Impress your friends and annoy your colleagues with our guide to becoming a proper paleo know-it-all! Join the elite ranks of Paleo snobs with this essential Paleo trivia.
Cacao vs cocoa
Yes, there’s a difference, so watch out when buying chocolate. Cacao is the good stuff. Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. Cocoa powder is made by taking this raw cacao and roasting it at high temperatures. As any paleo knows, processing is the enemy and this roasting changes the molecular structure of the cocoa bean and lowers the overall nutritional value.
Greek yogurt vs Greek-style yogurt
Similarly, not all Greek yogurts are created equal. You might be delighted to find that your local Spar has started stocking Greek yogurt but look very carefully. Is it actually ‘Greek-style’ yogurt? Even though it’s dairy, real Greek yogurt is still eaten by some paleo fans because of its fermentation process. ‘Greek-style’ yogurt, on the other hand, can be thickened with large quantities of cream.
Extra virgin vs normal coconut oil
Why does coconut oil cost €15 in the health shop when the local Asian shop has tubs for €3? Well, the good stuff is unrefined extra virgin and it has a distinct coconutty taste. The cheaper stuff is refined, it’s not extra virgin and it tastes of pretty much nothing. It’s not necessarily a case of “you get what you pay for” though. If the refined coconut oil hasn’t been chemically treated it’ll be good for cooking and baking.
Whatever’s happened to nut butters?
What’s the difference between the regular peanut butter on our supermarket shelves and the stuff you get in the heath shop? Well the regular peanut butter that we grew up on can contain as many as seven ingredients including cheap vegetable oils, sugar and nasty stuff like corn maltodextrin and mono and di-glycerides. Premium nut butters like Meridian are 100% roasted nuts.
Are cashews legumes?
No. The subject of much debate in the paleo world, some people put cashews in the same boat as peanuts. However, the cashew nut is the seed of the cashew apple which grows on the cashew tree. It’s widely described as a seed so it seems no, it’s probably not a legume. However, the debate rages on.