Is IT Paleo? I have answers to your most asked Paleo questions. If you want to know whether this or that food is Paleo or not this is the right place. I find it very interesting that there are so many differing opinions as to whether certain foods are Paleo or not. That pretty much explains why I am writing this post to begin with.
So many people have so many questions about whether this and that are Paleo. Some of these questions don’t have cut and dried answers. Some do though. When it comes right down to it, it depends on how strict you want to be with a Paleo diet. I also think that the reason for so many questions is that whether some foods are Paleo or not are just people opinions. Everyone has their own opinion.
So I’m hoping that after you read this whole post you will be able to form your own opinion. Plus, you can decide how strict you want to follow the Pale lifestyle.
Is Quinoa Paleo?
I wrote a whole blog about whether quinoa is Paleo. You can read it here: Is Quinoa Paleo? What Is It, The Pros and Cons
Is Chocolate Paleo?
I also wrote a whole blog about whether chocolate is Paleo. You can read it here: Is Chocolate Paleo? I Can Answer that Question for You
Is Popcorn Paleo?
The short is answer is NO because popcorn is a whole grain. It has a lot of carbs and it is hard to digest.
Now here are two different opinions for you. Mark Sisson says that popcorn isn’t Paleo but if you need to cheat once in a while popcorn, isn’t the worst cheat snack. If you cheat and eat popcorn, make your own and make it with ghee or coconut oil. Stay away from microwave popcorn at all costs.
Dine Sanfilippo says not to panic if you slip a couple of times and eat popcorn but it should be one snack food you should avoid.
Are Pistachios Paleo?
Pistachios are a nut and nuts are something you can eat on a Paleo diet.
Is Worcestershire Sauce Paleo?
NO, Worcestershire sauce is not Paleo because two of the ingredients are sugar and molasses (Not blackstrap molasses, see below). It also contains barley malt vinegar which is made from barley which is a grain.
Is Grapeseed Oil Paleo?
You should not eat any vegetable oil that is high in polyunsaturated fat. They are the oils that are particularly bad for you. Sorry, but grapeseed oil is a perfect example of a polyunsaturated fat. It isn’t healthy for anyone, Paleo diet or not.
Is Salami Paleo?
Yes, salami is Paleo just like bacon and ham are. That being said, all cured meats should be eaten with restraint. The sodium nitrite in them keeps them from growing botulism which is a good thing. But sodium nitrite is also a chemical and in my opinion, any chemical you put in your body isn’t good. My advice also is to not try to make your own cured meats because the risk of botulism is too great.
Is Sunflower Oil Paleo?
NO way, sunflower oil is just like grapeseed oil, it’s a polyunsaturated fat and should not be consumed when on a Paleo diet.
Are Beans Paleo?
NO, bean are legumes and legumes are not allowed on a STRICT paleo diet. I do know people who say that black beans are okay once in awhile. But why are legumes banned? For three reasons: 1. They contain phytic acid which blocks the absorption of minerals and vitamins. 2. They contain lectins which are a class of protein that causes leaky gut, arthritis and poor nutrition. 3. Cavemen didn’t eat them. Now, that is up for debate. I know some people that say that the cavemen actually probably did eat legumes.
If you love chili and really miss it because you can’t eat beans now, you should try these: Paleo Chili Recipes – No Bean Chili Here!
Is Tapioca Paleo?
Tapioca is a starch with a similar nutrient compared to white rice. BUT tapioca has some good qualities too. It doesn’t contain gluten and so people with allergies are able to eat it without concern. When it’s mixed with other Paleo flours, it adds a fluffy texture to baked goods that is hard to find with just almond flour and coconut flour alone.
Tapioca flour doesn’t contain a lot of nutrients but it doesn’t have a lot of bad things in it either. So the advice I’ve seen and I seem to agree with is that you can eat it in moderation. It is a good flour to use for occasional desserts and treats. So, YES you can eat some tapioca starch or flour, it’s the same thing.
Is Farro Paleo?
Well it looks like farro is out too. Farro is a grain so it isn’t allowed on a Paleo diet. The bad things about grains are the phytates, gluten and lectins they contain.
Are Quest Bars Paleo?
Sorry guys – but Quest bars are definitely NOT Paleo. Why? I read the ingredients on several of the packages of Quest bars. They all contain milk products, some of them contain peanuts depending on the variety. They all had soluble corn fiber – corn isn’t Paleo. All of the ones I looked at contain Sucralose, which is a artificial sweetener. That particular sweetener is not Paleo. They are processed and anything that is processed is not considered Paleo. Stay away from them.
Is Sesame Oil Paleo?
Sesame oil is a little bit confusing because it is a polyunsaturated fat but isn’t as bad for you as other polyunsaturated fats. Sesame oil is a ingredient used in some Asian dishes that just wouldn’t taste the same without it. So the consensus is that it can be used very sparingly on an occasional basis. You should use the raw cold-pressed oil if it’s possible. A very strict Paleo eater probably wouldn’t use it.
Are Purple Potatoes Paleo?
Well that depends on whether you’re talking about purple potatoes, purple sweet potatoes or purple yams. Yes, they all exist – only I haven’t seen any of them in stores, but I haven’t been looking for them either.
The short answer is purple potatoes have less carbs than white potatoes, so if you don’t want to eat a strict Paleo diet, purple potatoes might be the way to go. There are purple sweet potatoes also, and as far as I can find out, all sweet potatoes and yams are Paleo.
Is Hummus Paleo?
No, hummus is not Paleo, darn it. It is made with garbanzo beans or another name for them is chickpeas. Garbanzo beans are a legume so they are not allowed.
Are Legumes Paleo?
NO, legumes are not allowed on a STRICT paleo diet. For further information refer above to what I say about beans. Look for Are Beans Paleo? Beans are Legumes so the same reasons apply.
Is Corn Paleo?
The short answer is that corn is a grain, not a vegetable. Grains are NOT allowed on the Paleo diet.
Is Butter Paleo?
SURPRISE! Butter is allowed, even though it is a dairy product. Why? Because it’s almost all saturated fat with very little lactose. Clarified butter, which is also known as Ghee, is actually very healthy and encouraged. Clarified butter is butter which has been slowly melted. That makes the milk solids separate and the water evaporates. You end up with pure butterfat. It’s also heat resistant, so it won’t burn when you cook with it at high temperatures like butter does. EAT ALL THE BUTTER YOU WANT!
Is Ham Paleo?
Ham is in the same category as salami above. Refer to Is Salami Paleo? The short of it is – yes, in moderation.
Is Dried Fruit Paleo?
When fruit is dried all of the water evaporates and guess what doesn’t evaporate? Right, the sugar. So dried fruit has a very high concentration of sugar. Fruit is allowed and dried fruit is technically allowed but it isn’t the healthiest fruit you could be eating. Eat it in moderation.
Sugar isn’t banned from a Paleo diet FYI just refined sugar. Honey is the #1 choice for sugar but maple syrup and coconut sugar are also allowed.
Are Cashews Paleo?
This is the real kicker because I absolutely adore cashews. Did you know that cashews are legumes? So some people say they are not technically allowed on a strict Paleo diet. On the other hand, some people say that cashews are a nut seed. They eat them on a Paleo diet. So I’m going to let you decide on this one. If I’m going to break the rules and cheat once in a while, I will be eating cashews.
Are Pumpkin Seeds Paleo?
Pumpkins seed or pepitas are packed with nutrients like zinc, magnesium, phosphorous and manganese. They’re vegetables, people eat all you want.
Is Granola Paleo?
Oats are a grain, so they are not Paleo. But you’ll be glad to know that I developed a Paleo granola recipe without oats that is absolutely delicious. You should try it. Honey Roasted Tropical Healthy Paleo Granola Recipe and here are some granola bar recipes you might be interested in also. 25 of The Best Paleo Granola Bars Recipes to Make Ahead and Grab
Is Jicama Paleo?
The Jicama plant does produce beans. Most people don’t actually eat the bean. They eat the tuberous root. The root isn’t actually a bean so it’s perfectly fine to eat Jicama.
Is Nutella Paleo?
Okay, you asked for this: I looked on the Nutella website and the ingredients in Nutella are: Sugar, Palm Oil, Hazelnuts, Cocoa, Milk, Lecithin, Vanillin
So to answer the question the answer is a big fat NO. Sugar is the very first ingredient, that’s enough to turn me off, but then you add milk and lecithin is from soy, soy isn’t Paleo either. Stay away from this stuff. Instead I have two homemade Nutella recipes for you to try. Paleo-Approved ‘Nutella’ and Homemade Paleo Nutella Recipe
Is White Rice Paleo?
White rice is a grain and a starch and grains aren’t allowed on the Paleo diet. BUT if aren’t a Paleo purist you might want to have a little bit of white rice occasionally. It is totally a personal decision.
Is Canola Oil Paleo?
Canola oil is NOT Paleo. There a lot of more healthy fat options available. Some healthy fats are coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil.
Is Almond Butter Paleo?
Almonds are definitely Paleo but when purchasing almond butter always read the label. Make sure there are not any added ingredients like sunflower oil, canola oil or peanut oil or preservatives. What you really want is almonds only and maybe some added sea salt.
You can also make your own almond butter if you want to. It’s really easy. All you do is soak 1-3 cups of raw almonds overnight in clean water. That makes them easier to digest. Blend them in a food processor, not a blender, on high for 3-6 minutes until they have a buttery texture. You can add 1/2 – 1/2 tsp of real salt for each cup of almonds if you desire.
Is Maple Syrup Paleo?
Pure maple syrup is Paleo. It’s a great alternative to sugar. I cook with it all the time.
Is Molasses Paleo?
There are three kinds of molasses that you can usually find on the label of a bottle of molasses. They are Light Molasses, the lightest in color and the sweetest and the result of the first boiling process. Dark Molasses is the result of the second boiling process and is a little less sweet and thus slightly more bitter. Blackstrap Molasses is what remains after the third boiling process. It is darker, thicker and the most nutritious. It has a lower sugar content and a stronger flavor.
When shopping always buy Blackstrap Molasses. Look for Unsulfured or Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses. That means it was processed without sulfur dioxide which is a chemical used to extend the shelf life of the molasses.
Are Corn Tortillas Paleo?
Sorry, but corn tortillas are made out of corn and corn is a grain and is not Paleo. Instead, maybe you would like to try making your own tortillas. Here is my recipe for The Best Ever Paleo Tortilla Recipe
Is Almond Milk Paleo?
Generally, almond milk is Paleo – but make sure you read the label on the carton. The only ingredients should be water and almonds. It is also pretty easy to make your own almond milk and it tastes way better. Here is a Homemade Almond Milk Recipe
Is Buckwheat Paleo?
I once read online that buckwheat is wheat because of the name. Goes to prove you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. That is so totally not the truth. Buckwheat is a pseudo-grain. That means that it is not actually a grain. It’s similar to quinoa and is not Paleo.
Is Soy Milk Paleo?
I’m glad someone asked this question. The short answer is soy milk is NOT Paleo and neither is anything made with soy. For years soy has been famous for how healthy it is. The simple fact is that soy is actually quite unhealthy. Here’s why: Soy contains a bunch of nutrient blockers which won’t let your body absorb various nutrients. Soy is actually a legume. Soy contains phylates, actually soy is extremely high in phylates. Soy also contains trypsin which inhibits protein digestion. It also contains hemagglutinin which makes red blood cells lump together. Which keeps those cells from distributing oxygen throughout your body. It also contains phytoestrogen which when consumed in excess can inhibit muscle growth and make fat loss difficult.
Are Almonds Paleo?
Yes, almonds are Paleo but they should be consumed in moderation. For best results they should be soaked overnight which gets rid of the phytic acid in them.