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Is bovril paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 08, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I want a mug of bovril right now, but I dunno if It's paleo? Is it ok to have? Or should I consider this part of my treats? :)

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Bovril has changed its recipe at least twice. The original was beef. Then it was yeast, and now it's beef or chicken. I think the list you have is old? However, I dig your conclusion. :-)

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Psychologically want, or nutritionally want? If your body is telling you it needs something in particular then perhaps the best thing to do is source that directly -- bone broth comes to mind.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 08, 2013
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First, I just want to say, treats should be good for you! You shouldn't equate "treat" with doing bad for you!

Anyways, old school and newest-school bovril is basically beef stock, but highly processed, sodium rich, it's it contains corn starch. So, it definitely cannot be considered ideologically paleo. However, if you handle corn okay, and for whatever reason you really like this stuff, then I would make it a "sometimes food" at best.

Mid-school bovril was yeast extract. So, it's not really paleo, but I would worry more about where the yeast was sourced. Some yeast is sourced from grown-on-beets, and some is sourced from beer making products -- this type has gluten.

You have to check what type of bovril you actually have to start: beef (sometimes chicken!) or yeast.

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Ingredients:

Beef Stock (43%), Yeast Extract (24%), Salt, Colour (E150c), Waxy Maize Starch, Dehydrated Beef (1.3%), Flavour Enhancer (Disodium 5’-ribonucleotides), Lactic Acid, Niacin, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Spice Extracts (contains celery), Vitamin B12.

Make a nice rich beef bone broth and drink that instead. Same idea, way better.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 09, 2013
at 01:36 AM

Bovril has changed its recipe at least twice. The original was beef. Then it was yeast, and now it's beef or chicken. I think the list you have is old? However, I dig your conclusion. :-)

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