If you've been reading about what is Paleo, then what is not Paleo starts coming into clear focus. It's pretty simple really...if a cave man couldn't have found it, killed it, caught it, picked it or pulled it out of the ground, it's probably going to be off the paleo foods list.
We can break this down into three groups of what is not paleo food: 1: the obvious, 2: the not so obvious and 3: hidden in plain sight. This will make it easier to remember and helps guide decision making when you're at the grocery store and need to make a decision.
The obvious are food items that our Paleolithic ancestors would clearly not have been able to get their hands on. Things like:
There are certainly a few food items that are a little harder to identify as not paleo. These first few are foods that could throw us off the Paleo track:
Below are some other things added to foods that are hidden in plain sight that are the epitome of what is not paleo.
Generally, if you avoid processed foods, buy organic foods and get rid of the vegetable oils in your pantry, you'll easily be avoiding most of these items!