Understanding the Food Quality Component of Cooking Paleo
Paleo cooking is about using well-balanced, high-quality, real foods. Cooking with quality Paleo foods (within any budget) decreases toxins and increases nutrition. This table shows you the highest-quality Paleo standard of food you can purchase. Every step up in quality adds more nutrition and makes your body healthier.
|Food||Best Practice||Gold Standard||Great||Good|
|Beef/Lamb||Local, pasture-raised, 100% grass-fed and finished||Pasture-raised, grass-fed||Organic||Mainstream conventional, lean cuts with the visible fat
|Pork||Local, pasture-raised||Organic, free-range||N/A||N/A|
|Poultry||Local, pasture-raised||Organic free-range||Organic, cage-free||Mainstream conventional|
|Produce||Local, organic, seasonal||Local, organic||Organic||Conventional|
|Fats and oils||Organic, first cold pressed Paleo approved||Organic, cold pressed||Conventional||N/A|
Even if you must purchase from the okay list, rest assured that just by eating other Paleo-approved foods (cutting out grains and sugars) you are still going a long way to looking and feeling your best.