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is eating salad considered paleo?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 26, 2010 at 11:33 PM

for example veggies like : spinach, alfa alfa/kaiware sprouts, carrots, beets, tomatoes, broccoli jicama etc or are they primal?

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on September 27, 2010
at 06:52 PM

I can imagine that if you were walking through a vegetated area, tracking your mammoth you might well be tempted to pick up some leaves, fruit etc. If you account for non-hunting individuals back home foraging too, then it would be efficient to eat some plants. Most current HG populations seem to eat around 50:50 plant:animal. Lots of people seem to find meat + some veg pretty tasty, even if the plants are more a garnish than anything. Calories aside, a few grams of carb could still have a useful effect in sparing protein.

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on September 27, 2010
at 04:23 PM

"Spawn of Satan" - hahaha. I just can't imagine a caveman eating salad - there's just not enough calories in lettuce to bother with. "Honey, put down that mammoth shank and eat your salad!" Hahahaha. Maybe they ate it for the crunchiness or because they could - who knows?

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on September 27, 2010
at 06:01 AM

THis is a good answer.

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on September 27, 2010
at 06:00 AM

If I were out there hungry, I'd totally eat miner's lettuce. It conveniently grows a lot all in one place, conveniently by the water as well. And the taste is conveniently not bad. Same goes for mallow and purslane. Beets, on the other hand, are foul tasting! ;-)

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at 05:58 AM

Slam some steak, parmesan, and a good dressing on top, and they are quite tasty!

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at 12:38 AM

Why the concern about paleo vs. primal?

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on September 26, 2010
at 11:37 PM

Yes they are. Where it becomes un-paleo is when you eat only salad, then you're in vegetarian land.

I never eat sprouts like alfalfa sprouts though and they tend to be higher in lectins and phytates because they just came out of their legume state.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on September 27, 2010
at 06:01 AM

THis is a good answer.

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on May 07, 2011
at 03:31 AM

While your typical sprouts would not be paleo or primal there are a whole lot of appropriate foods you can sprout if you like them on your salad. Broccoli, cabbage, radish and kale all produce very tasty sprouts.

The day I have to stop eating salad because it's not paleo/primal is the day I become something else.

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on September 27, 2010
at 04:17 AM

Salads, especially the nutritionally dense and anti-oxidant rich varieties are the spawn of Satan and have been a bane to the human species for countless millennium. You would be well advised to avoid these demonic plants at all costs.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on September 27, 2010
at 06:52 PM

I can imagine that if you were walking through a vegetated area, tracking your mammoth you might well be tempted to pick up some leaves, fruit etc. If you account for non-hunting individuals back home foraging too, then it would be efficient to eat some plants. Most current HG populations seem to eat around 50:50 plant:animal. Lots of people seem to find meat + some veg pretty tasty, even if the plants are more a garnish than anything. Calories aside, a few grams of carb could still have a useful effect in sparing protein.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 27, 2010
at 05:58 AM

Slam some steak, parmesan, and a good dressing on top, and they are quite tasty!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on September 27, 2010
at 04:23 PM

"Spawn of Satan" - hahaha. I just can't imagine a caveman eating salad - there's just not enough calories in lettuce to bother with. "Honey, put down that mammoth shank and eat your salad!" Hahahaha. Maybe they ate it for the crunchiness or because they could - who knows?

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8a8129d053df7365c6529b0c2ac95efb

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on May 06, 2011
at 10:29 PM

salad: yes. sprouts:no....

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F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on September 27, 2010
at 04:27 AM

Optimal foraging theory would say no to the greens but yes to carrots and beets and possibly tomatoes. Nightshade haters would say no to tomatoes.

Sprouts are usually sprouted beans or grains, and are neither paleo nor primal. They might be a part of an ancestral diet, though.

So.. YMMV

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on September 27, 2010
at 06:00 AM

If I were out there hungry, I'd totally eat miner's lettuce. It conveniently grows a lot all in one place, conveniently by the water as well. And the taste is conveniently not bad. Same goes for mallow and purslane. Beets, on the other hand, are foul tasting! ;-)

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on May 07, 2011
at 03:17 AM

"Salad" - A huge range of dishes, from a little salad with your meal at a restaurant up to macho taco salads - refried beans, mystery meat, pseudo sour cream, American cheese product, "guacamole" with a tiny bit of avocado in it, etc. Oh, and some iceberg lettuce. So you can't really make blanket statements about "salads."

Our paleolithic ancestors probably didn't eat anything we would call a salad. But I, at least, get hungry for salad in the spring and summer. In the fall and winter, I hunger for roasted vegetables and soups.

Even in the middle ages, people ate salads, especially in the spring. With oil and vinegar. Most people get hungry for salads. Some don't. OK. Different strokes.

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on September 27, 2010
at 07:14 PM

Did you kill a deer so you could use its sweet, sweet eye juices as dressing?

If not...then, no.

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on September 27, 2010
at 04:07 PM

Salads are best eaten with meat sauce as dressing.

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