The Paleo diet is patterned after the manners by which humans who lived during the Paleolithic age cared for and prepared their foods. During their time, everything was simple, meaning they did not have to use artificial additives and preservatives in cooking their food. Even cooking oils that we enjoy today did not exist during the Paleolithic age. The trans-fatty acids that are used mostly in fast foods, pre-packaged snacks, and edibles of our time were not even born in pre-history. The Paleolithic people did not have health supplements and weight loss diet pills and yet, they neither had to go through the agony of health problems we dread today nor did they have to worry about their weight.
For people who desire the Paleo diet’s method of losing weight, the following list of foods is forbidden. The key here is to obey the rules of making and preparing foods.
Refined sugars – Maple syrup is slightly forbidden. Corn sweeteners, corn syrup, glucose, invert sugar, molasses, raw sugar, dextrin, and rice syrup are also forbidden.
Grains – All kinds of corns are forbidden.
Starchy foods – Potatoes, manioc, cassava, yams, beets and sweet potatoes are forbidden
Legumes – Beans, peas, and peanuts must not be eaten without cooking.
Dairy Products – During the Paleolithic era, humans did not eat dairy products unless animals were first domesticated.
Meats – Meats that are processed using nitrites and additives are also forbidden; so are hotdog, bacon, sausage, lunch meats, and sausages. Included on this list are fatty cuts of meat, including skins of poultry and dark meats.
Oils – No oils such as corn, cottonseed, peanut, soybean, rice bran, and wheat germ are allowed. The same holds true for mayonnaise and related products.
Salt – No added salts are recommended by the authors of the Paleo diet