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Paleo avoids a number of micro-toxins and allergens.

Another reason for certain specific Paleo guidelines is summarized in a simple fact: seeds are bad. The guideline also follows an evolutionary argument, though not for people, but for plants. Plants don’t want to have their seeds be digested. Plants create fruit with a number of nutritional qualities that are appetizing to eat. However, inside the fruit they hide the seeds. The plantd doesn’t want the seeds to be fully digested, but rather discarded in some way. The plants can accomplish this by adding anti-nutrients to hurt digestion.

Apple seeds have cyanide, wheat has gluten, peanuts, beans and other legumes have a few toxins. Soy is, of course, horrifically disruptive to hormones especially male ones. Much noise has been made about the toxicity of seed oils and I agree. However, it’s worth noting that the seeds *are bad to start with* in addition to the processing making the situation worse. This perspective is important for people who might think oh, well, beans existed for a while, how bad can they be? The answer is that beans are probably slightly toxic and are not approved on paleo.

nother important and somewhat contentious point is that roots are also bad. Unlike fruits, where the plant stores nutrients for the animal, roots store nutrients for the plant. Potatoes are somewhat contentious, but I agree with thepaloediet.com on this.

Personally, I actually take an even more hardline stance on this and I avoid potatoes, onions, garlic. I am not against carrots, but I don’t eat them often either. Onions and garlic are strictly forbidden under Buddhism anyways.

This perspective is harsher in some ways because it, for example, disallows a Chinese person to eat soy or New World native to eat potatoes. This also gives a good guideline for eating other vegetables. Peppers are great, but avoid the seeds.


This perspective is actually two separate reasons:

a) eating the part of the plant that doesn’t contain seeds or roots due to evolutionary reasons

b) not eating parts of plants known to have anti-nutrients.

Both are valid perspectives, just keep in mind that certain roots or seeds’s anti-nutrients are not actually well understood, so it’s safer to avoid them.


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