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Wheat, grains and legumes are NOT considered to be paleo because they contain high amounts of anti-nutrients (which actually attack nutrients from other foods going into your body). There are 3 main types of anti-nutrients, lectins, phytates and gluten. These essentially are proteins of which eating can cause many negative reactions if consumed. With the paleo diet, we substitute all sorts of paleo friendly food for the traditional non-paleo food. Coconut flour is one paleo friendly substitute which we are able to substitute for wheat flour, which is delicious in itself, and contains many health boosting properties. We can also use other flours such as almond flour, arrowroot flour and tapioca starch.
There are a lot of confusing statements when it comes to oils. At first glance, you may think all oil is bad, and that is simply not true. When you eat fats, you're eating some combination of 3 different types of fats. 1) Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) 2) Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFAs) and 3) Saturated Fats. PUFAs consist of Omega-3s and Omega-6s and the standard america diet is very high in these omega 6 PUFAs. A diet high in Omega 6s has some extreme health dangers including weight gain, diabetes, and cancers. As a simple rule, paleo dieters avoid industrial oils because they have the highest PUFA omega-6 content. The most common industrial oils, and the ones to avoid are: Corn Oil, Canola Oil, "Vegetable Oil", Safflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and Soybean Oil. Read the labels of food items in your house, and you'll probably be surprised to find many of your food items are made with these oils. Make sure to avoid these, and replace them with pure oils low in PUFAs. Acceptable oils include: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Red Palm Oil, Ghee, and Bacon Fat.
Paleo dieters avoid all processed food. Mainly, if the food you eat is sold in a box, you shouldn't eat it. If the food you eat was raised on a farm, or grown in the ground, it's paleo approved. In addition, the more humanely treated the animal, and the fewer the chemicals used to produce the food grown in the ground, the better. The paleo diet is built around these 5 fundamental foods: meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. In general a paleo dieter will strive to only eat healthy oils, and organically raised meat and produce if possible. If the food is highly processed, it's a no-go on the paleo diet. No dairy, no grains, no legumes, and no industrial oils.
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