The False Fat Diet, developed by Dr. Elson Haas, focuses on eliminating what he calls "reactive" foods. Many health problems can be resolved by avoiding seven commonly known foods that may cause allergic reactions in people, leading to bloating, swelling, congestion and inflammation. A False Fat diet plan focuses on whole, unprocessed foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats such as chicken, turkey and fish, rice, nuts and legumes.
Milk and Dairy Products
Approximately 70 percent of the world's population is afflicted with an inability to digest lactose, the main ingredient in cow's milk. Avoid dairy products made with cow's milk and use a milk substitute such as almond, rice and coconut milk. Water or fruit juice can be also be used in recipes that call for milk.
Wheat is the most widely used grain in the nation, and may be difficult to completely eliminate from the diet. However, wheat is thought to be one of the most common reactive foods and should be completely eliminated from the diet. Substitute wheat and any product containing gluten with other grains such as amaranth, quinoa, tapioca or rice.
Although sugar is not usually considered an allergen, it can cause insulin levels to fluctuate and may trigger hypoglycemia. Chose products that use fruit juice as a sweetener. Replace sugary, refined foods with wholesome fruits, 100 percent fruit juice or fruit smoothies to satisfy cravings.
Corn, like wheat, is abundant in many processed foods and is commonly used as a sweetener. Watch out for products that contain any form of corn syrup or fructose. Reduce a dependency on grains and instead focus on lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes. Rice is also a healthy alternative to corn products.
The body's immune system may react to the proteins found in eggs and trigger an allergic reaction. Severe reactions can cause anaphylaxis. Check product labels carefully and use egg substitutes that do not contain egg whites. Eat other sources of protein such as lean meats, turkey, chicken and fish.
Soy protein is an increasingly common ingredient found in many foods such as baked goods, canned fish, cereals and soups. Soy allergies are usually mild but can cause anaphylaxis in severe cases. Soybean oil, however, may be safely eaten by those who have allergies.
More than 3 million people in the United States have an allergic reaction to peanuts or tree nuts, and anaphylaxis occurs in approximately 20 percent of all cases. Check labels to avoid products that may come into contact with peanuts during the manufacturing process. Opt for alternatives such as almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pine nuts and pistachios.