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Is avocado paleo or not?

Answered on June 03, 2015
Created September 02, 2013 at 7:45 PM

What's the basis for using avocados in a paleo diet?

According to what I can Google up, first mention of eating avocados date to only about 10 to 20 000 years BC.

While the plant itself is assumed to be 350 million years old, I can't find any proof that any people were eating it.

So it strikes me that avocados are considered to be paleo.

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the point ISNT TO GET CLOSE TO A PALEO HUNTER LIFE!!! "Paleo" is a metaphor for how to live, eat, think, that gets many people closer to a healthy, optimal way of being. Re-enacting what a caveman would do makes people laugh at the dumb paleo dieters

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on September 04, 2013
at 03:15 AM

And it's MATT for the homerun!

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on September 03, 2013
at 10:45 PM

And that's the other always correct answer: it depends on the individual. :)

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on September 03, 2013
at 08:27 PM

Correct, as always. The right question is are they good for you or not. And the answer varies by individual. I knew a girl with a terrible avocado allergy. She loved guacamole and ate it every once in a while in spite of knowing that she would be sick for several days after.

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on September 03, 2013
at 08:18 PM

Because they are delicious. And vegans like them. Especially raw vegans. But not fruitarians. But the avocado IS a fruit, so maybe they do. Okay, okay. So two cannibals are walking down the street eating a clown. And one says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"

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Boo, PUFA-phobia.

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on September 02, 2013
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No more avocados for me. You have convinced me.

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on September 02, 2013
at 08:29 PM

That makes sense, thanks. Obviously not even pigs, cows and wildlife is the same as before. The meat is already different. But if the point is to get somewhat close to a paleo hunter life, is avocado quite close or actually quite far? Anything in regard to that in that book?

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 02, 2013
at 08:53 PM

Paleo is not reenactment.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on September 03, 2013
at 08:27 PM

Correct, as always. The right question is are they good for you or not. And the answer varies by individual. I knew a girl with a terrible avocado allergy. She loved guacamole and ate it every once in a while in spite of knowing that she would be sick for several days after.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on September 03, 2013
at 10:45 PM

And that's the other always correct answer: it depends on the individual. :)

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:15 AM

And it's MATT for the homerun!

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on September 02, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Chances are good that at least one hungry person living near an avocado tree during the Paleolithic era ate an avocado. That fact that we don't have proof of that doesn't mean it didn't happen. (The absence of evidence, etc etc.)

Too many people refer to (1) the Paleolithic era as if it had a specific timeline everywhere in the world, yet anthropologists report a 1,000-year (or more) gap among different locales re the start and end of the Paleolithic era (and the beginning of the Mesolithic); and (2) speak of "paleo food" as if it was the same in all parts of the world during that era. Avocado wasn't paleo for Blonde Grok in (what is now) England or Afro Grok in (what is now) Nigeria, but was for pre-Aztec Grok in (what is now) Mexico.

As Matt said (and this should be repeated in a crawl banner over this website): Paleo is NOT re-enactment. Does that fact that I'm not from Central Mexico mean I can't/won't eat avocado? Oh, hell no.

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on September 02, 2013
at 07:54 PM

I am reading "Eat on the wild side" book that explains the origin of vegs and fruits that we eat today. None of them are in their original form, and nearly all of them have been somehow tweaked over the years by producer to have higher yield and sugar content.

So in that sense, nothing you eat today is Paleo, including avocado that was in the past with a very big core and little flesh.

So I'd say, not Paleo, but nothing really is, so as long as it's fresh and -maybe- organic then I'd go for it.

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(1217)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:27 AM

the point ISNT TO GET CLOSE TO A PALEO HUNTER LIFE!!! "Paleo" is a metaphor for how to live, eat, think, that gets many people closer to a healthy, optimal way of being. Re-enacting what a caveman would do makes people laugh at the dumb paleo dieters

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on September 02, 2013
at 08:29 PM

That makes sense, thanks. Obviously not even pigs, cows and wildlife is the same as before. The meat is already different. But if the point is to get somewhat close to a paleo hunter life, is avocado quite close or actually quite far? Anything in regard to that in that book?

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on June 03, 2015
at 09:58 PM

I disagree with the other answers. Paleo is not the same as an organic diet. There is some overlap of the diets but Paleo represents the diet of your ancestors during the Paleolithic era. So it is paleo if you have native South American descent in your blood to some degree. But majority of people I would say no it's not paleo. This is going by the definition of a paleo diet. I think this diet should be used as a general guide but not an absolute. If you want to feel healthy, stick to this diet, but if you feel fine eating a non Paleo food, then go for it. You evolved the enzymes to digest that food already so your good to go. This diet can be highly individualized.

I for one get some digestive issues with avocado. I eat it in moderation but don't completely eliminate it, use this diet to best suite your health while balancing your pallet.

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on September 02, 2013
at 08:00 PM

It depends. You don't have to eat every vegetable out there. I find tomatoes and other nightshade fruits to be inflammatory, and I eat them in moderation. My genes have been exposed to toms only since 1500, and anyhow I can feel the difference when I eat a lb of toms. I eat large amounts of potatoes and string beans, even though they may not be considered paleo by some, somehow they do not bother me. Avocado, I think, is great if you have a good source of Omega 3, because it does have substantial amounts of Omega 6. It does provide good amounts of MUFA if somehow your diet contains a lot of fish. Some people here hate it, but if and when you have it fresh off the tree it is great. Opportunity makes paleo too, but give it a try and see how your system reacts.

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on September 02, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Boo, PUFA-phobia.

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on September 02, 2013
at 08:35 PM

No more avocados for me. You have convinced me.

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