FAQ

What is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo diet, or Caveman Diet, is a holistic way of eating that attempts to mimic the eating of human beings some 10,000 years ago during the Paleolithic period. Our great ancestors were exceptionally fit and healthy human beings. They flourished while consuming a diet rich in meats, fish, eggs, fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and berries. Their nutrient dense diet (coupled with an active lifestyle) meant they were in peak physical shape and had strong cardiovascular and immune systems.

With the introduction of agriculture and technology, our diet as a whole has become increasingly worse over a long period of time. As a society, we are constantly introducing new foods to our diet that our bodies were not designed to consume or digest. This has led to increased cardiovascular disease, increased obesity and an increase in illnesses and disease such as diabetes, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, cancers and many many more.

The Paleo diet aims to eliminate foods that have been infested with additives, preservatives and chemicals. The Paleo diet promotes the consumption of natural, nutrient dense foods that provide our bodies with everything it needs to thrive on and perform at its peak.

Some of our products contain fat, how can we claim that they are healthy?

Our products do contain some fats....good fats! Good fats refer to polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These are essential to healthy bodily function and should form a part of every well rounded diet.

Monounsaturated fats are said to help cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and the maintenance and control of diabetes.

Polyunsaturated fats are said to reduce triglycerides, inflammations and tumour growth. Additionally they help to improve immune function and protect against heart disease.

Where do you get your products from?

We searched long and hard for products that met the criteria we were looking for. There are numerous products around that claim to be Paleo but in truth are from it. If you were to look closely, most are supplemented with any or all of refined sugar, sugar alcohols, processed agave nectar (has more concentrated fructose than high fructose corn syrup), additives, preservatives and multiple chemicals aimed at either improving taste or increasing shelf life.

Currently our products are either Australian made or imported from US. We only supply from businesses that are run by passionate people who understand and adhere to the Paleo concepts and principals and ensure that their products do as well.

They all produce high quality, healthy and natural products that taste great!

Do you sell your products wholesale?

We currently only sell online through the website but please feel free to email Nick at nick@paleosnacks.com.au to discuss possible options on bulk order rates.

Will you be adding anymore products to your site?

We do have some exciting new products in the pipeline and will look to be getting them online in the coming months. However, we will only sell products that we believe are genuinely Paleo! This eliminates the majority of products out there. Our aim is provide quality, not quantity.

What is so healthy about our products?

It’s a great question and rather than just claim the ingredients and products are healthy I wanted to provide some information about the nutritional content and value of the ingredients used and the benefits involved in only using natural ingredients. In truth, I could have written pages upon pages about this but have tried to keep it short and sharp and go over some of the basics of our common ingredients.

Honey

Is nature’s great source of carbohydrates providing strength and energy to our bodies. Honey is known for its fast and effective increase in boosting performance and endurance as well as aiding reduction of muscle fatigue in athletes. Additionally it has been shown to facilitate the maintaining of blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout. It contains a number of vitamins including B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. Its mineral content includes calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Honey is a good source of antioxidants, containing nutraceuticals, which are effective in removing free radicals from the body. It also contains antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be beneficial in curing illnesses and the healing of wounds.

Almonds

Not only taste great but also contain several health benefits. They are a great source of mono-unsaturated fat, shown to aid in the prevention of heart disease. They aid in the regulation of cholesterol levels by lowering LDL (“Bad”) cholesterol and increasing HDL (“Good”) cholesterol. They are low in saturated fat and high in essential nutrients such as Vitamin E, magnesium, copper, manganese and phosphorus. When compared to other nuts, Almonds are the tree nut highest in protein, fibre, calcium, riboflavin and niacin. Their high levels of fibre help to keep bowel movements regular and prevent constipation. Additionally they provide a good source of antioxidants, help to regulate blood pressure with their potassium content and are also known to be beneficial in skin care and hence are used often with massage (almond oil).

Walnuts

Are a rich source of monounsaturated fats and vital omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids aid in cardiovascular protection, mental function and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. Walnuts contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant compound that helps to support the immune system and contain anti-cancer properties. Walnuts contain excellent levels of Vitamin B6, thiamin and pantothenic acid. They additionally contain good levels of Vitamin E, niacin and riboflavin. They are a very good source of minerals including manganese and copper, as well as magnesium and phosphorus. They are also a source of calcium, iron, zinc and selenium.

Pumpkin Seeds

Are one of the most nutritious and flavourful seeds. They are a great source of natural carbohydrates, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. They contain most of the B Vitamins as well as Vitamins C, D, E and K. They are a good source of calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium. The seeds contain L-Tryptophan, a compound found to help fight depression. They contain zinc which aids in prostate health and the prevention of osteoporosis. Pumpkin seeds also contain phytosterols, a plant compound believed to reduce cholesterol levels and prevent some cancers. They also act as a natural anti-inflammatory.

Sunflower Seeds

In sunflower seeds, mother nature has created a nutritional power pack full of goodness. They are a rich source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats which help to protect against various heart diseases. They are an excellent source of Vitamin E, helping to rid the body of free radicals as well as having anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Further to this, they contain selenium, an important trace mineral which works in conjunction with Vitamin E to impart antioxidant properties. It is a good source of copper, helping the body carry oxygen to red blood cells and produce energy. Additionally they are a bountiful source of dietary fibre, protein, iron, zinc, B Vitamins and folate. They also contain phytochemicals such as choline, phenolic acids, lignan and betaine, which are plant chemicals that are known to prevent heart disease and the growth of cancerous cells.

Nutmeg

Is an essential spice loaded with multiple health benefits. It is rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium and has smaller amounts of iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. It also has good amounts of Vitamins A and C and choline, as well as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and folate. It is known to aid sleep by boosting levels of serotonin and inducing relaxation. Additionally, it has been shown to increase blood circulation and heart function, reduce blood pressure, aid digestion, act as a pain reliever due to its anti-inflammatory properties and can also act as an aphrodisiac.

Cinnamon

Is one of the oldest spices known to man. It’s rich vitamin and mineral content means it has several health benefits. It is loaded with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and has good amounts of iron, fibre and manganese. It is rich in choline and contains good amounts of Vitamins A, C and E, niacin and betaine. It has smaller amounts of Vitamin K, B6 and pantothenic acid. It also has extremely high antioxidant properties.  Additionally is has been labelled an “anti-microbial” food for its ability to help stop the growth of bacteria and fungi. Studies have shown that just ½ a teaspoon a day can help to lower LDL (“Bad” Cholesterol). Lastly, it has been shown to have anti blood clotting benefits.

Coconut

The coconut provides meat, juice, milk and oil that has nourished populations around the world for generations. It is a highly nutritious food rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. It is a great source of carbohydrates, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It contains smaller amounts of Vitamin C, protein, iron and zinc. It supports muscle healing and repair which makes it a popular food amongst athletes. It contains a healthy PH that is good for the skin, relieving dryness and flaking as well as preventing wrinkles and sagging. As an antibacterial, it kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections and the common cold. It is also known to aid cholesterol levels, protect the body from free radicals and improve digestion and bowel function. Finally, it has also shown to improve utilisation of essential fatty acids, reduce inflammation and improve insulin secretion and utilisation of blood glucose.

Ginger

Ginger is widely known to have numerous health benefits. It is a great source of dietary fibre, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, iron, manganese, potassium, selenium and magnesium. It has powerful antioxidant properties with approximately fifty different types of antioxidants having been identified in extracts of the ginger root. The intake of ginger helps the secretion of mucus, aiding against sore throats. It additionally acts as an antihistamine, helping to fight against the common cold and other viruses. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, with the chemical components of the root being instrumental in inhibiting the biosynthesis of prostaglandins, which are responsible for causing inflammation. Ginger has also been shown to lower cholesterol and prevent the formation of blood clots.