Dietary Dangers


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  1. Don’t eat commercially processed foods such as cookies, cakes, crackers, TV dinners, soft drinks, packaged sauce mixes, etc.
  2. Avoid all refined sweeteners such as sugar, dextrose, glucose and high fructose corn syrup.
  3. Avoid white flour, white flour products and white rice.
  4. Avoid all hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils.
  5. Avoid all vegetable oils made from soy, corn, safflower, canola or cottonseed.
  6. Do not use polyunsaturated oils for cooking, sauteing or baking.
  7. Avoid fried foods.
  8. Do not practice veganism; animal products provide vital nutrients not found in plant foods.
  9. Avoid products containing protein powders.
  10. Avoid pasteurized milk; do not consume lowfat milk, skim milk, powdered milk or imitation milk products.
  11. Avoid battery-produced eggs and factory-farmed meats.
  12. Avoid highly processed luncheon meats and sausage containing MSG and other additives.
  13. Avoid rancid and improperly prepared seeds, nuts and grains found in granolas, quick rise breads and extruded breakfast cereals, as they block mineral absorption and cause intestinal distress.
  14. Avoid canned, sprayed, waxed, bioengineered or irradiated fruits and vegetables.
  15. Avoid artificial food additives, especially MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and aspartame, which are neurotoxins. Most soups, sauce and broth mixes and commercial condiments contain MSG, even if not so labeled.
  16. Avoid caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee, tea and soft drinks. Avoid chocolate.
  17. Avoid aluminum-containing foods such as commercial salt, baking powder and antacids. Do not use aluminum cookware or aluminum-containing deodorants.
  18. Do not drink fluoridated water.
  19. Avoid synthetic vitamins and foods containing them.
  20. Do not drink distilled liquors.
  21. Do not use a microwave oven.

Jill Nienhiser has been a Weston A. Price Foundation member since 2001, and has provided web maintenance, editing, and proofreading support for westonaprice.org and realmilk.com for many years. She also helped launched the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund in 2007.

16 Responses to Dietary Dangers

  1. Larry Silverstein says:

    Shalom,
    I have reached old age consuming ALL those Dietry Dangers!
    Its amazing how stupid lists like this are, when they are directed blindly at everyone. You should have prefaced your article: For Those Who Are Young & Starting Out in Life – If it is possible & you have the means to do them, here is a list of things you should consider:

    Dietary Dangers

    • janet says:

      wow larry, maybe your dietry dangers are making you grouchy, since I switched I have never felt better. that is worth it to me. you probably don’t notice it. I didn’t until I switched. I will never go back.

  2. I agree with most of the items on this list, but I am baffled by a few. What is behind your prejudice against microwave cooking? It does less damage to food than other forms of cooking such as grilling or frying, and uses less energy. What do you have against caffeine, in moderate amounts? It helps me get through the morning. “Avoid pasteurized milk.” This is the only kind I can find where I live. Should I avoid all milk products? What’s wrong with synthetic vitamins? If it’s bioidentical, a vitamin is a vitamin. Most of the WP guidelines make perfect sense, but some of these rules seem arbitrary.

    • Daniel says:

      Microwave Cooking promotes hot spots within the food that destroys the enzyme content of the food. Food without enzymes is lifeless and difficult to digest.

    • Dawn Lancaster, DC says:

      There is really no such thing as a bioidentical vitamin. Synthetic vitamins are made in a laboratory chemically. The vitamins derived from food are actually complexes. Derived from once-living plants and animals, real food gives off photons of light which our bodies recognize. Because of this, very tiny amounts of genuine nutrients accomplish what chemicals cannot–even in high potency formulas.

      For example, a tablet of synthetic thiamine (B1) will not “cure” beriberi. Yet a quarter teaspoon of rice polishings would. The reason this is of note is that it would take 10 pounds of rice polishings to equal the milligrams of so-called thiamine in a typical high potency synthetic thiamine tablet. The body recognizes food-derived vitamin complexes as useful. The thiamine tablet is seen as a chemical to be eliminated. That’s why high amounts of synthetic vitamins are used (labeled as high potency on the label) in synthetic vitamin products. Huge amounts are needed to overcome the liver’s ability to clear them. It may also explain why synthetic high potency B vitamins may initially appear to rev up the body, but later seem to lose their energizing effects. High potency synthetic B vitamins act essentially in a pharmaceutical manner. The body goes on high alert to clear them as it would to clear toxins. Alternatively, the body must look for the missing elements from somewhere in the body to utilize them. In time, this creates imbalances as reserves decline. It also requires the liver and other organs to perform functions that they would not have to if only complete, food-derived nutrient complexes were present.

      I enjoy the occasional cup of organic coffee for the antioxidants. However, if you “require” caffeine to get you through the morning, it generally indicates that your body is not producing energy optimally. If you switch to natural food-derived vitamins (including food-derived B vitamins and food-derived minerals), you will likely find that caffeine stimulation is no longer necessary. While you didn’t mention minerals, there is a difference in those used in conjunction with synthetic vitamin products and those in food-derived products. Food sources are naturally chelated, ie, body-ready, which also saves body energy reserves.

      • grayce says:

        You must be talking about biophotons (photons from the sun absorbed by plants) which are low-level light waves emitted by cells of most living things. Our DNA is a major emitter (healthier people have higher emissions than the sick) as are truly wild grown plants. If you can’t get wild-grown, go organic. If you are looking to increase your biophoton intake, don’t cook your plant materials (leaves, roots, seeds…). Cooked and irradiated plant materials have virtually no measurable biophoton emissions.

  3. kiki boubay says:

    I went to the dentist last week and my regular dentist I found out has gone to another town to practice .. she was superb.
    They give me this guy last min who said he needed to fill a small cavity in front tooth .. I said ok . thinkng its a small job and I will allow him to do it then go to my real dentist next time cause she is awsome.
    He drilled away on the small cavity long story short I am two weeks now sice he did his horrible job on my Front tooth and I am seeing stars every min of the day. I AM SO SORRY THAT I LET AN UNKNOWN DENTIST DO MY TOOTH. now I am stuck
    he filled it and I would never go back to him … in pain every day so I ddid some reading on weston price and I am going to try to deaden the pain caused by this lunatic dentist . I hope it works and after only one day on the price program I feel a bit less pain so it looks to be a very great thing next week I am going to travel to get some raw milk to re enamel my teeth !

  4. Suzanne says:

    One thing you promote that is contrary to many of the alternative/functional health practitioners I follow is eating grains and pulses/legumes. They say that even after proper preparation, they are far in-superior to meat or other more nutrient dense comparatives being relatively low in bio-available nutrients – as the anti-nutirients they contain can only be partially reduced with soaking and cooking and also they contain toxic lectins which are harmful to gut lining? Why these 2 different perspectives?

  5. i eat some of the things we shouldnt but now that i know that we dont have to im gonna stop because it my cause lot of dangerous things

  6. Alesa says:

    I have recently began to folow,a more paleo oriented eating habit and just found your website, so far I love it. What is wrong with protien powder? Also, what do you suggest for calcium for someone that detests cows milk? I still consider uding milk for cslcium, but now switched to almond/coconut sparingly. Thank You…

    • Emily says:

      You can also get some calcium from bone broth. Also, work yourself up to drinking milk. Maybe start with just a tablespoon a day. Or if that’s too much start with a teaspoon! Make sure it’s grass fed raw milk.

  7. Dave says:

    Actually the so-called ‘antinutrients'(phytic acid and tannins) found in Whole grains and legumes can be considered BENEFICIAL to most people’s health in modern society! These ‘antinutrients’ block the absorbtion of some minerals like iron (copper and manganese too, I believe). And yes, these minerals are essential, but MOST people in industrialized nations get WAY too much of these certain minerals in their diet. Excess iron is EXTREMELY harmful to the body, causing oxidative damage among many other detrimental things. Minerals are essential, but overconsumption can be extremely harmful. That’s just one reason why giving blood is so beneficial to most people (except maybe an anemic individual). And I’m not saying all grains are healthy.. refined grains will wreak havoc on your blood glucose/sugar levels and such.. but (as long as you are not gluten intolerant or have Celiac disease) then whole grains (with the FIBER!) are NOT unhealthy! There’s a reason why legumes and grains have such a HIGH iron content, it’s to compensate for the amount of iron that is blocked when they are ingested. Its amazing how nature works!!

    • Mfon says:

      Sorry but like grains have non heme iron so its absorption is chicken soup compared to the iron in say beef. People get so many minerals because they take it as a supplement which is likely to exasperate a toxicity. Plant foods have these tannins and anti-nutrients because that is their defense mechanism to survive. These people have said that grains are not unhealthy but you are only going to receive its available nutrients by proper preparation.

  8. stef says:

    I’m sure avoiding all these dangerous foods is ideal, but what about the lack of joy and fun that comes from eating delicious food? Doesn’t the stress of depriving yourself of some of your favorite things in life harm your body as well??

    • Elena says:

      This is an idea that I struggle with as well! I stress myself out by trying to avoid common foods like white flour and pasteurized dairy and sugar. I often wonder if the stress is worse than the foods… Maybe it’s about mostly avoiding problematic foods but eating them when they will TRULY bring joy. If we eat mainly wholesome foods then that could be ok. Maybe!

      • GRH says:

        I agree. It is often said that a LITTLE of what you fancy does you good. I eat a good diet and grow what I can but I like the odd cream cake. We can become overly ‘righteous’ regarding food and drink to the point where it becomes an arduous religion with rules we cannot break – when we do we feel guilty and do some sort of penance. Such people are a bore to be with and are seldom happy, constantly saying their catechism, evangelising and condemning.

        In my opinion, life is to be enjoyed and appreciated and the way to do this is with balance.

        A balanced wheel spins with no vibration; an unbalanced one with vibration that has a knock-on effect to the bearings, the gears, the structure it is housed in until it shakes it down.

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