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Paleo Diet


Have you ever heard of the paleo diet? What is it exactly? A paleo diet, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a diet made up of foods that humans might have eaten during the Paleolithic era—2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.


Fun Facts

  • A paleo diet is usually made up of lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and roots—foods that would be available in the wild.
  • Most people on a paleo diet avoid foods that emerged when people started farming—dairy products, grains and flour, and legumes (beans).
  • The thinking behind the diet is that humans aren’t really adapted to eat relatively modern foods, such as dairy products and grains. Some people believe that eating these foods is contributing to obesity, heart disease, and other health problems.
  • People following a paleo diet would also avoid potatoes, salt, and foods with added sugar or processed foods. This means no more pasta, potato chips, mashed potatoes, or fast food.
  • Several studies have found that following a paleo diet may help people lose weight, lower blood pressure, and regulate appetite.

Questions and Answers

Question: Should my family follow a paleo diet?

Answer: A paleo diet includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats and might be a good fit for your family. However, it’s missing grains and dairy products—important sources of nutrients. It’s also much more expensive than a diet that includes grains and dairy products. Not every family can afford a paleo diet, and other diets seem to offer many of the same advantages at less cost.

Learn More

An article from Eating Well suggests children should not go on a paleo diet.



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