The Rare-Food Elimination Diet

The idea of the elimination diet was first introduced in 1926 by Dr. Albert Rowe, and was further explained in his book titled “Elimination Diets and the Patient’s Allergies”, which was published in 1941.

The Premise

The rare-food elimination diet was designed to help food allergy sufferers pinpoint exactly what foods they are allergic to, thus allowing them to avoid those foods in the future.

The Diet

The rare-food elimination diet requires you to completely change your menu and eating habits. Any foods that you consume more than once in a 2 week period must be eliminated from your diet as these may be foods that cause your symptoms to flare. You decide what foods you want to add to your diet, but these should be foods that you rarely or never consume. You should include a variety of foods that will provide you with proper nutrition and will agree with your body.

Once you have eliminated all suspecting foods, your symptoms should disappear somewhere between 2 to 4 weeks. After they have completely disappeared you may begin to reintroduce those foods back into your diet in small portions, and only 1 at a time. If no negative symptoms return 2 to 3 days after testing a food, then you can move on to the next food. If symptoms do return after consuming a certain food, then you will know exactly which food or ingredient it is so that you can permanently remove it from your diet.

What to Get Excited Over

The immune system is weakened by all the processed foods, additives and chemicals that are consumed on the Western diet. This causes it to over-react when those foods enter into the body, resulting in severe and sometimes life-threatening flare-ups. The rare-food elimination diet can help you to remove these foods and have you feeling better in as little as 2 to 4 weeks. Your body will be able to stabilize and begin the healing process simply because you have stopped aggravating the symptoms.

The diet can help you to overcome headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema and reduce the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

Things to Consider

In most cases you will need to eliminate foods such as flour, sugar, margarine, milk and other dairy products, as well as certain meats. As a result you will need to learn how to prepare your foods using alternative ingredients.

The rare-food elimination diet removes all foods and drinks which you consume on a regular basis. This includes coffee and other addictive foods such as chocolate and fast foods. Depending on how hooked you are on these foods and drinks you may suffer severe withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and loss of concentration within the first 7 days.

You should never attempt the rare-food elimination diet without the supervision of a medical professional, as sudden changes in your diet may lead to severe reactions. 


The rare-food elimination diet is great for pinpointing what foods you are allergic to, and can help to reduce and even overcome your symptoms. However, it should only be done on a short-term basis, as nutritional deficiencies may occur, especially in infants, growing children and teenagers.


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