One of the biggest food groups you give up on The Kaufmann Diet is grains. Grains includes foods like wheat, corn, oats, rye, and rice. Wheat is likely the food in most people’s diets that is most prevalent among these. It is in virtually everything, most often in the form of white flour. White flour is, of course, grain that has been processed to remove the bran, leaving the starchy contents of grains to be used in processed foods. It is high in carbohydrates, but low in fiber.
Fiber, however, is a very important nutrient for health, playing a number of roles in the body. Fiber helps keep you regular, which is important for the elimination of wastes and toxins from the body. Fiber is also good for heart health; it is thought to support healthy cholesterol levels. We have also learned in recent years that fiber is important for helping maintain the colonies of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. These, of course, confer numerous benefits for the body.
This is one of the reasons why “whole grains” are so heavily promoted; the fiber content therein can be beneficial for health, particularly when most people fall abysmally short of getting enough fiber in their diet. What most people miss, however, is that grains are often contaminated with fungal poisons called mycotoxins that can have some serious health implications. Furthermore, even in whole grains, the abundance of starchy carbohydrates is the ideal type of food to feed an underlying fungal or yeast problem in the body. So, grains are eliminated on The Kaufmann anti-fungal program.
How will you get enough fiber, though?
It turns out, there are many excellent choices of foods on The Kaufmann Diet for getting enough fiber. Many vegetables are rich in fiber; these include spinach, broccoli, kale, carrots, and artichokes. Some of the Kaufmann Diet fruits also tend to be high in fiber, such as green apples, blueberries, strawberries, and avocados. Nuts and seeds, such as fresh coconut, almonds, and in particular chia seeds are also very high in fiber.
Experts tell women to aim for 21-25g of fiber for women and 30-38g per day for men. Here are some rough estimates for fiber content in certain Kaufmann Diet foods:
- Broccoli – 5g per cup
- Blueberries – 4g per cup
- Avocado – 10g per cup
- Apples – approximately 4g fiber per apple
- Nuts – 3g per serving
- Carrots – 3.5g per cup
- Chia seeds – 34.5g per 100g
Foods like beans and oats are also high in fiber, but these should be enjoyed in moderation while on The Kaufmann Two Diet. Also, be sure to add in supplemental, non-soluble fiber like psyllium hulls; this type of fiber does not absorb into the body and aids in regularity. Psyllium has the added benefit for binding to fungal poisons in the gut and helping “sweep” them out.
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