What Is Not Paleo

Cave Painting

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.

What Is Not Paleo - The Obvious

The obvious are food items that our Paleolithic ancestors would clearly not have been able to get their hands on. Things like:

  • Cakes or cookies
  • Processed foods such as hot dogs or frozen pre-prepped meals
  • Dairy like milk or cheese
  • Sugary drinks like sodas
  • Fast food
  • Any kind of junk food such as candy
  • Sugars
  • Potato chips
  • Pancakes and breads

What Is Not Paleo - The Not So Obvious


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:

What Is Not Paleo - Hidden In Plain Sight

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!

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