The Paleolithic or Paleo diet is massively popular today, but what is it and can people following a Paleolithic diet eat fermented food?
The Paleolithic diet is a diet of a hunter gatherer, that is – only food that can picked, pulled or killed. Wikipedia says:
The Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes what are perceived to be agricultural products; grains, legumes,dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.
One of the best things about a paleolithic diet, is that it doesn’t allow us to eat the chemical-filled, processed and refined foods that can be so harmful to us. In our family we loosely eat a paleo diet.
The real question is – does fermented food fit with the paleolithic diet? Foods that are usually fermented are fruits, vegetables, and meats, that makes it very hard to say that fermented food dcannot fit into a paleo diet. But to take it a step further it’s not hard to imagine a hunter-gatherer putting food into a hole, shell, bladder, skin, or some other container and let it sit for a while. Hunter-gatherer’s would soon work out that food left to sit in a container for a few days developed a lovely taste, and lasted longer before putrefying.
Making fermented food is easy and fun, whether you’re a hunter gatherer or a white collar worker. For example, if you leave coconut flesh and coconut water to sit in a container for 3 to 10 days, it develops a lovely kefir taste – we have perfected that process to produce Coghurt. Or if you leave any fruit or vegetable, submerged in water for 3 – 20 days it develops a delicious, tangy and sometimes effervescent taste. If you add a little salt into the mix, the ferment gets a lovely crunch and lasts a bit longer. We are perfecting the process to produce our Kraut line of fermented vegetables.
As long as the food being fermented can be picked, pulled or killed, then it should be considered as paleolithic food.