On a Paleo Diet? Not if your fiber intake is less than…

Do you think Paleo diets involve eating mostly meat? While how much meat was eaten in that era is debatable, what is known is that they ate a lot of high-fiber fruits and vegetables. Shown below are the estimated daily fiber and energy intake (Eaton et al. 1997). On a 3000 calorie diet it’s estimated that those who lived in the Paleo era consumed 104 g fiber/day. That translates into 3.3 g fiber per 100 calories.

paleo fiber

Do you consider yourself a Paleo eater? If so, do you get that much fiber? For example, I average 2200 calories per day. Based on the estimated Paleo fiber intake of 3.3g fiber/100 calories, I should average 66g or more dietary fiber per day. As shown below, my 7-day average for fiber intake is 94g/day.


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Eaton SB, Eaton SB 3rd, Konner MJ. Paleolithic nutrition revisited: A twelve-year retrospective on its nature and implications. Eur J Clin Nutr. 1997 Apr;51(4):207-16.


11 thoughts on “On a Paleo Diet? Not if your fiber intake is less than…

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  4. Susan

    I followed the link from your comment on The Good Gut Facebook page to this post and am very interested. How do you do that? Would you mind sharing, say a week, or even a day, of your food intake? I can’t imagine getting that much fiber. I follow Paleo,which I’m sure you know excludes legumes, but I struggle to get even 30 g of fiber a day. I would appreciate any guidance.


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