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What did the ancestral Irish diet look like?

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Updated November 24, 2014 at 3:45 AM
Created September 18, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Could anyone speculate on what the macronutrients would have looked like before potatoes? Would potatoes even be considered part of the ancestral diet?

Would they have prepared the oats in a manner like how Weston Price described the Celts did? Do I have to eat oats now since I'm Irish? Haha.

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1122 · July 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

So 40/50/10 P/F/C?

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1122 · July 16, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Looks like you'll be eating loads of fresh meat and seafood, some dairy, wild greens and seaweed. Got this link here at PH. http://www.academia.edu/1488019/Celtic_and_Romano_British_Foods_from_the_Isles-_a_General_Approach

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476 · September 19, 2012 at 5:04 AM

No. I asked for specific theorized macro ratios.

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32518 · September 19, 2012 at 12:50 AM

This has been asked before. Please see above link.

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7275 · September 18, 2012 at 11:05 PM

That is super interesting. Thanks for the link!

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8014 · September 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I'll tell you what was not part of the Irish ancestral diet: unnecessary apostrophes. J/K...I couldn't resist!! No offense meant at all, just having fun.

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8014 · September 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I'll tell you what was *not* part of the Irish ancestral diet...unnecessary apostrophes. J/K...I couldn't resist!! No offense meant at all, just having fun.

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24538 · September 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

If you scroll down further it goes into more detail about vegetables that were eaten. Beans go back 9000 years there. Seaweed, nuts, herbs, and some fruit were also common.

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476 · September 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM

thank you. Reading this over it seems they are saying that before 3500 years ago when grains came, they were essentially eating nothing but meat... A far cry from the pound of vegetables a day

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26182 · September 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/91305/irish-ancestral-diet#axzz26qrXdZEC

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7275 · September 18, 2012 at 11:05 PM

That is super interesting. Thanks for the link!

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476 · September 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM

thank you. Reading this over it seems they are saying that before 3500 years ago when grains came, they were essentially eating nothing but meat... A far cry from the pound of vegetables a day

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24538 · September 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

If you scroll down further it goes into more detail about vegetables that were eaten. Beans go back 9000 years there. Seaweed, nuts, herbs, and some fruit were also common.

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208 · September 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

potatoes were not introduced to Ireland until the 1500s, so that would be a 'no' on the ancestral question.

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0 · May 14, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Irish Diet is rich in potatoes and cabbage. Potatoes came in Ireland in 1688 via South America and then it became the staple of Irish Diet. Oats were also a staple in the Irish diet, to feed not only the family, but to also support the livestock that worked the fields.

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0 · May 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM

95% beer 5% guilt.

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0 · May 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I'm Irish on my mom's side, but American by diet. My mom, her sister & I have always had serious intestinal issues. I've read that many Irish have Celiac, so I've been gluten free for 1.5 years. I was slightly better, but not excellent. I've been 80% paleo for about 5 months, but still had intestinal issues as well as more joint pain. I was worried, could it be gout, since I'd been eating so much meat? Then I ended up with chest pain, for which I had a coronary artery CT. Turns out I've got 30% arterial calcification. Could that be from so much meat? My brother told me to be tested for hemochromatosis -- a genetic disorder in which you load too much iron in organs such as the heart & liver. A large % of Irish have this genetic trait. I've come across readings that suggest it was a mutation that may have alleviated the serious anemia symptoms associated with Celiac. Turns out I do have compound heterogeneous hereditary hemochromatosis. Since finding this out, I've cut out red meat and other high iron proteins. Sadly, that cuts out mussels, which I love. Now I eat fish, mostly wild, all green veggies, root veggies (including the occasional potato), GF oatmeal, whole fat dairy, imported cheese & Irish butter. From what I've read this may be close to the ancestral Irish diet before the potato. I feel much better, but am waiting to see how my coronary arteries respond to this.

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779 · September 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Once potatoes were accepted in Europe, they tended to fit into the diet where other roots had long been eaten. Turnips, rutabagas, parsnips onions etc. were major sources of macronutrients before the potato.

That's a pretty incomplete note, I'm not sure what the history of those other roots is. I'll check the link to see if it includes any roots versus grains info.

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