Below you'll find a list of common Paleo-approved foods by category. Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive, but instead aims to cover the most popular food items available in grocery stores today.
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Beef, pork, lamb, veal, rabbit, goat, sheep, bison, wild boar.
Deer, pheasant, bear, moose, woodcock, elk, duck, rabbit, reindeer, wild turkey.
Chicken, turkey, duck, quail, goose.
Salmon, tuna, trout, bass, halibut, sole, haddock, turbot, walleye, tilapia, cod, flatfish, grouper, mackerel, anchovy, herring, catfish.
Crab, lobster, shrimp, scallops, clams, oysters, mussels.
Avocados, avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, butter, clarified butter (ghee), lard, tallow, duck fat, veal fat, lamb fat, fatty fishes (sardines, mackerel, salmon), nut butters, nut oils (walnut, macadamia), coconut flesh, coconut milk.
Chicken eggs, duck eggs, goose eggs, quail eggs.
Celery, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, leeks, kohlrabi, green onions, eggplants, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, cucumber, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, artichokes, okra, avocados.
Green leafy vegetables
Lettuce, spinach, collard greens, kale, beet top, mustard greens, dandelion, swiss chard, watercress, turnip greens, seaweeds, endive, arugula (rocket), bok choy, rapini, chicory, radicchio.
Carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, radish, jerusalem artichokes, yams, cassava.
Butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, pumpkin, buttercup squash.
Zucchini, yellow summer squash, yellow crookneck squash.
Bananas, apples, oranges, berries (strawberry, cranberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry), plantains, grapefruit, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, pomegranates, pineapple, papaya, grapes, cantaloupe, cherries, apricot, watermelon, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemon, lime, lychee, mango, tangerine, coconut, figs, dates, olives, passion fruit, persimmon.
Nuts and seeds
Pistachios, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, chestnuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts.
Button mushroom, portabello, oyster mushroom, shiitake, chanterelle, crimini, porcini, morel.
Fresh and dried herbs
Parsley, thyme, lavender, mint, basil, rosemary, chives, tarragon, oregano, sage, dill, bay leaves, coriander.
Spices and others
Ginger, garlic, onions, black pepper, hot peppers, star anise, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, cayenne pepper, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika, vanilla, cloves, chilies, horseradish.
Is it Paleo?
The following articles cover foods that often raise questions: honey, maple syrup, potatoes, tea, butter, dairy, vinegar, cured meat, sausages, chocolate, coffee and alcohol.
Foods to avoid
Here's a list of foods that should generally be avoided on Paleo, by category.
Wheat, Corn, barley, rye, oats, brown rice, millet, spelt, bulgur, couscous,...
Soy beans, lentils, pinto beans, red beans, peanuts, chickpeas, kidney beans,...
Sodas, baked goods, pastries, fruit juices, cane juice, cane sugar, high-fructore corn syrup, agave, aspartame...
Vegetable seed oils
Soybean oil, peanut oil, corn oil, canola oil, margarine, sunflower oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil,...
Most foods that have ingredients that don't seem to come directly from nature. This will include most commertialy packaged foods.
Milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream...
Note that some people still like include forms of dairy like cheese, heavy cream and/or yogurt into a healthy Paleo diet template. In other words, dairy falls into a gray-area. While a lot of people do better without dairy products at all, others tolerate them perfectly well. You can read more about dairy and Paleo here.
Additional food lists
You can consult our FODMAPs food list for a list of foods to avoid if you're trying to limit the amount of FODMAPs in your diet. Not sure what FODMAPs are? Have a look at our introduction here.
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