The paleo diet is one that emphasizes eating low-carb, high fat meals that are not derived from processed foods, or at the least, MINIMALLY processed foods. Foods excluded from the paleo diet are; ALL beans (including green beans) , ALL grains, ALL legumes (including peanutbutter because peanuts are legumes), potatoes, ALL sugar, and dairy. I had to put emphasis on no green beans and no sugar of any kind because too many recipes are being called paleo that are most definitely NOT paleo. Perhaps it is a way for the people who are trying to get noticed as paleo recipe contributors on social media? However, when I see a recipe that claims to be clean and/or paleo but has high amounts of sugar; maple, agave, molasses, honey, etc., and is a baked good, pastry, candy or pancake, I immediately place that person into the category of ‘WARNING!-doesn’t know what they’re talking about’. I am getting fed up with people who are clueless about paleo trying to pawn themselves off as an ‘expert’. If a recipe contains sugar in any form as an ingredient, even honey, it isn’t a paleo recipe. Especially when it contains a 1/2 C of honey which equates to 40 grams of sugar in that one recipe. Even divided among 4 people, ten grams of simple sugar is much too much in a serving of anything. Since many people who have diabetes turn to the paleo diet for help, a recipe that has so much sugar in it could actually do more harm than good.
I’ve seen many ‘paleo recipes’ that contain green beans. Green beans are NOT paleo. I’ve seen recipes being touted as ‘nut-free’ and yet one of the ingredients is coconut oil, flour, and/or milk. REALLY?! If you do not know that coconuts are NUTS and put them in a recipe you’re calling nut-free, you could end up killing someone because of your ignorance. STOP IT!!! Please read a GOOD book on paleo. Do good research.
The paleo diet is a high fat, high protein, low-carb diet. AT LEAST 50-55% of your daily caloric intake must be from fat. When I see, ‘lean meat’ as part of a paleo food pyramid, I know the person who made it is still doggedly adhering to the dangerous low-fat medical and nutritional guidelines from the 1950’sthat were supposed to be what saved us all from heart disease and diabetes but has actually done more harm than good upon the health of the populace. Most people do not still have landlines in their homes because they are outdated forms of communication yet, those same people who would never think of having a technology dinosaur, are desperately clinging to old, and dangerous, health information and ideals. The ‘dinosaurs’ of nutrition, if-you-will.
The low-carb, high-fat diet even went to trial in South Africa. The doctor who prescribed it to a pregnant patient was found out through his Twitter account and then systematically ostracized and demonized by his fellow academics and peers in the medical community and even taken to court! After months in court, he was victorious over his accusers because they could not find anything wrong with the diet! Read more HERE.
When done properly, the paleo diet relieves people of illnesses that have before only been managed by medications which end up creating their own problems. This is why I get so upset when I see sloppy recipes claiming to be, ‘clean’ or ‘paleo’. One of the reasons for going paleo is to break the chains of food addictions. One of which (the biggest) is sugar. That cannot happen if you are eating recipes loaded with sugar.