THE PALEO DIET

Learn more about the paleo diet, what a paleo diet is, and how avocados can make a great addition to your favorite paleo meal!

What is the Paleo diet?

The paleo diet has been described as an approach to nutrition that focuses on how our ancestors would
have eaten before the introduction of modern agriculture. Remember, always consult with your doctor
before making changes to your diet.

What can you eat on the Paleo diet?

People who follow the Paleo diet eat a wide range of foods. This typically includes:

Grass-fed meats
(e.g., beef, turkey, lamb)

Line-caught fish and seafood

EGGs

Certain fruits and vegetables
(e.g., broccoli, avocados, pears, tomatoes)

NUTS AND SEEDS
(e.g., almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts)

SOME OILS
(e.g., olive, avocado, walnut, coconut)

The inclusion of fruit and vegetables can be a contentious issue. Some followers of
the paleo diet suggest that dieters avoid certain types of fruits and vegetables. The
emphasis is on low-starch and low-sugar varieties, such as:

LEAFY GREENS

AVOCADOS

BROCCOLI

PEPPERS

BERRIES

Others suggest fruit and vegetables can be eaten freely, as they are foods our
ancestors would have found easily in nature.

How do avocados fit into paleo diets?

Avocados are a great addition to the paleo diet. They fit within the paleo diet rules and
provide a whole host of nutrients. Just 50 g (roughly a third of a medium avocado) contains
80 calories and contains almost 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. It's also a good
source of fiber, which is an important consideration when removing other fiber-rich
foods (e.g., grains) from the diet.

Paleo Diet Recipes

Need some inspiration about what to eat? Always consult with your doctor before making
changes to your diet. Here are some of our favorite paleo recipes:

PALEO BREAKFAST RECIPE

Baked avocado eggs with
bacon and cilantro

This breakfast recipe is paleo friendly, and thanks to the ingredients such as the eggs and avocado, it’s low in sugar but a source of good fats. Is there a better way to start your day than with a delicious avocado? Overall, this recipe contributes 1mg of Vitamin D, 44mg of Calcium, 1mg of Iron, and 620mg of Potassium.

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PALEO LUNCH RECIPE

Avocado salad with beets

This paleo friendly lunch recipe is low-sugar,
and rich in fiber. This recipe contributes
35mg of Calcium, 1mg of Iron, and
730mg of Potassium.

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PALEO DINNER RECIPE

Roasted fish with avocado

Fish is a favorite for those who follow paleo diets because its low-fat and typically has high quality protein in addition to omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins such as D and B2. It is also rich in calcium and a great source of minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium, iodine, and potassium. Overall, this recipe contributes 95mg of Calcium, 2mg of Iron, and 1710mg of Potassium.

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PALEO DESSERT RECIPE

Cocoa chia cups

This paleo friendly dessert is a good source of fiber thanks to the avocado. Overall, this recipe contributes 121mg of Calcium, 1mg of Iron, and 300mg of Potassium.

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Common Questions About Paleo Diet

The paleo diet is relatively complex and not everyone understands what it means.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the paleo diet:

CAN YOU EAT FRUIT ON THE PALEO DIET?

Yes. Opinion on fruit is divided — but most paleo supporters agree fruit is an essential part of the diet. Lower-sugar fruits are more widely accepted. Avocados are a good choice for anyone who wants to watch their sugar intake and are also following the paleo diet.

WHAT FRUITS ARE PALEO?

All fruits are paleo — but those who follow the diet avoid fruits high in sugar, such as:

  • Bananas
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Apricots
  • Watermelon

One thing that isn't recommended on a paleo diet is fruit juice. Water is the best way to stay hydrated when following the paleo diet. It is recommended men aged 19+ drink 3.7 liters, and 3 liters (13 cups) per day and women aged 19+ is 2.7 liters, about 2.2 liters (9 cups).

ARE AVOCADOS PALEO?

Yes. Avocados are Paleo. Although they are fruit, they have no sugar and are a source of nutrients such as nearly 20 vitamins and minerals and good fat (1/3 of a medium avocado contains 6g of naturally good fat). Eating dietary fat help your body absorb other nutrients too — like vitamins A, D, K, and E.

WHAT FOODS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE PALEO DIET?

Paleo diet rules state anything that wouldn't have been eaten by our cavemen ancestors is off-limits.

The list includes:

  • Grains (e.g., oats, rice, wheat, rye)
  • Legumes (e.g., beans, lentils, peanuts)
  • Sugar (e.g., soda, syrup, candy, most desserts)
  • Dairy (e.g., milk, cheese, yogurt)
  • Low-quality vegetable oils (e.g., sunflower, soybean, grapeseed)
  • Artificial sweeteners
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