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The Kaufmann Diet vs. Other Diets

Gluten Free vs The Kaufmann Diet
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The Kaufmann Diet draws comparisons to many other diets, and truly it does have many things in common with a wide variety of other diets. Comparisons have been made between The Kaufmann Diet and the Adkins diet, ketogenic diet, paleo diet, and the gluten free diet––none of these comparisons are without reasons. 

Here is a brief summary of some similarities between the Kaufmann Diet and other diets. 

Kaufmann Diet Vs. Adkins


Both diets restrict carbohydrates and sugar in favor of high protein. 


Adkins restricts carbohydrates in all forms. In other words, no distinction is made between carbs found in white bread vs. carbs found in broccoli. The Kaufmann Diet restricts foods, not macronutrients.  

Kaufmann Diet Vs. Paleo


Both diets restrict carbohydrates and sugar. Both primarily focus on real food. 


Paleo diet is a loose description of many different kinds of diets––in other words, there is not one single “paleo” diet. Most forms of the paleo diet allow a number of foods that the Kaufmann Diet restricts.

Kaufmann Diet Vs. Ketogenic Diet


Both diets restrict carbohydrates and sugar in favor of high fat. Both emphasize healthy fats.  


The ketogenic diet focuses specifically on macronutrient counting. No foods are restricted as long as you are within your macronutrient proportions. Again, The Kaufmann Diet restricts foods, not macronutrients. While the Kaufmann Diet is naturally low carb, it is more about what you eat rather than how much of any specific type of food or macronutrient. 

Kaufmann Diet Vs. Gluten Free


Both diets restrict grains. 


Gluten free restricts only grains––specifically grains that contain gluten. No other foods are necessarily restricted. The Kaufmann Diet restricts these too, but a number of other foods are restricted as well.  

Truth be told, all of these diets have helped many people overcome some health problems, lose weight, etc., but the primary thing that separates The Kaufmann Diet from these other diets is that The Kaufmann Diet goes deeper; The Kaufmann Diet attempts to get to the root of what may cause many health problems. 

None of these other diets address the potential harm that fungi and their mycotoxins can cause human beings. This, first and foremost, is what The Kaufmann Diet seeks to address. By eliminating foods high in sugar and carbohydrates and foods potentially contaminated with mycotoxins, The Kaufmann Diet seeks to eliminate any potentially pathogenic yeasts and fungi in the body and limit exposure to poisonous mycotoxins that contaminate many parts of our food supply; these may subsequently affect our health in a negative way. 

That good health and weight loss typically ensue for dieters is secondary to the primary goal of the Kaufmann Diet, which is mitigating the effects of yeasts and fungi. It does, however, raise the question: What was behind your health problems and/or weight gain to begin with? Could it be yeast and fungi? Dieters are encouraged to try The Kaufmann Diet and anti-fungal program as a test. If after 4-6 weeks you look and feel much better, perhaps the diet is working for you!

One of the great things about the Kaufmann Diet is that it is tweak-able to work with other diets. Want to do Atkins, keto, paleo or gluten-free and do The Kaufmann Diet? This is totally doable. Just stick within the parameters of The Kaufmann Diet, and you can eat whatever you want, or as much as you want! It is possible to even eat a vegan or vegetarian diet and still stick within the parameters of The Kaufmann Diet. 

While the Kaufmann Diet is similar to many other diets, it’s goals are unique and aimed at achieving a higher level of health. In the long-term, this might perhaps hold more benefit than other popular diets.

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