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12 Nov

What’s the Difference Between Primal and Paleo?

69916747 a357b8a19aWe hear/read it all the time – the comparison of the Primal Blueprint and the so-called Paleo Diet, for which Loren Cordain is the most recognized voice. Sure, it’s a perfectly reasonable association to make, but we thought we’d take some time to address the other side of the coin today.

The Paleo Diet and Primal Blueprint, it’s true, are based on similar evolutionary science. The story goes something like this. Our modern Western diet bears little resemblance to the eating habits of early humans throughout 100,000+ years of evolutionary history. Instead, since the agricultural revolution some mere 10,000 years ago, we’ve adopted a nutritional regime that our physiology wasn’t and still isn’t adequately adapted to. When the basics of our diet return to the patterns of our pre-agricultural ancestors, we’re operating with, instead of against, our natural physiology. More simply: eat as our ancestors ate, and we’ll be healthier for it.

More specifically, the Paleo Diet and Primal Blueprint both suggest, limit carb intake (especially grains), eat more protein and include lots of veggies as a base. But in the midst of this common ground are some significant interpretational differences and approaches. Association, comparison – sure. But conflation? Not so fast.

A fundamental difference? The role of saturated fats. Cordain and many within the paleo community continue to harbor a fear of saturated fats as the bogey that raises cholesterol and instigates heart disease instead of a critical source of nutrients for neurological functioning and other essential physiological processes. Partaking of only lean meats, eschewing butter and coconut oil (two Primal Blueprint favorites based on health benefits supported by extensive research), restricting egg consumption – this is not your Granddaddy Grok’s diet.

As many critics of the Paleo Diet have pointed out, early humans left virtually nothing of the animal carcasses they were so fortunate to bag. And the fact is they favored not the lean muscle meat but the richer organ meats, bone marrow and even fat deposits themselves. Grok, after all, was just trying to get enough calories and nutrients to stay alive from one day to the next. The denser in energy, the more valued the food. (And, can we add here, more tasty?)

And then there’s the discrepancies surrounding other fats. Sure, there’s a general agreement about the importance of omega 3:6 balance, but the particulars diverge. In the Primal Blueprint, unlike Cordain’s version of the Paleo Diet, omega 3 sources like canola oil are suspect. The fact is, the deodorization process that canola oil is nearly always subjected to removes the omega 3 content. But when you’ve written off saturated fat sources (like good old coconut oil), you’re pretty much stuck wading in the murky waters of processed polyunsaturated products. What’s wrong with this picture?

Also at issue is the role of diet sodas (allowed by Cordain) and other artificial sweeteners. The opinion of many in the paleo community is that as long as it’s not sugar, it’s acceptable. Working around the problem like this seems to be nothing more than a manipulation. Although the Primal Blueprint doesn’t demonize the occasional use of artificial sweeteners, it makes the stipulation that its use should be limited to foods or beverages that will inherently add something positive to the diet. In other words, if you aren’t getting anything positive from the meal or drink, you shouldn’t be taking the risk of the artificial sweetener. A better angle? Expand your cooking repertoire. Train your taste buds in the right direction, and don’t let the artificial stuff get in the way of that progress.

Finally and most importantly, the Primal Blueprint works as a broad, holistic approach to living and not simply a list for eating. While the majority of the underlying assumptions and suggestions of the Paleo Diet are generally sound, the diet encompasses only a fraction of what it takes to live a healthy life in the modern world.

The Primal Blueprint recommends wise supplementation appropriate to counter the stressors and toxins unique to our life today. (Grok didn’t have it all bad.) In its fitness and stress management approach, the Blueprint further highlights and capitalizes on our natural physiological functioning. The Blueprint emphasizes the overlap of good diet with essential fitness and relaxation principles to maximize muscle mass and organ reserve and to defend against the inflammation, sarcopenia and other preventable factors behind the aging process.

And isn’t it a comfort to know that power over your health is seated in more than diet? The big picture of a healthy, fit and happy lifestyle involves more than isolating a specific issue. The Primal Blueprint was designed for the purpose of offering a guide for all elements of healthy living. Let’s face it, some days life makes it particularly difficult to have the perfect diet. We like to think of the Primal Blueprint design as a comprehensive cover, so to speak. The knowledge and efforts you exert in each area (diet, fitness, supplementation, stress management, sleep, etc.) can make a difference when the realities of day to day life keep you from doing a 100% in a given area.

So, now we’ll ask you about your experiences with the Primal Blueprint and how you came to it? Did you come to the PB from a Paleo perspective? What are your thoughts on the differences and the added dimensions of the Primal Blueprint?

P.S. What do you think of all the links throughout the article? Too many? Overkill? Distracting? Or do you appreciate the links to archived posts? Thanks for the feedback!

candrews Flickr Photo (CC)

Further Reading:

What is the Primal Blueprint?

Getting Back to Nature

10 Ways to “Get Primal”

What’s Wrong with the Zone Diet?

Weston A. Price Foundation – The Paleo Diet Book Review

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Sorry, typed too fast and there are some silly spelling mistakes. But I hope the message will come across.

    Olivia wrote on October 2nd, 2011
  2. My only issue at this point is learning that eggs and dairy are not recommended for multiple sclerosis patients. Eggs are inflammatory apparently. Now I suspect that is the reason my M.S. flared–feet are numb and walking is possible, but I can tell the legs are not working well. If you met me three weeks ago, you would never guess I had M.S. After losing 30#, I came to learn & read PB, and began eating three eggs for breakfast starting end of July. By 9/18, the, numbness (pins/needles) started in left foot. One week later, it’s in both feet. Another week, it’s extended to my calves.

    I wish I had known eggs were inflammatory. Dairy is not recommended either… I knew that, but became cocky & began eating Greek yogurt during this time, though I used to use dairy very little (only cheese occasionally).

    So eggs & dairy are scrapped from my PB eating style. Does this make me paleo now? I DO use coconut oil, but do NOT use artificial sweeteners EVER.

    LinD wrote on October 2nd, 2011
  3. I have read so many Paleo books it is hard for me to target which book this came from, but I know for a fact that saturated fats are not looked at as a total evil with Paleo. I believe Robb Wolf spends quite a lot of time talking about how saturated fats were actually given a bad wrap and that certain ones are actually very beneficial, like stearic acid. The Paleo Solution also discusses how important staying active is, discusses how we can replicate the activity level of our paleolithic ancestors, and other lifestyle aspects like sleep and stress that all roll together into one big happy Paleo ball.

    Loren Cordain is certainly one of the faces of The Paleo Diet, but Robb Wolf is up there too, and probably more of the “spokesperson” right now… I think reading Robb Wolf’s literature is important to understanding the ‘modern’ view of Paleo. Also, from my experience, CrossFit recommends reading The Paleo Solution over any other Paleo book.

    From what I can tell, there isn’t a huge difference between the two diets/lifestyle choices… I had a website visitor tell me once that the difference had to do with the elimination of dairy (or lack of it), and the types of animal proteins that were eaten (emphasis on eating lean meats vs just killing the thing and eating all parts). This post doesn’t discuss that information much, so I am curious if that is true.

    Thanks for your response!

    Victoria wrote on October 2nd, 2011
    • I don’t know if this is due to companies jumping on the Paleo bandwagon to make a buck, but I see tons of self-proclaimed Paleo products full of dried fruits and honey. If these foods are indeed in conformity with the prevailing Paleo philosophy, I would infer that a huge difference between PB and Paleo is the emphasis on insulin control. A lot of the foods I see bandied about as Paleo are natural, but definitely not low glycemic. Anyone have more insight on this?

      Podsixia wrote on November 2nd, 2011
  4. I like the diet, but my only question is – what justifies that Grok had access to butter and eggs, but very little access to fruit? I would think that fruit would be much more widely available to a caveman than butter, which is processed and I doubt cavemen made on their own…

    But who knows, I didn’t live back then. Maybe Grok had a butter churn.

    Kristina wrote on October 26th, 2011
  5. I don’t know if this is due to companies jumping on the Paleo bandwagon to make a buck, but I see tons of self-proclaimed Paleo products full of dried fruits and honey. If these foods are indeed in conformity with the prevailing Paleo philosophy, I would infer that a huge difference between PB and Paleo is the emphasis on insulin control. A lot of the foods I see bandied about as Paleo are natural, but definitely not low glycemic. Anyone have more insight on this?

    Podsixia wrote on November 2nd, 2011
  6. I have cOme to find your blog after losing 40 pounds on the Slow Carb Method from Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Body and now wanting to delve deeper into nutrition. I appreciate all the links and shared resources immensely!

    Kristin wrote on March 7th, 2012
  7. I am leery about saturated fats, but am testing your theory nonetheless. I don’t agree with artificial sweeteners or diet sodas/drinks. They weren’t here in Grok times. Since Grok didn’t have them, I certainly don’t need them and will avoid putting those chemicals into my body.

    Personally, after reading your comparison of the two, I prefer yours, but I will still be reading the Paleo books to get a well-round, unbiased look at both lifestyles to base my decisions.

    Presently, I’m only following Primal.

    Jenn wrote on March 15th, 2012
  8. Someone should show this website to PETA.

    Regev wrote on March 30th, 2012
  9. Dr. Joel Wallach espouses the same diet as the primal that Mark is promoting. Saturated fat and cholesterol are your freind, not enemy. Things like gluten, sugar, and vegetable oil are. I have been eating like this for awhile, I feel like I did at 25 at age 42. Awesome info.

    Mr. Juba wrote on April 11th, 2012
  10. Mark, I think the links are a wonderful thing on your post. As a new member of the PB family they have been a great thing for me to be able to read more in the topics I am interested in now while I continue to learn as I move forward.

    Shirley wrote on April 18th, 2012
  11. Thank you, this is very helpful. And, yes, I love the links. I use your links often to read more of your great website!

    Rachel C wrote on May 30th, 2012
  12. Thank you for this article. I have read the 21 day Primal Blueprint book and am just beginning the original book you wrote. In between, I have read a couple of books and many blogs on Paleo and have found myself somewhat confused by all the different interpretations for that diet. Primal Blueprint was simple in comparison and that is what I plan to stick with!

    Janine wrote on August 17th, 2012
  13. I am in the process of transitioning over to Primal from SCD. I’m probably about 80% Primal and 20% SCD at this time. I also have two little ones and am a breastfeeding mom. One difference I am continuing to adhere to is allowing legumes in our diet – especially for my kiddos. We make homemade refried beans every week and have 1/4 cup with eggs for breakfast. I soak a variety of beans for 2 days, then boil, wash, and THEN cook them in the crockpot with onions, jalapenos, etc. And like the SCD, we are still having a “cheat” day on the weekend where my toddler looks forward to baking cookies, ice cream, etc. However – rather than it being an all out “cheat day” like in SCD – we are simply adding a few foods to the menu taht day that normally wouldn’t be allowed.

    Kristin wrote on September 10th, 2012
  14. Hi Mark,

    I’ve been low-carbing on-and-off for the last couple of years. Lost a stone without too much trouble but it’s found me again a couple of times so I’m always searching for new stuff. Primal looks good to me and I’m trying to head that way, despite resistance from my family.

    I can’t imagine using most of your replies to anyone I know, but think you and your family are fab anyway: and your site of course :)

    Was reading http://www.livestrong.com/article/217327-primal-diet-food-list/ but stumbled quite early on.. well, in the first sentence really.. I couldn’t help wondering if you’d seen it..
    Anyway, just wanted to mention it.

    Best wishes

    Johanna wrote on September 30th, 2012
  15. Just found out about this and only into day 5 of education releases but I was initally dismissing ot as Paleo and too harsh But the fact that is allowing butter whilst its not Paleo it has been around 9000 and 8000 BC by the Mesopotamian Nomads, some carbs in form of vegetables has made me revise this. So I starting today. I’m already pretty primal without trying to hard. But can I forgo Cornflake toppers on my Fruit and yoghurt in the morning???

    Nicoll wrote on October 21st, 2012
  16. I come from raw vegan (for a minute) but it didn’t feel right 100% of the time. Eggs and smaller fish soon followed. “Cleaner” meats entered the picture shortly after. Wild foods came into view… I like the approach here which sort of encompasses all that with great recipes, studies to look to for what they’re worth, fitness, and realistic behaviour. I’m a fan.

    Keith wrote on October 22nd, 2012
  17. Without really looking into paleo or PB, I was just following the wheat-belly approach of Dr Davis and after a few weeks, I realized that I was actually quite PB without being aware. It’s a great thing and I will not go back to my unhealthy diet, no no no :)

    James wrote on October 30th, 2012
  18. Baby steps and I am only just starting out on primal. I have an egg allergy unfortunately – wish me luck.

    STeve wrote on October 31st, 2012
  19. Hi, I just finished listening to Dr. Cordains interview with the Diet Doctor on YouTube and I think that some of your info about his diet, esp. oil needs to be updated or revised. Looking at his web site, he now states that coconut oil is “good”.

    Thanks. KS

    KS wrote on November 1st, 2012
  20. This is great. There are many that follow the Paleo lifestyle that see benefit of saturated fats! In fact I just finished reading an article on a Paleo site about a nutrient called Vitamin K2, it is mostly found in unpasturized dairy, animal fats, and organ meat. Raw (non-pastrized) butter also contains many other things that are beneficial. This same article also talked about the misconception surrounding cholesterol… I think that the Paleo world is ever evolving. The importance is that we all maintaining lifestyles that keeps our bodies in a more “Normal” state of being. Raw foods that are easy for our bodies to digest are important. The name of the way we choose to eat is not important. Remember, people were doing it before any of us were ever here to give it a name!

    Brandon wrote on December 3rd, 2012
  21. It is very strange reading this. Perhaps things have changed over time. You single out one particular version of the paleo diet. But it doesn’t seem to describe the paleo diet as it exists today.

    Clarified butter and coconut oil are in. Animal fats are in. Organ meats are in. Canola oil is also out. Artificial sweeteners are also out.

    From a food standpoint, it sounds a whole lot harder to pick out differences today. Have you created (or considered creating) an update to this article to explain the differences in today’s Paleo diet with the Primal Blueprint?

    The impression I’m getting is that the Primal Blueprint is now a paleo diet plus other lifestyle changes.

    Josh McCormick wrote on December 10th, 2012
  22. I have to agree with Josh.

    This summary sounds more like a comparison between Cordain and Sisson than between Paleo and Primal.

    I came to this lifestyle a few years ago through paleo writers (not Cordain) and have never read of anyone recommending artificial sweeteners, or dairy. Saturated fats + omega 3s, and interval+strength exercise have been strongly recommended.

    Likewise there are primal authors with a different emphasis to Mark’s (e.g. Nora Gedgaudas).

    Perhaps one could even say that there is more difference between individual authors than between primal and paleo?

    Jen wrote on January 8th, 2013
  23. hello all

    Loren Cordain has actually revised his book and his opinion on Saturated fats and therefore has also changed his mind on coconut oil including some beneficial facts about coconut oil.

    i do however remember that his opinion of eggs has not changed too much. He does encourage the intake of eggs to be moderate. so perhaps he has yet to discover that role or link to cholesterol in eggs.

    Have read both the Paleo diet for Athletes and the paleo diet… both are revised editions.

    Perhaps you should re-read and update what you have up on your blog concerning the difference between paleo and Primal.

    Can’t wait to get my hands on the Primal Blueprint!

    Madelain Burgoyne wrote on January 14th, 2013
  24. I just love what you (Mark) and Dr. Cordain and Dr. William Davis have all done to change my life for the way, way better. Cordain is indeed evolving his ideas, as do you, and as do I the consumer of the info you are all developing. I’m SO grateful for the information and the online community you’ve created here.

    My own copy of The Primal Connection will be in my front door on Wednesday when I get home from work, and I’m stoked!

    Joy Beer wrote on January 14th, 2013
  25. I thought one of the differences between Paleo and Primal was that Paleo doesn’t allow dairy? And I thought Paleo had something against salt? I didn’t read every comment to see if theset questions were already answered. So if the answer it there already……I’m sorry.

    Brenda wrote on January 15th, 2013
  26. I agree with you abour sugar substitutes Mark. When you get further along the primal pathway, you simply don’t need too many sweet foods. Using artificial anything in a primal diet is counter productive.I haven’t found one that I liked the taste of.

    Maria wrote on February 8th, 2013
  27. I just received my copy of Primal Cravings. Some of the baking ingredients listed are potato flour and tapioca flour and potato starch flour. Are these ok to use in my baking as you don’t list them in your cookbooks that I have?
    Thanks, and keep the good works coming!

    Sister Sue wrote on June 6th, 2013
  28. To JD Wilson:

    Denying the Antecedent, as you call it, is a formal way of labeling a basic lack of understanding of logic thats unfortunately very common.

    Consider A implies B. If A then B. If you walk in the rain then you’ll get wet.

    That’s equivalent to saying not B implies not A. If not B then not A. If you don’t get wet you didn’t walk in the rain.

    If A then B is NOT equivalent to “if not A then not B”.

    That would be if you don’t walk in the rain you won’t get wet. But that’s nonsense because you could get wet any number of other ways, like jumping in your pool.

    In this case, if our ancestors ate it then its good for us. That’s equivalent to saying if its non good for us our ancestors didn’t eat it. That tells us that they didn’t eat toxins, not that they ate everything good that you can eat.

    JH wrote on June 7th, 2013
  29. Great article! I love all the articles and pointers for everyone trying to learn the difference and get healthy

    Jeff wrote on August 11th, 2013
  30. I completely disagree about any references to how our ancestors lived and ate, they had NO choice, As stated above, they did what they did and ate what they could to live day to day. I believe the most nutritious plan is plant based. Healthy protiens, and “one ingredient” items, fruits , veggies and lean *organic protein sources….For those that wish to eat vegan or vegetarian ..too, is also great. People are very uneducated, (in general, i am not referring to anyones posts)…when it comes to vegetarianism, like “Omg where do you get protein??”, …The same way a horse does, one of the strongest mammals on earth for godsake! …people dont realize there IS protein in veggies…and tons in grains too….but anyway, back to topic, sorry……..I dont believe palio is anything healthy at all. If i had to choose, it’d be the PB. …just my opinion.

    gig wrote on August 22nd, 2013
    • Horses are strong mammals, but they are also a different species…just saying.

      Amadeus wrote on October 11th, 2013
  31. Hello, Mark! I follow the Paleo diet as closely as possible (except for the occasional corndog or Reese’s peanut butter cup…or hoppy beer!). Nell Stephenson is hardcore Paleo and she advocates using coconut oil because it is good for you! I think I remember reading something about coconut oil being another good option in The Paleo Diet book also. I read the updated version of the Paleo Diet book by Dr. Cordain and although he does state one is allowed to drink diet sodas, I think he was referring to it being OK for cheat meals. There are three levels of Paleo: Level I allows 3 cheat meals per week; Level II allows two; and Level III allows one cheat meal per week.

    Let’s just agree that both diets are far more superior than the SAD diet. Hopefully, this doesn’t come off as confrontational I just don’t want the Paleo diet to get a bad reputation because there is a lot of real food one can enjoy. And damn it feels good!

    Amadeus wrote on October 11th, 2013
  32. Haha! I am what I would probably call “Paleo” and I publish “Paleo” recipes on my blog and I don’t even know who Cordain is! I think I may have vaguely heard of them but I pick and choose what makes me feel good.

    I am gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and I have never felt better… except today, because somehow I got it in my head that I should use all my almond meal up making Macarons… now the sugar makes me feel like I want to be sick. So I think what Sebastien says RE: Cordain not owning it, and it’s followers defining (or re-defining) what exactly is Paleo is spot on.

    As I pointed out, I listen to what is right for my body (sugary Macarons are obviously a no-no!) and I think this should be the focus for ANYONE wanting to establish a healthier lifestyle. It shouldn’t be about ticking off items on a checklist, it should be about finding what is right for you and accepting that you have the sovereign right over what goes into your body, and you don’t need to justify what you are or are not willing to eat by aligning it to a certain diet whether it’s Paleo/Atkins/RawFoodism/PB or whatever…. if you don’t want to eat it- don’t eat it!

    As for me, I am quite content with my eggs, coconut oil, and a few “good” grains and legumes like amaranth and chickpeas thrown in. If anyone asks, “Paleo” is an easy label (probably because Primal isn’t so well-known here) for me to use, so I’ll keep using it as a generic term but really I don’t think it matters as long as your diet and your lifestyle works for you!

    Kera wrote on October 16th, 2013
  33. Hi Mark,
    Ok, WAY up there, above all the comments, you asked our (my) opinion & perspective. So here it is…
    I’ve come to your website seeking information about diet and lifestyle changes… & here’s why:

    Recently, I was dealt group of mystery health issues. All the “specialists” couldn’t be bothered to “get to the bottom of it” and really “treat” me! They all insisted upon tossing pharmaceuticals at me that always made things worse! That’s what I call, “The Illness Care System” for you!

    So I fired them all, went outside the insurance network, (yes, outta pocket & it’s a bear!) and found a more holistic-minded doc. THIS one plays nice with my Chiropractor, who has always been my go-to-guy for holistic health type stuff.

    After running numerous tests (insurance didn’t want to have done), we NOW have info to work with. Eureka! Now, we know I have some food intolerances and some inflammation issues… among other things. Houston, we have direction!! And diet is one of the things we are addressing first.

    So both docs gave me a short list of diets to research, to find what will be right for me. My Chiropractor, mentioned this “Primal” aspect of “Paleo” that was more “lenient” or more “common-sense” to him… he said I should check it out.

    In the meantime, I’d been reading up on GAPS, “The Comprehensive Elimination Diet,” various Paleo sites & a magazine, the JJ VIrgin Diet, and the Bulletproof Executive. WHEW!! What a lot of research!! I’m currently kind of following the Virgin diet. It’s helping, but there maybe more I can do & I want to make sure I’m well informed.

    So… that’s where I came from & how I came to you… Just so ya know. I perused your site a couple of short times, but now I’ back for a longer research stint. I am SO grateful that you have this page on the difference between Paleo and Primal. I APPRECIATE this so much. THANK you! This helps!! And the LINKS throughout the article are very helpful, as it gives me markers to the important things I need to check next.

    Thanks for the info.
    Be Well,
    ~Paula
    Albuquerque, NM

    Paula wrote on November 21st, 2013
  34. Definitely not too many links! The search engine and the cross referencing do a marvelous job of making info access painless. I’m wading into the primal waters at this point- so far, so good. Thanks for the well researched and witty articles! ~TH~ http://tomhitt.wordpress.com

    Tom Hitt wrote on December 10th, 2013
  35. For anyone truly interested in human evolution, I highly recommend The 10000 Year Explosion – it will address some common misconceptions about human evolution, especially recent human evolution.
    Basically, neither the food we eat nor our bodies are the same as they were 10000 years ago – so trying to “mimic” previous humans is somewhat scientifically problematic.

    skeptic4321 wrote on January 3rd, 2014
  36. Your questions pretty much sum it all up. Looking for a better way to lose weight and get healthier. Came here from the prospective search of Paleo and want more from it and to learn more about the difference of Primal and Paleo. I just stumbled on to Paleo while trying to Sugar Detox my system in an effort to get control (yet again) with my eating. Started feeling miraculously better in 3 days then found a web site with the Paleo diet. So here I am on this page search for more…..Can’t stop now. I am feeling better. I just need more to help get the control over the sugar and KEEP IT! Sugar to me is like a smoker trying to quit cigarettes (I was able to quit smokes 30 years ago, but can’t get the sugar addiction to stop!!)

    Kasey G wrote on May 4th, 2014
    • Kasey, here’s two words for you EAT FAT…… that helps me at least. I LOVE sugar, it does NOT love me back. So to kick my habit I traded out the sugar in my coffee for a heaping tablespoon each of grass fed butter and coconut oil. Two cups of that and I’m good. The pull to sugar gets weaker and weaker until you just don’t want the carb hangover/headaches/etc anymore more than you want the sugar. Keep trying….. EAT MORE FAT.
      :-)

      2Rae wrote on May 9th, 2014
  37. As a follower of Paleo, I would also like to suggest an update of information in this article that Josh and Jen suggested. Though there are many variations based on personal beliefs, the version of Paleo that I follow has different guidelines than what you have outlined here.

    Here are the three most relevant:

    Clarified butter/ghee, coconut oil, and saturated fats are fine on a Paleo diet, if not encouraged. Vegetable oils are not supported.

    Artificial sweetener and soda are not okay, and sugar, regardless of where it’s from, should be limited.

    Meat is meat is meat, and we are not limited to only lean meats (ties into the whole acceptance-of-saturated-fat thing).

    As I said, there are many versions of Paleo and, as we learn more and more, the general terms for the diet is ever-evolving. But the ground rules for the majority of those on Paleo are different than what you have presented here. Seeing as you are the first result to pop up on a (the) most used search engine when looking for “differences between paleo and primal”, I would strongly support a revised post to reduce spreading outdated and inaccurate information.

    Kim wrote on May 9th, 2014
  38. “Vegetable oils are not supported.”

    I am not aware of any oil that is made from vegetables. Soy bean oil is euphemistically called vegetable oil. What is not recommended is seed oils. What is okay are oils made from nuts or fruits. There are numerous nut oils. The only two fruit oils I know of are olive and avocado.

    Humans did not evolve as seed eaters. Hence no grains, no seed oils, no meat that was feed grains, and no flax or chia seeds.

    Seeds/grains are pushed on us as that is where the money is. Labor is expensive. The less labor in a product the more profit there is. There is almost no labor in the growing of grains. The major grain growers, Cargill and Continental Grain, are so profitable they are still privately held.

    All paleo/primal foods have to be hand picked or hand processed. Though I find that they have figured out how to harvest carrots by a machine.

    Don Wiss wrote on May 9th, 2014
  39. Paleo and Primal.
    Firstly the diets are about eating healthy not specific foods. Where I was born there were no grains EVER. Grains were only 6% of the entire world’s diet. So, comparisons can not be made. Ancestors ate what they could harvest. I don’t remember any movies where cavemen were using artificial sweeteners. If it is artificial then your body becomes artificial. Canola oil was only in PART of the world. Why did eskimo eat only FAT and blubber and never get fat? This is about consuming food that can be easily metabolized by the body
    Processed and artificial are not natural!

    paul wrote on June 14th, 2014

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