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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.

Join the Conversation


  1. I laughed so hard at the list of foods from worst to best.
    Thank you for making my day. Fruits nuts etc are supposed to be the worst while beef etc the best. LMFAO.
    For your information, for thousands of years it’s been a known fact that peanuts is a diet in and of itself due to its nutritional makeup. On the other side it’s also a fact that if you eat another mammal, you are going to create a lot of imbalances in the body and you won’t be on this planet for too long since humans are mammals and the human body has a very hard time breaking down the energetic and genetic makeup of another mammal and make it its own. Plus meat remains in the system for at least a good 12 hours therefore it ruts. Rotten food is not digested properly and whatever is in it that made you eat it in the first place won’t really be used by the body since it simply wants to get rid of it due to excessive bacterial activity.
    But I am extending my love to you. It wasn’t meant to be an insult. But the amount of misinformation on the internet is mind boggling.

    1. I remember watching a lecture a while back by a man advocating for a vegan diet, and the long digestive system of the human being was one thing he pointed out.
      I have read in the book “eating alive” that the digestive system gets into either an acidic or alkaline environment depending on what you eat – Acidic for proteins to help break them down, and alkaline for carbs. Something like that.
      I believe consistently eating only one kind of natural food could most definitely get the guts into a digestive rhythm, and I doubt the meat would sit around long enough to rot and become carcinogenic. As far as I know most beef is aged anyways, becoming somewhat fermented and so partially broken down, and then it’s cooked which makes it even easier to eat, so it’s not the same kind of impact as fresh, raw meat that wild carnivores eat.
      When someone is talking about a food experimentation that they’ve personally tried and feel healthier on, it’s pretty rude to have such a judgemental attitude. Humans have developed different gut systems all across the world, and now that we’re so mixed up there are absolutely going to be people who can’t eat the same diet as others. If you feel good eating fruits and nuts then that’s great, but some people legitimately get ill on that kind of stuff. Some people get ill on meat – I have a friend who can’t eat beef or any cow products. I personally feel great when I eat lots of meat, and I’m beginning to notice that I feel bad when I eat tomatoes. All different.
      And you say that “it’s a known fact” that peanuts are a diet in and of themselves…ok, but given that so many people are deathly allergic to them, it stands to reason that many people may be sensitive to them. Just because they’re rich in compounds doesn’t mean they’re for everyone. Actually, every single thing you list as a “fact” is just your opinion, and you might want to be more conservative with that word.

    2. And I guess we developed shoulders capable of throwing sharp objects at 80+ miles an hour just for recreation right? or was it to hunt those pesky peanuts. People are different based on their genetic makeup and can tolerate different foods. It’s just that meat seems to be the least alergenic to the least amount of people.

    3. Error … peanuts have been discovered in south America, that would be after Colombus found it less than 500 years ago so forget about your “thousands of years” buddy.

    4. You literally could not be more wrong. Do some research – meat liquifies in the intestines.

    5. Your post made me laugh out loud, i.e., “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones”.

  2. I did not laugh so hard when I read it.
    It was one person (the creator of this blog that no one is forced to visit) sharing their personal experience, and I appreciated it.
    I eat peanut butter regularly and haven’t noticed any problems. That’s me, currently.
    MM, how about you share what works for you?

  3. Very intetesting. But what about all the vitamins minerals and enzymes that you get from healthy fruits and vegetables? How do you get enough vitamins minerals and enzymes from just eating a carnivorous diet?

    1. I was wondering the same thing. How does one get all the necessary vitamins and nutrients that the body needs just by eating a carnivore diet? For example, I’ve been on a low-carb diet since last May (lost over 40 pounds), but I was always experiencing severe headaches on and off, hair loss, and not to mention the fatigue that comes with eating a low-carb diet. I’m really amazed at how this can be done without experiencing all these side effects?

  4. Mellissa, when you mention the side affect of fatigue, I can relate On very low carb, my aches and pains disappear and my mood is lifted, however, I still experience a lack of energy and a often dizzyness. Constipation is another problem. When I reintroduce rice and oatmeal, those symptoms go away. Not sure what’s happening.

    1. Maybe you and Melissa are just not consuming enough calories? I had those symptoms under the low-carb diet (headaches, fatigue, dizzyness), they disappered as I started consuming more calories (protein and fat). Eating regullarly, not skiping meals, and having enough sleep where key steps as well.

  5. Since allergies aren’t an issue for me, I keep it simple. Just avoid all high glycemic index foods. They make you get fat and sick.

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