The Ultimate UK Paleo Guide
What is ‘in’ and what is ‘out’?
This Ultimate UK Paleo Guide has been produced by Healthy Perspective to help you understand what food and drink items are, and are not, Paleo for the purposes of the UK Paleo Awards.
The list is not exhaustive (that is near impossible) but the main food and drink categories are covered.
The guide below is split into 3 easy-to-use tabbed sections:
- What is not Paleo
- What is Paleo
- The Grey Area
This list has been compiled to help entrants to the UK Paleo Awards decide whether their product will qualify as Paleo or not, for the purposes of the Awards.
If any of your ingredients fall within the ‘What is not Paleo’ list, you can contact us if you feel your product should be considered (please provide justifications).
If any of your ingredients fall within the ‘Grey Area’ list, your product will still qualify for the UK Paleo Awards. However, please note that it may fair less favourably than with similar products that do not have ingredients in the Grey list.
If you have an ingredient not included anywhere on this list, please contact us before submitting your product to receive advice as to whether it is considered Paleo or not for the purposes of the Awards.
The decision of the UK Paleo Awards team is final and binding.
1. Ultimate Paleo Guide: What is not Paleo?
|Alfafa Sprouts||Kidney Beans|
|Black Beans||Mung Beans|
|Black-Eyed Peas||Pinto Beans|
|Berlotti Beans||Peanuts (And Peanut Butter)|
|Green Beans||Soy Beans & all soy-derived products (e.g. tofu)|
|Cream||Milk Dairy Chocolate|
|Ice-Cream||White Dairy Chocolate|
SUGAR (and all refined sugar alternatives)
Carbonated Soft Drinks
|Canola Oil||Soybean Oil|
|Rapeseed Oil||Vegetable Oil|
Most forms of Alcohol, including Beer, White Wine, Sparkling Wine and most Spirits.
2. Ultimate UK Paleo Guide: What is Paleo?
VEGETABLES & HERBS
|Bok or Pak Choi||Okra|
|Collard Greens||Sugar Snap Peas|
|Jerusalem Artichoke||White Potato|
MEAT & POULTRY
The quality of the Meat used is key for Paleo: ideally, Pastured and Organic meat will score higher than grain-fed and/or non-organic raised meat.
Certain products derived from animals, such as Collagen from pasture raised beef, and Eggs from pastured chickens, are also considered Paleo.
All Meat & Poultry is considered Paleo (except Bacon and other processed meats – see Grey area below), including:
|Bone Broth||Organ Meat|
|Dried Meat products (e.g. Jerky)||Turkey|
|Goose||Whole Roasted Insects and Insect Flour|
FISH & SEAFOOD
Wild-caught Fish is preferable to farmed fish.
All Fish and Seafood is considered Paleo , including:
FATS & OILS
|Almond OIl||Goose Fat|
|Coconut Butter||Macadamia Oil|
|Coconut Milk||Nut Butters (except Peanut)|
|Coconut Oil||Olive Oil|
NUTS & SEEDS
All Nuts (except Peanuts) and Seeds are acceptable under a Paleo diet, as are any Flours derived from them.
|Brazil nuts||Macadamia Nuts|
|Cashew Nuts||Pecan Nuts|
|Chia Seeds||Pumpkin Seeds|
|Flax Seeds||Sesame Seeds|
|Hemp Seeds||Sunflower Seeds|
All Fruit is considered Paleo (note that those with the lowest naturally occurring sugar are favoured), including:
|Cantaloupe Melon||Passion Fruit|
|Maple Syrup||Coconut Sugar|
|Sea Salt||Himalayan Salt|
|Black Pepper||Mustard Seeds|
3. Ultimate UK Paleo Guide: What’s in the grey area?
Cured, Processed and Canned Meats
Smoked Meat and Fish
Clarified Butter (Ghee)
Some whole milk dairy products
High quality, Dark Chocolate and Raw Chocolate (preferably Organic also).
Coffee & Tea
Organic Coffee and certain Teas (such as Green Tea, Herbal Tea and Rooibos Tea)
Common Sweetener ingredients (naturally derived) used in Paleo products:
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