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Any point to vegetables without calories?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Barely a day goes by where I don't hear from one of my SAD diet friends about how she had a fantastic Kale salad soaked in some soybean oil derivative, and how it was way healthier than my bacon and eggs.

This is obviously nonsense, but it got me thinking, is there any part of her salad that is healthy?

I have absolutely no desire to consume grass and see if my digestive system can do anything with it. It's hard for me to believe that Paleo man had a great deal of kale/spinach/broccoli/celery/squash/etc. More likely paleo man sought out vegetables with at least decent levels of sugar or starch, perhaps some tubers, roots, carrots, and a healthy dose of berries that would provide nutrients and calories to tide him over to his next source of meat.

Mark weighs in here, but I am left skeptical. How bio-available are these nutrients? Are there really no good alternatives?

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on March 06, 2013
at 09:01 PM

For what good it did us. Chewing grass alleviates boredom.

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on March 06, 2013
at 08:59 PM

In the tropical zone I agree. In the temperate zones edible vegetation is scarcer and seasonal.

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on March 06, 2013
at 03:39 PM

Micronutrients is a thing.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:10 PM

Wow. It sounds like you need new friends. I'm a know-it-all ancestral eater but I don't go around talking down my loved ones' dietary decisions like that. But I do like kale, eat it all the time.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:19 PM

humans are lazy and vegetation need not be dug up, pried open or chased down. we ate it.

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on March 06, 2013
at 09:01 PM

For what good it did us. Chewing grass alleviates boredom.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:36 PM

According to opinions in the anthropological articles I read, in ancestral eating, marine life, seasonal greens and root vegetables had a larger share than meat protein since a hunt usually scored a fail, rather than success. The opposite outcome should have clearly resulted in the eradication of the hunting stock from the parts of the earth where humans lived. That's why the ancestral groups are called hunter/gatherers, meaning that 'gathering' was an important and indispensable activity in the survival of humans for a many millennia. I think that if we are to follow the ancestral way of eating, we should have animal protein together with plants with probably more emphasise on the plant side.

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on March 06, 2013
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In the tropical zone I agree. In the temperate zones edible vegetation is scarcer and seasonal.

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on March 06, 2013
at 08:56 PM

ooppppppppppppppps.

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