The top fourteen foods

(Excerpted from the Weston A. Price Journal – “Caustic Commentary”, Fall 2004)

The Top Fourteen

According to government and media health pundits, the top best 14 foods are:

  1. Beans
  2. Blueberries
  3. Broccoli
  4. Oats
  5. Oranges
  6. Pumpkin
  7. Salmon
  8. Soy
  9. Spinach
  10. Tea (green or black)
  11. Tomatoes
  12. Turkey
  13. Walnuts
  14. Yoghurt

This uninspiring list reflects the current establishment angels (anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids) and demons (saturated fats and animal foods).

Our list of the 14 best top foods, foods that supply vital nutrients including the fat-soluble vitamins, looks like this:

  1. Butter from grass-fed cows (preferably raw)
  2. Oysters
  3. Liver from grass-fed animals
  4. Eggs from grass-fed hens
  5. Cod liver oil
  6. Fish eggs
  7. Whole raw milk from grass-fed cows
  8. Bone broth
  9. Wild salmon
  10. Whole yoghurt or kefir
  11. Beef from grass-fed steers
  12. Sauerkraut
  13. Organic Beets

EDIT: If you noticed there are only 13 foods on the list, that’s because I recently removed shrimp due to increasing mercury levels. Thanks to one of my readers for pointing this out.
A diet containing only these foods will confer lifelong good health; a diet containing only the foods in the first list is the fast track to nutritional deficiencies.

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  1. John’s avatar

    Great post; you reall should point out that in their list, the yogurt is always low fat or no fat!

  2. admin’s avatar

    Good point, John! It is certainly true that the yoghurt recommended by mainstream “medical authorities” is always low-fat or even non-fat. The same is true for milk and even cheese. In fact, the food industry has come up with cheeses that are artificially low in fat just for this purpose!

    There are two main problems with eating low-fat dairy products (three if you count their bland and uninspiring flavor!) First, the fat is where you find health-promoting fat-soluble vitamins A & D, and of course the saturated fat itself in milk is an important nutrient for the body – despite popular belief. Second, protein digestion requires the presence of vitamins A & D; therefore, eating lean sources of protein such as low-fat dairy depletes the body’s natural stores of these vitamins, because it will draw on its own supply of vitamin A & D to digest the protein.

    Thanks again for pointing this out, John.


  3. Julie’s avatar

    Thanks for the revised superfoods list. I’m doing pretty good after looking at your new list! I need to find out about oysters and shrimp–why are they a super food? Just curious, I have nothing against them, in fact it’s refreshing that they are on the list!
    I have to smile when I see that butter comes in number one!

  4. admin’s avatar

    Hi julie,

    Thanks for your comment. In general shellfish are among the most nutrient-dense foods available. Dr. Weston A. Price found in his epidemiological studies that the populations around the world that ate shellfish were among the healthiest he encountered.

    Oysters are incredibly high in iron, with about a 100mg per gram. The next highest source is ginger at 7mg/g, and then beef and lamb at 6mg/g. So, one 100g serving of oysters a month gives you more iron than two equivalent servings of beef per week!

    Oysters also supply iron, selenium and other trace minerals; fat-soluble vitamins A and D; and the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. The long-chain fatty acids in oysters make a synergistic combination with saturated fatty acids from butter and coconut oil.

    Shrimp have ten times the amount of vitamin D than liver, which is already very high. Shrimp sauces and shrimp pastes made from dried shrimp, and therefore a concentrated source of vitamin D, are used throughout Africa and the Orient. This is the most likely explanation for low rates of osteoporosis in these regions, as well as a virtual absence of diseases linked to vitamin D deficiency—colon cancer and multiple sclerosis.

    A recent study at the University of Michigan once again confirmed the extensive health benefits of vitamin D, saying that it promotes strong bones, a healthy immune system, and offers protection against some types of cancer as well as heart disease.

    So eat your shrimp and oysters!

  5. s Katchian’s avatar

    On another website, where levels of mercury in various fish were enumerated, shrimp came in high on the charts.  (sorry, I don’t have that URL handy) Maybe you could review your findings in regard to the growing alarm over mercury levels in our oceanic fish.

  6. Chris’s avatar

    You are correct. Mercury levels in fish are becoming a greater concern. I would not recommend eating shrimp more than two or three times a month at this point. Thanks for bringing this up.

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