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 6, even better. I would say the first 12 items really bothered me, but not as bad as the first 6. 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. Plums
  16. Berries
  17. Peaches and nectarines
  18. Pears and apples
  19. Macadamia nuts (people seem to tolerate these better than other nuts)
  20. Avocado
  21. Red Cabbage
  22. Coconut flesh
  23. Black pepper
  24. Olives
  25. Greens – lettuce, arugula, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard
  26. Tea – peppermint and black
  27. Coconut oil and olive oil
  28. Fish
  29. Chicken
  30. Salt
  31. Beef
  32. Water

Things I don’t know/really have an opinion about:

  • Coffee – from what I’ve read, as long as you get high-quality coffee it doesn’t seem to be nearly as bad as some of these foods. I don’t really have an opinion on this. People seem to feel better without it if they’re sensitive. Dad had a bad reaction to it.
  • Pork – This seems to depend on the person.
  • Cocao – I tried to reintroduce this, pure. It didn’t seem to bother me that much, but completely got rid of my appetite. Plus it’s not thatttt tasty without the sugar anyway.


  • 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.
  • 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.


Join the Conversation


  1. Hi Mikhail, I just saw you on Depression to Expression, and heard you mention sever allergies to outside and all. I am really allergic to dust, snow molds, pine trees etc, so spring is really hard on me. I got a IQ Air purifier and for the first time in years and years and after 3 weeks not, I have to say that it is keeping me out of bed, because I usually can hardly function.

  2. A plant-based diet is the only one which has shown to reverse heart blockages and cancer.

    There is no other diet on the Planet, which can say this.

    Cancer risk is increased with the IGN from Meat.

    Here is a link to the results of the study.


    Whole grain plant-based is not Vegan.

    Plant-based is:

    – No Refined Sugar.

    – No Processed Food.

    – No Meat, Eggs or Dairy.

    – No oil.

    – Limited nuts.

    Many vegans eat fast food, soda, and other nasties. Which is not a healthy diet.

    1. Was Weston Price the dentist from the 1930’s right?

      Was a diet formulated based on the analysis of teeth of people from 3rd world countries?

      I tend to read the studies of modern medicine. The Western Price has a business which is related to selling and promoting Meat-based diets.

  3. Why is red and green cabbage so bad? And why almonds of all the different nuts? Also bananas and melons grouped with legumes confuses me.

    I totally agree thought with most of the good and bad foods, and on why vegans feels better after adopting their diet.

    1. I agree, actually green cabbage has more Oligos than red cabbage and that’s why it’s worse. Almonds are among the nuts with higher content of oligos. And Bananas (ripe) Oligos, as well.

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