When it comes to Banting vs Paleo, there are more similarities than differences.

banting vs paleo similarities

Both ways of eating are both strongly geared towards eating REAL foods rather than the refined, processed, chemically altered food-like substances that have, sadly, become the norm for so many people in the Western world today.

Both advocate a diet of fresh vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, antibiotic- and hormone-free meat and chicken, wild fish and game, natural animal fats and oils obtained by non-chemical cold-pressing methods from olives, coconuts and avocados. Both emphasise the importance of these fats in the diet, and the value of consuming considerable quantities of eggs. Both exclude sugars, cereals, legumes, potatoes, refined vegetable oils and all processed and ‘synthetic’ food.

However, when comparing Banting vs Paleo, there are a few key points that separate them:

banting vs paleo differences

The Paleo diet (short for Paleolithic) essentially includes only food that mimics the diet of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gather ancestors. Effectively, this includes a fair amount of fruit and excludes dairy completely. Paleo also eliminates added salt from the diet as well as tea and coffee.

Banting (otherwise known as LCHF: low-carb, high/healthy fat), on the other hand, eliminates almost all fruit as part of the elimination of sugar. The thinking is that fructose is a powerful form of carbohydrate that still creates all of the negative sugar consequences. So the Banting/LCHF approach limits the type and quantity of fruit quite strictly.

Banting also allows dairy, recognising that it is a good source of easily-absorbed nutrients. That said, it has been noted that certain people attempting to lose weight while Banting have been known to struggle with dairy, although that may be as much a factor of hidden ingredients or routine antibiotics that come in the product than dairy itself, or the not-uncommon intolerance of A1-beta casien, which has been found to  create an inflammatory response for many people.

The only other significant difference with Banting vs Paleo is the consumption ratios of the food groups – Paleo tends to favour slightly more protein and vegetable/fruit carbohydrates, Banting tends to keep carbs substantially lower and emphasises the value of natural fats as the primary energy source.



The term ketosis is used to describe the situation where the body is primarily burning fat for fuel, rather than carbohydrates, and it is common for people who are Banting to switch into ketosis after a while.

Ketosis is a normal state – the body’s metabolism naturally switches into ketosis during the usual overnight fast, and will switch back to glycolysis (carbohydrates as fuel) after a carbohydrate-rich meal. Longer-term ketosis may result from fasting or staying on a low-carbohydrate diet, and will remain in that state indefinitely – as long as the person is living a low-carb lifestyle. All research so far indicates that this has some very positive implications for health. While in ketosis, fat reserves are readily released and consumed. For this reason, ketosis is sometimes referred to as the body’s “fat burning” mode.

Ketosis should not be confused with ketoacidosis, which can occur when a diabetic becomes severely ill or dehydrated and produces exceptionally high levels of blood acids.