Ultimate UK Paleo Guide

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:

  1. What is not Paleo
  2. What is Paleo
  3. 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?


Barley Rye
Corn Sorghum
Millet Sweetcorn
Oat Wheat


Alfafa Sprouts Kidney Beans
Azuki Beans Lentils
Beansprouts Butter Beans
Black Beans Mung Beans
Black-Eyed Peas Pinto Beans
Berlotti Beans Peanuts (And Peanut Butter)
Broad Beans Peas
Chickpeas Miso
Green Beans Soy Beans & all soy-derived products (e.g. tofu)


Butter Milk
Cheese Yoghurt
Cream Milk Dairy Chocolate
Ice-Cream White Dairy Chocolate

SUGAR (and all refined sugar alternatives)

Acesulfame Potassium Lactitol
Aspartame Maltitol
Cyclamate Mannitol
Glycerol Neotame
Glycerine Polydextrose
Glycerin Saccharin
Isomalt Sorbitol
 Sugar Sucralose

Carbonated Soft Drinks

Energy Drinks

Fruit Juices


Canola Oil Soybean Oil
Corn Oil Spreads
Margarine Sunflower Oil
Rapeseed Oil Vegetable Oil
Safflower Oil


Most forms of Alcohol, including Beer, White Wine, Sparkling Wine and most Spirits.

2. Ultimate UK Paleo Guide: What is Paleo?


Artichoke Mangetout
Asparagus Mushrooms
Aubergine Mustard Greens
Beet Greens Marrow
Bell Pepper Nettles
Bok or Pak Choi Okra
Broccoli Parsnip
Brussel Sprouts Pumpkin
Butternut Squash Radish
Cabbage Rocket Salad
Carrots Salsify
Cauliflower Seaweed
Cayenne Pepper Shallots
Celeriac Spaghetti Squash
Celery Spinach
Chard Spring Onion
Chili Pepper Squash
Collard Greens Sugar Snap Peas
Courgette Swede
Cucumber Sweet Potato
Daikon Swiss Chard
Endive Tabasco Pepper
Fennel Taro
Frisee Lettuce Tomato
Garlic Turnip
Ginger Turnip Greens
Habanero Wasabi
Horseradish Water Chestnut
Jalapeño Watercress
Jerusalem Artichoke White Potato
Kale White Radish
Kohlrabi Yam


Anise Lavender
Basil Lemongrass
Caraway Marjoram
Coriander Oregano
Chamomile Parsley
Chives Rosemary
Dill Sage
Fennel Thyme



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:

Beef Kangaroo
Bison Lamb
Bone Broth Organ Meat
Buffalo Ostrich
Chicken Pasture-raised Eggs
Collagen Pork
Crocodile Rabbit
Dried Meat products (e.g. Jerky) Turkey
Game Veal
Goat Wild Boar
Goose Whole Roasted Insects and Insect Flour


Wild-caught Fish is preferable to farmed fish.

All Fish and Seafood is considered Paleo , including:

Bass Plaice
Clams Prawns
Cod Salmon
Crab Sardines
Crayfish Scallops
Haddock Snapper
Halibut Trout
Lobster Tuna
Mackerel Turbot
Oysters Mussels


Almond OIl Goose Fat
Avocado Oil Lard
Coconut Butter Macadamia Oil
Coconut Milk Nut Butters (except Peanut)
Coconut Oil Olive Oil
Dripping Tallow
Duck Fat


All Nuts (except Peanuts) and Seeds are acceptable under a Paleo diet, as are any Flours derived from them.

Almonds Hazelnuts
Brazil nuts Macadamia Nuts
Cashew Nuts Pecan Nuts
Chestnuts Pine Nuts
Coconuts Walnuts
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:

Apple Nectarine
Avocado Oranges
Blueberries Papaya
Cantaloupe Melon Passion Fruit
Cherries Peaches
Cranberries Plums
Figs Pomegranate
Grapefruit Raspberries
Grapes Strawberries
Kiwi Tangerines
Lemon Watermelon


Maple Syrup Coconut Sugar
Honey (Raw)


Sea Salt Himalayan Salt


Black Pepper Mustard Seeds
Cayenne Nutmeg
Chillies Paprika
Cinnamon Star Anise
Cloves Turmeric
Cumin Vanilla
Fennel Seeds

3. Ultimate UK Paleo Guide: What’s in the grey area?


Cured, Processed and Canned Meats 

Smoked Meat and Fish


Red wine


Wild Rice


Grass-Fed Butter
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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