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Posted by: faithandjoy4, Sunday, November 18, 2012, 1:50pm
Hi my question is if you have a food that is avoid like say dates, then should you also avoid date sugar, date syrup ect? As they are not listed on either list...or does that mean they are neutral?

Coconut is an avoid for me yet I use lots of coconut flour cause I could not find it anywhere listed so thought maybe a neutral fod yet I am getting stuffy and congested ears
So I guess my full question is how do we know if it's an avoid or a neutral if it's not listed?
Thanks a bunch

Posted by: Drea, Sunday, November 18, 2012, 1:55pm; Reply: 1
My understanding is that if dates are an avoid, and date sugar is made from ground up dates, then date sugar is also an avoid. Same goes for date syrup, though I've never seen it here. If coconut is an avoid, then coconut flour (ground up coconut meat) is also an avoid. It is unrealistic for every single version of every single food tested, to be listed and rated.  :-/
Posted by: faithandjoy4, Sunday, November 18, 2012, 2:02pm; Reply: 2
Thanks Drea that is what I was beginning to wonder as I noticed symptoms returning that I would get when i drank coconut  water...however I thought I read somewhere if a food was not listed it was neutral so I was not sure......
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, November 18, 2012, 2:10pm; Reply: 3
If a food is not listed, then you can treat it as a neutral, but do so with your own experience as a guide. If you are reacting to coconut water, and coconut is an avoid, that should be your red flag. It's up to the individual to determine for themselves the level of compliance they want to follow.
Posted by: faithandjoy4, Sunday, November 18, 2012, 2:15pm; Reply: 4
Thank you, I think I am beginning to figure that it takes time and trial and error for sure, but each step you just feel better and better, I will try avoiding the date, coconut and a few other things this week that are by products of avoid foods and see how that goes..thank you again
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, November 18, 2012, 2:28pm; Reply: 5
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Sunday, November 18, 2012, 6:37pm; Reply: 6
Sometimes two or more very closely related foods are listed separately, such as green olives, black olives, and olive oil. In other cases, just one version of the food is listed and you need to use that value for all related foods. One good example is coconut milk, meat, and flour. Another would be mint leaves- use the value for "mint tea" if you're eating the fresh leaves in a salad.

In some cases, a food is not listed and it's wisest to use the value of something closely related rather than just assuming it's neutral. For example, I'm pretty sure buffalo isn't listed, but I'd suggest using the value for beef rather than assuming it's neutral for everybody; it's likely to be a poor choice for a Type A.

And with coconut specifically, it's the coconut water that might be OK for some, not the coconut meat, milk, flakes, or flour. If you react badly to coconut water, which contains only trace amounts of coconut lectin, then you certainly need to avoid coconut flour. The inverse isn't necessarily true.
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