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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ Paleo

How do I get enough calcium, if I am not drinking dairy?

In a nutshell there are so many non-calcium dairy foods available to Paleo eaters. Sardines, Spinach Sesame Seed etc. Calcium from dairy is overstated as studies show that the phytic acid in grains (specifically whole wheat products in one study) reduces the absorption of dietary calcium from milk products. For more information refer to Balanced Bites who have thoroughly explored this question.

Paleo is expensive

Sure the ingredients you buy are more expensive however I find overall it balances out. Here's why?

  • You eat less. Not because you are on a diet but because you are satisfied. Less Cravings. 
  • You tend to eat at home more. Not because you can't eat out however you prefer to eat at home and it's so much healthier. This offsets the eating out bills.
  • You look for options to shop smarter. For example:
    • Source wholesale butchers who sell to retail consumers.
    • Buy our seafood from the Fish market as it's significantly cheaper than the local seafood shop. 
    • Buy food in bulk. eg. Larg size coconut oil.
  • You spend less on medical bills.

If you want to explore this topic further refer to Robb Wolf's article

Grassfed vs Grainfed meat

A joint effort between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Clemson University researchers determined a total of 10 key areas where grass-fed is better than grain-fed beef for human health. Grass-fed is:

  1. Lower in total fat
  2. Higher in beta-carotene
  3. Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
  4. Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  5. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium
  6. Higher in total omega-3s
  7. A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
  8. Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
  9. Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)

Source: J ANIM SCI September 2009 vol. 87 no. 9 2961-2970 

Grassfed vs Grainfed

“Oh, that’s the Atkin’s Diet”? And what's the difference between Paleo and Primal.

The Atkin's diet may sound similar to Paleo as it appears you are eating low carb since we do not consume grains (ie. bread or pasta). That's basically where the similarity stops.  The focus of the Paleo Diet is not carbs but selecting foods that are non-inflammatory and nutrient dense. It just so happens that a lot of carbs are inflammatory food. Sweet potato, pumpkin, banana are all Paleo. A good guide on Paleo carbs can be found on Balance Bites. Also this is a good visual from Huntergatherlove.com. It illustrates the differences between Primal, Paleo and Atkins.

Primal vs Paleo vs Atkins

Primal allows for red wine, a little dark chocolate and dairy. 

Are Peanuts Paleo?

Sorry to disappoint guys. Peanuts actually is a legume.

Is Corn Paleo?

Unfortunately corn is not a vegetable but a grain. Even if it was a vegetable you may want to avoid it as up to 88% of corn in the USA are genetically modified.

Are all sugars equal and ok in moderation?

Processed fructose (such as corn syrup) and glucose are NOT metabolised by your body in the same way. For example, while every cell in your body utilises glucose, burning up as much as possible. Processed fructose on the other hand is turned into free fatty acids (FFAs), VLDL (the damaging form of cholesterol), and triglycerides, as stored as fat. Metabolising processed fructose is a burden on your liver creating a list of waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric acid, which drives up blood pressure and causes gout. It also promotes visceral fat (or adominal fat). 

When you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat. 120 calories of fructose results in 40 calories being stored as fat. Unfortunately if you read your food labels a significant amount of processed food contains "corn syrup"