I feel like I need to include every sort of disclaimer here because these foods are not perfect and I am sure many will find reasons to criticize them. However, I will absolutely admit how hard it can be to switch your family to a whole food-based diet when coming from the standard American diet. While these foods are not ideal and can be very inflammatory due to poor quality oils, sugar, non-organic, high in x,y,z, etc. they may help reduce free glutamate exposure or are slightly cleaner options when switching to a whole food diet. Strictly avoiding processed sources of free glutamate has been essential to our health, especially our son’s neurological health. Please keep in mind that many of these foods can also feed underlying pathogens which can additionally create a surge in glutamate. The following items have been linked via Amazon and Thrive Market affiliate accounts where I may earn a commission from. Products may need to be sourced based on availability and/or pricing.

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What Do We Look For In Cooking Fats & Oils?

We consume oils in moderation (see ratios on What is REID). Oils can oxidize, contributing to free-radicals, which contribute to oxidative stress and glutamate signaling in the body. The use of canola, sunflower, safflower and other inflammatory oils should ideally be removed or extremely limited due to their poor omega-6 and omega-3 ratios. Overconsumption of these oils will result in excess inflammation which will encourage additional glutamate signaling. We try to store our oils in dark glass bottles and stored in cool dark places.  Here are some examples of the type of cooking fats and oils that we do use.

Olive Oil
Grapeseed oil
Avocado Oil
Walnut Oil
Coconut Oil
Sesame Oil

Organic Coconut Oil

This is our favorite coconut oil, but because it is a bit pricey, we save it for dishes that you really want to avoid having the coconut taste. I’ll confess that we most often buy our organic coconut oil from Costco.

Organic Grass-Fed Ghee

Ghee is clarified butter with the casein proteins removed. While this is appropriate for REID, it took a while to tolerate ghee. We originally saw a loss of eye contact from it and I suspect it may be from some amount glutamate remaining or possible cerebral folate deficiency. We will now consume it in moderation and infrequently.