Paleo vs Keto – That’s an interesting topic. I’m going to try and explain very simply how the Paleo diet and the Keto diet are alike and also how they are different. I’m not going to get into which good, better or best. Just how they are similar and different.
If I had to write about how Paleo vs Keto in 40 words or less I would say. They are the same except Keto doesn’t allow sugar of any kind, including honey and maple syrup like Paleo does. Keto is NO carbs but Paleo allows some. Keto does include dairy products where Paleo does not.
That’s the long and short of it but I want to go into a little more detail, but not a lot.
1. The Keto diet focuses on raising your ketone levels with your food choices. The paleo diet doesn’t even know what ketones are.
2. The Paleo diet has a strong emphasis on clean eating food. That means real food that isn’t processed. The Keto diet encourages high-quality food but it isn’t the emphasis.
3. The Keto diet places a lot of emphasis on a very low carb diet. The Paleo diet is definitely lower in carbs than many other diets. It still allows some carbs.
4. The Keto diet puts a BIG emphasis on eating a LOT of fats. The Paleo diet focuses more on eating the healthier fats and doesn’t encourage eating a high-fat diet.
Now let’s get into specific foods that are allowed or not allowed on each diet.
1. Meats, fish, and poultry: Both Paleo and Keto diets encourage meats but Paleo meats need to be organic such as grass-fed beef.
2. Eggs: Eggs are allowed on both diets. Some people get the false impression that eggs are dairy since they are sold in the dairy section of the grocery store. Eggs come from chickens, not cows.
3. Dairy including cheese, Greek yogurt, butter, cream and ice cream: Keto encourages eating a lot of full-fat dairy products but Paleo doesn’t allow dairy at all except butter.
4. High sugar fruit including oranges, apples, bananas, cherries, peaches, grapes, pear, and pineapple: You can eat any of these fruits on a Paleo diet but you can’t eat any on a Keto diet because they are too high in sugar.
5. Low sugar fruit including berries, tomatoes, melon, avocado, coconut, and olives: All of these fruits are allowed on both diets.
6.Non-starchy vegetables including lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, onion, celery, cabbage, spinach, eggplant, collards, okra, summer squash, green beans, peppers, asparagus, mushrooms, radishes, and snow peas: They are all allowed on both diets.
7. Starchy vegetables including sweet potatoes, carrots, yam, beets, parsnips, turnips, and winter squash: They are all allowed on the Paleo diet but none of them are allowed on the Keto diet. Note that white potatoes are not allowed on Paleo.
8. Nuts and seeds: Allowed on both diets.
9. Grains including wheat, rice, corn, oats, barley, quinoa, millet, and wild rice: None of these are allowed on either diet.
10. Legumes such as dried beans, lentils, and split peas: None of them are allowed on either diet.
11. Dry wine is allowed on both diets.
12. Oils: The only oils allowed on the Paleo diet are: olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil. Keto also allows these same oils. Other oils may be allowed on both diets but these are the best-known ones.