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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.

Fish Roe and Caviar: Paleo? Yes and No.

Fish roe is considered a delicacy in most cultures and societies outside of the U.S. Is it acceptable to eat fish roe or caviar when following a Paleo diet?

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

Is alcohol, or even specific types of alcohol Paleo? Are certain drinks better for you? Are any drinks in moderation allowed?

By Nell Stephenson
Gee, What's the Skinny on Ghee?

Many in the Paleo community use ghee for cooking despite the fact that it comes from dairy sources. The founder of the Paleo Diet answers the question: is ghee Paleo?

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Habitual Marijuana Use and The Paleo Diet: What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been

What are the physiological ramifications of regular pot smoking or ingestion of marijuana upon your health and well being while following a Paleo Diet?

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Is Hemp Permitted on The Paleo Diet?

Protein accounted for 19–35% of hunter-gatherer's energy intake. Is hemp's amino acid profile comparable to other Paleo Diet protein sources?

By Stephanie Vuolo
Millet: A Gluten-Free Grain You Should Avoid

Gluten conscious consumers frequently replace wheat, rye and barley with gluten-free grains like millet and oats in the mistaken belief they are harmless.

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Coconut Crackdown: Friend or Foe

Coconut oil is high in in a saturated fat called lauric acid. Does this make coconut oil bad for you? Or can it be healthy with the right diet?

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Coffee: Is It Paleo?

Dr. Loren Cordain discusses the coffee as a plant and a stimulant to determine if it can be included on The Paleo Diet.

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Q&A: Are Sprouted Legumes Paleo?

Are sprouted legumes considered Paleo? What about sprouted grains? Are they healthier if you're an athlete?

By Maelán Fontes, M.S.
Q&A: The Sprouted Grain Conundrum

Are grains included in the paleo diet? Read our article to learn more. The Paleo Diet® offers the latest in paleo diet news, paleo diet recipes & more.

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
What is Kimchi—and is it Paleo?

Kimchi is a Korean dish high in nutrient density and healthy probiotics. The issue is that it's also high in salt. So, can it still fit in a Paleo Diet?

By Lauren Fellows
Q&A: Is Quinoa Good For You?

Is quinoa the "super-food" it has recently been praised to be? What about quinoa's saponin content - can it negatively affect your health?

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.