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Is It Paleo?

The Paleo Diet® comes down to a simple idea—eat lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meats, and nuts and eggs sparingly. However, it becomes a little more complicated when you start getting into particular foods that don't fit nicely into a category, or that you really like. Let us walk you through which foods you should and shouldn't eat.

Are Nut Butters and Seed Butters Paleo?

In pure form, your favorite nut and seed butters are part of The Paleo Diet—but only in moderation.

By Irene Jay
Are Algae and Seaweed “Superfoods”?

Aquatic plants, both freshwater and sea varieties, pack powerful nutrient profiles. Should we consume them for our health, as well as the health of the planet?

By Bill Manci
Are Ancient Grains Paleo?

While food brands have latched onto the ancient grains trend, we explore whether these foods are any better than modern grain types.

By Bill Manci
Are Natural Sugars Paleo?
Raw honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and stevia are all considered natural sugars, but being”natural” doesn’t necessarily mean Paleo. See where these sweeteners belong in a true Paleo Diet.
By Megan Patiry
Ten Things Paleo Bloggers Tell You Are Paleo (But They Really Aren’t!)
Health bloggers everywhere have taken the Paleo trend and run with it. Here’s what they consistently get wrong—and why science proves it.
By Megan Patiry
Are Nightshades Paleo? And How to Tell If You Have a Sensitivity

Nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes contain specific compounds that can cause irritation in your gut. If you know what symptoms to look for and how to prepare nightshades before consuming, however, you may stay in the clear.

By Megan Patiry
What Science Really Says About Eggs and Heart Disease

Are eggs good for you, how often should you eat eggs, and are eggs Paleo are just some of the controversial questions surrounding this protein source.

By Aimee McNew
The Sodium to Potassium Ratio in Cheese: Clearly, a Non-Paleo Food

Dairy products, including cheese, are not allowed on The Paleo Diet. Here's what you need to know about the dangers of consuming cheese.

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Why Olives Are Not Paleo, But Olive Oil Is

Olive oil is frequently used in Paleo cooking, so does that mean olives are Paleo too?

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Is Chocolate Paleo?

Can chocolate be a part of The Paleo Diet? Studies show dark chocolate can have therapeutic affects, but can you over indulge in this treat?

By Kyle Cordain
Beans and Legumes: Are they Paleo?

Beans and legumes have been promoted by the USDA as nutritional equivalents to animal proteins. This, however, is misguided. Beans and legumes contain many antinutrients that can cause many health problems.

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
The Paleo Diet, Alcohol Consumption and Sulfites in Wine, Beer and Food

As wine making progressed from the Neolithic times to the present, procedures were implemented to improve taste, but sulfites are a questionable addition.

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
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Paleo Leadership
 
Trevor Connor
Trevor Connor

Dr. Loren Cordain’s final graduate student, Trevor Connor, M.S., brings more than a decade of nutrition and physiology expertise to spearhead the new Paleo Diet team.

Mark J Smith
Dr. Mark J. Smith

One of the original members of the Paleo movement, Mark J. Smith, Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the benefits of Paleo nutrition.

Nell Stephenson
Nell Stephenson

Ironman athlete, mom, author, and nutrition blogger Nell Stephenson has been an influential member of the Paleo movement for over a decade.

Loren Cordain
Dr. Loren Cordain

As a professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Loren Cordain developed The Paleo Diet® through decades of research and collaboration with fellow scientists around the world.