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 theses 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.
We consume oils in moderation (see REID Perfect Plate). 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.
Organic Avocado Oil
Amazon link for Organic Avocado Oil
Vitacost link for Organic Avocado 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.
Amazon link for Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Vitacost link for Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
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.
Amazon link for Ancient Organics Ghee
Thrive link for Ancient Organics Ghee