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Avoids and Beneficials


The diet has been wonderful for both my husband (O+) and me (B+). In four months we have had 95% of our symptoms disappear (but that will go on your shared results part of the website). My question is this: can eating a beneficial food together with an avoid food counteract the avoid food? If avoids are like poison and beneficials are like medicine, what is the outcome of consuming them together? Thanks for all your good work, we feel wonderful!


No, beneficials and avoids function on a different axis; i.e eating a "avoid" food containing a lectin will do damage to the intestinal lining. No "beneficial" food will repair it per se.

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