A common question for those on The Kaufmann Diet is, “Should I eat organic?” or “Are all Organic Foods ok?”. While there are many benefits to organic foods, the answer is a little more nuanced than a simple yes or no.
The first part of the answer to that question is that you do not have to choose organic foods, particularly if they are unavailable or outside of your budget. What matters most when you are on The Kaufmann Diet is that you stick to the foods outlined within the diet. So if you can’t afford organic beef, pork, or chicken, conventional is fine. The same goes for produce.
However, when organic products are available, be those products meat or produce, and they are within your budget, it can be beneficial to purchase organic products.
Organic products are grown without the use of certain pesticides that might be deleterious for health and harmful for the environment. Organic meats are raised without the use of hormones or antibiotics. Organic food is grown using a stricter and higher standard than conventional. Look for the certified USDA Organic label; other products do not necessarily meet those standards even if they include the word “organic” in the labeling.
The absence of organic products, however, should not prevent you from opting for healthy foods. But you should opt for organic foods, when possible.
Just because a food is labeled organic, however, does not mean that the food is automatically included in your diet.
Certain foods are eliminated regardless of their organic designation. Foods like sugar and the sweeter varieties of fruits will still potentially feed an underlying fungal infection, regardless of whether they are organic or not. The same goes for processed or packaged foods that are organic; these can still include ingredients that are not permitted on your diet, such as wheat, corn, sugar, peanuts, etc.
Certain foods might even be at a greater risk for fungal contamination because they are organic. Certain fungicides used on foods are not permitted in organic farming, rendering those crops more susceptible to fungal contamination. For this reason, you should still avoid foods like corn, wheat (and other grains), peanuts, soy, potatoes, and sugar.
Organic foods can be beneficial in the right setting, when they are available, as your budget permits. However, they are not always necessary, and just because a food is organic does not make it ok for The Kaufmann Diet.