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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 Sweet Potatoes Paleo?

Here's why they're a better choice than white potatoes.

By Betsy Schroeder
Is Coffee Paleo?

Yes, coffee is Paleo as long as you aren't sensitive to caffeine. Here's how to tell if you're one of the lucky ones who can enjoy it!

By Irene Jay
Are Arrowroot and Tapioca Flours Paleo?

To set the record straight, arrowroot flour and powders are Paleo-approved, but tapioca flour is not. Here’s a breakdown of the differences between the two, and what you need to know.

By Irene Jay
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 Whole Grains Healthy?

While whole grains aren’t Paleo, it helps to understand the difference between whole and refined grains, and how each impacts your health differently.

By Bill Manci
Is Butter Paleo?

We explore the many reasons why butter is not Paleo, including related products like ghee, and also address the potential health outcomes of eating butter.

By Irene Jay
Are Collagen Peptides Paleo?

Collagen peptides are all the rage in the supplement world, but do you even need them? And are they Paleo-approved?

By Irene Jay
Is Sweet Corn Paleo?

Regardless of how the food industry may label it, sweet corn isn’t a vegetable—it’s a grain. Here’s how corn can harm your health, even when it’s fresh off the cob.

By Irene Jay
Is Vinegar Paleo?

If you choose your vinegar wisely and consume it in moderation, vinegar can be a part of your Paleo Diet.

By Megan Patiry
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
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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.