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Is Mayo Paleo?

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Traditional store bought or commercially prepared mayo is beyond the scope of paleo dieting as there are various non paleo ingredients included during its preparation; perhaps the most obvious of which is processed oil. But that does not go to say that paleo dieters cannot enjoy their own homemade version of mayonnaise. As a matter of fact, when working with ... Read More »

Health benefits of Almonds

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Almonds are proof of the saying “Big things come in small packages.” Albeit small, almonds have numerous health benefits. It contains high amounts of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper and niacin. It is also used for treating constipation, respiratory disorders, cough, hearth disorders, anemia, impotency, diabetes, psoriasis, dental problems and dandruff. Below are additional health benefits of ... Read More »

Is Buckwheat Paleo?

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Buckwheat certainly is not historically paleo, but can classify as modern paleo. In fact, it can easily share a platform that also entertains grain alternatives like quinoa, amaranth and wild rice. Botanically, it is not a cereal grain but is cultivated for its grain like seeds. The edible part is a fruit seed which qualifies it to be treated as ... Read More »

Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Beef

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Grass-fed beef refer to beef that came from cows that eat grass in pastures instead of corn- and grain-based feeds. Because grass-fed cows are not bombarded with antibiotics and hormones (most corn- and grain-based feeds are fortified with these chemicals), they produce meat that is more delicious and nutritious. Grass-fed beef contains higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins ... Read More »

Health Benefits of Avocado

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Avocado (also referred to as alligator pear) is one of the most versatile paleo fruits in the planet. It is used as a meat substitute in salads and vegetarian sandwiches. It is the main ingredient of the popular Mexican dip guacamole. It is used as filling for Americanized versions of sushi, such as California Rolls. There are avocado-based desserts, milkshakes ... Read More »

Are Eggs Paleo?

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There seems to be a constant debate on the paleo forum about which foods can or cannot be classified as truly paleo. Luckily, eggs are an easier one to categorize as even by the strictest of standards, eggs easily qualify as being paleo friendly foods. Since the paleo diet is predominantly a protein rich diet, eggs, other than the different ... Read More »

Is Rice Paleo?

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Is rice paleo friendly? Can you eat rice on a strict paleo diet? Rice, like other grains has been a staple food for many generations and is not the easiest of foods to give up. On a paleo diet, however, rice receives pretty much the same consideration as other grains and needs to be shunned permanently. In strict paleo circles, ... Read More »

Is Hominy Paleo?

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What is hominy and is hominy paleo friendly? Hominy is dried, ground corn which has the germ and hull removed. It is prepared by soaking the corn in an alkali solution after which the corn is processed to crush the kernels and sift them out. Hominy can be served whole as a cereal or ground where the ground variety is ... Read More »

Why are Legumes not a Paleo Food?

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Legumes join the circle of forbidden foods on the Paleo diet along with other adversaries such as grains and dairy. The Paleo Diet: Legumes Foods that qualify as legumes are beans, lentils, chickpeas, pulses, peas and peanuts. The argument why each of these food items is not permitted on a Paleo diet comes with sound reasoning as their detrimental effects ... Read More »

Is Miso Paleo?

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Miso is a traditional seasoning used in Japanese cuisine that is prepared by fermenting rice, barley or soybeans with salt and koji – a mold starter… but is miso paleo? Is miso soup paleo? The mixture is then let to sit and ferment for prolonged periods which could vary anywhere between 3 months to 3 years. The resulting paste is ... Read More »

Are kefir grains paleo?

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By definition paleo is what our ancestors ate and we should be following their example. While we can to the most try and mimic their way of eating since that quality of food is not available now, our diet also needs certain improvisations to meet all dietary requirements. In the strict paleo sense humans are designed to survive on a ... Read More »

Is Butter Paleo? What about Clarified Butter?

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While butter was never consumed by our Paleolithic ancestors, it has come to make a place for itself on the paleo way of eating. The version of butter that has come to be accepted as a paleo approved fat is known as clarified butter. When consuming this type of butter, the proteins and sugars are removed and the clarified version ... Read More »

Is Cheese Paleo? Paleo Cheese Substututes

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So is cheese paleo? Is there paleo cheese substitute? Dairy is a very heavy grey area on the paleo diet; strict adherents forbid it completely whereas moderate followers make concessions for occasional allowances. If any, butter and aged cheeses may make an appearance on the paleo menu but in extreme moderation. As far as true paleo goes, dairy has no place ... Read More »

Is Coffee Paleo?

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So is coffee paleo? … Caffeine is an addiction and a strong one at that! Many people just cannot seem to get their day started out right unless they have their revered cup of coffee in the morning. While paleo followers of the strictest order do not permit any coffee consumption, those on the moderate end do indulge in an ... Read More »

Is Honey Allowed on the Paleo Diet?

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I am not sure how the Paleolithics felt about it, but these days no meal is considered complete unless wrapped up with a dessert of some sort. True that the Paleo philosophy advocates only natural foods and stays away from all things refined and processed, but even nature has its variant sweeteners to satisfy the sweet tooth cravings that many ... Read More »

Grains are not Paleo

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Grains belong to the cereal group and form the staple part of our every day diet. Examples of grains include barley, millet, oats, rice, wheat etc. Grains are modern man’s staple food and is consumed widely across the globe. Grains are a popular food because of ease of storage, convenience of cultivation, and also yield a variety of by-products. Examples ... Read More »

Is Amaranth Paleo?

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Scientific studies have always supported the consumption of green leafy vegetables for its profound health benefits. They are rich sources of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that not only nourish the physiological needs but also prevent many diseases. Nutritionists and health practitioners recommend that an average adult should consume at least three cups of greens per week for health. This is ... Read More »

Is Quinoa Paleo?

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In the Paleo perspective, Hamlet’s soliloquy “To be, or not to be- that is the question” can be appropriately applied to the attention surrounding quinoa. The Paleo Diet promotes the eating habits of our Paleolithic ancestors which mean that anything before the advent of agriculture is alright to abide by but any foods that have been subject to the process ... Read More »

Are Yams Allowed on the Paleo Diet?

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The debate regarding starchy tubers rages on… a well known point of contention among Paleo dieters, the inclusion or exclusion of high carb starchy tubers like potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams has been the subject of much controversy… So are yams allowed on the paleo diet? While in the most orthodox of Paleo circles, their consumption is condemned outright, the ... Read More »

Alligator Meat and Where to Buy it?

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It never ceases to fascinate me when I hear people saying that a lot of non standard meats taste “just like chicken!” (Non standard meaning others than the regular ones which adorn your dining choices like poultry, beef and veal mostly). Of course that is just my own measure of standard meats, you might have a completely different one. In ... Read More »

Are Sweet Potatoes Paleo?

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So is sweet potato paleo? Regarding sweet potatoes in paleo diet recipes it is well known that paleo diet advocates consuming plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts, sea food, game meat. For complete paleo food list click here. However, its still not clearly known what vegetables and fruits were exactly consumed by our ancestors during the paleolithic era. Based on ... Read More »

The Paleo Diet and Coffee

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Are you one of the multitudes of paleo people who can’t get their day started right unless it starts off with a sharp aromatic cup of coffee? Do you really need your daily dose of jamocha to put your best foot forward? And are you seriously also considering adopting the Paleo Diet as your new way of a healthier lifestyle? ... Read More »

Medlars – The Forgotten Fruit

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A few weeks ago on our facebook page we published this photo and asked people if they know what is it. Since no one answered correctly we decided to write something about this forgotten fruit: The medlar tree resembles a pear tree, but the fruits are quite different. They look rather like large golden-brown rosehips, with a russetted skin and ... Read More »

Is Kefir Paleo?

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From time to time  people ask me for opinion on the kefir grains and the paleo diet. In order to provide the best answer on this topic, I called my colleague from The Kefir website; Is kefir paleo? The strict paleo answer is NO! But let’s think for a moment about it. What are the advantages of  of incorporating raw milk and kefir into a Paleo diet: Raw cow milk ... Read More »