Eggs and Paleo

One thing that bugs me with Paleo eaters is that they often accept dogmatic views and they don’t use common sense. So you’ll often see heaps of eggs on the breakfast pictures of Paleo eaters. Often, as many as 8 eggs for a frittata, but usually, at least 2-3 eggs daily are consumed!

Now, think of the following: a tribe of 100 people. To find eggs or tubers or meat, they usually walk as much as 15-20 miles per day in the periphery of their village. Given the amount of people scourging the surroundings for food, it’s unlikely that a gatherer among them will find more than 2-3 eggs per week. And that’s to feed themselves, their children and their elderly. So from my point of view, eggs, just like most food in the Paleolithic times, were not that easy to find.

Note that I’m not suggesting that people should consume just 1 egg per week. Just because the Paleolithic people didn’t have access to a lot of them doesn’t mean that eating more than they did is bad for us. Neither I’m on the side of the people who say that eggs elevate cholesterol levels. What I’m suggesting is that 1-2 eggs per day might be more balanced in terms of nutrition, rather than heaps of it, or too little of it. I find it to be a quantity that makes sense to me.

I just wanted to share that out, and also say that this is true for red meat as well. Use more veggies, more wild fish, shellfish, and less animal meat. It’s how we evolved.


Kev wrote on December 18th, 2013 at 8:17 AM PST:

Is fish supposed to be better in terms of nutrition or something? I’m following a keto diet and meat and its fats generally tend to make up a lot of my calories.

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Eugenia wrote on December 18th, 2013 at 1:06 PM PST:

Both eggs (pastured) and fish (wild) are good for you, possibly fish more than meat. But even on keto you’re not supposed to eat way too much protein, most of the calories should come from fat. After a certain amount of protein, the body turns that into glucose instead of ketones.

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