Sugar on The Paleo Diet

sugar on the paleo diet - sweets

sugar on the paleo diet - sweets


There is a growing association in the minds of some folks between the “I Quit Sugar” program and the Paleo diet.

While it’s certainly true that following either diets will have similar results regarding sugar consumption. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re the same. The I Quit Sugar program has one key goal – quitting sugar. The Paleo diet, however, is a much broader dietary approach where one of the many resulting outcomes is the reduction or outright elimination of sugar. The two diets are definitely not the same.

That said, one thing that turns off many people from the Paleo diet is the concern that they won’t be able to ditch the sugar.

Most of us grew up with sugary treats as a regular element in our diets. It’s in pretty much all the processed and convenience foods that we eat; it’s in our drinks and our foods both. Cutting it out, or even reducing it significantly, can be a serious struggle for many people.

The key point to keep in mind is that there’s a number of natural sweeteners that the Paleo diet permits (in moderation). This diet isn’t about restricting yourself to the point of madness; besides, everyone needs a little something sweet in their diet at least sometimes! Food can be enjoyed, too, and not solely eaten for sustenance.

With this in mind, let’s look at some of the available sources of sugar on the Paleo diet.



Natural honey is definitely one of the better choices of natural sweeteners while following the Paleo diet. This isn’t because of a lack of fructose, but rather because it offers several health benefits. Further, we know that people have eaten honey for thousands of years, which pretty much nails the Paleo definition!


Maple Syrup

The first thing to note is that we’re not talking about the processed, off-the-shelf wannabe maple syrup, but instead natural maple syrup (think tapping a tree then boiling the sap down). Although it’s only been around for a few hundred years, like honey it’s also been shown to convey several health benefits.


Dark Chocolate

Finally, for those who enjoy a little extra indulgence, dark chocolate is allowed on the Paleo diet. This doesn’t mean scoffing back several bars a day, but a couple of squares on occasion can help keep the sweet cravings at bay and won’t harm your diet. Aim for at least 85% cocoa, but 90% is preferable. Like the other options above, chocolate comes with its own health benefits.


At the end of the day, there are options for those with a sweet tooth who still want the benefits of the Paleo diet. What’s important to remember is that moderation here is key!

Do you have any tips or tricks for managing a sweet tooth on the Paleo diet? Let us know in the comments below.

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