Is There A Problem with Sausage

Sausage is not Paleo.

Sausage is Paleo.

I’m sure you’ve heard both.

What’s the deal, then?

Apologies for being the bearer of bad news: It can be Paleo, but the vast majority of commercially prepared sausages are not.


Aside from being highly processed and  oh-so-nicely blended with lovely ingredients including but not limited to:

  • monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • sodium nitrate
  • sodium nitrite
  • corn syrup solids
  • sugar
  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole). Similar to butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT);  added to many foods to prevent fat spoilage
  • propyl gallate (added to foods containing oils and fats to prevent oxidation)
  • flour
  • bread crumbs

However, there certainly are ways to go about including sausage in your Paleo regime, most easily by making your own.  If you buy a meat grinder attachment for that table top mixer you used to use for baking, along with the sausage stuffer attachment (both are inexpensive and easy and safe to use), you control what goes into it, and if you make a small quantity to eat right away, you needn’t worry about the fermenting or preserving process which would be of concern when making them en masse.

Not a problem eating the casing, which is often sourced from intestines anyway; it’s all about nose to tail!

Just as with grinding your own meat for burgers, you can choose your favorite meats, cuts, spices and mix and match to make your signature blend.