Foods/Additives High in Phosphate

Hafer's book The Hidden Drug Dietary Phosphate contains several pages of detailed lists of the foods which are high in phosphate and which individuals sensitive to it should avoid. The book also provides details of a four-day diet test to help you get started. Additionally, the recipe-pages on this website have an introduction to the Hafer-diet, 5 good reasons for switching to a low-phosphate diet and recipes to help you get started with the phosphate-reduced diet.

It is critical to understand that ninety per cent compliance with the diet will not necessarily result in ninety per cent improvement - it may result in NO IMPROVEMENT AT ALL. One hundred per cent compliance is needed, at least in the early stages.

In cases of high sensitivity to phosphate, even one hotdog or one can of soda drink may trigger a major relapse (see the Ursula Klemm report in Supportive Evidence).

It is also critical to understand that Hafer's diet is not a quick-fix, nor does it remove the underlying sensitivity to phosphate. It may take some weeks or even months before the full benefit of the diet is experienced. Consuming problematical foods is always likely to result in a reaction and this will remain true lifelong in many cases. The ultimate solution will be to convince governments to legislate to ban phosphate additives from our foods but this will not be quickly or easily achieved.

If in doubt about phosphate content in any food or drink, exclude it from your family's diet. Manufacturers or suppliers should be able to advise whether or not phosphate additives are present. Additionally, sugar, citric acid and alcohol interfere with the body's metabolism, often preventing the absorption of other essential minerals and triggering a response. Therefore they too need to be consumed in limited amounts. Processed foods to avoid because of high phosphate, sugar or citric acid content are:

Soft drinks, soda drinks, especially cola or coke and fizzy lemonade
Cordials/fruit syrup beverages
Chocolate, lollies, sweets, candy, and anything else with a high citric acid and sugar content
Skim milk powder (often added to processed foods)
Biscuits, cookies, cakes from the supermarket
Tomato ketchup
Fish fingers
Processed cheese, especially soft cheese spread
Frozen pizzas
Hot dogs
Processed meats
Baking powder and self-raising flour often contains phosphate aerator
Avoid all foods that list as an ingredient mineral salts, emulsifiers and lecithin.
Many natural foods also contain relatively high levels of phosphate. It is important to be aware of them and, depending on the level of phosphate-sensitivity, to consume them in small quantities. We recommend to eliminate all phosphate-rich foods from the diet for three to four weeks to see if there is an improvement in health. Then the foods below can be re-introduced into the diet, one at a time. Some of these foods may be tolerated by a sensitive person, providing they are consumed in small quantities.
These include:
Egg yolks
Wheat germ
Soybeans and their by-products
Cocoa beans (chocolate)
Sweet breads - liver, brains, kidneys
Many additives contain suspect components. Below are lists of additives that will help you to read food labels to determine whether they contain suspect ingredients.

In Europe and Australia, these are generally listed by number - List A.
In the US they are generally listed by name - List B.

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