On a lighter note:
A coworker of mine stopped me yesterday to tell me she was starting to diet, and was hoping to get some tips from me. Flattering, I thought. So I'd told her the basic tenets of Paleo, and left it at that. She said, "Oh, I went shopping this morning," and pulled out a Go Raw Banana "Bread" Flaxseed Bar (their quotes on the Bread, not mine).
I looked at the ingredients. Flaxseed, banana, unsweetened coconut, organic dates. Wow, I thought, I could eat this. "Interesting."
She told me when she had some she'd stop back and let me try it.
20 minutes later, she comes back disgusted with the Bar. "This is awful."
I was surprised but not, given that sometimes when you've been eating the SAD, "healthier" stuff might not come off as super-tasty. "Really?"
"Yeah," she said, "It's awful. You want it?"
I took a bite. And it wasn't bad -- I tasted banana. The consistency was, well, flaxseedy. Pretty much what you'd expect. I swallowed. Okay.
Not even five seconds later, there was this...aftertaste? And it went from bad to worse quickly -- like I'd had a bad case of acid banana reflux. "Can I pitch this?" "YES."
In the garbage.
So the question: has anyone else come across products that follow the Paleo guidelines, and would theoretically be tasty/good...but you wouldn't wish for anyone to eat them/use them?
I'd stress not making nut flours (i.e. almond, coconut flours) a staple in one's diet. I think they're a crutch often for new paleo folks. I'm not saying you can't use them occasionally, I do. Relying on them for daily faux bread isn't the best idea.
People who start paleo always seem to go out and buy protein shakes (muscle milk etc). They always seem to overdo it on protein initially. Probably the bodybuilding mantra subconsciously drilled intothem by media and magazines. So I tell them to stay clear...
Chew your protein.
In most cases, if it's in a package (save meat in the foam tray and fresh/frozen fruits/vegies/nuts in a bag) it's most likely "processed" and therefore not paleo. Just my 2 cents
Pretty much anything that is being marketed as paleo should be avoided. There are some exceptions of course but you don't see paleo stickers on fruits and vegetables in the produce store. They don't need them.
I always argue that if the food begins with "paleo-" it's not paleo and should be avoided. Eat real food, foods that are ingredients, rather than food that has ingredients.
As processed food is generally fail...this is hard to answer...
My personal bad experinces are vegetable chips and flax crackers also had some rancid seaweed chips
processed junk almost always ends up high O6 or overcooked and therefore nutrient destroyed
meal replacement powders taste horrible without sugar
Most flavored nuts taste off
who would eat somthing so dead as a fruit bar that sat on a shelf for what? six months and didnt rot? was it going to taste good? of course it tasted like trash. Any way ,if it doesnt have the nutrition left in it to rot, how can you expect it to be healthy for mankind to use it as a food? im not one of those idiots that think a McDonald french fry wont rot either, all they need is water. the moldy ones are more nutritious.LOL
chicken livers- yuck. fed to dog. chicken hearts- yummy- just couldn't look at them too closely or a felt like a zombie people eater. not sure about balsamic vinegar. i love the taste- but cordain says unless its distilled(?) vinegar is a no-go. plus it has sulfites in it. some people have been talking down nuts for being too high in omega 6, but i just read that copper may be very important in iron absorption (i'm anemic) and pistachios have lots of minerals, including lots of copper. i think walnuts do as well.