On The Kaufmann Diet, you are encouraged to eat a variety of fresh, lean meats. These include beef, chicken, pork, bison, etc. Meats are great for the Kaufmann Diet because they are void of the carbohydrates and sugar that would potentially feed an underlying fungal infection. However, the kinds of meat you eat still matters; so how do I shop for meat?
Modern farming operations often use things like hormones and antibiotics in animal cultivation. These drugs subsequently often wind up on our plate and can deter the anti-fungal program from being as effective as possible.
What You Should Look For
When shopping for meat, there are some specific things that you should look for when you are on The Kaufmann Diet. These are a guide; when these products are not available, conventional is fine to eat on The Kaufmann Diet. However, these are good parameters to stick to when possible.
Beef, Bison, Lamb
Look for beef that is grass-fed and organic. Grass-fed beef is going to have more nutrients and a healthier fat profile––including more omega 3 fatty acids––than conventionally raised beef. Conventionally raised beef is fed a diet of corn, and these animals are often given hormones and antibiotics. Conventional meat is much more likely to be contaminated with mycotoxins. If you cannot find grass-fed beef, organic is best. Organic beef will at the very least contain no hormones or antibiotics.
Bison and lamb products should be organic when possible.
Some people prefer to avoid pork and that is totally fine; you don’t have to eat pork products if you do not like them or wish to avoid them. If you do enjoy pork, opt for organic.
Ideally, pasture-raised, free-range eggs and poultry products are ideal. Organic is best when possible, as these products will not contain hormones and antibiotics.
What You Should Avoid
There are some specific things that you should avoid on The Kaufmann Diet while shopping for meats.
- Deli meats should largely be avoided. These often contain ingredients like sugar and wheat, and most are extremely high in sodium.
- Cured meats should be avoided. Some types of cured meats are at high risk for mycotoxin contamination. Others are cured with sugar and contain ingredients like sodium nitrite. Bacon falls into this category; if you must have bacon, opt for organic, uncured, and sugar free bacon.
- Breaded and fried meats should be avoided as these contain flour, corn, and are often cooked in unhealthy types of fat and oil.