While researching a grain free alternative to traditional bread I found a lot of controversy surrounding Paleo bread. Some argue that the baking makes Paleo bread not really Paleo (the cooking method argument) while others say that the use of almond and coconut flour makes it not Paleo since almonds and coconuts don’t grow in the same place (the ingredients/location argument). Well, let’s try to come up with an answer to this question once and for all.
First we need to take a look at the definition of Paleo eating. Living Paleo states that “The paleo diet focuses on consuming foods we as humans evolved to eat, while simultaneously eliminating the over processed sugar laden foods now linked to causing the many, many diseases we are faced with in society today.” The Paleo Diet says that this diet “is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups that our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, or Stone Age.”
It would seem that, at its heart, the Paleo diet focuses on eating the types of foods that our bodies were designed to eat through evolution, and eliminating all the things that are added to food products that are mass produced such as wheat, gluten, sugar, and fake ingredients. So, it’s more about putting into your body the proper fuel that you body was designed to run on (regardless of the geographical location of your ancestral evolution), and less about the shape and name (a loaf of bread) of your food.
So, that takes care of the ingredients/location argument, but what about the method argument? Well, I’m assuming that since the method argument was seen on an internet chat board that modern conveniences are OK. I don’t see anything wrong with using modern cooking tools as long as we’re using them on the ingredients that fuel our body best.
What do you think?
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