Good News, Paleo-Dieters: You May Be Able to Eat Your Oats After All
If you’re a follower of the Paleo Diet, you can now enjoy a warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, thanks to a new discovery in Italy. The notoriously strict Paleo diet puts flour from grains on the “Do Not Eat” list, but a new scientific find in Italy may make people rethink their firm beliefs on what constitutes a “Paleo” diet.
Earlier this week, NPR reported on a new discovery: A pestle-like slab of rock that scientists believe was used by paleolithic-era humans to grind oats, acorns, and millet about 32,000 years ago. Researchers believe that humans of this era ground the oats and other grains to make them easier to carry and store for the winter. Marta Mariotti Lippi, the lead researcher on the team, said the oat flour was then probably cooked with water, probably to make an oat cake, porridge, or oatmeal.
The Paleo diet tries to mimic the diet of paleolithic people as best as possible, avoiding foods that are a result of agriculture, like corn, wheat, and dairy (because in paleolithic times, you’d get kicked in the head a lot if you walked up to strange cows all the time and tried to milk them). While some processed foods, like dairy, legumes, and alcohols, are strictly banned from the diet, it still allows for some Paleo-friendly foods that are processed, like maple syrup and olive oil. The new discovery blurs the line between these “good” processed foods and “bad” ones.
While we don’t expect Paleo dieters to jump on the overnight oats bandwagon right away, a bowl of oatmeal sweetened with maple sugar may be in their future soon enough.
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