Is Tapioca Paleo?

is tapioca paleo?

Tapioca is an alternative starch that may or may not belong on the Paleo menu. As a matter of classification, let’s start by defining what tapioca is not: it isn’t a grain, legume or potato. It’s the purified starch of the cassava root and is both gluten- and dairy-free. Used in puddings, “flours” and boba tea, tapioca is another way to add carbohydrate to a diet, if it’s needed or required.

Things to Know About Tapioca

Tapioca is the third-largest source of dietary carbohydrates in the world, functioning as a staple for over half a billion people in the developing world. And while it’s a good source of carbohydrates, cassava is a lousy source of protein. In fact, a diet made up of primarily cassava root can lead to a condition known as protein-energy malnutrition.
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Is Soy Milk Paleo?

is soy milk paleo?

For many of you, this may seem like a silly question with an obvious answer.

But really, why wouldn’t soy (and, by extension, soy milk) be Paleo?  It’s not hard to imagine that soybeans would have been eaten a million years ago, and it’s not that much of a stretch to think about somehow mixing soybeans with a bit of water and making a milk-like substance.

It’s also an important question because dairy is a big problem for many folks.  

The Health Concerns of Soy Milk

As I’ve discussed before, legumes are not the worst things you can eat, but some are worse than others.  

Soy is, in some ways, the worst of the legumes, and soymilk – along with tofu – are the worst forms of soy.
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Are Peas Paleo?

Are Peas Paleo?

When I first switched to a Paleo diet, I was often confused about which foods were or weren’t Paleo.

After just a few weeks, though, I felt pretty comfortable judging foods without going back to a book or website.

However, there are certain foods that confused me for a long time, and one of those foods was peas.

After all, peas are a legume, and legumes like beans are off-limits on a Paleo diet, right? (See this article for why legumes are not Paleo).

However, I was right to be confused, since there’s a lot more to this story…
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Is Gelatin Paleo?

is gelatin paleo?

What is Gelatin?

I always thought gelatin was some bad substance since I only knew it from pre-packaged jello. I therefore attributed it to some artificial oddity. But, it’s actually completely derived from animal products!

In fact, gelatin is typically made from items such as beef or pig skin and bones, which all contain high levels of collagen.

Gelatin is, however, often found in jello products along with artificial colorings and fake flavors, and those should definitely be avoided on any kind of diet!

So, is gelatin Paleo?

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Study Reveals Historical Reason Why Milk Is Healthy For Humans

is milk healthy for humans

When I was a kid, there were 2 things I loved drinking.

Chocolate Milk and Milkshakes.

Heck, if I weren’t so concerned about my health and body, I’d probably get half my calories from those 2 beverages.

So if you’re wondering why I love talking about milk, there you go.

Recently, in an issue of Nature, Andrew Curry wrote this article:

Archaeology: The Milk Revolution

Mr. Curry brings a number of fascinating historical facts and myths of interest in relation to dairy.

But here’s the most important…
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3 Things That Should Worry You Far More Than GMOs

worse than gmos

I’m going to write a longer article on GMOs very soon.

And it’s going to be extremely unpopular.  Everyone loves to hate GMOs.

However, despite over 30 years of research into GMOs (mostly not funded by the industry), nearly 100% of the science has proven that GMOs are safe.

Now…you can’t actually prove that anything is safe.  You could test it a billion times, and the time after that might be the one case where it’s really dangerous.

But still…30 years is 30 years.

GMOs Are The Last Thing We Should Be Worried About

I don’t actually care if anybody is worried about GMOs.  
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Is Agave Nectar Paleo?

is agave nectar paleo?

Agave nectar, a golden-colored liquid used for sweetening foods, is sweeter than pure table sugar.

Named after the Greek word for “noble,” the agave plant and its nectar may sound to some like a natural-based alternative to sugar.

However, a closer look shows that while it might offer some minor health benefits, it also has some undesirable characteristics that can defeat some of the key goals of a Paleo diet.

What You Need to Know About Agave Nectar

The scoop on agave nectar is that it’s gluten free and low glycemic, in comparison to other sweeteners. That’s often thought of as a good thing for those seeking the low insulin response that Paleo foods should bring.
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Shocking Results of Eating More Meat! 300,000 Asians Can’t Be Wrong

is eating meat healthy

Scientists never seem to get tired of trying to figure out if meat (particularly of the red variety) is bad for humans.

And I never seem to get tired of making fun of them…

Here’s a paper where they tried again, this time with even more interesting results:

Meat intake and cause-specific mortality: a pooled analysis of Asian prospective cohort studies

300,000 Asians Can’t Be Wrong

This is a pooled analysis of a few different studies, along with United Nations data.  What the researchers did is analyze mortality, cancer, and heart disease risk among almost 300,000 Asian men and women, and they tried to find correlations with meat intake.
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Do You Eat This Korean SuperFood?

Is Kimchi Paleo?

Most people either love or hate fermented foods.

You know that particular smell that yogurt, kefir, or – heaven forbid – natto have?

Yeah, I can’t stand that smell, or the accompanying taste.

Oddly, though I like a few fermented foods.

What is Kimchi?

I could eat Kimchi with everything.

There’s nothing quite like the pungent, spicy-sour, garlicky kick when kimchi, a Korean dietary staple, hits your mouth.  
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AIP Coffee – Review of Roasted Chicory Root Coffee

aip coffee substitute roasted chicory root

One of the questions I get asked the most about the autoimmune Paleo protocol (AIP) is what can I drink if I can’t have coffee?

Coffee has become so entrenched in our habits that we’ve become addicted not only to the daily dose of caffeine it offers us but also to that aromatic smell that wakes our senses every morning. So, what do you do if you’re starting AIP and have to forgo coffee for 30-60 days if not longer?

A reader emailed me about chicory root coffee a while back, but I didn’t see it for sale until a few weeks ago. So, I decided to give this naturally non-caffeinated AIP-compliant “coffee” substitute a try.

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10 Reasons that Salmon is Healthier Than You Already Think

10 reasons that salmon is healthier than you already think

Salmon is a true nutritional catch.  (Pardon the pun.)

And this might sound a bit crazy, but I sometimes forget just how delicious it is.

Louise and I love to get some fresh salmon and wrap it in aluminum foil with olive oil and fresh rosemary, then bake it for a bit.  So good.

But you probably already know how delicious it can be.  I want to give you more reasons that it’s worth the price tag…

10 Great Reasons Why Salmon Packs a Powerful Health Punch

1. It’s an omega-3 superstar.  Salmon has an unusually high omega-3 fatty acid content and it’s one of the food’s biggest health benefits.  

A 4-ounce piece, whether baked or broiled, probably contains at least 2 grams of disease-preventing omega-3 fats.  This is more omega-3 intake than the average U.S. adult consumes from all food over several days’ time.
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Are Peanuts Paleo?

are peanuts paleo?

You might at first glance think that peanuts are like other nuts and are therefore Paleo.

However, peanuts are not nuts…

So, what are peanuts?

Peanuts are legumes (just like beans).

They are definitely NOT nuts!

This means that they contain many of the problematic substances that other legumes contain (hence why beans are not recommended in Paleo either).

For a really in-depth treatment of why legumes are so problematic for us, check out this article on Legumes.

What’s wrong with peanuts?

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Does Meat Rot in Your Stomach?

does meat rot in your stomach?

I love this question, mostly because it rarely gets asked as a question.  I usually just hear people claiming that meat is terrible for us because it rots in our stomachs.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), this statement is not just untrue, it’s actually the opposite of what really happens.

What it means to “rot”

Let’s start with first identifying what it means to “rot.”  

Most people think rotting is simply the act of food “going bad,” such as when it starts smelling bad and might make you sick if you eat it.  But “rotting” actually means the process of being broken down by bacteria or fungi.

And this is more than just a technicality.  When food in your refrigerator rots and starts smelling bad, it does so because of the byproducts that the bacteria produce when they decompose the food.
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