I heard someone mention that pepperoni in moderation falls into the paleo category. Is this true? Does it have to be a certain kind? If so, where can I get it? Right now I am just eating Meijer brand regular old pepperoni slices and I started thinking hmmmm...this might not be right. Thanks.
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No. If it's packaged and contains meat from two different animals, as pepperoni and other processed meats often do, then it's not paleo. Wrist slap.
Yes. If it's meat, you should eat it.
Defer until definitively settled by Robb Wolf or Mark Sisson.
"Paleo" is a prefix, not an adjective.
Honestly, with stuff like this, quality is important. You could find a dried cured meats that most experts would consider paleo.
Unfortunately, most grocery pepperoni/jerky is garbage
At the end of the day, look at the ingredients and see what's in it.
I say yes if it's minimally processed. Applegate Farms has a good one and it's nitrate/nitrite free. Also, it's not made with multiple meats as someone mentioned, just pork. If you live in an area with boutique butchers, I would check them out. I love it in an Antipasto Salad.
Organic stores like whole foods carry uncured, nitrate free pepperoni that is very delicious. Because of this, I eat bacon and sometimes pepperoni. My neighbor even just smoked some home made bacon (no nitrates) SOO GOOD. Most deli meats are off limits on paleo because of the nitrates and other artificial ingredients. Bacon and pepperoni that is uncured and nitrate free would (in my opinion) be an OK option. I wouldn't recommend it as an every day thing however. Be careful of the saturated fat content tho (high calories).
If you are just starting the paleo diet or are over weight, stick to a strict paleo diet. When you get to where you want to be and are lean, start bringing in foods and see how your body individually responds to the food. I personally eat cheese which a lot of people on here would frown upon.
Everything is relative. HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT? If shedding weight and getting to your ideal weight is a big deal, stay from questionable foods until you reach your goal. If you are already lean and where you want to be, being a Paleo Nazi is stupid and pointless. Being an extreme Paleo Dieter is no better than being a VEGAN IMO. Take everything with a grain of salt, including this, only you can find what works for you at the end of the day.
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It's quite obviously not "paleo" in a reenactment sense. I seriously doubt they had "pepperoni" in the paleolithic but I've been wrong before.
Does it even matter though? You should be asking whether or not it's good/bad for you. I don't know honestly. I know it tastes good and it definitely has it's uses. It might be the PERFECT ketogenic food because of the fat to protein/carb ratio. I certainly eat a lot of it.
My main concern would be about the fillers and emulsificants, as they are generally industrial derivatives of soy and dairy.
I don't buy the whole business of avoiding cured meats, etc. because of their nitrate/ite content, a little more nitrate than I already am getting from vegetables doesn't concern me, particularly if I'm eating good charcuterie - the good stuff goes a long way.
I like chorizo, another sausage with several ingredients. You have to really be picky and read the labels to know that you are getting just meat and spices. A lot of sausages have wheat, corn and a lot of artificial colorings and flavorings.
Mark Sisson did a post on this a while back: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cold-cuts-primal-paleo/
tl,dr: What everyone else has said: they can be good or bad. Depends on what extra crap is added (or not).