Protein Shake Options For a Paleo Diet

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The Paleo diet - it's based on the idea of eating 'primal foods' that are in our DNA thanks to 2.5 million years of evolution during the Palaeolithic age – think wild meats, fish, raw honey, nuts, sweet potatoes. The idea being that our genes might respond best to ancestral foods, promoting health and potentially optimising physique results. Obviously, supplements were not available 20,000 years ago – so here's how to include your protein shake into a Paleo diet...

MILK PROTEINS & THE PALEO DIET?

While some may suggest that dairy isn't inherently Paleo, the truth is there's a lot of evidence suggesting humans have been consuming milk for a good 10-20,000 years, such as carbon dated pots with traces of milk fat. This is why a high percentage of people following Paleo diets are happy to supplement with protein shakes containing whey and casein.

It's worth noting that one big aspect of Paleo is food purity with fully-intact nutrients. The best quality protein shakes such as ULTRA WHEY™ PROTEIN and GRS 9-HOUR® PROTEIN are cold-processed, protecting the fractions originally present in raw milk. Yes, protein shakes are a 'Paleo hack' in this respect – but we're guessing our ancestors wouldn't have said no!

While you can take Paleo dieting to extremes, in reality you're likely to see all the benefits by simply eating clean and avoiding excess processed food.

PROTEIN SHAKES AND SWEETENERS – ARE THEY PALEO FRIENDLY?

Shakes containing sweeteners such as sucralose are theoretically not 100% Paleo, since the only sweetness available 'back in the day' came from sources such as fruit and honey. If you're intent on being a Paleo purist then using an unsweetened supplement such as 100% WHEY ISOLATE™ will get the approval of cave-dwelling weight trainers all over the globe. However, the chances are you'll get all the benefits of Paleo nutrition without worrying about the minor details.

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