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Everything You Need to Know About The Paleo Diet


2. Paleo Principles: Part 1

The premise of the Paleo Diet goes a little deeper than just eating the things that were available to our hunter-gatherer ancestors because it’s important to maintain a balanced diet that isn’t lacking any essential nutrients. One of the first keys to the diet is higher protein intake, this is likely the most-infamous of the Paleo Diet rules as meat, seafood and other animal protein products should represent between 19 and 35 percent of the food in the modern Paleo Diet.

The next principle is lower-carb intake and low glycemic index, meaning non-starchy vegetables and fruits serve as the main carbohydrate source and should account for 35 to 45 percent of daily calories. High fiber is also a key principal, but since whole-grains are out of the equation, high fiber fruits and vegetables are the primary source of dietary fiber.

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