Are your products “approved” for people following the Paleo Diet?

We heard a quote recently about the paleo diet that helps to summarize our position on this popular subject. Paleo advocate, Andrew Badenoch says, “Paleo is a logical framework applied to modern humans. It is not an historical reenactment.”

You see, rather than dogmatically focusing on which foods are “allowed” or “not allowed” on a Paleo Diet, we believe it’s wiser to focus on the greater “logical framework.” And the most logical framework to follow is the macronutrient ratios (fats, proteins and carbohydrates) that our ancient ancestors likely consumed.

Most experts believe that our average Paleolithic ancestor consumed about 60 percent of his calories from fat, 20 percent from protein and another 20 percent from carbs (a 60-20-20 ratio). Of course, some populations (like the Inuits) consumed even more fats, while others consumed a higher percentage of carbohydrates (in the neighborhood of a 50-30-20 ratio).

By these measures, every product we sell could be considered “Paleo.” And that’s not all, because the specific ingredients we use are also those that were readily available to our ancestors. In fact, this even includes erythritol, which is naturally found in mushrooms, melons and other fruits.

For more information about how erythritol fits into a Paleo diet, please see our friend, Mark Sisson’s take on sugar alcohols here: Sugar Alcohols: Everything You Need to Know