Pepporni is a cured meat made from pork and beef. It is usually flavored with salt, cayenne, and paprika. All of these ingredients are Paleo, and the process of curing meat is an ancient tradition that stretches back about as far as civilization, so we’re good to go on pepperoni, right?
Paleo and Processed Foods
Not exactly. Living a Paleo lifestyle also involves avoiding processed foods and pepperoni is definitely processed. If you can get quality pepperoni from a source you trust, then by all means, enjoy your Paleo snack, but a lot of manufacturers like to cut corners. They find ways to speed up the curing process and they often pump the meat full of antibiotics and chemical preservatives.
Mark Sisson is also wary of consuming too much cured meat.