Foods To Avoid On The Budwig Diet

Foods To Avoid On The Budwig Diet

The following information has been taken from our free downloadable Budwig Diet guide.

It is important that you are familiar with the kinds of foods that you should NOT be eating when doing the Budwig diet. Eating the foods below could set you back and hinder your progress.

NO Pork

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, no pork

Processed pork in such things as ham, sausages, hot dogs and bacon, are not only loaded with toxins but have additional harmful chemical food additives (eg nitrates which are damaging to the prostate).
We know that these foods taste good – toxins are indeed tasty – but they are dangerous and should be avoided especially if you have a serious illness. It is reported that Jews and other cultures that avoid pork products for religious reasons have very little arthritis which is connected to toxins and parasites, especially the roundworm Trichinella spiralis.

NO seafood

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, no seafood

Fish with fins and scales are recommended, but no lobsters, clams, shrimp or any other fish with a hard shell. Just as pigs (like flies and vultures) are the cleaners of the earth, shell fish are cleaners of the sea and retain a high quantity of toxins in their system. Eat fresh wild fish, not farmed fish.

Limit consumption of Red Meats

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, limit red meats

Poultry could be eaten once a week as its very YANG. Make sure its free range and organic. Avoid red meat that contains artificial hormones and anti-biotics. Processed meats have several harmful preservatives. Obtain your protein mostly from plant sources (nuts and seeds and plant oils), organic free-range eggs and fresh wild fish with fins and scales. Hemp oil and hemp seeds (cold pressed) are particularly recommended because as well as containing all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary for human life, they also contain a rare protein known as globule edestins that is very similar to the globulin found in human blood plasma. Once a month some red meat from organic grass feed source would be acceptable.

NO hydrogenated oils and NO trans-fats

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, hydrogenated oils and trans-fat

Instead, cold-pressed sunflower seed oil or almost any cold pressed oils (including olive oil) are acceptable. Virgin coconut oil is a good choice when cooking

because it is one of the few oils that does not break down under higher heat (although if you aim to steam most of your food there is very little need to heat food at higher temperatures or to consume too much fat). Those with pancreatic and liver issues may find coconut difficult to digest (Coconut oil is also helpful as skin protection when sunbathing).

NO refined grains

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, refinde grains

Buckwheat was Dr. Budwig’s favourite grain and other healthy options that are gluten free are: quinoa and millet. Most patients are able to digest organic oats and brown rice as well.

Spelt bread and whole grain Spelt pasta are a better choice than wheat as many ill people have intolerance to wheat or gluten. Our VEGA test can determine which foods you have intolerance to. Look for sprouted Spelt or Rye bread, as the gluten is digested in the sprouting process making the bread easier for you to digest. You can also eat whole Rye, Oat, and Multigrain bread that does not contain sugar. Sour dough breads are also a good alternative, but sprouted bread is the first choice. Corn is discouraged because of mold and genetic modification issues.

NO dairy products

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, dairy products

Other than the cottage cheese in the Budwig Muesli. Occasionally some high quality cheese (such as Emmentaler, Gesha, Gouda, Herb Cheese, Sbrinz, Camembert, Gervais, Brie) or goat cheese (2 oz) is allowed as a treat – but if you can cut it out all together, so much the better. (For the most enzymes and nutrients, don’t heat the cheese and be sure not to buy processed cheese.)

NO Butter

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, butter

Should be avoided, but is allowed in very small amounts on a special occasion – and on that basis it is included in some of the Budwig recipes. Instead make your own Oleolux.

NO chips (crisps), deep fried foods (French fries, donuts)

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, chips, deep fried foods

NO store-bought pastries (make your own with our recipes).

NO fizzy soft drinks

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, fizzy soft drinks

A fizzy (soft) drink can contain up to 10 teaspoons of white refined sugar. Similarly avoid fruit juices from concentrate which also has a high sugar content and no remaining vitamins. You can make a refreshing drink in the summer with sparkling water, fresh fruit juice and ice.

NO ice cream

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, ice cream

Make your own healthy Budwig Ice Cream instead. Many commercial ice creams today are simply chemical concoctions presented in appealing packaging designed to sell a product that is not fit for human consumption. Everything from hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, and dry milk solids are used to produce something still allowed to be called ice cream. Some pretty frightening sounding chemicals like caroxymethyl cellulose, butyraldehyde, and amyl acetate are additives in some commercial ice creams. Diethyl glycol a cheap chemical used in place of eggs is also used in anti-freeze and paint removers. Aldehyde C-17, flavoring for cherry ice cream, is an inflammable liquid used in dyes, plastics, and rubber. Piperonal, used in place of vanilla, is a lice killer. Ethyl Acetate, a pineapple flavor, can also clean leather and textiles and its vapor has been known to cause chronic lung, liver, and heart damage. Other unsavory ingredients contained in many of the most famous grocery store ice creams include: mono and diglicerides, disodium phosphate, benzyl acetate, mono stearate, propylene glycol, sodium benzoate, polysorbate 80, potassium sorbate, modified corn starch and soy lecithin.

NO sugar and NO molasses

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, suggar and molasses

Dried fruit, fresh fruit in season as well as raw honey are all acceptable options of sweet tasting food.

It does not take very long for the tastebuds to stop craving sugar, but if you must have something sweet, Xylitol (only use Xylitol made from birch trees) or liquid Stevia are good options. (Stevia in powder form is sometimes mixed with other artificial sweeteners, so be careful).

NO soy milk and NO soy products

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, soy milk and soy products

(except for a little natural fermented soy sauce, or as a temporary solution if you are intolerant of cottage cheese in the Budwig Muesli). Many of the soy products available in the West have been treated with harsh shortcuts and are genetically modified. They can have suppressive effects on the thyroid and, by extension, the immune system. They contain significant amounts of glutamate and have effects similar to MSG. Even traditionally-fermented soy products have a downside and are linked to various forms of neurological atrophy. Broad based population studies in China have indicated increased incidence of Alzheimer-related syndromes in populations with the greatest consumption of soy. In addition the phytic acid in soy can chelate (remove) calcium from the system. Soy is also a thyroid inhibitor.

NO processed foods

Foods, Avoid, Budwig Diet, procesed food

They contain unhealthy quantities of salt, sugar and preservatives.

You can download a free copy of our guide in PDF format here.

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About the Author:

Lloyd Jenkins is a certified Naturopath and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic in Malaga, Southern Spain. He received authorization from Dr. Johanna Budwig in August 2000 to use her protocol for treating people with all types of cancer. He has written seven books and literally hundreds of articles on how to treat cancer and all common diseases using natural therapies. He has also been on radio talk shows and has spoken at Health Care seminars and events. Lloyd is a native-born Canadian and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.


  1. George December 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Thank youso much for the info, this site is great !!!!!

  2. Nazreen Karimbhoy December 30, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I have been following the Budwig protocol and diet for my husband since 2013, ever since he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I have great faith in the flaxseed oil/cottage cheese mix and I believe that this has helped my husband to develop immunity. May the Diet continue to help him fight his disease!p

  3. roxanna spiewak January 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you for all the wonderful information God Bless

  4. Clara January 29, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Nazreen, I’ve also been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Glad to hear your husband is doing well. Did he have any conventional treatments as well as the Budwig diet?

  5. JoAnna January 29, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    You are such an amazing resource. Thank you so much for the generous help you provide. I was diagnosed with mixed clear cell endometrial cancer in August, which has a high recurrence pattern. I had surgery to remove the aggressive tumor, but declined the chemotherapy which based on numerous factors was a reasonable decision. From the day I learned of my condition I took massive action with my diet, eliminating all that you mentioned here and went to a strong plant based, on the most part, raw diet, added exercise, and have faithfully used the cottage cheese/flax oil Protocol. I am thankful to say that so far I am feeling great, and maybe better than ever. I am soooo grateful to have heard about this protocol in the book Outsmart Your Cancer a few years ago. It stuck in my mind and when I heard about my diagnosis, I knew that the Budwig protocol was one for me to follow. I would be so interested to know if you have any specific experience with others dealing with clear cell adenocarcinomas. Thanks once again for the resources you provide. I would love to visit your clinic in Spain someday.

  6. John Kleber January 29, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you for this invaluable information. Where else would we find it ? I feel genuinely sorry for the millions of people who do do follow the Budwig protocol. They know not what they do.

    John Kleber, Naples, Florida

  7. Kathy Jenkins January 30, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Dear JoAnna,

    Thank you for sharing your story and it is heart-warming to know that you are feeling better than ever. Dr. Budwig found that the protocol was suitable for all types of cancer since their “reasons” for appearing or being produced were all similar. We have found that to be true as well. We are treating the ill, not the illness. Although 2 people have the same diagnosis, their needs and what their body responds to can be very different. One might require more detoxing while another needs more help finding balance in handling his emotions and stress. The same goes for their response to natural, herbal remedies. We test these and personalize them too so that our patients only take the ones their body will respond the best to at that time.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy Jenkins

  8. Delinor February 15, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Is plain kefir allowed?

  9. Kathy Jenkins February 20, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Dear Delinor,

    Dr. Budwig favored fermented foods but not dairy or animal fats and protein so if it is consumed occasionally and was low in fat, it would be allowed. But ideally, fermented vegetables like sauerkraut juice and pickles without sugar would be better.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy Jenkins

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