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Food Choices , a Book about Food Chemistry, Quality & Safety

This book describes some of the more important and more interesting features of food chemistry and develops a perspective on the healthier food choices included in the Alpha Nutrition Program. Food chemistry is complex and involves both chemicals intrinsic to food and chemicals added to and contaminating food. The food supply in any region of the world involves sampling the chemistry of the agricultural environment. In the good old days, food originated close to home and consumers sampled the local environment. Now food is shipped all over the world. Consumers sample exotic environments with no knowledge of the sources.

There are many complicated issues influencing proper food selection. Food choices have been changing rapidly and will continue to change for personal health reasons, but also in the next decades, we will change collec­tively. Some changes will be voluntarily and oth­ers will well be imposed on us by shifting economics, political upheavals, climate changes, population growth, and crop failures. Food choices in affluent coun­tries already involve new and unusual combinations of food chemistry that has never been experienced before in the history of life on earth. 

Thousands of new chemicals have entered the food chain as additives and contaminants. Immune-mediated (allergic) diseases are increasing and create expensive, chronic and debilitating illnesses. Each person interacts with food, home and work environments that determine his or her biological fate. In industrialized countries, the microenvironment of each person is controlled by human constructions and is generally polluted by toxic substances. The extent of this chemical contamination is seldom measured and the effects are poorly understood. As environmental problems multiply, new ill-defined illnesses will increase.

If your premise is that foods in common uses are good foods, healthy for everyone to eat, you will be disappointed. On the other had, if you premise is that foods are too dangerous to eat; you will lead an unhappy and malnourished life. A balanced point of view is developed in the Alpha Nutrition Program. The most reliable rule is that people should eat plant foods that have been in common use for centuries. Vegetables and fruits provide good nutrition and have additional benefits. Non-nutrient chemicals in plants can add unexpected benefits when included in the diet. These non-nutrient substances are now referred to as "phytochemicals" which just means, "plant chemicals".

Alpha Nutrition Program Food Choices

The Alpha Nutrition Program begins with the idea that everyone has a small set of best-fit foods that would allow them to feel and function optimally. The first goal is to identify the simplest set of best foods for each person.  We argue that a return to simpler foods would have important biological advantages. We seem to work better when we have a simple, regular food supply - no surprises.

Alpha Nutrition routines are based on numerous decisions which arrived at a set of policies which do three important things:

  • Simplify a very complex situation
  • Create order when chaos threatens to take over
  • Establish a critical path in a maze of possibilities

The core-concept also made good nutritional and economic sense. Human diets all over the world are based on a set of staple foods. The core of a new, healthy, modern diet should be a small number of staple foods. But which staple foods?   The ability of the Alpha Nutrition Program to solve  food allergy problems could be considered one of its most important advantages over any other system of diet revision. The Alpha Nutrition Program is based on assumptions about food reactivity, safety, and overall desirability. These assumptions have been confirmed by 20 years of testing different food choices in a large number of patients who suffered from a variety of disorders.

The core-concept developed as we kept score of adverse food reactions reported by patients. The program includes foods that we have found to be highly desirable nutritionally and, at the same time, caused the lowest incidence of adverse food reactions in a large group of people. The program excludes food choices - even popular choices - if we found that these food choices commonly created health problems. We found that rice, vegetables, and some fruits were among the best tolerated and most acceptable of all food choices.

Whatever the complex of reasons behind the food problems we have observed, the health-seeking goal of Alpha Nutrition is based on a return to a diet of simple, carefully selected, natural foods. Fresh or frozen vegetables, fruit, and rice products are the primary food choices. Poultry, fish, and small quantities of red meat are also suggested unless you have a vegetarian preference. Legumes, tofu and soya products are meat alternatives. Flavoring herbs, spices, and a small number of prepared or manufactured foods are suggested. These foods allow you to reconstruct daily menus, with confidence of good nutrition, and stable life-long eating habits

Food Choices  Author Stephen J. Gislason MD



Table of Contents



Classification of Food Components

Nutritional Programming

Alpha Nutrition Program Food Choices

Program Food Exclusions


Aromatic Substances







Catechins, Gallic Acids

Lipoic Acid and Ubiquinone


Grapefruit Factor X

Food Additives


Nitrates and nitrites


Food Colors

Monosodium Glutamate


Negative Chemicals in Food



Castor Beans

Cooking Chemistry

Garlic and Onions

Nutmeg, Drugs in Spices

Hot Spices, Peppers


Deadly Nightshades


Fish-Odor Syndrome

Herbs and Teas



Soya Problems

Soy Allergy

Soy Products

Proteins and Amino Acids

Immune-Mediated Protein Diseases

Distribution of Antigen

Cow’s Milk Proteins

Gluten Proteins

Jacob Creuzfelt Disease and Mad Cows:

Non-Nutrient Amino Acids

Cycad Beans and Lytico-Bodig

Peptides Derived From Food Proteins

Alcoholic Beverages


Beer and Ale



Metabolism of Ethanol

The Negative Effects of ABs

Toxicity to Digestive Organs

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Nucleotides and Gout

Food Safety

Foodborne Infection




Escherichia coli O157:H7

Toxoplasma gondii

Cryptosporidium parvum

Norwalk virus

Food Toxins

Fungi in Food


Shellfish-Associated Toxins

Atlantic Mussels and Memory Loss

Food Contaminants




Heavy Metals

Radioactive Isotopes

Abstracts from the Literature

How aspartame prevents the toxicity of ochratoxin

Ochratoxin A and prevention by aspartame

Aspartame: scientific evaluation

Neonatal exposure of male rats to estrogens

Goitrogenic and estrogenic activity of soy isoflavones.

Effects of soy phytoestrogens on breast cancer

Uterine Adenocarcinoma… Genistein

Neurobehavioral actions of isoflavonoids

Experimental colon cancer… genistein.

Fusarium …western Canadian wheat.

Tofu with late life cognitive impairment and dementia

Soya protein on the menstrual cycle

Infants & estrogens from soya infant formula

Anti-thyroid isoflavones from soyabean:

Grapefruit juice: potential drug interactions


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Starter Packs are bundles of books and formulas that help you get started solving your health problems. Starter packs are sold at a discount to make it easy and affordable for you to learn more and try out the formula. Starter packs include 2 books, the Alpha Nutrition Program, and an additional book that explains in detail your health problem plus one 500 Gram jar of nutrient formula. You can try the nutrient formula, evaluate its effects and learn how you can use it as a tool of nutritional therapy to help solve your health problem. After reading the program instructions, you decide when you want to start the program, order more formula and get busy solving your health problems. If you are not ready for a starter pack, order books separately.

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Aching and Fatigue
Air and Breathing
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Alcohol Problems & Solutions
Gluten Problems & Solutions
Managing Diabetes 2
  Eating and Weight Management
  Skin in Health and Disease
Feeding Children
  Human Brain in Health and Disease
Managing Food Allergy
Food & Digestive Disorders
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  Heart and Arterial Disease
  Immunology Notes
Managing Inflammatory Arthritis
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