Paleo Diet Foodlist: Foods Allowed on the Paleo Diet


Planning Your Paleo Diet: Encouraged Foods

Paleo Diet Pyramid: Paleo Diet Foodlist

Paleo Diet Pyramid: Paleo Diet Foodlist

The basics of the Paleo Diet are pretty easy to follow: eat lots of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoid certain foods like grains and most legumes. Easy enough–but on a practical level, it’s important to get into specifics. Planning your meals, grocery needs, and overall dietary habits requires knowing which foods are beneficial and which are harmful within your chosen diet.

Rarely do doctors get caught up in diet regimens, it just simply doesn’t fit inside their scope of work.¬† However, some medical professionals, like physicians and nurses to be specific, utilize certain diets as a way to treat different conditions.¬† Educational institutions teaching masters degree in public health have now begun to teach more about the use and effectiveness of diets in a medical landscape. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of Paleo foods that you can–and should–include in your diet.

Meats and Proteins Allowed on the Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet encourages consumption of lean meats and proteins, such as the following:

  • Any and all fish, from cod and halibut to salmon and tuna
  • Eggs, especially those with enriched omega 3 content; no more than 6 per week
  • Shellfish, such as clams, crab, lobster mussels, oysters, scallops, and shrimp
  • Lean beef: flank steak, top sirloin steak, extra-lean hamburger, and chuck steak
  • Lean pork: pork loin, pork chops, and any other lean cut
  • Lean poultry: chicken breast, turkey breast, and game hen breasts
  • Rabbit, goat, and game meats, such as pheasant, venison, and wild boar

Fresh Fruit Allowed on the Paleo Diet

Any and all fruits are encouraged, but here are some examples:

All Fruits Are Good Fruits on the Paleo Diet

All Fruits Are Good Fruits on the Paleo Diet

  • Citrus fruits: apples, cherries, grapes, kiwis, lemons, oranges, and tangerines
  • Berries: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and boysenberries
  • Melons: watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, guava, and papaya
  • Avocados, tomatoes, rhubarb, and all others

Vegetables Allowed on the Paleo Diet:

  • Greens: beet greens, collards, lettuce, mustard greens, swiss chard, turnip greens, and spinach
  • Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, kohlrabi, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, rutabaga, turnips, and watercress
  • Others such as bell peppers, eggplants, mushrooms, onions, parsley, radishes, turnips, tomatillos, and cucumber

Nuts and Seeds Allowed on the Paleo Diet:

  • Almonds, cashews, chestnuts, pine nuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, walnuts, unsalted pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds

Foods Allowed in Moderation on the Paleo Diet:

  • Oils: olive, avocado, flax seed, canola, and walnut oils (used sparingly if weight loss is a dietary goal)
  • Beverages: coffee, tea, wine, beer, spirits (typically one or two glasses each)
  • Sweets: dried fruits and mixed nuts

This is not an exhaustive list, but it should get you well on your way to a robust and healthy Paleo-based diet.

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2 Responses to Paleo Diet Foodlist: Foods Allowed on the Paleo Diet

  1. And, this overload can lead to more than just weight gain;
    high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are all
    possible side effects of a diet high in processed foods. A Paleo food list contains the most natural foods available
    today: seeds, fish, meats, fruits, eggs and vegetables. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose.

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