The Prevalence of Pseudo Paleo
You decide. Which is more Paleo?
Option 1: Tropical oil blend (coconut, palm , coconut), canola oil, salt, natural flavor, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid
Option 2: Fresh coconut
Not too tricky to pick, is it?
This may be a simplistic example, but it speaks volumes for the inundation of products we’re seeing these days with foods that may or may not claim to be Paleo outright and may or may not actually be.
This product I’ve chosen as an example doesn’t use Paleo as a reference in any way, shape or form and yes, it’s a better option from a health perspective than margarine, but still not as good of a choice as just eating from a coconut!
We’ve got to stop fooling ourselves into thinking that neatly packaged items containing foods that may have once been a fresh, healthy option but have been highly processed and mixed with other items that we can hardly call food are still good parts of any healthy eating approach, regardless of whether or not one follow a Paleo lifestyle.
Not in a place where you can find fresh coconut? Not a problem- use an organic coconut oil as one of your good fat sources, balanced with avocado, olive oil as well as the fats we naturally get in our proteins, such as the fantastic dollop of Omega 3s we find in Wild Salmon.
Rule of thumb- count the steps it took from the food item to go from being a fresh, actual, real food to the product you’re considering buying and eating. The more steps, the less likely it is to have as much nutrition and the more likely it is to be inflammatory…and therefore, not Paleo.