Get off [insert] flour

This starts to piss me off more and more as time goes by: Paleo dieters baking stuff using heaps of almond flour. You go to a Paleo recipe site and what you see half the time is variations of cookies and breads. As for those who make an almond-based pizza? Two cups of almond flour are required for the base alone! And don’t let me start about nut butters.

The point of the matter is, nuts should only be consumed in moderation. They’re very high in O-6, and they have lots of phytates and anti-nutrients. On top of all that, almonds used to be poisonous in the Paleolithic times, the kinds of almonds we have today are highly selected. When we are eating such high quantities of nuts, we endanger our health, and we generate a new wheat-like threat. The older varieties of wheat, when were eaten in moderation they weren’t such a big problem, but today, we have in our hands a selected super-gluten which can be found in almost every food.

Ask yourself this question: Would you eat two full cups of almonds for dinner? Most of the time, the answer is “no”. So why the heck would you eat a 12″ pizza made of just that? The almond to almond flour ratio is 1:1, you see. These “allowed” flours (almond, coconut, flax, and tapioca), must be consumed in small quantities, and rarely. Birthdays, holidays, PMS… And try to mix these flours when the recipe allows it, so you at least spread the amount of the various anti-nutrients into smaller quantities.

Personally, I make almond flour-based cheese crackers twice a month (used only with goat/sheep/buffalo fermented dairy, which *is* healthy). We eat 1-3 crackers a day, which is equivalent to 3-5 almonds. A healthy amount of nuts per day, that is. The last time I baked something for indulging reasons was for a coconut birthday cake in January, six almond cookies in November (half a recipe), and coconut donuts in September (threw away half of them, baked too many). As for bread and pizza (any kind), I haven’t had these at all since I started Paleo in September 2011.

In other news, I started a Pinterest group, with categorized Paleo/Primal recipes. So far the dessert category has more pins than the other boards, just because the sites I visited mostly indulged on such comfort food. But I will be correcting this soon, as I add more pins.

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Sex Mahoney wrote on March 22nd, 2012 at 3:46 PM PST:

Once upon a time, when I had a good supply of cheap nuts, I would eat two cups of nuts and call it a meal. Rough stuff, to be sure, but those were poorer times.


CRFilms wrote on March 24th, 2012 at 1:57 AM PST:

What about flax seed / flax meal? I’ve seen some recipes with “carbquick” mix and flax meal that look like they might be decent.

My problem is I’m dieting on stricly low calories now. Between 1500-1200 a day, so any bread made with that would be standard bread calories if not more. I bought some “bread” at Walmart called “35” because it only has 35 calories a slice….tasteless…but better than the 100-120 cal a slice for regular bread.


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Eugenia wrote on March 24th, 2012 at 7:41 AM PST:

Flax is a seed, and as all seeds on Paleo it must be consumed in moderation. For example, for my cracker recipe that requires a bit of flax, only 1/4 of a cup is used (once every two weeks).

As for the tasteless bread you bought, it is made from wheat, which is way worse than any other flour, so it’s a no-go on Paleo.


Mirko wrote on March 31st, 2012 at 1:38 AM PST:

I usually mix chesnuts flour with a mixture of small amounts of corn, rice, flax, rye and durum wheat etc and I let it bake with kefir or a mixture of yeasts. No oils or added fat. To slow down glycemic index put some cinnamon in the mixture and then eat bread or crackers with fresh uncooked fats. If you get to find one of those german biscuit machines you get your crackers very easily.

Flax flour is good as far as is fresh made as it oxidate really fast… and you know what they do with oxidate flax oil… paint.

most of the vegetable oils spoil very quickly and instead to be healthy they become poisonous. Keep them in the fridge in a colored glass bottle.

frack I wont so badly a small home stone mil to grind seeds :/


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Eugenia wrote on March 31st, 2012 at 1:52 AM PST:

Unfortunately most of these flours are not considered healthy on Paleo, especially corn and wheat/durum. Personally, I get sick with wheat.


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