The Paleo Diet Food List

corned beef

Corned beef and cabbage will grace the tables of thousands of families in the next three days in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. But as we learned with kielbasa, bacon, and other processed proteins, cured meats aren’t necessarily Paleo. Let’s take a look at this holiday favorite.

What is Corned Beef?

Corned beef is a traditional Irish method of curing beef to preserve it for later use. You might recognize it by its distinctive pink color, which comes from the addition of saltpeter, also known as potassium nitrite. We’ve lightly discussed the addition of nitrites to foods before, namely the nitrite (celery salt) often added to bacon and sausage for curing purposes, so we won’t get into that again. Corned beef is basically a beef brisket that’s been “corned” or “cured” in a salt brine with a few spices and seasonings.

Is Corned Beef Paleo?

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