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Old 03-17-2007, 09:26 AM   #1
Greg Davis
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I think its fair to say that mushrooms are paleo.. but I'm wondering why I've never heard them discussed in paleo books or on paleo forums. The general advice (ie. Garrett) is to stick to green leafy vegetables period as the best stuff. Here in my part of Canada we have locally grown mushroom varieties that I know are claimed to have some interesting properties (ie. shiitake).

Michael Pollen did spend a bunch of time talking about wild California mushrooms in his book Omnivore's Dilemma (good read!) which makes me curious.

Anyone have any links to "paleo experts" (ie. cordain) mentioning mushrooms?
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:40 PM   #2
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-come from nature

-have a low-GI

-are nutrient dense

-were probably around in the paleolithic

So, yeah, I'd say they're probably a pretty paleo-friendly food. Thanks for bringing it up, you just inspired me to go buy some.
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:08 PM   #3
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No links Greg, but Cordain offers several recipes in his books that include mushrooms in sauces, and some for cooked mushrooms too.
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:11 PM   #4
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I doubt any paleos ate mushrooms in great quantity, except to hallucinate. They are quite different from anything else we eat. Some say they're from outer space, another planet, because mushroom spores can survive re-entry.
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:55 AM   #5
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Mushrooms might be from outer space? Where did you hear about that?

In other words; I eat paleo and like to throw some mushrooms in my omelette's every once in a while. They are pretty tasty.
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:32 AM   #6
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Although I'd venture to say muchrooms are paleo-friendly (based on intuition only), they are not recommended by Donna Gates (BED diet) due to poor digestive properties and high toxicity levels.

Personally I love the big shiatake ones, and add them to plate from time to time. For me, mushrooms are one of those borderline paleo foods like sweet potatoes (do we need really concrete evidence whether they're 100% paleo or not?) and just eat them on occasion when I'm in the mood.
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Old 03-18-2007, 02:52 PM   #7
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Taste great and a total freebie.

I would have differ from the opinion that mushrooms are 'nutrient dense' as they have a per/gm nutrient profile that is a little more beneficial than breathing in a warm room, but not by much.
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