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Rich Food, Poor Food by Jayson and Mira Calton (2013): What to eat and foods to avoid

Rich Food Poor Food - book by Jayson Calton & Mira CaltonRich Food, Poor Food (2013) is a “grocery purchasing system (GPS)” to help you find healthy foods when you shop for groceries –

  • Choose fresh, local, unpasteurized, organic foods that have been raised naturally
  • Avoid unnatural ingredients and foods that deplete micronutrients
  • Avoid wheat

Get a copy of Rich Food, Poor Food for details of why certain foods are encouraged and discouraged, recommended brands and products, brands and products to avoid, and recipes for making your own “healthy” versions of foods

The reasoning behind Rich Food, Poor Food

This book argues that micronutrient deficiency is the most widespread and dangerous health condition of the 21st century, resulting from soil depletion, global food distribution, factory farming, and modern cooking and food processing methods. Whatever diet profile you follow, the ultimate goal should be to reach a micronutrient-sufficient state. The book aims to identify and help you avoid everyday micronutrient depleters, dangerous food additives, GMOs, and potentially problematic and sinister ingredients, and guide you towards natural, unprocessed, or minimally processed foods that are high in micronutrient content.

Rich Food, Poor Food diet plan – food list

Divide packaged food labels into three basic parts: The front (or “billboard”), the Nutrition Facts (often referred to as “the label”), and the all-important, but often overlooked, ingredient list. The fewer the ingredients, the better the food.

Dairy | Meat | Fish and seafood | Produce | Condiments | Grains | Baking | Snacks | General guidelines

Dairy aisle – milk

Dairy aisle – what to choose

  • Milk
    • Choose unpasteurized (raw) milk. Beware that unpasteurized milk can cause serious illness if not handled properly – make sure to inspect the cleanliness of the farm from which you buy it
    • Choose non-homogenized milk
    • Choose milk from grass-fed cows (note the term “pastured” is unregulated)
    • Choose organic milk
    • Choose opaque, light-blocking containers
    • Choose D3 if choosing a vitamin D fortified milk
    • Choose milk with high omega-3 content either from grass-fed cows or fortification. If fortified, choose a product that uses fish oil as its omega-3 source
    • Consider goat milk, or lactose-free milk, instead of regular cow’s milk if you have milk intolerance – note that for many people farm-fresh raw milk solves their milk issues
  • Non-dairy milks
    • Soy milk (the authors’ least favorite), rice milk, almond milk, hemp milk, and coconut milk
    • Choose organic
    • Choose BPA-free cartons and cans
  • Yogurt, Greek yogurt, and kefir
    • Choose homemade yogurts or kefirs from unpasteurized milk
    • Choose a product that contains live active cultures
    • Choose grass-fed and organic options
    • Choose yogurts with minimal ingredients
    • Remember that some companies that are not organic still use dairy that is rBGH/rBST and antibiotic free
  • Sour cream and cottage cheese
    • Choose organic
    • Choose non-homogenized
    • Choose foods that contain “living” or “active” cultures
  • Cheese
    • Choose organic cheeses
    • Choose unpasteurized cheese generally labeled as raw cheese
    • Choose grass-fed cheese
    • If not choosing organic cheese, choose cheese made from rBGH/rBST-free diary cows. Purchasing cheese made in Europe or Canada guarantees this
    • Choose block cheese, and cut, chop, and shred it yourself
  • Butter
    • Choose raw (unpasteurized) butter
    • Choose grass-fed butter
    • Choose organic butter
    • Choose butter from dairy cows that do not receive rBGH. (All Canadian and European butters do not contain this)
    • Make your own ghee / clarified butter
  • Eggs
    • Choose organic eggs or eggs purchased from a farm that follows the organic guidelines
    • Choose pastured eggs
    • Choose free-range or cage-free eggs when pastured aren’t possible
    • Choose eggs with high omega-3 content

Dairy aisle – what to avoid

  • Milk
    • Avoid flavored milks loaded with sugar and sugar substitutes – remember, even organic flavored milk beverages contain sugars and are best to avoid
    • Avoid carrageenan (suspect MSG thickener)
    • Avoid ultra-pasteurized dairy
  • Non-dairy milks
    • Avoid carrageenan, guar gum, and pectin
    • Avoid HFCS, evaporated cane juice, dextrose, brown rice syrup, and sugar
    • Avoid artificial flavors
  • Yogurt, Greek yogurt, and kefir
    • Avoid all forms of added sugars
    • Avoid starches and thickeners
    • Avoid artificial colors and flavors
    • Avoid products with added granolas, candy, and fruit mix-ins
  • Sour cream and cottage cheese
    • Avoid sweeteners, thickeners, and GMO ingredients
    • Avoid cottage cheese with fruit mix-ins
  • Cheese
    • Avoid cellulose, natamycin, potato starch, calcium sulphate, and any other additives labeled as anticaking or antimicrobial
    • Avoid MSG and EMD thickeners
  • Butter
    • Avoid GMO oil products masquerading as butter
    • Avoid spray and squeeze containers of butter
    • Avoid trans fats in stick margarines
    • Beware – ghee imported from India may contain unlabeled BHT, up to 2% of total content
  • Eggs
    • Avoid meaningless claims like natural, no hormones, and United Egg Producers Certified
    • Avoid all eggs that are not in shells, including all liquid or powdered eggs

Meat aisle

Meats include beef, bison, lamb, deer, goat, pork, etc. Poultry includes chicken, turkey, etc.

The authors recommend bone broth as “the original souperfood.”

Meat aisle – what to choose

  • Meat and poultry
    • Choose organic
    • Choose grass-fed and grass-finished ruminants and pastured poultry and pigs
    • Choose air-chilled chicken
    • Choose whole chickens to save money
    • Choose white meat that is fed a 100% vegetarian feed when purchasing conventional (non-organic) chicken
    • Choose to purchase grass-fed and grass-finished meats from local farmers in bulk to save money (e.g. 1/8 steer or ¼ pig)
    • Choose organic deli meats with the fewest ingredients
  • Hot dogs, brats, and sausage (and bacon)
    • Choose products made with grass-fed beef
    • Choose organic beef, chicken, pork, our turkey products
    • Choose organic when opting for vegetarian products

Meat aisle – what to avoid

  • Meat and poultry
    • Avoid products that add in extra water
    • Avoid animals raised inhumanely in factory farms / feedlots
    • Avoid MSG under all its aliases
    • Avoid sweeteners and all GMO additives (corn and soy)
    • Avoid charring your meat when cooking
  • Hot dogs, brats, and sausage (and bacon)
    • Avoid sugar, can juice, high fructose corn syrup HFCS, and agave syrup
    • Avoid MSG
    • Avoid preservatives (BHT, BHA, and synthetic nitrates or nitrites)
    • Avoid antibiotics and hormones
    • Avoid artificial flavors or colors
    • Avoid GMO ingredients, including soy, corn, canola oil, and tofu
    • Avoid added wheat, especially if you are gluten intolerant

Fish and seafood aisle

Fish and seafood – what to choose

  • Fish and seafood
    • Choose wild over farmed fish
    • Choose fatty cold-water fish (Alaskan salmon, anchovies, herring, sardines) for high omega-3
    • Choose line-caught (label may read troll caught or hook-and-line caught) fish
    • Choose farmed mollusks – they are fair game
    • Buy fish that is part of a sustainable fishing program like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
    • Best options: fatty cold-water fish (Alaskan salmon, anchovies, herring, sardines); wild rainbow trout (Lake Superior preferred); wild small line-caught albacore tuna; line-caught haddock; Atlantic mackerel; Alaskan King, Dungeness, Kona, and Florida stone crab; wild catfish; wild-caught spiny lobster; mussels; Pacific oysters; squid
  • Packaged / canned fish
    • Choose wild-caught tuna or salmon – troll-, pole-, or line-caught preferred
    • Choose tongol or skipjack as your “light” options
    • Choose smaller pole-caught albacore as your “white” option
    • Choose water packed or solid packed to avoid micronutrient loss
    • Choose BPA-free cans, glass jars, or pouches
    • Choose Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified sustainable products where available
    • Choose salmon salad as a nutritious alternative to tuna salad

Fish and seafood – what to avoid

  • Fish and seafood
    • Steer clear of oysters caught in the Gulf of Mexico
    • Be careful where lake fish were caught
    • Avoid farmed catfish from Southeast Asia, where the use of antibiotics is common
    • Avoid the larger predatory fish to reduce mercury intake
    • Avoid farmed salmon – always
    • Avoid eating species that are over-farmed
  • Packaged / canned fish
    • Avoid high-toxin bluefin and yellowfin tuna
    • Avoid added ingredients, including sugars and refined salts
    • Avoid artificial colors

Produce aisle

Watch the PLU codes on the little sticky labels on your produce. 4-digit codes starting with 3 or 4 mean conventionally grown; 5-digit codes starting with a 9 mean organic; 5-digit numbers starting with an 8 mean GMO

Produce aisle – what to choose

  • Choose local, organic if available
  • Choose organic whenever budget allows
  • Choose organic if buying any of the Terrible Twenty: apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries, potatoes, green beans, kale/collard greens, sweet corn (white and yellow)*, Hawaiian papayas*, zucchini*, yellow crookneck squash*, cherries, hot peppers. Take special care with produce marked * as they are quite often GMO
  • Choose produce from the broadest range of colors
  • Choosing frozen or canned produce is an option when produce is not in season or was grown far from your home
  • Choose BPA-free packaging
  • Eating naturally fermented produce such as kimchi, sauerkraut, cortido, or just about anything pickled is recommended to help digestion

Produce aisle – what to avoid

  • Avoid added ingredients, including sugar, coloring, and refined sodium
  • Avoid bacteria, pesticide residue, and wax by washing all produce, whether preparing with or without skin

Condiments aisle

Condiments aisle – what to choose

  • Mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and horseradish sauce
    • Choose to make your own mayonnaise, tartar, and horseradish with Rich Food ingredients
    • Choose organic
    • Choose olive oil and/or coconut oil
  • Ketchup and mustard
    • Make your own ketchup
    • Choose organic
  • Salsa and guacamole
    • Choose organic salsa
    • Choose to make homemade guacamole
  • Salad dressing
    • Choose to make your own salad dressings with Rich Food ingredients
    • Choose organic
    • Choose organic cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • Nut butter and jelly
    • Choose organic nut butters
    • Choose sprouted nut butter if available
    • Choose organic fruit spreads or preserves from fruits not on the Terrible Twenty (apples, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, blueberries, Hawaiian papayas, cherries)
  • Pancake syrup
    • Choose to make homemade berry syrup (no sugar, sweetened with stevia)
    • Choose 100% maple syrup for special occasions if you aren’t concerned about sugar content

Condiments aisle – what to avoid

  • Mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and horseradish sauce
    • Avoid sugars
    • Avoid canola oil, soybean oil, and sunflower oil
  • Ketchup and mustard
    • Avoid sugars
    • Avoid irradiated spices
    • Avoid non-organic vinegar
  • Salsa and guacamole
    • Avoid added sugars and artificial colors
  • Salad dressing
    • Avoid sugars
    • Avoid canola, soybean, and sunflower oil
    • Avoid MSG, added colors, thickeners, and preservatives
  • Nut butter and jelly
    • Avoid sugars
    • Avoid nut spreads with added oils
  • Pancake syrup
    • Avoid syrups with long lists of Poor Food ingredients

Grains aisle

Grains aisle – what to choose

  • Cereal
    • Choose other breakfast options over cereal
    • Choose high-protein breakfasts
    • Choose low sugar content
    • Choose buckwheat, quinoa, millet, flax, hemp, and amaranth – and preferably soak/sprout them. Note that millet is highly goitrogenic
    • Choose organic
  • Bread
    • Choose lettuce for wraps
    • Choose wheat-free options
  • Pasta and sauce
    • Choose zughetti (spiraled zucchini)
    • Choose organic pasta that is wheat free
    • Choose organic tomato sauce
    • Choose pasta sauce in opaque glass jars
    • Choose to cook your own quick pasta sauces
  • Rice and beans
    • Choose organic rice and beans
    • Choose to ferment/sprout rice and beans
    • Choose white rice over brown rice
    • Choose BPA-free cans of beans or beans in bags

Grains aisle – what to avoid

  • Cereal
    • Avoid GMO corn and corn sugars (E.g. high fructose corn syrup HFCS)
    • Avoid wheat
    • Other grains should also be avoided – kamut, spelt, oats, rice, corn. Because they are high in carbohydrates, they still increase blood sugar. Soaking, sprouting or souring these grains will reduce their phytic acid content but will not eliminate it entirely
  • Bread
    • Avoid breads that contain ingredients on the Top 10 Ingredients in Bread to Avoid List:
    • (1) All wheat (even whole grain or sprouted)
    • (2) sugar and sugar substitutes (including high fructose corn syrup HFCS, dextrose, maltodextrin, aspartame, sucralose, honey, evaporated cane sugar, agave nectar)
    • (3) trans fats (including partially hydrogenated oils and mono and diglycerides)
    • (4) soybean oil and/or canola oil (GMO alert)
    • (5) MSG or any of its aliases
    • (6) Potassium bromate
    • (7) Azodicarbonamide
    • (8) soy lecithin (GMO alert)
    • (9) DATEM (diacetyl tartaric acid esters of monoglycerides)
    • (10) artificial colors and preservatives
  • Pasta and sauce
    • Avoid wheat pasta
    • Avoid pasta sauce that contains sugar
    • Avoid pasta sauce with non-organic irradiated spices
  • Rice and beans
    • Avoid eating too much beans and rice – they’re high in carbohydrates
    • Avoid eating more than 2 servings of rice per week to limit arsenic exposure
    • Avoid adding Poor Food ingredients in your rice and bean mixes

Baking aisle

Baking aisle – what to choose

  • Sweeteners
    • Choose pure stevia extract to sweeten
    • Choose organic coconut sugar, organic raw honey, or sugar alcohols as secondary substitutes for sugar
  • Flour
    • Choose alternate flours such as coconut flour, almond flour, buckwheat flour, and flax meal
  • Oil
    • Choose coconut oil or palm oil for high-temperature heating and frying
    • Choose grass-fed organic butter as replacement for oil when possible
    • Choose cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil or cold pressed nut and seed oils for salads and sauces
  • Vinegar
    • Choose organic vinegar with low sugar content
  • Soy sauce
    • Choose only organic, gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • Cocoa
    • Choose organic unsweetened cocoa
  • Spices
    • Choose organic spices
    • Recommended herbs and spices: dill, tarragon, oregano, bay leaf, rosemary, sage, cayenne, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric (favorite)
  • Vanilla
    • Choose pure (not imitation) vanilla extract with no sugar added
  • Salt
    • Choose unrefined sea salt
  • Pepper
    • Choose organic pepper

Baking aisle – what to avoid

  • Sweeteners (see Sinister Sugar Substitutes below for more details, under General – Ingredients to avoid)
    • Avoid all sugars, e.g. agave nectar, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, caramel, crystalline fructose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, syrup
    • Avoid high fructose corn syrup HFCS, also known as corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn sugar
    • Avoid artificial sweeteners including sucralose, acesulfame potassium, aspartame, neotame, and saccharine
  • Flour
    • Avoid grain-based flours, especially wheat flour
  • Oil
    • Avoid throwing away the fat after cooking quality meats – retain it for later use
    • Avoid clear glass containers for oil
    • Avoid all man-made, highly processed vegetable oils, including corn oil, soybean oil / soy oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, safflower oil, and cottonseed oil
  • Vinegar
    • Avoid clear glass containers for vinegar
  • Soy sauce
    • Avoid highly processed soy sauce, soy sauce containing wheat
  • Cocoa
    • Avoid sweetened cocoa
  • Spices
    • Avoid irradiated spices
  • Vanilla
    • Avoid added sugar
  • Salt
    • Avoid white table salt

Snacks aisle

Snacks aisle – what to choose

  • Nuts and seeds
    • Choose soaked/sprouted nuts and seeds
    • Eat them in moderation as they are calorie-dense
  • Chips
    • Choose chips cooked in palm oil, coconut oil, or olive oil
  • Cookies
    • Choose organic chips when the bases are on the Terrible Twenty list of high-pesticide produce
    • Choose sea vegetables / seaweed for a micronutrient-rich alternative
  • Ice cream
    • Choose organic ice cream to avoid growth hormones and antibiotics in dairy
  • Chocolates
    • Choose sugar-free dark chocolate

Snacks aisle – what to avoid

  • Chips
    • Chips cooked in vegetable oil, soybean oil, canola oil, or other oils that are likely GMO
  • Cookies
    • Avoid cookies that contain wheat, sugar, or vegetable oils
  • Ice cream
    • Avoid ice cream made with conventional dairy
    • Avoid ice cream containing sugars
    • Avoid ice cream containing “natural flavors”
  • Chocolates
    • Avoid chocolate made with sugar and high fructose corn syrup

Beverage aisle

Beverage aisle – what to choose

  • Soda
    • Choose soda without the ten Poor Food ingredients: sugar; high fructose corn syrup HFCS; caramel color and other artificial colors; phosphoric acid; artificial flavors; sodium benzoate; brominated vegetable oil; artificial sweeteners; calcium disodium EDTA; high levels of acid (citric acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, etc.) – most soda has a very acidic pH level of 2
  • Energy and sports drinks
    • Choose coffee and tea as natural energy
    • Choose unsweetened coconut water as a natural sports drink alternative
  • Juice
    • Choose 100% pure juice not from concentrate without any added ingredients
    • Eat whole fruit instead
  • Coffee and tea
    • Choose organic fair trade coffees and teas
    • Teas include: pu’erh, black (including Earl Grey), oolong, green, white, herbal tea, yerba mate
  • Water
    • Choose water in safe plastic bottles or glass bottles
    • Choose a good water filter for your home if needed
  • Flavored and vitamin waters
    • Choose flavored waters with just water and natural flavors
  • Coconut water
    • Choose fresh coconut water, and drink it in moderation as it can spike insulin

Beverage aisle – what to avoid

  • Soda
    • Avoid sodas containing the ten Poor Food ingredients (listed above)
  • Energy and sports drinks
    • Avoid energy and sports drinks
  • Juice
    • Avoid processed juices
    • Avoid drinking juice regularly – it should only be consumed occasionally
  • Flavored and vitamin waters
    • Avoid flavored waters with added Poor Food ingredients
    • Avoid drink mix packets with added artificial colors and sweeteners
  • Coconut water
    • Avoid sugar-laden coconut water concoctions


Everyday Micronutrient Depleters (EMDs) – choices to make

This book makes suggestions based on foods that avoid these five everyday micronutrient depleters:

  • Travel time and storage
    • The longer or further your food travels to your table, the fewer micronutrients it delivers
    • Choose local (and preferably also organic) foods
  • Unnatural feed and environment
    • Animals given feed that is unnatural to their species and/or that live in overcrowded factory farm conditions are less nutritious than those raised on smaller, family-run farms and fed their natural diets
    • Choose grass-fed beef and dairy products, wild-caught fish, pastured chickens and eggs
  • Pasteurization
    • The pasteurization of dairy reduces micronutrient content while denaturing the proteins
    • Cold pasteurization, known as irradiation, which typically affects produce, spices, and meats, also diminishes vitamins and minerals while creating dangerous, health-hindering “free radicals” that contribute to many degenerative diseases
    • Choose unpasteurized (raw) dairy and organic non-dairy foods
  • Freezing and canning
    • Fresh is only more micronutrient-dense than frozen or canned if it is very fresh (local or regional)
    • Choose fresh and local food, or foods picked at the peak of ripeness for flash-freezing or canning (in BPA-free cans)
  • Peeling and cooking methods
    • Leave the skin on organic or well-washed vegetables to maximize micronutrients
    • Leave foods whole (uncut) until just before serving to reduce oxidation and micronutrient loss
    • Cook foods minimally, and when possible avoid reheating meals to prevent a reduction in their vitamin and mineral levels
    • Avoid premade, microwaveable, and even grocery-store-prepared items

Specific ingredients to avoid or limit

  • Everyday Micronutrient Depleters (EMDs) to avoid or limit because of their effect on micronutrients
    • Sugars, e.g. agave nectar, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, caramel, crystalline fructose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, syrup
    • High fructose corn syrup HFCS, also known as corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn sugar
    • Phytic acid / phytates – found in numerous healthy fruits and vegetables in acceptable amounts, but in excess in nuts, seeds, and grains, especially whole grains
    • Oxalic acid / oxalates – found in seeds, nuts, spinach, beans, collard greens, potatoes, artichokes, squash, wheat bran, quinoa, beets, soy products
    • Caffeine – found in coffees and teas, chocolate, hot cocoa, chocolate ice creams, energy drinks
    • Alcohol, e.g. wine, wine coolers, beer, champagne, hard liquor, hard cider, grain alcohol
    • Phosphoric acid – found in soda, flavored waters, some foods
    • Tannins – found in red wine, tea, berries, fruit juices, spices, and nuts
  • Sinister Sugar Substitutes (SSS) to avoid
    • These foods don’t rob you of micronutrients but they can be just as detrimental to your health:
    • Sucralose – also known as Splenda, Sukrana, SucraPlus, Candys, Cukren, Nevella, E955
    • Acesulfame potassium – also known as Acesulfame K, Sunett, Sweet One, E950
    • Aspartame – also known as NutraSweet, Equal, AminoSweet, Canderel, Spoonful, Equal-Measure, E951
    • Neotame – aspartame with a new name, E961
    • Saccharine – also known as Sweet’N Low, Sugar Twin, E954
  • Counterfeit colors to avoid
    • Citrus red 2
    • Blue #1 (E133) and Blue #3 (E132)
    • Red #3 (E127) and Red #40 (E129)
    • Yellow #5 (aka Tartrazine, E102)
    • Yellow #6 (E110)
  • Hidden ingredients to avoid
    • MSG – when foods are listed as “hydrolyzed,” “protein-fortified,” “ultra-pasteurized,” “fermented,” or “enzyme modified,” they are often synonymous with MSG, as free glutamic acid is created during processing. Aliases that contain MSG include glutamic acid, glutamate, autolyzed yeast, autolyzed yeast protein, yeast extract, textured protein, monopotassium glutamate, calcium glutamate, monoammonium glutamate, magnesium glutamate, sodium caseinate, hydrolyzed corn, yeast food, carrageenan, pectin, soy sauce, natural flavors
    • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – found in 80% of packaged foods in the US. Percentages of crops grown in the US that are GMO: soy 93%, cotton 93, canola 90%, corn 86%, sugar beets 95%, Hawaiian papaya 80%, also some zucchini and crookneck squash. Avoid at-risk ingredients and their derivatives: soy (soybean oil, soy protein, soy lecithin, vegetable oil), corn (corn oil, HFCS, maltodextrin, cornstarch), canola or rapeseed (canola oil), sugar from sugar beets, cotton (cottonseed oil), zucchini, crooked neck squash, Hawaiian papayas, conventional dairy, meat, and farm-raised fish (most conventional factory-farmed animals eat GMO food)
    • Ingredients that have been banned in other countries: Olestra (aka Olean), brominated vegetable oil (aka BVO), potassium bromate (aka bromated flour), azodicarbonamide, butylated hydroxyanisole / E320 / BHA, butylated hudroxytoluene / E321 / BHT, dairy produced with rBGH
    • Other ingredients that may have unwanted health risks: ammonium sulfate, sodium benzoate, potassium benzoate, bisphenol-A/BPA, caramel coloring, carrageenan, ethylenediaminetetracetic acid / disodium EDTA, guar gum, pectin, sodium nitrite, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, monoglyceride, diglyceride, sulfites (sodium sulfite, sulfur dioxide, sodium bisulfite, calcium sulfite)
  • Packaging guidelines
    • Look for products labeled BPA-free
    • Choose glass, porcelain, or stainless steel containers over aluminum or plastic bottles, cans, and containers
    • Don’t choose plastic bottles that have the numbers 3 or 7 recycling symbols on the bottom. Number 6 is dangerous as well, but for different reasons
    • Never microwave in plastic containers
    • Never wash or reuse plastic containers not labeled as BPA free (e.g. ribbed bottles or water containers)
    • Reduce your use of canned goods unless they are labeled BPA free
  • Misleading Misfits – be aware of these labels as they’re not always what they seem
    • “Natural” and “fresh”
    • “Made with” or “contains”
    • “Healthy”
    • “Made with organic”

Health benefits claimed in Rich Food, Poor Food

The diet in this book claims to reduce the risks for: acid reflux/heartburn/GERD, ADD/ADHD/hyperactivity, allergies, anxiety, arthritis, brain fog, cancer, depression, diabetes, diarrhea, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, compromised immunity, infertility, inflammation, insulin resistance, intestinal disease, irritability, migraines, overweight/obesity, schizophrenia; also accelerated aging

As always, this is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. Consult your doctor before starting a new diet. This page describes what the authors of the diet recommend – Chewfo is describing the diet only, not endorsing it.

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