a meal. Those numbers stop making sense in that context. 2. If paleo is about re-creation then it should probably include starch. So how do we get starches without potato or sweet potato? Squash and rice are out. So we have to go find those African yams? 3. Both potatoes and sweet potatoes have poison. Some really cool guy wrote a post on PH about the comparison: http://paleohacks.com/questions/18825/why-are-sweet-potatoes-better-than-regular-potatoes/18850#18850

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on January 12, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Do you get paid to troll for this website?

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on January 12, 2012
at 02:27 PM

I think cave paintings are just pictorial flowcharts. Pre-powerpoint presentations.

C658d3f110a348a964dcf799002c4c2a

(240)

on January 12, 2012
at 01:47 PM

A baked potato has a glycemic index of 85. A sweet potato, 54. That's significantly different.

C658d3f110a348a964dcf799002c4c2a

(240)

on January 12, 2012
at 01:44 PM

White potatoes are toxic. "Potatoes contain enzyme blockers, lectins and another family of toxins called glycoalkaloids. Glycoalkaloids (GA) unlike lectins and enzyme blockers aren’t destroyed by cooking, even deep-frying. GA are particularly high in green or injured potatoes, which must never be eaten even if trimmed heavily and well-cooked" http://paleolithicdiet.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/antinutrients-your-key-to-bad-health/

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on January 12, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Be kind to tubers and sweet potatoes as they are magnificent and ohsotasty. They make me fast and move heavy weights, and and allow me to keep to my lean and mean physique without any drag or lag. They also do not hinder my goals in any way but support them nicely. Please google "paleo safe starches" @paleopal. kthanx

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on January 12, 2012
at 05:16 AM

Be kind to tubers and sweet potatoes as they are magnificent and ohsotasty. They make me fast and move heavy weights, and and allow me to keep to my lean and mean physique without any drag or lag. They also do not hinder my goals in any way but support them nicely. Please google "paleo safe starches" kthanx

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on January 12, 2012
at 01:41 AM

Not a cheat Paleo_Pal but a full on meal.

5e6a6f5c0fd3ab048f81c0a500206f41

(956)

on January 12, 2012
at 01:38 AM

first saw it here: http://yfrog.com/z/kecf9ljj was a link from the balanced bite's facebook page

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on January 12, 2012
at 01:28 AM

But corn and wheat and beans and such are plants, aren't they?

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on January 12, 2012
at 01:26 AM

Good background for my laptop.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:38 AM

i love it......

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:32 AM

White potatoes are not "toxic" and the glycemic index of the two is around the same. I would not call either a cheat.

C658d3f110a348a964dcf799002c4c2a

(240)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:26 AM

Sweet potato isn't nearly as toxic as white potato and has a much lower glycemic index. It's still not really paleo, though. But I guess if you're going to cheat, it's the better of the two.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:24 AM

White potato discrimination, I have never understood it. They are really not that different to the sweet potato.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:23 AM

Yeah, I was surprised at the ignorance on display when I polled Y!A Vegan & Vegetarian, on how many servings of fresh fruit and vegetables they averaged in a day. About half of them included "beans" of some sort in their replies /facepalm

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:16 AM

I'm so tired of this pro-sweet potato bias. What gives?

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:16 AM

But are flowcharts paleo?

D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

(2486)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:08 AM

I saw this first on reddit.com/r/Paleo a few days ago in a less slick format, but I'm not sure that was the exact origin.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:08 AM

I like this from yfrog:

paleo-diet-flowchart:-funny?-or-paleo-101?-or-both?

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:38 AM

i love it......

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on January 12, 2012
at 01:28 AM

But corn and wheat and beans and such are plants, aren't they?

9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

(581)

on January 14, 2012
at 11:26 PM

replace "plants" with "dark green leafy"?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 15, 2012
at 12:36 AM

BTW, the plate is from Fitbomb.com

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 15, 2012
at 12:24 AM

I think the point of the plate is that after you get rid of the grains don't over-think it.

55ea6e5b742d73566f38593986ad9b9d

(50)

on July 05, 2012
at 03:38 PM

The green side should say "vegetables".

5
98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on January 12, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Overall I think it's cute and a nice representation except for the "is it fruit or vegetable tree which is inadequate IMO and could lead people to thing things that are not acceptable are. A lot of people think of legumes as vegetables. Not sure "don't eat white potatoes unless you're skinny" is quite right either but maybe that's nitpicking?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:23 AM

Yeah, I was surprised at the ignorance on display when I polled Y!A Vegan & Vegetarian, on how many servings of fresh fruit and vegetables they averaged in a day. About half of them included "beans" of some sort in their replies /facepalm

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on January 12, 2012
at 05:16 AM

Be kind to tubers and sweet potatoes as they are magnificent and ohsotasty. They make me fast and move heavy weights, and and allow me to keep to my lean and mean physique without any drag or lag. They also do not hinder my goals in any way but support them nicely. Please google "paleo safe starches" kthanx

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on January 12, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Be kind to tubers and sweet potatoes as they are magnificent and ohsotasty. They make me fast and move heavy weights, and and allow me to keep to my lean and mean physique without any drag or lag. They also do not hinder my goals in any way but support them nicely. Please google "paleo safe starches" @paleopal. kthanx

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:24 AM

White potato discrimination, I have never understood it. They are really not that different to the sweet potato.

C658d3f110a348a964dcf799002c4c2a

(240)

on January 12, 2012
at 01:44 PM

White potatoes are toxic. "Potatoes contain enzyme blockers, lectins and another family of toxins called glycoalkaloids. Glycoalkaloids (GA) unlike lectins and enzyme blockers aren’t destroyed by cooking, even deep-frying. GA are particularly high in green or injured potatoes, which must never be eaten even if trimmed heavily and well-cooked" http://paleolithicdiet.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/antinutrients-your-key-to-bad-health/

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:16 AM

I'm so tired of this pro-sweet potato bias. What gives?

C658d3f110a348a964dcf799002c4c2a

(240)

on January 12, 2012
at 01:47 PM

A baked potato has a glycemic index of 85. A sweet potato, 54. That's significantly different.

C658d3f110a348a964dcf799002c4c2a

(240)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:26 AM

Sweet potato isn't nearly as toxic as white potato and has a much lower glycemic index. It's still not really paleo, though. But I guess if you're going to cheat, it's the better of the two.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on January 12, 2012
at 01:41 AM

Not a cheat Paleo_Pal but a full on meal.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 14, 2012
at 05:51 PM

There comes a point where you can start worrying about every possible natural toxin in your foods and end up eating almost nothing out of fear. This can potentially be more harmful than the glycoalkaloids.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:32 AM

White potatoes are not "toxic" and the glycemic index of the two is around the same. I would not call either a cheat.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 14, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Glycoalkaloids levels are low in commercial potato varieties. These can be reduced a lot more by measures such as peeling and not using green or sprouting potatoes.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on January 12, 2012
at 05:30 PM

1. I don't think glycemic index means all that much. Well at least not for me, since I'm always eating starches as part of a meal. Those numbers stop making sense in that context. 2. If paleo is about re-creation then it should probably include starch. So how do we get starches without potato or sweet potato? Squash and rice are out. So we have to go find those African yams? 3. Both potatoes and sweet potatoes have poison. Some really cool guy wrote a post on PH about the comparison: http://paleohacks.com/questions/18825/why-are-sweet-potatoes-better-than-regular-potatoes/18850#18850

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 14, 2012
at 05:44 PM

Pal, the GI of potatoes vary greatly depending on variety and cooking method. I have seen GI values for boiled potatoes as low as 49 and values for baked sweet potatoes as high as 94.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:01 AM

Looks about right to me!

1
193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on January 18, 2012
at 09:29 PM

From a flowcharting perspective, it's wrong since there are two arrows coming from "yes" after "is it a fruit or a vegetable" but from a paleo perspective, it's really good and highly amusing.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 12, 2012
at 12:17 PM

The only problem I have with it is that it depicts foods as being in one of two groups: paleo or not. Paleo is a spectrum; better to give out some arbitrary score to paleo foods. And of course the score scale varies from person to person so it's impossible to generalize! Individual diets for everybody!

0
B6c16d850e7305aad0507ad079ecf1d4

(232)

on August 19, 2012
at 10:08 PM

They left out "is it organic" ?

0
9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

on January 14, 2012
at 11:29 PM

where's "lard" as oil?? and "avocado" is and oily veggie (with tons of carbs, which exclude it from being an "oil"; the original author should've put in "avocado oil" to clear up potential misunderstanding

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on January 18, 2012
at 09:33 PM

Avocado has "tons of carbs"? A whole avocado has 15 carbs. I wouldn't consider that "tons", even for this LC-Paleo.

9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

(581)

on January 19, 2012
at 05:38 PM

that's true; i forgot my pov is zc :) i sure do miss avocado

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on January 24, 2012
at 11:24 AM

also, lard had a face so it's up there with the meat.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on August 20, 2012
at 02:00 PM

It has much less than 15 if you subtract out the fibre (as us Europeans are prone too).

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 12, 2012
at 10:22 AM

quite interesting one i must say. i think i will make one for brown rice diet.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on January 12, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Do you get paid to troll for this website?

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