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Paleo Diet Food List

Paleo diet food list Website is here to help you decide whether paleo diet is good for you. It is a long list (avaliable in PDF format when you sign up for our newsletter) which we will introduce below. Some of these foods are very tasty and you already love them, and many of them you probably avoid. But one thing is sure – all these foods are extremely healthy.

Want to lose weight? Thinking about a diet? Just want to live a healthy life? Perhaps you could try The Paleo Diet. To help you to decide whether The Paleo Diet is right diet for you we created this website. Let’s start with basics – true paleo foods / paleo diet food list. Before we turn on the stove we have to know which food is allowed, which food is strictly prohibitet during this diet plan and which can be used in moderation.


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Paleo Diet Food List


Allowed Foods

Starting with meats, eat as much as you want for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cook the meats simply whitout too much added fat – broiling, baking, roasting, sauteing or browning, then poring off excess liquid fat, or stir frying over high heat with a little oil (No deep fat frying).

Lean Meats – Paleo Diet Meats

Meat was the foundation of the hunter-gatherer’s diet, and is featured heavily in the paleo diet. Any cut of meat is allowed, but leaner cuts, such as flank steak and top sirloin, are preferred. Grass-fed beef is recommanded over the more common grain-fed variety because it is leaner and more nutritious, according to the Agriculture and Natural Resource Department – University of California (Health benefits of the grass-fed beef). The paleo diet allows meat from all animal sources, including more exotic meats like bison and venison. Exotic meats can be ordered through the Fossil Farms web site! You should avoid processed meats such as cold cuts, hot dogs and sausages.

Lean Beef (trimmed of visible fat)

  • Flank Steak
  • Top Sirloin Steak
  • Extra Lean hamburger (7% fat or less)
  •  London broil
  • Lean veal
  • Chuck Steak
  • Any other lean cut

Lean Pork (trimmed of visible fat)

  • Pork loin
  • Pork Chops
  • Any other lean cut

Lean poultry (white meat, skin removed)

  • Chicken breast
  • Turkey breast
  • Game hen breasts

Eggs (limit to 6 per week)

Eggs are a popular protein source for most dieters. Although many diets recommend only eating the whites, whole eggs are recommended for the paleo diet. Because of their higher nutrient content, eggs from free-range chickens are recommended over those from caged chickens.

Other meats on Paleo Diet

Paleo Diet Organ Meats

  • Beef, lamb, pork, chicken livers
  • Beef, pork and lamb tongues
  • Beef, lamb and pork marrow
  • Beef, lamb and pork „sweetbreads“

Paleo Diet Game Meat (A-Z)


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Paleo Diet Fish

Paleo Diet Shellfish


Paleo Diet Fruits and Vegetables

If you love fruit and are convinced it is making you fat, don’t worry. It won’t make you fat on this diet, even in unlimited amounts. In fact, it’s not easy to get 50% of your daily calories from fruits and vegetables because of the high bulk and low caloric density of fruits and salad vegetables. Nuts are rich in calories. If you are trying to lose weight, you should eat only about 4 ounces of them a day. Also, except for walnuts, almost all nuts have high levels of omega 6 fats, and if eaten excessively, they can unbalance the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats in your diet.

For ideal health, then, you should eat fruits and vegetables with every meal, along with moderate amounts of nuts, avocados, seeds, and healthful oils (flaxseed, canola, olive oil, and mustard seed). However, just because it’s a vegetable doesn’t mean it’s good – or that it’s on the list below.

High carbohydrate, starchy tubers – potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams – are restricted on the Paleo Diet. Also, dried fruit should be eaten only in small amounts because it, too, can produce a high glycemic load (causing a rapid increase in the blood glucose level), particularly when you eat to o much of it. When you’re hungry or in doubt, start with a high protein, low fat food. Remember, lean proteins is the most effective nutrient in reducing your appetite and boosting your metabolism to help you burn stored fat.


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Paleo Diet Fruits

300x250Fruits are recommended for the same reasons as vegetables, however dieters trying to loose weight may want to limit thier fruit intake due to the naturally occurring sugar in fruit.


  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Avocado – Health benefits of avocado
  • Banana
  • Blackberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carambola
  • Cherries
  • Cherimoya
  • Cranberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Guava
  • Honeydew melon
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Nectarine
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Persimmon
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Tangerine
  • Watermelon
  • All other fruits – What Fruits are High in Sugar?


Paleo Diet Vegetables

YouTube_Play_button_shutterstock_152382590Fibrous vegetables are highly recommended on the paleo diet because they are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Starcy vegetables like potatoes and yams should be avoided.

  • Mushrooms
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Mustard Greens
  • Beet Greens
  • Onions
  • Beets
  • Pasley
  • Bell papers
  • Parsnip
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers (all kinds)
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Pumpkin
  • Cabbage
  • Purslane
  • Carrots
  • Radish
  • Cauliflower
  • Rutabaga
  • Celery
  • Seaweed
  • Collards
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Squash (all kinds)
  • Dandelion
  • Swiss Chard
  • Eggpland
  • Tomatillos
  • Endive
  • Tomato
  • Green Onions
  • Turnip Greens
  • Kale
  • Turnips
  • Kohlerabi
  • Watercress
  • Lettuce

Paleo Diet Nuts and Seeds

If you are actively losing weight, you should eat no more than 4 ounces of nuts and seeds a day. Walnuts are the best as they have most omega 3 ratio. Nuts are recommended as a snack foodwhile on the paleo diet because they are high in protein, healthy usaturated fats and fiber.

  • Almonds
  • Pine Nuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Pistachios (unsalted)
  • Cashews
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Chestnuts
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans

Foods You Can Eat in Moderation

Paleo Diet Oils

Four tablespoons or less a day when weight loss is of primary importance.


Paleo Sweets

  • Dried Fruits (2 oz)
  • Nuts mixed with dried fruit and fresh fruits (no more than 4 oz nuts and 2 oz of dried fruit a day)

Foods You Should Avoid

Dairy Foods

Cereal Grains

  • Barley (barley soup, barley bread and all processed foods made with barley)
  • Corn (corn on the cob, corn tortillas, corn chips, cornstarch, corn syrup) – Is Hominy Paleo?
  • Millet
  • Oats (steel-cut oats, rolled oats and all processed foods made with oats)
  • Rice (brown rice, white rice, top ramen, rice noodles, basmati rice, rice cakes, rice flour and all processed foods made with rice) – Is Rice Paleo?
  • Rye (rye bread, rye crackers and all processed foods made with rye)
  • Sorghum
  • Wheat (bread, rolls, muffins, noodles, crackers, cookies, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, pasta, spaghetti, lasagna, wheat tortillas, pizza, pita bread, flat bread and all processed foods made with wheat or wheat flour)
  • Wild rice

Cereal Grainlike Seeds


  • All beans (adzuki beans, black beans, broad beans, fava beans, field beans, garbanzo beans, horse beans, kidney beans, lima beans, mung beans, navy beans, pinto beans, red beans, string beans, white beans) – Why are legumes not a paleo food?
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Peanuts
  • Lentils
  • Snowpeas
  • Peas
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Peanut butter
  • Miso – Is Miso Paleo?
  • Soybeans and all soybean products, including tofu

new160x600Starchy Vegetables

Salt-Containing Foods

  • Bacon
  • Processed Meats
  • Pork ringds
  • Cheese
  • Salami
  • Deli Meats
  • Frankfurters
  • Hot Dogs
  • Ketchup
  • Pickled foods
  • Olives
  • Salted nuts
  • Salted spices
  • Sausages
  • Smoked, dried and salted fish / meat
  • Virtually all canned meats or fish (unless you soak /drain them)


Fatty Meats

  • Soft drinks and Fruit JuicesBacon
  • Fatty beef roasts
  • Beef ribs
  • Fatty cuts of beef
  • Fatty ground beef
  • T-bone steaks
  • Chicken and turkey legs
  • Chicken and turkey skin
  • Chicken and turkey tights and wings
  • Fatty pork chops
  • Fatty pork roasts
  • Pork ribs
  • Pork sausage
  • Lamb chops
  • Lamb roasts
  • Leg of lamb
  • All sugar soft drinks



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Congratulations you’ve made it! 🙂  As you can notice, the paleo diet food list is very long and maybe a little bit boring  but we are sure that from now on it will be useful resource for you. Now when you are completely familiar with complete paleo diet food list what else to say? Good Luck with your Paleo Diet! Go to top!



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