“Safe” Foods

Welcome to the list of foods that will not kill you.  These foods are safe in their purest forms.  What do I mean by “purest”?  I mean completely untouched, with absolutely no preparation or processing.

When I say “Food A is safe,” I don’t mean you can go to a restaurant and order Food A.  You need to check to see what kinds of herbs, spices, sauces, glazes, and other ingredients Food A is prepared with.  If you’re insanely sensitive like me, “Food A is safe” doesn’t even mean you can go to the grocery store and get a package of pure, unseasoned/unflavored Food A.  Many foods (especially meats) are often washed/prepared with with citric acid, and the FDA does not require this to be on the label.  If you read a label and a food appears “safe,” you may still need to call the manufacturer to find out what is actually in the food.

When I say “Food A is safe,” I also don’t mean that once you’ve confirmed Food A is safe it will always be safe.  Things vary from brand to brand: not all food is created equal. You may find one brand of rice milk or raw chicken that’s safe, and the brand next to it could be evil.  Even within a brand, ingredients can change without notice or vary from region to regionIf you’re on vacation or a business trip, don’t assume your “safe” brands are still safe.

So now that I’ve scared you into never eating anything ever again, here’s a list of “safe” foods.  Enjoy!

Beverages

  • Water
  • Black tea
  • Chamomile tea

Dairy and Alternatives

  • Rice milk
  • Almond milk (though actually I have yet to find a “safe” brand… if anyone finds one please let me know, I miss this stuff like crazy!)
  • Rice milk-based ice cream

Soups

  • Chicken soup with homemade broth (warning: most chicken and beef bouillons are not safe!)

Grains

  • Wheat
  • Spelt
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Rice

Proteins

  • Beef
  • Bison
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Eggs

Oils and Fats

  • Canola (Rapeseed) oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Lard

Nuts and Seeds

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Hazelnuts

Sweets

  • Cane sugar
  • Pure Cocoa (Enjoy Life brand is amazing!)
    • If you’re looking for another “safe” brand of chocolate, the most common ninja offender in chocolate is soy lecithin. Dark chocolate is less likely to have soy than milk chocolate, and “fancier” brands are more likely to be safe because they don’t use as many fillers.
  • Glee Gum (spearmint and peppermint flavors)