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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.

Q&A: Is Maca Root Powder Paleo?

Does the maca root share all the same anti-nutritional properties of other brassicas and can you consume maca powder on The Paleo Diet?

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Q&A: Is Mesquite Bean Flour Arguably Paleo?

Mesquite is a different subfamily of the "legumes", and the food part derived from mesquite is not the seed, but rather the pulpy part of the pod wall.

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Q&A: Celtic Sea Salt (Sel Gris): Not Even a Pinch Paleo

“Celtic” sea salt, most commonly known as Sel gris or gray salt in French is harvested from seawater in the estuaries near the town of Guérande in France.

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Q&A: Kefir Consumption Ill Founded at Best

Learn more about kefir consumption and if it is better than other dairy products?

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Q&A: One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila... Primal!

Can you drink tequila on The Paleo Diet? Are any alcohols Paleo-friendly?

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Q&A: The Beverage Dilemma

Fruit verse fruit juice, solid verse liquid. Did our Paleolithic ancestors really drink anything besides water?

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Q&A: Are Salba Seeds Paleo?

Chia seeds are not Paleo, but are Salba seeds, a variation of chia seeds, Paleo?

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Q&A: Are Saturated Fats Good For You?

Are there healthy saturated fats like in sweet potatoes or yams?

By Maelán Fontes, M.S.
Podcast: Habitual Marijuana Use and The Paleo Diet

Dr. Loren Cordain and Shelley Schlender talk about habitual marijuana use on The Paleo Diet®.

By The Paleo Diet® Team
Q&A: Paleo Baking and Food Substitutes

A reader who works in a pastry shop asks about substitutes like pea protein, Xylitol and flax meal.

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Q&A: Are Sweet Potatoes Paleo?

If white potatoes are not Paleo, are sweet potatoes considered Paleo?

By The Paleo Diet® Team
Q&A: Do Okinawans Eat Sweet Potatoes?

Dr. Cordain responds to Pedro Bastros "The Paleo Diet Promotes Greater Vitality in Later Years" which states hunter-gatherers did not eat potatoes.

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.