Im new to the Paleo Diet and was wondering if Wasabi Peas would count as a Paleo Food.... Im sure cave men didn't have Wasabi but I think it might be a good snack to spice up nut mixes.
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From the package of Roland Feng Shui Wasabi peas [http://www.amazon.com/Roland-Feng-Shui-Wasabi-4-4-Ounce/dp/B001A5RSBS/]:
Ingredients: Green Peas, Glutinous Rice, Sugar, Salt, Wasabi Powder, Palm Oil, Corn Starch.
So, even allowing for basic ingredient deiviation, I'm going with no, given that PEAS are a legume and to be avoided, rice is a grain, sugar isn't paleo and don't get me started on corn starch.
I would classify them as low-grade Paleo junk food... Eat them occasionally if it helps you avoid cheating on something loaded with the one or all of the three axis of evils gluten-grains, oxidised seed oils, or fructose...
Pure fresh wasabi looks to be quite paleo. It's made by grating a wasabi root. It's the peas and other crap that are not paleo. Wasabi on sashimi would be very paleo and very tasty as well!
All wasabi pea recipes require dried peas. so if you're strict paleo, no. If you're going to allow this food in your diet, I suggest you make your own and probably not consume too much as you'll need rice wine vinegar (not paleo), tahini (it's a seed pureé, so OK), wasabi powder (um), olive oil (OK).