Minor Revisions to Paleo Suggestions

Hello Paleo-ers,

I’ve just had a brief look at Dr. Harris’ newest post and I feel the information is important to share.  Down at number 7 on his list of diet essentials, he says:

Plant storage organs like potatoes and sweet potatoes are nutrient laden and well tolerated by most people. Bananas and plantains are convenient starchy fruits. The soluble fiber in all these starchy foods is very likely beneficial, unlike the insoluble fiber in bran.

I think this is good news; it is probably what a lot of us “cheat” on occasionally anyway. At least I do.  I just make sure I smother the potatoes in butter or sour cream.

And then in number 11 he adds this:

You won’t get too much fructose eating reasonable quantities of fruit, but don’t make it your staple. Most modern fruits aren’t really just bags of sugar. That was hyperbole, folks, a rhetorical technique. Bananas rich in starch and citrus fruits are preferred. Don’t go nuts with watermelon and agave, which are nearly pure fructose. Beware stone fruits like peaches and apricots if you have IBS – the polyols are fermented in your colon.

A diet based on beef and potatoes is healthier than one based on granny smiths or 30 bananas.

The complete “Archevore Diet” is worth reading in its entirety–again–so I am including the link to it here:  http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

Let’s remember that we must all do our own “due diligence.”  This is science, not witch-craft; learning is a life-time career, right?  As Dr. Harris says:

So eat what you want. This is simply free advice that has worked very well for me and at least hundreds of patients and readers. I’m not trying to save the world, as I find it generally does not want saving.

My two-cents’ worth for this lovely Friday.

About Audie Jean

I love volunteering for Thrift Shops for Nova West Island. I also spend a lot of time taking photos, making greeting cards, exploring on the computer, and doing all kinds of other things that stimulate learning. It is very important for me that I LEARN or DO something every day. I have a special fondness for milking cows, reading poetry, cutting grass, walking in the woods, chatting with my grandchildren, and much, much more. Life is indeed fun. Reach me at: ajdrakie@gmail.com
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3 Responses to Minor Revisions to Paleo Suggestions

  1. prichie says:

    Wow, that is good news! I have been avoiding fruits believing that they contained so much sugar, so this is helpful. Also, potatoes I smother them in butter and sour cream as well for the few times I indulge. This makes me feel better about that too. Interesting about watermelon, it seems mostly water, hard to believe it’s saturated with sugar. Thanks Audie-Jean for broadening my paleo diet!

  2. DohNa says:

    Yes indeedy, gotta love it! Now I don’t have to feel guilty giving GerB spuds occasionally;-D

  3. gchristie says:

    Good information AudieJean. I think I will have a banana right now. 🙂

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