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List of Foods Permitted by the Dr. Budwig Diet

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Michelle Kerns writes for a variety of print and online publications and specializes in literature and science topics. She has served as a book columnist since 2008 and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Kerns studied English literature and neurology at UC Davis.
List of Foods Permitted by the Dr. Budwig Diet
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In 1951, the German biochemist Johanna Budwig put together a diet plan based on her research into fats and oils and claimed that following her plan could successfully treat various types of cancer, as well as heart disease. According to Natural News, Dr. Budwig's work with terminally ill cancer patients and her knowledge of the content and function of fats in the body led her to believe that the treatment of cancer hinged on increasing the patient's circulating blood levels of phosphatides and lipoproteins. These in turn would increase the oxygen levels in cells and prevent cancer cells--which prefer a deoxygenated environment--from growing. Her diet, the Budwig Diet, contains food elements she believed could do this. Remember, however, that the Budweig Diet has not been clinically approved as a known cancer treatment.

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Flaxseed Oil

Dr. Budwig's research led her to the conclusion that, since flaxseed oil contains such high amounts of linoleic and linolenic fatty acids--both fatty acids that allow cells to re-oxygenate--it should be consumed daily to help create an oxygen-rich atmosphere that would hinder cancer cell growth. Other oils can be used as long as they are cold-pressed oils and unrefined; some of these alternatives include sunflower oil, walnut oil and soya oil.

Cottage Cheese

For the daily flaxseed oil to work properly, however, Dr. Budwig believed it needed to be paired with a protein that contained a high sulphuric content. Proteins of this type, especially the proteins found in cottage cheese, bind with the flaxseed oil and make the fatty acids water-soluble. Advanced Scientific Health reports that Dr. Budwig used quark cheese in her original research, but that low-fat cottage cheese is a readily available substitute that Dr. Budwig advocated.


While eating some of the cottage cheese mixed with flaxseed oil was the centerpiece of Dr. Budwig's diet recommendations, she also specified other foods that she considered healthy to consume. On the Budwig Diet, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices are permitted--carrot juice is particularly emphasized--as well as teas such as peppermint and rose hips tea. A daily moderate amount of red wine is also allowed.

Sweeteners and Seasonings

The only sweeteners allowed on the Budwig Diet are honey and freshly squeezed fruit juices, especially grape juice. These sweeteners can be added to teas and to the cottage cheese and flaxseed oil mixture. Natural seasonings such as cayenne, red pepper, cumin or dillweed are also allowed.

Whole Foods

For daily meals, the Budwig Diet recommends using the most nutritionally dense, organic whole foods available: whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, both raw and cooked.

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