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Fungi are known human parasites. They can enter our body in many ways, including inhalation and by eating foods with fungus in them, which is not uncommon. Several fungal species in our air and food supply that make poisons substances called mycotoxins. The study of fungal poisons is a relatively new field of science. Its genesis occurred in England in the early 1960s when thousands of turkeys died from eating peanut meal that was impregnated with a mycotoxin (aflatoxin) known to cause illness and death in both humans and animals.
In the 1970s, when I began studying fungal diseases, I soon realized that peanuts were not the only foods that were contaminated with poisonous mycotoxins. As a matter of fact, some of the most common foods, such as wheat, corn, and beer, are mycotoxin-contaminated foods. From the scant literature on mycotoxins that existed in the 1970s, I developed a diet that minimized exposure to fungal poisons.

Pathogenic fungi actually cause us to crave the foods

Today, we know significantly more about the link between our diets and fungal exposure, and this knowledge is presented in The Kaufmann 1 and Kaufmann 2 Diets. The premise for avoiding foods that feed fungi is quite simple; avoid yeast foods like baker’s yeast and brewers yeast, avoid foods that are contaminated with fungal mycotoxins like grains and alcoholic beverages, and avoid eating fungi, itself, in the form of mushrooms, quorn, and other foods. The premise has remained the same for decades in my books and diets.

Advancements in our understanding of how internal, pathogenic fungi actually cause us to crave the foods (sugars/carbohydrates) required for their own survival and of foods that are either contaminated with or that feed fungus continue to this day. This 2018 update represents current information on my understandings of these advancements. Additionally, the diets consider food allergies and food addictions that many people have.

If you are sick, always work with a healthcare professional when initiating dietary changes. If the underlying reason you are sick is linked to fungus, The Kaufmann Diets (although initially causing a die-off reaction called a Herxheimer’s reaction in some people for a short time) may have you feeling significant improvement within a few weeks.

 

The Kaufmann Diets

Fungi are known human parasites. They can enter our body in many ways, including inhalation and by eating foods with fungus in them, which is not uncommon. Several fungal species in our air and food supply that make poisons substances called mycotoxins. The study of fungal poisons is a relatively new field of science. Its genesis occurred in England in the early 1960s when thousands of turkeys died from eating peanut meal that was impregnated with a mycotoxin (aflatoxin) known to cause illness and death in both humans and animals.

In the 1970s, when I began studying fungal diseases, I soon realized that peanuts were not the only foods that were contaminated with poisonous mycotoxins. As a matter of fact, some of the most common foods, such as wheat, corn, and beer, are mycotoxin-contaminated foods. From the scant literature on mycotoxins that existed in the 1970s, I developed a diet that minimized exposure to fungal poisons.

Today, we know significantly more about the link between our diets and fungal exposure, and this knowledge is presented in The Kaufmann 1 and Kaufmann 2 Diets. The premise for avoiding foods that feed fungi is quite simple; avoid yeast foods like baker’s yeast and brewers yeast, avoid foods that are contaminated with fungal mycotoxins like grains and alcoholic beverages, and avoid eating fungi, itself, in the form of mushrooms, quorn, and other foods. The premise has remained the same for decades in my books and diets.

Advancements in our understanding of how internal, pathogenic fungi actually cause us to crave the foods (sugars/carbohydrates) required for their own survival and of foods that are either contaminated with or that feed fungus continue to this day. This 2018 update represents current information on my understandings of these advancements. Additionally, the diets consider food allergies and food addictions that many people have.

If you are sick, always work with a healthcare professional when initiating dietary changes. If the underlying reason you are sick is linked to fungus, The Kaufmann Diets (although initially causing a die-off reaction called a Herxheimer’s reaction in some people for a short time) may have you feeling significant improvement within a few weeks.

Sugar/Sweeteners 
Allowed: Stevia and xylitol (either derived from corncob or birch tree bark)
Excluded: No added sugar is allowed while following the Kaufmann 1 Diet, including honey, agave, or other “natural” sweeteners. Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are not allowed on the diet.

 

Fruit  
Allowed: Green apples, berries, avocados, fresh coconut, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and tomatoes
Excluded: Virtually all other fruits are excluded from the Kaufmann 1 Diet, usually due to the higher fructose content.

 

Meat
Allowed: Virtually all fresh, minimally processed meats are allowed on the Kaufmann 1 Diet. These include beef, lamb, bison, turkey, chicken, pork, venison, etc. Also included are fish such as salmon, tuna, and shellfish. Wild-caught fish and organic, grass-fed or pasture-raised meats are always preferable. Avoid conventionally raised meat and farmed fish, whenever possible, as added antibiotics and/or hormones may affect fungal proliferation.

Excluded: Beware of meats that have been cured using sugar, processed meats or deli meats which often contain sugar and/or ingredients such as wheat, corn, etc. Avoid breaded meats, as well.

Eggs
Allowed: All eggs are allowed, but pastured eggs are best, when possible. Free-range chickens or chickens raised in the pasture have a more natural diet and environment, which affects the nutritional quality of the eggs in a positive way.

Excluded: Egg substitutes. 

Dairy
Keep in mind that dairy foods are often allergy foods. Dairy products can also be mucous-producing. As a general rule, the dairy foods chosen on the Kaufmann 1 Diet are high in fat and low in milk sugar (lactose). As you consider eating dairy products while on the Kaufmann 1 Diet, consider also that dairy products can be addicting, and these diets are meant to assist you in breaking those addictions. Do you eat dairy products daily? Most of us do! If you are not allergic to dairy foods, and you are not over-consuming them currently, you can enjoy them minimally while on the Kaufmann 1 Diet.

Allowed:

Butter – Butter is a high-fat dairy product, and as such, contains only tiny amounts of lactose.

Ghee – Ghee is clarified butter.

Yogurt – Goat yogurt, in moderation, is permitted. Live cultured dairy probiotics contain relatively little lactose. Look for high-fat or full-fat yogurt with live bacterial cultures.

Heavy Cream – The fat skimmed off the top of milk creates heavy cream; it is about 37% fat. It contains almost no lactose.

Whipping Cream – Only unsweetened varieties are permitted. This can be made by whipping heavy cream.

Sour Cream – There are now many suppliers of lactose-free sour cream. Look for varieties made from real cream. Cultured sour cream is preferred since beneficial bacteria are used in the process. Vinegars are used in non-cultured sour cream.

Cream Cheese – Cream cheese is a low lactose cheese. There are now many suppliers of lactose-free cream cheese.

Hemp Milk -A superfood dairy substitute, rich in nutrition.

Avoid: Milk, other cheeses, margarine, or other butter substitutes. Avoid rice or soybean substitutes.

Kefir and Kombucha

Kefir “grains” and Kombucha “scobys” are fermented products like yogurt, but whereas yogurt utilizes bacterial fermentation, kefir and kombucha both use bacteria and yeast in their fermentation process. Saccharomyces, the yeast in these products, is the same yeast that is used to make bread, wine, and beer.  Ethanol and acetaldehyde are produced by Saccharomyces during the fermentation process. Know that acetaldehyde is a known carcinogen, so avoidance is best. Even though ethanol and acetaldehyde are only produced in small quantities in each kefir and kombucha drink, these beverages are currently being heavily promoted for there health benefits, leaving many people to drink kefir and kombucha on a regular basis. I have excluded these products while following the Kaufmann Diets.

Dairy Substitutes

The list of dairy-free cheeses and milk substitutes grows monthly. There are many on the market now. As a general rule, unsweetened goat, coconut, almond and hemp dairy substitutes are acceptable. Be careful and read labels, as milk can sneak into the product; look out for ingredients like casein and whey. Check for other un-permitted ingredients, as well.

Vegetables
Allowed: Virtually all fresh, unblemished vegetables are allowed on Kaufmann 1. Greens are heavily encouraged. Juicing fresh (preferably organic) vegetables and spices (ginger/turmeric root) is acceptable.

Excluded: Potatoes and sweet potatoes, legumes (including beans, peas, and green beans). Mushrooms and corn are not vegetables and are not allowed.

Beverages
Allowed: Filtered water, fresh-squeezed vegetable juices, and unsweetened herbal teas. Unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, and various other nut milk’s are fine. Making flavored water beverages yourself with proper ingredients seems to be well tolerated, but please enjoy them in moderation.

Excluded: All alcoholic beverages are off limits, as are sodas, soft drinks, sports drinks, most fruit and store-bought juices, and energy drinks. A component of The Kaufmann 1 Diet involves avoiding foods and drinks that are addictive. For this reason (and others) coffee and regular black tea are excluded on Kaufmann 1.

 Grains
Allowed: Pseudo-grains, such as quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, and