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  • Vinegar, etc -- Is it Primal?

    Guys --
    Really went to town and cleaned out the pantry last week when I started eating Primally (I already feel much better now than during the four years I spent as a veg, btw). But when I started surfing the net for new recipes, I found a bunch of conflicting information and a lot of recipes that purported to be either Primal or Paleo but I thought included questionable ingredients (specifically those which I had already tossed/donated). So I thought I'd go to some experts and get the low down.
    • Apple cider vinegar (unpastuerized, Bragg's or similar) and other vinegars (Balsamic, etc)
    • chia seeds
    • soy sauce/tamari
    • pecan oil
    • cashews (a legume???)
    • sprouts -- broccoli, alfalfa, etc (all but bean-sprouts)
    • wheatgrass juice
    • liquid stevia (a little bit of alcohol, but the unflavored varieties)
    • cocoa powder vs. cacao vs. carob
    • any items you may have thought might be up for interpretation (other than dairy, which has been covered exhaustively in a number of places, and use of oils in general)

    Thanks!
    WaterJen

  • #2
    On Mark's main page, search each of these in the search bar. He's done some amazing articles on the ingredients you're questioning.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by waterjen View Post
      Guys --
      Really went to town and cleaned out the pantry last week when I started eating Primally (I already feel much better now than during the four years I spent as a veg, btw). But when I started surfing the net for new recipes, I found a bunch of conflicting information and a lot of recipes that purported to be either Primal or Paleo but I thought included questionable ingredients (specifically those which I had already tossed/donated). So I thought I'd go to some experts and get the low down.
      • Apple cider vinegar (unpastuerized, Bragg's or similar) and other vinegars (Balsamic, etc)
      • chia seeds
      • soy sauce/tamari
      • pecan oil
      • cashews (a legume???)
      • sprouts -- broccoli, alfalfa, etc (all but bean-sprouts)
      • wheatgrass juice
      • liquid stevia (a little bit of alcohol, but the unflavored varieties)
      • cocoa powder vs. cacao vs. carob
      • any items you may have thought might be up for interpretation (other than dairy, which has been covered exhaustively in a number of places, and use of oils in general)

      Thanks!
      WaterJen
      ACV: primal
      Chia seeds: primal
      Soy sauce/tamari: okay if wheat free
      Pecan oil: primal but like all nut oils, higher in O6, so be aware
      Cashews: fruit seed, primal
      Sprouts: primal
      Wheatgrass juice: I avoid it because of potential gluten contamination
      Stevia: one of the better artificial sweeteners if you're going to use them
      Cocoa powder/carob: primal, sweetened cocoa mix is not primal though

      For details, search the blog as suggested. You can get more info on what to be aware of in a given food, and it's fairly easy to look up other stuff. Also, you can look beyond Mark's blog and do a Google search for "[food name] primal" or "[food name] paleo" and you should get some additional positions on a given food.
      “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

      Owly's Journal

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      • #4
        Stevia isn't artificial - it's a tea extract. Depending on the type you have, it may be full of fillers or glycerine.

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        • #5
          Thanks everyone for your help!

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