The idea is that we only eat primal foods, but when do we slide down this slippery slope of allowing more and more into our diets before these exceptions become an inconvenience to us?
Rather, consider these exceptions to a less processed diet; are they reasonable? Any suggestions for what one should eat instead? What are the benefits of consuming these and what are the downsides?
- Sweeteners: 100% honey, 100% maple syrup, unrefined cane sugar
- Flours: Almond and coconut
- Milks: Raw dairy, almond and coconut
- Roasted/steam-pasteurized nuts such as almonds
asked bypaleohacks (78467)
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on January 24, 2013
at 05:03 PM
The fact is no one can say for sure if these things are bad for you are good for you. You will have people justify their position either way. For me I think of the bio/evolutionary side of things. Basically if a caveman could eat it, then so can I. Everything else is mostly speculation.
Scientists love to think they solved human biology with their "blind tests", but there so much arrogance and bias in the scientific world, its impossible to trust anything.
Its best to think of Paleo as a meat, veggie, and fruit diet. In that order. People will debate all day the ratios of each of these one should have in their diets, but if you just stick with these basics you can't go to wrong. No one really knows how plentiful fruit, veggies, tubers, and meat were back in the paleolithic era.
Going through your list
Honey/maple syrup- Its ok since it was around then. But I would only eat small amounts, i doubt if a caveman was messing with a hive of bees too often.
Flours: Don't touch them.
Milk/Dairy- Don't touch them. Its not paleo in the strictest sense.
Roasted/Steamed nuts- I don't think a caveman was having unlimited nuts, but some are fine.