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Paleo Dieters Suffer as Panera Fights Protein Price Jump

Eating like a caveman is getting costlier.

That’s dour news for the growing number of Americans adopting diets that mimic the eating habits of their hunter-gatherer ancestors. The Bloomberg Protein Index, which tracks the prices of beef, beans, bacon and nine other protein sources, has jumped 28 percent in the five years through May. The measure has increased 5 percent this year, twice as fast as the gain for all food prices, as beef and pork got more expensive.