GAPS vs Paleo Part 2

by brenda on September 1, 2011

I’m comparing the GAPS Diet (what we’re on) and the Paleo Diet, and also the Standard American Diet (SAD). This is part 2 (there are a lot of things to compare!). You can see Part 1 here. Below, I list the resources I read to find these answers.




You will see faster recovery if you eat animal fats.


Saturated fats are heart protectors.

Fat does not make you fat, carbohydrates cause obesity.



Avoid Saturated Fats (from dairy, eggs, meat).*

Saturated fats have "little or no association with heart disease risk."****


Avoid saturated fats.



Eat often.

Avoid processed meats and meats cured with sugar.


Eat only lean meats


Eat 5 to 6 ounces of lean protein (meat or beans) every day. So, 5 or 6 eggs, or 1 chicken breast, but not both in 1 day. 







A vegetable



Unless there is a clear allergy, eggs should be an important part of the diet.

Children should consume 2 to 6 per day.

Adults should consume 4 to 8 per day.



Limit consumption to 6 per week. Eat only eggs that are enriched with "Omega 3"*

freely enjoyed****

Can cause trouble for people with autoimmune diseases. Don’t eat every day, but no upper limit on consumption.*****



One egg per day won’t increase your risk of heart disease. 

Potatoes and other starchy vegetables


Avoid at least 2 years, or until healed. 




Sweet potatoes may be enjoyed in moderation****



Some of the veggies to consume at least 2 1/2 cups of every day. 



*The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat

**Gut and Psychology Syndrome

***GAPS Website

****The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series)

*****The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet

******Choose My Plate

*******Everyday Paleo

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Tiffany @ The Coconut Mama September 2, 2011 at 1:14 am

Loved this! GAPS is a great diet for healing. Not all paleo diets are the same though. A lot of them are like GAPS/WAPF and promote saturated fats and fatty grass fed meats.


brenda September 5, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Tiffany, thanks for the comment! I have been learning since this post, and plan to update about the difference between Paleo and Primal–I thought they were the same thing before (silly me ;)). I appreciate any diet that promotes saturated fat and fatty grass meats! 🙂


Chowstalker September 3, 2011 at 5:44 am

Hi Brenda, nice comparison! There’s actually quite a few flavors of Paleo, and many (maybe most?) freely consume eggs that are ideally from local pastured birds, and have no fear of fatty meats IF from grass-fed sources. I follow a Paleo-ish diet and like you, have found that there are far more similarities between GAPS and Paleo than differences!


brenda September 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Thanks for the note! I love the similarities between GAPS and Paleo. It’s neat to see that others are finding the same foods to be healing and life-changing! 🙂


Marisa September 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Sisson wrote a good post on the difference btwn Paleo and Primal, which is must closer to GAPS (Primal fare includes offal, nourishing bone broths, and probiotic foods such as kimchee and sauerkraut).


brenda September 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Marisa, thank you for this. I am going to update my posts and compare Paleo, Primal and GAPS. Sorry for the misunderstanding/mis-posting before. 😉


Jill September 6, 2011 at 3:34 am

This post is so informative. I would love for you to come
share it at FAT TUESDAY. I hope you will
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Becky L September 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

I’m doing gaps and didn’t realize that so many eggs were recommended. I love eggs 🙂 Where did you find these numbers?


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