A new type of food is not quite trendy yet, but starting to show up. A Mission taqueria gets busted, has to use only American crickets in its tacos from now on. An upscale restaurant in Sausalito has a multicourse dinner pairing “finely sourced and exquisitely cooked edible bugs” with a tequila tasting. Mealworm stirfries, moth larvae tacos, chili and garlic locusts, chocolate covered scorpions. This is likely closer to what cavemen ate, not corn-fed CAFO-raised cheap muscle meat wrapped in styrofoam and plastic, with a vegetable thrown in here and there. Some claim the fruit is different, didn’t used to be sweet, that’s been intentionally bred in by us. Likely, similar to how cows were domesticated from wild ox 8 to 10,000 years ago. Fruit is sweeter, vegetables less bitter, animals selectively bred from the original, wild animals, to things such freaks of nature (or human selective breeding) as the commonly eaten turkey. But, I don’t pretend to know what our ancestors ate, as I am no anthropologist, nor are most of the people who claim to know what “grok” ate, which in their romanticized version, contained little starch, no grain, little fruit, small amounts of vegetables. I doubt it, they likely ate roots and all the fruit they could find. And insects. Grubs. And the ones who couldn’t get fruits/veggies, got to eat nice things like eyeballs for vitamin C, like the Inuit, who many use to show that there’s no need for plant food. There’s a taqueria open late near my old house that sells eyeball tacos. OK, paleos, get sustainable, get real. Insects and eyeballs. Or else, just admit that you’re biased and believing in “paleo” because you like meat, okay? Geez.
And no, I’m not a part of any vegan conspiracy. I’m not even vegetarian. I’m not into low-fat. I don’t eat tons of processed carbs. There’s a whole spectra between these groups, not everyone falls into such strict categories. Why does everyone want to be so bloody extreme?