The paleo diet is very restrictive in some areas, and liberal in others. Meat from animals that have been grass-fed, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, eggs, and certain oils make up the diet. Ideally, these foods should be processed as little as possible. It does not permit the consumption of any dairy products, soft drinks, fruit juices, grains, legumes, artificial sweeteners, foods high in salt, processed snacks like candies, starchy vegetables, energy drinks, and most alcoholic drinks.
The restrictive nature of the paleo diet makes it unpopular with some crowds, as it eliminates many of the foods that people have come to enjoy and that are a part of their culture. However, there are health benefits to adopting the paleo diet, including the fact that meat, seafood, nuts and seeds provide excellent sources of protein, which is essential for muscle growth and repair.
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The Paleolithic diet, commonly called the paleo diet or just paleo, Stone Age, or caveman diet, is a highly controversial way of eating. Proponents of the diet believe that the best foods for humans today are those that were available during the Paleolithic era, which is when the domestication of animals and agriculture is believed to have begun.