Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 41

Thread: Is honey paleo? page

  1. #1
    Honeybear's Avatar
    Honeybear is offline Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Posts
    45

    Is honey paleo?

    Primal Fuel
    Didn't our ancestors gorge on honey when they found it? Just curious.

  2. #2
    primalrob's Avatar
    primalrob is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Manchester, NH
    Posts
    2,141
    it depends on which ancestors and where they were from, but, yeah, honey would have been a once-in-a-while delicacy when they could get it.

  3. #3
    Digby's Avatar
    Digby is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Eastern PA
    Posts
    1,449
    Those who could get it, but if you are a carb craver, beware. I can do about a teaspoon, and no more.
    This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
    Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

  4. #4
    carlh's Avatar
    carlh is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    western new york
    Posts
    1,129
    Of course it's paleo. Yes, you're right. Hunter/gatherers would take honey. But that doesn't mean you should regularly. It was a rare treat.

  5. #5
    Rocco Hill's Avatar
    Rocco Hill is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    365
    The massai still seek out honey combs in Kenya. Of course it is 'Paleo', but it is not easy to get, and the massai eat the actual combs, and i would say most of what is available in shops is processed heavily.

    It was definitely never meant for everyday, mass consumption.

  6. #6
    denise's Avatar
    denise is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    884
    Quote Originally Posted by Honeybear View Post
    Didn't our ancestors gorge on honey when they found it?
    thats the thing. Trouble is, less than a 5' walk from where I am typing I can buy tons of the stuff. Now if I had to find/follow the bees, climb a tree to get to the hive, light a fire then smoke 'em a bit to make 'em sleepy, get stung (quite) a few times getting the honey, climb back down and then trek home - yep it'd be paleo

  7. #7
    Dana's Avatar
    Dana is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    15
    By a strict definition of "a food that was available to pre-agriculture humans", then yes, it would have been occasionally eaten by people living in parts of the world where the honey bee was found.

    If you're talking about eating as much of it as you want as part of a paleo/PB lifestyle because it meets the above definition, then no. A tenet of this WOE is to minimize insulin spikes in response to sugary foods, and honey is certainly a sugary food.

    That said, my husband and I have a hive in our backyard and I do eat a teaspoon of honey from time to time and enjoy it, because OMG it's the best honey I've ever had.

  8. #8
    tfarny's Avatar
    tfarny is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    3,478
    It depends on whether your definition is "any food that ancient man ate" or "food that is good for you because we are evolved to benefit from eating it regularly." The second way is less sound-bite friendly but it's what you really should think of.
    Honey is a form of sugar and should be treated as such - I use it occasionally in moderation.

  9. #9
    Dragonfly's Avatar
    Dragonfly is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Port Townsend, Washington
    Posts
    3,736
    All of the above--and I wouldn't touch it if you are losing weight. Great way to create an insulin spike and stop fat loss.

  10. #10
    canadianwoman's Avatar
    canadianwoman is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    383
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    All of the above--and I wouldn't touch it if you are losing weight. Great way to create an insulin spike and stop fat loss.
    I think a tiny amount (like a teaspoon) drizzled on a nice SMALL peice of fruit would be a good treat after a protein/fat based meal....and only once a month.

    I do this and it has not hurt my weight loss any.

Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •