The Quick and Dirty Guide to Corn: Why It’s NOT Healthy or Paleo

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Everything about whether or not a food is Paleo really comes down to 2 questions…

1. Is it nutritious?
2. Is it potentially toxic?

Unless we’re talking about a specific person’s reaction to a food, those are really the only 2 questions that matter.

Healthiness is a Spectrum

Asking these 2 questions doesn’t mean that any particular food needs to be the most nutritious food that you could eat or that it needs to be 100% non-toxic. It’s really more of a spectrum.
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How to Supercharge Your Paleo Coffee – Review of Coffee++

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Jadah West is the Executive Editor of Paleo Living Magazine. She’s also the founder of Salted Paleo. When not running Paleo Living Magazine, Jadah loves to spend time at the beach, at her beloved CrossFit, and working as a model.

Over the past few years, it’s become increasingly popular to add fats into coffee. Various cultures around the world (Tibetans for instance) have been doing this for centuries, but it’s caught on very quickly in US, especially among those in the Paleo community.

The general idea is to add healthy fat into your morning coffee to give your brain an extra boost.

These fats can take several forms (butter, ghee, coconut oil, MCT oil, etc.). Once added, the coffee is usually blended.

Nutritional therapist Lisa Fossey says “This gives you a slower ‘high’, which will last for longer, and won’t give you the usual surge of energy that can lead to a crash. The caffeine dilates the blood vessels, allowing the good fats and oil to pass more easily into the brain, where it is thought to give increased mental awareness and concentration. MCT is metabolized to produce ketone bodies that provide energy to the body and the brain.”

I had yet to make this super coffee for myself, so trying Pure Indian Foods’ Coffee++ was my perfect chance.

Coffee++ is a new product, and it combines ghee (clarified butter) with MCT oil, so that you don’t have to do it yourself.

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Is V8 Paleo?

V8 Vegetable Juice has been a persistent presence on grocery store shelves since 1948.

Regarded by some as a convenient way to “drink your vegetables” when you’re on the go, it’s sometimes questioned as Paleo-friendly, due to its nutrient makeup, packaging, and the fact that it is a processed food.

Potential Health Concerns with V8

V8’s original version is composed of mostly water and tomato concentrate, and a reconstituted vegetable juice blend that includes the concentrate of eight vegetables: beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, parsley, watercress, spinach, and tomato.

However, the (not so) raw truth is that tomato juice comprises around 87% of the total drink, making it less of a “vegetable juice” and more of a tomato juice (from concentrate).
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Low-Fat Dairy is the Worst, Literally

Over the years, there has been a large debate about dairy – whether it should be considered healthy (or Paleo), or whether it’s no better than grains and processed sugars.

Based on what we know today, dairy is 100% Paleo, so long as (a) it’s either raw or fermented, and (b) so long as you tolerate it well. In terms of tolerating dairy well, this usually means that you’ve eliminated all dairy for at least 30-60 days and then re-introduced it to see how your body reacts.

Raw and fermented dairy is Paleo because it’s very high in nutrients and very low in toxins (the primary way that we determine whether any food is Paleo).
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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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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