At one time all of us have been suspicious of one food or another causing us to “react”. Some people try eliminating the questionable food with mixed results and then give up. The problem that might be underlying their lack of success is that the whole family to which the particular food belongs, needs to be eliminated for a particular time period. To make life a little easier, and to take the guessing game out of grouping your foods I have made a list of the most common food groups. I hope this helps.


APPLE FAMILY Apple, pear, quince, medlar, loquat

BANANA FAMILY Banana, plantain, arrowroot

BEAN and PEA (LEGUMES) FAMILY Green pea, haricot bean, kidney, baked bean, peanut, soy bean, lentil, licorice, split pea, broad bean, butter, mung, lima, navy, pinto, runner, adzuki, green bean, chickpea, black-eyed pea, carob, snap bean, string bean

BLUEBERRY FAMILY Blueberry, cranberry, huckleberry

BUCKWHEAT FAMILY Buckwheat, rhubarb

CABBAGE/MUSTARD FAMILY Cabbage, cauliflower, canola, broccoli, collards, spring greens, kohlrabi, kale turnip, rape, horseradish, radish, rutabaga, watercress, mustard, mustard green, brussel sprout

CARROT/ PARSLEY FAMILY Anise, carrot, parsnip, celery, fennel, parsley, aniseed, caraway, dill, cumin, coriander

CASHEW FAMILY Cashew, pistachio, mango

CITRUS FAMILY Orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, lime, kumquat, tangelo

CRUSTACEAN FAMILY Crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish

DAISY/ASTER FAMILY Lettuce, romaine, chicory, endive, escarole, artichoke, sunflower, safflower, chamomile, sesame, stevia

FISH FAMILY Bony- salmon, tuna, orange roughy, codfish, trout, perch, sardine, halibut, mackerel, mahi mahi, red snapper, mullet, flounder, bass Cartilaginous- shark, ray, skate

GINGER FAMILY Ginger, turmeric, cardamon

GOURD FAMILY Cucumber, melon, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, casaba, zucchini, squash, pumpkin

GRAPE FAMILY Cream of tartar, grape, wine, wine vinegar, raisin


1. wheat, rye, triticale, oat, spelt, kamut

2. corn, sugarcane, pearl millet

3. rice, wild rice

4. malt

LAUREL FAMILY Avocado, cinnamon, bay leaf, sassafras

MEAT FAMILY Cattle- beef, veal, lamb, mutton, goat, buffalo Swine- pork, ham, bacon, boar Deer- venison

MILK FAMILY Cow, milk, casein, goat milk, sheep milk

MORNING GLORY FAMILY Sweet potato, white sweet potato

MOLLUSKS Abalone, mussel, oyster, scallop, clam, squid, snail, conch

MUSHROOM FAMILY Mushrooms (all types), truffle

MYRTLE FAMILY Allspice, clove, pimento, guava

By: Sarina Auriel MA CVT RYT


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