Foods to Avoid, Foods to Enjoy
This is one of the newest pages that I have added to the Website.
Much of this information has been on the site for years but has been buried deep in the sections that have required tedious
scrolling to find them. Thankfully, a Website upgrade has changed all of that. So, here are the lists of foods rich in glutamate/aspartate
and those that are lower in these two non-essential, neurostimulating amino acids that we are restricting in the excitotoxin-related
First of all, Here are a couple of great sites for looking up
the nutritional profiles of food, including their glutamate and aspartate
content. The newest and most comprehensive that I have found to date is http://www.foodcomp.dk/fcdb_alphlist.asp. Another is http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php . In the latter, simply click on the food you are inquiring about, then scroll down
toward the bottom of the page until you see the chart in the Nutritional Profile section. There is a
click-on link after that chart (just above the References section) that reads "In Depth Nutritional
Profile for (chosen food)" . Click on that link and then just scroll done to the aspartate
and glutamate listings. Make note of the serving size at the top of the chart so that you'll be making an accurate
comparison. You will quickly see the huge
difference between the glutamate/aspartate content of healthy fruits/vegetables versus items such soy, wheat, barley,
and the bean family (with the exception of green beans).
For example, recently my wife started eating peanuts and raisins as
a late night television snack. Almost immediately, she started having very restless sleep and was complaining about soreness
in her muscles and back. A quick trip to the chart showed very high levels of glutamate and asparate in peanuts.
I'm just glad that my canine patients don't eat peanut butter and
jelly sandwiches and down it with a big glass of milk like our ADHD kids do. Let's see: wheat bread (with gliadorphins
and plenty of glutamate and aspartate), peanut butter (LOTS more glutamate and asparate), jelly ("sugar
gel"), and all of it washed down with cow milk (casomorphins and plenty of glutamate. Oh yeah. Don't forget the arachadonic
acid for you pain sufferers).
Hmmmm..... It does all make sense, doesn't it?
Foods rich in glutamate and aspartate:
1) Grains: Wheat, barley, and oats are highest.
Corn and rice are lower than the previous three but higher than potatoes.
2) Dairy Products: All Cheeses (cheddar,
Swiss, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, PARMESAN) are very high. Casein is very concentrated in cheese and is 20% glutamic
acid by composition.
3) Beans: Soy, Pinto, lima, black,
navy, and lentils
4) Seeds: Sunflower, pumpkin, etc.
5) Peanuts: Very high, as are cashews, pistachios,
and almonds. I have more detailed charts on the site to show exact values for the various nuts. Everything in moderation
applies when eating nuts of any kind. So, I do not recommend you reach for nuts when you are really hungry unless you can
stop after a few. Nuts are very good for you..in moderation. For example, seven almonds a day gives you what you need .
6) Diet drinks: Primary source of aspartate
7) Prepared foods, soups: 70% of prepared
foods and many soups have MSG
8) Meats: Note: All meats are naturally rich
in glutamate and aspartate. Lamb (and eggs) are the lowest, while rabbit and turkey are the highest.
However, I believe that the amount in a normal serving of
meat should not be enough to cause problems. I think that it is all of the other "unnatural" sources when combined
with the meats that are causing the problems. Again, the main reasons why the "big 4"- gluten (wheat, barley, rye), dairy,
soy and corn- are so harmful are, not only are they rich in glutamate, but they do harm to intestinal villi inducing
malabsorption of nutrients and then shower the body with their inflammatory lectins once absorbed by the body. It is the combination
of these effects that make the "big 4" so detrimental in seizures.
Meats (and tree nuts) do not have these other harmful effects.
But there are individuals whose neurons are so diseased and overly-sensitized to glutamate that their meat protein intake
should be restricted to some degree until they and their brains are healthier. I have now had cases of canine
epilepsy that required some restriction of animal protein in order to halt their seizures. But this should be
a temporary requirement, with a return to normal levels being accomplished once an individual is off the "big 4"
One of my newest concerns is the presence of glutamate in the flesh
of grain-fed animals, especially chickens, turkeys, and cattle. This is s topic of discussion on the celiac forums
and we are now believing that this is a real concern and could explain why some celiacs are not responding to elimination
diets. Catfish are also grain fed.
The fact is that 60-70% of the American Diet is wheat and dairy (with
heavy emphasis on cheese). This combined with the amount of artificial sweeteners being consumed and the addition of
SOY has led this country into an epidemic of pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia. Epilepsy is definitely on the rise
in pets and the combination of wheat and soy in pet foods is playing a huge role. I am seeing first time epileptic dogs within
three weeks of starting such diets.
Food low in glutamate and asparate:
4) Lamb and eggs are relatively low.
5) Tree nuts (e.g. pecans, walnuts, macadamias) NOTE:
These are relatively low when compared to peanuts and cashews. I have more detailed charts on the
site to show exact values. Pecans, for example, have half the amount of glutamate that peanuts have but that is still quite
a bit. Again, everything in moderation applies when eating nuts of any kind. I do not recommend you reach for nuts
when you are really hungry unless you can stop after a few. Nuts are very good for you..in moderation. 7 almonds a day gives
you what you need .
Now, for the GOOD news:
On these dietary restrictions, I just want to make one thing very
clear. We are restricting the level of glutamate and aspartate in the diet because the neurons of the brain
(and their associated supportive cells called glial cells, or astrocytes) are diseased and cannot handle the high levels of
this non-essential, neurostimulating amino acid in our typical diet. By eating what has become the Standard American Diet
(S.A.D.), we are absolutely bombarding our brain with these “excitotoxins” in the form of grains, dairy, soy,
and the rest.
But, it is the fact that the brain is unhealthy that
explains why we are seeing the syndromes such as epilepsy, ADHD, insomnia, fibromyalgia, and various neurodegenerative diseases.
I need to reemphasize this point for a number of reasons but mainly to establish why a person would develop one of these conditions
and another not while eating the same foods. There must be something that distinguishes that person from the other…and
there is…there always is. These things are covered elsewhere on the Website, but this might be a good time to
check out my newest section, Viruses-Friend or Foe?
Here’s the point: When we are in the throws of one of the excitotoxin-related
disorders, we need to reduce our consumption of the foods rich in these amino acids as much as possible. Doing so places a
big Band-Aid on the situation and yields notable and often remarkable results in a short period of time. Dogs have stopped
seizing in 24 hours. I felt noticeably better in four days. My fibromyalgia was improved in less than a week and gone
in a month.
The phenomenal thing is that the long-term recovery also comes
from the same diet. The principle reason this disease-producing cycle was set into motion to begin with was the damage effects
of the “big 4” (gluten, casein, soy, and corn) on the intestinal villi and their ability to absorb vital nutrients.
This combined with the showering of the body with exctotoxins, allergens, lectins, estrogens, and other substances from these
same foods sets us up for the disease states that follow. Once the immune system starts to suffer from the same process, we
are pretty much done.
The good news (yes, there is some good news) is that
once we are off the “big 4” long enough, the process does reverse. Imagine the benefits of your body properly
absorbing the calcium, iron, iodine, B complex, vitamin C, and trace minerals it so desperately needs. Imagine a brain, liver,
and entire body that is getting what it needs to repair and thrive and in an environment free of the top four human, dog,
and cat food allergens (cow milk, wheat, soy, and corn), which are also providing major quantities of allergens, damaging
lectins, estrogens, depressants (casomorphins/gliadomorphins), and excitotoxins. Do you think you might just start feeling
But there’s more good news (and this is the main reason
for placing this information here on this page). Once you have recovered…your brain, liver, and immune system are back
to normal or close to it…then you can go back to eating some of those sources of glutamate and aspartate that are not
one of the “big 4”. Again, the reason for the more severe restriction of these other foods was to place a Band-Aid
on the situation- to provide relief for your ailing brain and liver (which regulates the glutamate in the bloodstream) by
reducing the load of these potentially harmful neuroactive amino acids on these unhealthy organs. Once the nervous system
and liver have recovered, most of us can go back to eating the nuts, seeds, beans, and meats that we were limiting
in the beginning.
Just remember- "Everything in moderation". Some individuals will
recover to such a degree that they could go back to eating all of the peanuts, lima beans, and steak they want without experiencing
a seizure, pain episode, or bad night's sleep. BUT, most will fall into a category somewhere in between this level of recovery
and where they were to start with, depending on several secondary factors, such how much we cheat with the "big 4", our age,
local pollution, and more. And after all, loading up on peanuts is not good for anyone. (All you need is about 6 peanuts
or almonds to get all that you need from them for the day. BUT, who does that???) Similarly, we do not need the cowboy-sized
serving of steak they throw at us at your favorite restaurant. (I have to keep telling myself that.)
So, please do not think that I am saying you cannot eat any of the
foods on the glutamate-rich list ever again. The formal name of the diet is the glutamate-aspartate restricted diet.
That is a relative term, with some individuals requiring a more severe restriction than others. But when it comes to the "big
4", I use the term elimination. If you are gluten, casein, soy, and/or corn intolerant, elimination is the key
to your optimal recovery. These are the guys that set us up for all of this mess. That is why I now "lovingly" call them the
four horsemen of the apocalypse. The effects they can have on man and animals is potentially catastrophic and hopefully
the reader now has a much better idea of why I have dedicated my life to this mission.
I hope this helps.
Another Good Listing of Healthy Foods
From http://pals2u.tripod.com/, where Jay has accumulated some GREAT information.
"Try to consume these foods as often as possible because they
contain the important essential fatty acids (EFA's) / antioxidants / nutrients / fiber that help prevent most human diseases:
- Carlson's Fish Oil or any Pharmaceutical grade Fish Oil (Be certain to buy Lemon flavored for taste! Try mixing 50% with Udo's Oil Blend)
- Udos Choice Blend Oil (For Vegetarians. Next to Carlson's it's the best)
- Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Unrefined
Canola Oil (Buy raw in can type, Guess what? Olives are fruits)!
- Black Mission Figs (Fruit richest in soluble & insoluble
fiber- no preservatives)
- Flax/Chia/Sesame Seed (Release nutrients with coffee grinder
and eat immediately with whole frains- Quinoa, Oat Groats, Buckwheat Groats)
- Goat Milk/Yogurt (Good bacteria & 13% richer in calcium
- Free Range Eggs (eggs derived from uncaged chickens, eggs have
little saturated fat and are higher in omega 3 that eat a flax based diet)
- Chlorella or Dulse Seaweed (Nutrient rich & flushes metals like Mercury,
- Organic Herb Lettuce Cuttings (If iodine intolerant skip the
- Bok Choy/Red & White/Cabbage/Sprouts (Nutrient dense food)
- Pumpkin/Carrots/Sweet Potato/Butternut Squash (Beta Carotene Rich)
- Organic Black/Pinto/kidney Beans/ Basmati Brown Rice
- Broccoli/Cauliflower/Asparagus/Brussels Sprouts (Try
- Red-Orange-Yellow Sweet Bell Peppers (Rich in antioxidants - red
is the best)
- Pink Grapefruit/Orange/Lemon/Limes (Eat whole grapefruit & oranges, juice lemoms/ limes
with other vegetables and add fish/flax oil)
- Garlic/Onions/leeks/Scallions (Sulpher rich foods-Use Parsley or Cilantro for
- Fresh or Canned Salmon/Sardines (Alaskan Wild is one of
the best sources of EFA's)
- Avocado (Healthy monounsaturated fat / shock
full of vitamins -replace saturated fat)
- Tomato Sauce (Cooking provides more Lycopene, also eat fresh
- Skinless Chicken Breast (Safest are the free range/drug
free lean type)
(Extremely rich in antioxidents)
- Pineapple/Papaya/Grape/Cantaloupe/Mango/Apple (Aids
- White or Green Tea /Rooibos Tea (Best teas you can drink. Drink as
much as you can- White tea is Green tea leaves with hardly any caffiein)!
- Almond/Walnut/Filberts/Macadamia/Brazil Nuts/Pecans (Presoaked) Great fats and nutrient rich)
- Best Anti-Inflammatories-
Turmeric, Ginger, Cayenne, Garlic! (Keep all four handy to put on main meals of the day)! Also, cinnamon, is an
incredible spice for insulin because it makes your cells more recptive to this hormone so your body doesn't have to over
produce it, (remember, it causes you to gain weight easily) consequentley, it's a great sugar regulator that will
help prevent insulin resistance which will help you in avoiding diabetes!
- Buckwheat / Oat Groats- (Buckwheat is
the best anti-cholesterol food to date! Try Buckwheat/Quinoa. Oat flour with Goat yogurt pancakes and add Berries and Agave
Nector as your topping! Delicious!))
- Dark Chocolate-
Studies show that the antioxidants are higher than red wine or green tea. Milk chocolate is not the same, it prevents
you from absorbing nutrients. "
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