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/or Thrive Market affiliate pages where I may earn a commission from. Products may need to be sourced based on availability and/or pricing.

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Native Forest Simple Organic Coconut Milk

While this is canned, this is our favorite coconut milk option out there.

Coconut Milk

We traditionally make homemade coconut milk but this clean option helps when you need a higher fat content. Unfortunately, it is not organic but makes for a great creamy ice cream for a special occasion.

Elmhurst Unsweetened Almond Milk

Elmhurst Unsweetened Almond Milk: Are you tired of making your own almond milk or looking for an easy transition to REID? This almond milk only contains almonds and water. While not organic, it may make the transition easier. Be careful only to buy the unsweetened almond, as the others contain sources of glutamate. I’ve also spotted this at Publix before. Malk is another great option but cannot be purchased online.

Purely Elizabeth Granola

While there is some risk with “rolled oats” over steel cut oats, after being grain free for years, we are finally able to tolerate some. We (I am in particular) are OBSESSED with Purely Elizabeth and some of the other flavors are clean, be sure to check ingredients.

Autumn’s Gold Grain Free Granola

This product is not organic and does carry some risk with the vanilla extract and inflammatory oil

Base Culture Paleo Bread

While there is minimal risk here regarding glutamate, you may want to be cautious if you’re dealing with oxalates. I would not go overboard this this.  MUST keep frozen.

Simple Mills Pancake and Waffle Mix

Not ideal, but cleaner (contains nuts) (other options available)

Raw Kale/Spinach Wraps

Theses kale wraps make for easy chicken, hummus (etc.) wraps for the lunchbox.  Raw collard greens also work well as a wrap.

Siete Cassava & Chia

While there is some glutamate risk with apple cider vinegar, it is much lower than grain vinegar.

Coconut Wraps

While I am not personally a huge fan, my son LOVES these.  They make for an easy addition to lunch-boxes, my son particularly likes them rolled up with nut/seed butter to form sushi bites.

Siete Taco Shells

This product is not organic and does carry minimal risk due to the “powders”, but we have found it a great replacement to some of the more processed corn options.

Brown Rice Noodles

There is some level of glutamate risk with pastas as they often hydrolyze the grains to extract the fiber in order to make the noodle shape. While they may be problematic for some, we have used them on occasion. If you are going to consume gluten free pastas, try to sources those with organic whole ingredients. For example, this one only contains the ingredient, organic brown rice. Gluten free noodles containing more processed ingredients like corn flour, rice starch, rice bran, etc. will likely have an increased risk of containing more glutamate.

Lotus Foods Pad Thai Noodles

There is some level of glutamate risk with pastas as they often hydrolyze the grains to extract the fiber in order to make the noodle shape. While they may be problematic for some, we have used them on occasion.

Lotus Ramen Noodles

There is some level of glutamate risk with pastas as they often hydrolyze the grains to extract the fiber in order to make the noodle shape. While they may be problematic for some, we have used them on occasion.

Tomato Sauce

While this product is clean, a reaction to tomatoes or tomato sauce will ultimately depend on the sensitivity of the individual. This is our go-to sauce when we don’t have any homemade on hand. When shopping for a sauce, avoid all of the obvious glutamate terms in addition to “tomato paste”.

Green Curry Paste – Thai and True

Thai and True’s amazing sauces are made in Portland, Oregon by Thai natives. Use Thai and True’s Curry Pastes for coconut curries, stir fries, sautees, grilling or marinades. No artificial preservatives or flavors; strictly all-natural ingredients. 6 oz. glass jar.

Red Curry Paste – Thai and True

Thai and True’s amazing sauces are made in Portland, Oregon by Thai natives. Use Thai and True’s Curry Pastes for coconut curries, stir fries, sautees, grilling or marinades. No artificial preservatives or flavors; strictly all-natural ingredients. 6 oz glass jar.

Tuna

We prefer to use fresh tuna (In moderation) but this is a cleaner option for those looking. It can be very high in histamine, so I would use with caution if you have a histamine intolerance.

Capers Cured in Salt

While there is a slight glutamate risk because of the curing process, we have done just fine with these.

GAEA Olives

Enjoy healthy olives on the go in convenient pouches and fabulous flavors.

Black Olives Cured in Salt

While there is a slight glutamate risk because of the curing process, we have done just fine with these.

Siete Hot Sauce

These are a great cleaner option to some typical hot sauces.  While there is some glutamtae risk with apple cider vinegar, it is lower than grain based vinegars.

Bionaturae Strained Tomatoes

Strained tomatoes or “passata di pomodoro” in glass bottles is a staple of every Italian kitchen.Ready to use for delicious sauces and soups or add to any tomato-based recipe. Smooth consistency for perfect sauce every time. No salt added.

World Chia Pectin Free Jam

While homemade is best, this option has proven to be a blessing for our family when I don’t have any homemade on hand or when traveling.

Eden Organic Yellow Mustard

While there is some glutamate risk with apple cider vinegar, it is much lower than grain vinegar.

Eden Organic Brown Mustard

While there is some glutamate risk with apple cider vinegar, it is much lower than grain vinegar.

Siete Green Enchilada Sauce

Let’s be honest, we need some timesavers now and again.  We recently discovered this cleaner enchilada sauce and love it.  While there is a small* amount of glutamate risk with apple cider vinegar, it is signifacantly lower than most other vinegar options.  Our son has never reacted to it.

Prepared Organic Garbanzo Beans

There is a slight glutamate and histamine risk with these because of any possible protein degradation that may have occurred while the beans have soaked in the water. However, these are organic, contain no added ingredients and do not carry the same amount of glutamate risk as a canned item. We keep these on hand for those times I haven’t thought ahead or had the time to soak our own (traveling, last minute weeknight meals, etc). Our local Whole Foods also carries a clean boxed option.
Thrive Market Link for Prepared Organic Garbanzo Beans

Prepared Organic Black Beans

There is a slight glutamate and histamine risk with these because of any possible protein degradation that may have occurred while the beans have soaked in the water. However, these are organic, contain no added ingredients and do not carry the same amount of glutamate risk as a canned item. We keep these on hand for those times I haven’t thought ahead or had the time to soak our own (traveling, last minute weeknight meals, etc). Our local Whole Foods also carries a clean boxed option.
Thrive Market link for Prepared Organic Black Beans

Prepared Organic Kidney Beans

There is a slight glutamate and histamine risk with these because of any possible protein degradation that may have occurred while the beans have soaked in the water. However, these are organic, contain no added ingredients and do not carry the same amount of glutamate risk as a canned item. We keep these on hand for those times I haven’t thought ahead or had the time to soak our own (traveling, last minute weeknight meals, etc). Our local Whole Foods also carries a clean boxed option.
Thrive Market link for Prepared Organic Pinto Beans