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Worst Offenders to Safest Foods – And Why Vegans Get Better

By Mikhaila

This is a list of foods that I found irritated me the most to the least. If I’ve missed any foods, please comment. I know it comes off as a random/quack list of foods, but I’ve put some thought into it, and this is how my body has reacted.

Why Vegans Feel Better:

If you eliminate the first 3 on this list you should see quite an improvement.

This is part of the reason going vegan makes people feel so much better (depending on the person of course). The first three foods are really hard on people. Eliminating dairy can really help. Going vegetarian is probably the worst thing you can do, you end up eating grains and dairy and eliminating meat. Increase your consumption of soy to replace meat and you’re in even worse shape. Not a good idea. At least going vegan eliminates dairy. They just lump meat in there and end up getting rid of the safest food. So I understand people who have changed the way they ate, gone plant-based, and felt better. Hell, the people who go gluten-free vegan and limit their sugar intake have already eliminated the top three harmful foods. No wonder they feel better. Gluten and dairy and sugar are not good. But meat can’t be lumped in there just because it’s an animal product. People need it in order to really thrive.

If you eliminate the first 7, even better. I would say the first 12 items really bothered me, but not as bad as the first 7. Go all the way to greens and meat, even better, or even just meat.

Worst  to Best

  1. Gluten-containing grains: wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut
  2. Dairy
  3. Cane Sugar
  4. Soy
  5. Citrus fruits
  6. Legumes (including peanuts) and bananas and melons
  7. Other grains – rice, quinoa
  8. Figs
  9. Canola oil
  10. Potatoes
  11. Almonds
  12. Green Cabbage
  13. Squash
  14. Grapes
  15. Pork
  16. Coffee

Less immune reactive (starting from most immune reactive to least)

  1. Plums
  2. Berries
  3. Peaches and nectarines
  4. Pears and apples
  5. Macadamia nuts (people seem to tolerate these better than other nuts)
  6. Avocado
  7. Red Cabbage
  8. Coconut flesh
  9. Black pepper
  10. Olives
  11. Greens – lettuce, arugula, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard
  12. Tea – peppermint and black
  13. Coconut oil and olive oil
  14. Fish
  15. Chicken
  16. Salt
  17. Beef
  18. Water


  • I can tolerate the minerals they add to sparkling water (potassium citrate, etc.)
  • I can take activated charcoal. I use this before I go to bed if I drink plus this.
  • I can drink vodka and bourbon and not suffer for too long afterward. I’ll be a bit stiff, and have a hangover, but that’s about it. Other alcohols have additives I react to.

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  1. We did a food sensitivity test for my son who was out of school for all of 8th grade throwing up and nobody could figure out why. The allergyy tests showed nothing, but the sensitivity tests came up with a really long list of weird and obscure foods, some of which he had only recently been introduced to because we tried eliminating dairy and wheat. I eliminated all the new list of foods (at least 20) and it made no difference to his health.

    This is only one data point, but the food sensitivity test was quite expensive ($1000?) and did nothing for us.

    After I let him have whatever he wanted again, he only wanted meat, flaming hot cheetos, and chocolate milk.

    For those who are hanging on for the rest of the story, we finally gave up on the medical community and he got better with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

  2. I found eggs and dairy to be the worst and they happen to be the foods I most like:-(. I wonder if there’s a connection between craving a food and it being bad for you.
    I found the best thing to do was go cold turkey on diary, eggs, gluten and sugar. I now just eat beef, fish, venison, lamb and vegetables (leafy ones and broccoli), blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. Coconut milk and fat is my main cooking substance…so not too bad a list I think. I may try reintroducing nightshades like peppers and see how I react….although I’m feeling so much better I’m almost reluctant to experiment on myself in case of set-back.

    1. If you are allergic to chicken eggs, you could try ducks eggs, which tend to be a lot less allergenic (and they are a lot more nutritious)

  3. I don’t see either honey or onions on the list. If it’s tolerated, honey is a really good sweetener for cocoa.

  4. Whole civilizations have arisen on grain, dairy and meat. Our larger brain size is due to an omnivore diet that has genetically modified out bodies for the better. Those who cannot absorb some of these food are either neurotic and/or genetically flawed.

    1. ‘One man’s meat is another man’s poison…’ …or something like that. There’s no point in eating something if your body can’t tolerate it whatever the reason – be it genetic, your biome or even psychosomatic.
      I’m lucky in that no food gives me a reaction as such but by eliminating refined carbs, I feel more alert and can control hunger pangs.
      Closing your mind to dietary factors in your wellbeing is intellectually flawed and dismissing others quest to feel better through dieting is psychopathic.

    2. Complete nonsense. Carbohydrate tolerance, for instance, varies wildly between ethnicities. Scandinavians for example have very poor starch carbohydrate with Finnish people believed to have none of the genes required to metabolise carbohydrates.

  5. Corn right up at number 7 with rice?

    Also, dates with figs?

    And the sugar. I am guessing refined beet sugar is only better by a hair vs. 3 (and might be beets in the 10-13 area). Probably no great improvement with coconut sugar, not with agave. And then there was honey. Please tell me if it’s raw, local, and organic honey, the pollen resistance can be a counterweight to–the fact that it’s sugar–and bump it out of the top six.

    Good things.

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