Product Standards

True Primal is devoted to bringing you convenient, real-food products that meet rigorous standards of quality and taste—all while being in alignment with humanity’s design. In fact, delivering such products is the very essence of our mission as a company, and has been since day one.

Here’s a look at what our standards mean to us—and, consequently, for you!

Primal Ingredients

ancestral humans. primal diet.

“Primal” means first or fundamental. Along with “ancestral,” “primal” has become a popular description for living in a way that’s in line with how humans are designed to thrive. This means embracing exercise, fresh air, sufficient sleep, and stress reduction along with nutrition to achieve optimal health.

As it refers to diet, “primal” encompasses foods that are nutrient-dense and well tolerated by most people, typically with a long (think: thousands of years) track record for supporting human health.

Similar terms like “paleo diet” and “caveman diet” are sometimes used here as well, but we want to avoid fixating on a specific era of time (the Paleolithic period), since this can lead to counterproductive arguments about exactly what each tribe of people was doing and when. We don’t want to recreate the past—just apply the wisdom of alignment to the modern day.

All of our products support a primal framework by utilizing nutrient-dense, minimally processed plant and animal foods chosen for their congruence with human health. This also means avoiding synthetic ingredients, grains, and other common allergens that many people find problematic. In so doing, we aim to create the optimal conditions for the body to thrive.

Premium Protein

badge-like icons for grass-fed beef and pastured chicken

We use superior animal products from high-welfare livestock—not only for the sake of human health, but also for the health of animals and the planet itself. To achieve this, we utilize programs like the Global Animal Partnership to constantly improve all of our farm and ranch sourcing, choosing meat suppliers that are as committed to quality as we are.

Our animal-based ingredients currently include:

We support agricultural practices that create harmony among humans, livestock, and the land—leading to deeply nourishing and health-promoting products. To join us on this mission, learn more about our commitment to Animal Welfare and Regenerative Agriculture.

Organic Vegetables

farmer in garden. whole foods.

Meat isn’t the only food that suffers at the hands of our modern agricultural practices. Conventionally grown fruit and vegetables have been shown to be lower in nutritional quality, lower in antioxidants, lower in phytonutrients, higher in heavy metals, higher in pesticide residue, and greater carriers of antibiotic-resistant bacteria than their organically grown counterparts.[4] [5] [6] [7]

Likewise, industrial farming methods like tilling, monocrops, and the use of chemicals and synthetic fertilizers can be damaging to the ecosystem—causing a loss of soil biodiversity, polluting local air and water, and increasing greenhouse gas emissions.[8] [9] [10]

For these reasons, we source organic vegetables, herbs, and spices wherever possible, and support farmers who employ holistic farming methods. This allows us to create products packed with flavor and nutrition, without the potentially health-harming byproducts of industrial farming.

Natural Sweeteners

For our sweetened products, we use only natural, whole-food ingredients—particularly honey and maple syrup, which are both teeming with beneficial phytonutrients and prebiotic compounds.[11] [12] [13] [14] You can learn more about the health-promoting properties of these sweeteners in our articles:

honey

Honey: Did You Know?

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maple syrup

Maple Syrup: Did You Know?

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Although other arguably “natural” sweeteners exist—such as monk fruit extract, stevia, agave, and more—we don’t view these ingredients as in full alignment with human health. Questions remain about how exposure to intense sweetness without calories impacts blood sugar regulation and metabolic health, and some compounds in these “natural” sweeteners appear to be endocrine disruptors (such as the steviol glycosides is stevia).[15] [16] [17] Similarly, these lack the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that truly whole-food sweeteners contribute to the diet.

Ingredient Transparency

We’re committed to complete transparency of our ingredients lists. We never use secretive language like “natural flavors” or “spices,” but rather spell out everything one by one. This way, you always know exactly what’s going into your body.

Our Big List of “No”

When it comes to crafting the healthiest foods possible, the ingredients we avoid are just as important as the ingredients we embrace. When in doubt, we take an “err on the side of caution” approach—opting to exclude questionable ingredients in favor of those with an established history of non-harm in the human diet. Our big list of “No” serves as a guide for keeping our products in alignment with human health.

Something For Everyone

We understand that many people have food intolerances, sensitivities, or preferences that put otherwise paleo-friendly ingredients off the menu. For this reason, we strive to offer options for those with additional dietary needs. This includes a number of Whole30-approved products and some AIP compliant soups.

The Bottom Line

We ensure that every decision we make about our products, no matter how small, is consistent with our core values—delivering the greatest possible nutrition with satiating, satisfying, quality ingredients. We’re confident you’ll be able to taste the difference!


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