I'm out here in Hawaii and picked up some awesome wheat free banana bread in paia (it's from this little grocery store off the main street). They replace the standard flour with spelt flour. I've done some googling and seen mixed thoughts on spelt flour and how paleo it is. Since I haven't seen any questions here on the subject, I thought I'd ask the community. What are your thoughts on where spelt flour falls on the paleo scale?
Spelt is a variant of wheat and is therefore not paleo.
It's a grain. It's a neolithic food that is also nutritionally bereft.
From the wiki:
Spelt is closely related to the common form of wheat and is not suitable for people with coeliac disease.
Give that loaf of spelt bread to someone else.
To explain. Spelt is closer to the Ur original wheat grass. Wheat spelt are grasses. So the origin is a grass. So really paleo would be to eat grass from the pasture.
Iam sure in anthropologue view, paleo people hve farmed in some way. They werent stupid. If you let some seed drop and be lucky you will notice that something grow. SO it was probably paleo to eat farmed things.
Maybe not in Cold climate but in warm i think.
There are origin species of wheat. One is is Emmer, one Einkorn, one is Spelt,
The modern seed and grains, even orgaic, are so far develope from the orignial seeds. And traditional cultures usually used long preperation methods to prepare their grains. To get it more digestable.
The Paleo people who are found, had teeth grated down to the gums.
If you are eating 80% paleo (which is what most people who are not dealing with health issues try to do), then spelt would be an okay cheat. But it's not paleo.
It does have gluten, so if you suspect any intolerance to gluten, avoid it. If you want to minimize the anti-nutrients, consider using sprouted spelt.
If there was a scale of "neolithic agents of disease," 10 being the worst, modern wheat would be a 10. Or 11. Spelt would probably be an 8. Sprouted spelt (like here: http://www.organicsproutedflour.net/) would maybe knock it down to a 5. (Sprouted grains are most likely similar to what ancient people would have eaten. You know, before refrigeration, pesticides, and irradiation.)