Food

These food items may be helpful adjuncts to Perfect Health Diet cooking. We have grouped them as follows:

Seafood and Seaweed

Unseasoned seaweed
  • Nori is the famous Japanese sushi seaweed
  • Taste is rather bland by itself
  • Use it to make seasoned seaweed at home: our recipe
Seasoned seaweed
  • A tasty way to add sea greens (chlorophyll, minerals) to your diet
  • Try with a pinch of rice
  • It’s cheaper and better to make your own — see our recipe
Dried Seaweed
  • Valuable source of iodine and other trace minerals
  • Wakame (sweet, soft) is good in soups
  • Dulse flakes can be used to flavor foods
Oysters
  • A good source of zinc
  • 12 oysters per week eliminates need to supplement zinc
  • Watch out for bad packing oils like cottonseed oil – we’ve made that mistake
Anchovies
  • A good source of omega-3
  • Delicious

Beverages

Green tea
  • The classic healthful drink of Asia
  • Best way to prepare: steep cold by placing about 20 leaves in a liter of filtered water in the refrigerator overnight.
  • For warm tea, heat the steeped tea in a microwave.

Flavorings

Sea salt
  • Useful source of trace minerals, sodium and chloride
  • Appropriate amount: 1/4 tsp/day on carb-rich diet, 1 tsp/day on very low-carb diet
Fish Sauce
  • A healthful fermented food flavoring rich in umami taste

Oils

Coconut oil
  • A healthful plant oil low in omega-6 fats
  • Rich in ketogenic medium chain triglycerides
  • Has antimicrobial properties, helpful in bowel diseases
Coconut milk and creamed coconut
  • Alternative source of coconut oil; 3 tbsp coconut milk contains 1 tbsp coconut oil
Macadamia Oil
  • Another healthful tree nut oil low in omega-6 fats
Medium chain triglycerides
  • An alternative source of ketogenic fatty acids
  • The ketogenic benefits of coconut oil in fewer calories

Rice, Noodles, & Baking Starches

Rice
  • Short grain rice clumps and is good for sushi
  • Medium grain rice is a good all purpose starch
  • Long grain Jasmine rice is suitable for Indian or southeast Asian style foods
Rice Noodles
  • Tinkyada white rice spaghetti noodles are highly recommended by Mia
  • Brown rice noodles are available in more forms, including lasagna noodles
Rice Stick Noodles
  • Pad Thai noodles are good for most cooking applications, including spaghetti
Flours and Starches
  • For PHD baking, these “safe starches” are all gluten-free
  • Cheapest option: mix your own, 2:1:1 rice flour to potato starch to tapioca starch
Flours and Starches (cont.)
  • For a more cohesive flour than the rice-potato-tapioca starch mixture, include buckwheat flour
  • Gluten Free Pantry flour is recommended by Emily
Crackers
  • Yehuda gluten-free matzoh crackers are our current favorite
Crackers (cont)
  • Potato-based crackers are good
  • Chestnut is also a safe starch
  • Rice snaps have no oil

Sweeteners

Honey
  • Natural raw honey is perhaps the most healthful of sweeteners
  • Fermented raw honey is also healthful
Sweeteners – Safe Starch Syrups
  • Rice syrup and tapioca syrup are pre-digested safe starches, broken down to sugars like dextrose, maltose, and maltodextrose
  • Advantage: they are fructose-free
Sweeteners – Powders
  • These are all fructose-free
  • Dextrose is pure glucose (Warning: derived from corn)
  • Malt contains maltose, the disaccharide of glucose (Warning: not gluten-free.)
Low-Carb Sweeteners
  • Stevia is a popular low-carb sweetener.
  • Erythritol is a natural sugar alcohol with almost no calories.
  • Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that inhibits Candida but can act as a laxative.

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140 Comments.

  1. Hello Paul,
    Is it true that the best way to cook eggs is soft-boiling them because that way more lecithin and choline are preserved? Are other methods such as scrambled eggs worse?
    Thanks.

  2. Peter Sanders

    Hello Paul,
    Is organic pork liver a good source of copper as well? I bought some because they didn’t have beef this time.

  3. Jenna Stalvaart

    Dear Paul,
    Could you please say whether warming up bone broth before consumption to transform the jello into a liquid reduces the benefits somehow or the effects of collagen? Are we supposed to eat it in the gelatinous form? Thanks.

  4. Hello Paul,
    According to this research bone broth is not the great source of minerals it was once thought out to be, can you please comment:
    https://www.alive.com/health/bone-broth-analysis-reader-research/

  5. Hey Paul,

    I’m wanting to try your lunch bowl out – meat, rice, veggies drenched in egg yolk! Salads with meat are getting old! Would you please elaborate on how you prepare the egg yolk on this dish? I just boiled the eggs & peeled the white away & only threw the yolk in there, but I’m sure theres a better way.

    Thank you!
    Henry

  6. Betty Sampson

    Hello Paul,
    Is it a good idea to blend chicken remains (bone, cartilage) into a smoothie and drink for some minerals and collagen? This way one doesn’t have to throw away anything?

    Thanks.

  7. Dear Paul,
    Have you heard this theory that if you eat a certain food very often, your body starts to develop IgG and IgE antibodies against it? There has been some evidence that if you eat a lot of avocados they may trigger a positive on a food intolerance test, because the body is producing antibodies against it. What is the evolutionary reason for this mechanism, does it have any value?

    Regards.

    • Hi Stephen,

      Immunology is complex. Exposure to higher levels of antigens can increase the risk of developing antibodies, but frequent exposure can also induce tolerance. I wouldn’t avoid eating a food you like because of an assumed change in sensitivity risk.

      Best, Paul

  8. Hey Paul,
    Do you think it’s possible to meet daily copper needs by storing drinking water in a copper vessel overnight and then drinking the water?

    Regards,
    Molly

    • Hi Molly,

      The amount of copper you get that way is going to be highly sensitive to the acidity of the water, and hard to control. I would recommend chocolate and nuts if you want to get copper from diet.

      Best, Paul

  9. Do you recommend turkey at all, or is there a reason not to eat turkey meat? I like it better than chicken and read The Perfect Health Diet, but did not see any mention of turkey. Also, what cheese would you recommend? An aged cheddar ok? Thank you. Just starting your health plan.

  10. Is it allowed the malted barley molasses,which specify are gluten free?
    Thank you.

  11. Hello,
    I am having no luck in subscribing to your newsletter. Perhaps you can help? I do not receive the part to activate my subscription. I have checked my spam (I do not have a bulk email section), but nothing there. I appreciate your suggestions. Thank you.

  12. Dear Paul,
    Can you please say whether dried fruit and vegetables are just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts? I am mostly interested in dried tomatoes and blueberries (organic, unsweetened, unprocessed). I am also wondering whether blueberries retain their anthocyanin contents and and anti-cancer effects when dried. What are your general thoughts about dried fruits and veggies?
    Thanks so much,
    Della

  13. Christine Stevens

    Hi Paul, i have an under active thyroid and my cholesterol is creeping up. I have been put on 50mcg of levothyroxine sodium 6 days a week, nothing for cholesterol yet. What foods should i avoid? Also what foods should i be eating and what supplements would help me?
    thank you for your help
    Chris

  14. Dear Paul,
    I have the following two questions regarding Wakame:

    1. If eating daily Wakame 10-20g do we need to boil in water to decrease Iodine and Arsenic contents?

    2. Do we need to combine Wakame and other seaweed with goitrogens like soy/broccoli/bok choy (like the Japanese do) to help protect against excessive Iodine? (goitrogens compete with Iodine and might help prevent excessive Iodine intake).

    Thanks,
    Stella

  15. Dear Paul,
    We seem to posses many attributes of herbivores such as carbohydrate degrading enzymes in our mouth, longer guts and the need to chew food and carnivores have none of these features. Does this mean that our bodies are more similar to those of herbivores than those of carnivores?
    Thanks

    • Hi Asania,

      Humans are omnivores meant to eat a mix of animal and plant foods. I would not say we are closer to herbivores than carnivores; for example, the ratio of small intestine length to colon length is more similar in humans to carnivores and in gorillas to herbivores.

      Best, Paul

  16. Hello Paul,

    i was checking your website and i have a question, i know that people that have cancer tend to go to vegetarian diets and cut meet specially red meat and sugars, in your diet there is a lot of meet, organs meet and bones, which is nutritious. Is your diet recommended for people having or have had cancer?

    Also one can apply your diet with the supplements, or those are mandatory?

  17. Dear Paul,
    Should we avoid beef brain due to fear of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease?

    Thanks,
    Paola

  18. Hey Paul,
    Can you please share a healthful way to preserve meat without electricity/refrigeration? What is the best ancestral practice for this? Thanks.

  19. Dear Paul,
    Is there any truth to the claim that steaming vegetables preserves more nutrients as opposed to boiling or baking them?

    Thanks.

  20. Hi Paul!
    Could you please say, what did babies and small children eat during ancestral times when there were no puréed foods? Do you think babies should just follow the PHD in the same way like adults? Thanks.

    • Hi James,

      It was probably some combination of late weaning and mastication of foods by mom before transferring them to the weaning child. See for example https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26010245/.

      Yes, babies should follow the PHD. We have a recipe for a transitional baby food: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/recipe/phd-baby-food/

      Best, Paul

      Best, Paul

    • As a precaution, perhaps it should be clarified that *not* literally in the same way like adults. E.g., children will need less protein and more carbohydrates. And probably fewer vegetables — it seems that children’s palates prefer a much higher ratio of calories to toxins (i.e., their sensitivity to bitterness is higher) , perhaps because their bodies are more calorie-hungry relative to their appetites, and because they are more vulnerable to toxins (although this last aspect may be secondary if we are talking about domesticated vegetables, which have little to do with wild varieties). Vegetables are an excellent way to encourage the child to enjoy different tastes and textures, but promoting choking safety, of course.

      Infants may have a different emphasis on nutrients. E.g., Paul said “Generally, children need fewer supplements. There are a few exceptions, for example vitamin K2 is more needed by growing children than adults. However, even that can be provided by fermented foods such as cheese and green leafy vegetables. So a lot depends on the quality of the children’s diet, and selection of supplements to make up for what is missing.”

      Interesting also that breast milk is e.g. extremely rich in zinc and pantothenic acid, compared to other foods. As these are essential nutrients, there are only two ways for them to end up in the milk: either the mother ingests them, or the body performs a nutrient triage that either produces a temporary deficiency in the mother (feeding the baby “before the mother”) or uses up her body stores. I wonder how these things affect. But it seems sensible for the mother to favor taking a diet rich in these nutrients during lactation. B vitamins, for example, do not have a large store in our bodies.

      Best,
      Hector

      • A correction: I have given too much emphasis in my last paragraph to a minor curiosity. I just read that a lactating woman produces 200 to 400 calories worth of milk during lactation (depending on the month). That is not a huge amount that will greatly increase the specific nutrient needs of the mother. So the increased appetite will suffice if the mother follows a healthy diet. In other words: milk is very rich in nutrients, especially in some nutrients (such as zinc and B5) but the amount of milk the mother produces is not that high, so in absolute terms the increase in nutrients needs is mild enough that the mother does not have to favor another nutritional profile different from her normal diet. Just eat healthy and obey appetite.

  21. Dear Paul,
    Recently I’ve developed a chronic cough which manifests 4-5 hours after I’ve eaten something starchy like potatoes or bananas. I don’t think it’s GERD as I don’t feel acid buildup. When I don’t eat starchy foods the cough goes away or is minimal. Have you ever come across something like this in your research? Thank you.

    • Hi Joy,

      Probably what you are describing is due to bacterial metabolism of resistant starch in the distal ileum. The cause is typically a dysfunction of the ileocecal valve which allows bacteria from the large intestine to migrate back into the distal ileum.

      Anything that improves gut motility or immunity will help. Particular points of standard PHD advice that might be helpful include circadian rhythm entrainment, and nutrients such as vitamins A (liver), vitamin D (sunshine), choline (egg yolks), glycine (soup stocks from connective tissue), and taurine (scallops mussels or other bivalves), which can be obtained from food as indicated or supplemented.

      Another possibility is that musculoskeletal issues could be at the root of the problem. Insufficient strength or flexibility in the right hip would be the leading suspect, because that joint is responsible for most of the movement in that area of the body. A lack of strength or flexibility can overwhelm the nervous system’s ability to properly coordinate the action of nearby muscles — including not just skeletal muscles but also the musculature of the ileocecal valve.

      Best,
      -Eric

      • Hi Eric. Super interesting and revealing. Thank you for sharing these things.

        What is the mechanism that produces the cough? Is it a reflex response of the immune system?

  22. Super interesting and revealing. Thank you for sharing these things.

    What is the mechanism that produces the cough? Is it a reflex response of the immune system?

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