- Eric Webb American-Statesman Staff
Do you even paleo, bro? Apparently, y’all do … bro.
According to food delivery company Grubhub, Austinites in 2016 wanted to eat as the cave folk did. In a study of the most popular eating trends last year (or “diets,” as I like to call them), paleo reigned supreme among all other specialized food plans in the capital of Texas. The paleo diet, in case you you’ve never eaten out with someone who makes a waiter sigh, is based on eating only foods available to Paleolithic-era humans. Essentially, a lot of meat, fruits, vegetables and nuts, and no dairy, bread, processed foods, alcohol or simple pleasures in life.
Grubhub’s methodology? The company says it looked at delivery orders “related to the most popular healthy eating plans in the United States: paleo, raw, juice cleanse, vegan, gluten-free, low-fat, Mediterranean and keto diets.” Entirely possible that every paleo devotee in Austin was just too lazy to eat anything other than takeout, in other words.
Austin also landed at No. 8 on the list of major U.S. cities whose citizens were chasing a diet fad. Austinites ordered 44 percent more foods from a “popular meal plan” than the rest of the nation, according to the study. Seattle and Portland topped the list (gluten-free, they are). Dallas slid in at No. 3 (also favoring the paleo way of life).
The Fred Flintstone foodie trend also took home gold medal among all other diets across the country — such orders were up 370 percent over the previous year, according to Grubhub.
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