Foods To Avoid

Objective:  Avoid foods that are high in saturated fats, cause inflammation, and are polyamine-rich.  Avoid all high acid (as opposed to alkaline) foods, GMO, white sugar, dairy, gluten, and junkfood.

  1. DAIRY – All dairy products (especially those below) should be avoided by people with psoriasis because it causes skin inflammation and allergic skin reactions.
    • Fermented (Aged) Cheese
    • Ice Cream (Milk based. See milk types below.)
    • Milk (Cow, also avoid non-dairy Soy and Almond Milk/any nut or seed-based milk)
    • Yogurt
    • Alcohol
    • Cured Meats
    • Kimchi
    • Kombucha
    • Pickled Vegetables
    • Sauerkraut
    • Tofu / Tempeh
    • Yeast
  3. FRESH FRUITS – (Avoid ALL flash-frozen fruits and vegetables.)
    • Banana
    • Cherry
    • Citrus (Oranges, Mandarin, Tangerines, Grape Fruit) – triggers psoriasis outbreaks in the skin.
    • Mango
    • Pear (Black)
    • Rasberries, Strawberries (all red berry types)
    • Tomato (Roma, Beef, Large Tomatoes)
    • All canned fruits and packaged fruit juices, and fruit jams.
  4. GRAINS/BEANS – Avoid most beans including soy and grains; and starch, including refined grains (baked goods/all white flour use, white bread, crackers, pasta and cereals). Also avoid granola bars and protein bars.
  5. LIQUIDS – Avoid caffeine-based drinks like teas, sodas and coffee completely. Citrus fruits, syrup-packed canned fruit, unripe and overripe fruit, jams and jellies, syrups and sweetened fruit drinks should also be avoided.
    • Alcohol (Wine, Beer, Liquor) – People with psoriasis should avoid drinking alcohol because it has been proven to worsen and even trigger psoriasis episodes.
    • Coffee (Green bean)
    • Kombucha
    • Milk (Cow, also avoid non-dairy Soy and Almond Milk/any nut or seed-based milk)
    • Soda
    • Tea (Green leaf)
  6. NUTS & SEEDS – Avoid all nuts and most seeds, including peanut butter.
    • Almonds
    • Cashews
    • Hazelnuts
    • Peanuts
    • Pistachios
    • Sesame Seeds
    • Walnuts
    • Bacon – High in saturated fats.
    • Beef – Red meat (and Eggs) can be highly irritating for psoriasis sufferers because both have arachadonic acid which causes skin inflammation.
    • Caviar
    • Chicken (Roasted Breast)
    • Cured Meat (Jamón Ibérico or Serrano, Pepperoni, Prosciutto, Salami)
    • Eggs – upset the digestive system and inflame the intestines, which can make psoriasis worse.  Also, see Beef.
    • Fat (Animal)
    • Fish (Non Fatty Cold Water Fish)
    • Liver (Animal)
    • Protein Bars
    • Raw Fish (Sushi)
    • Sausages (Fatty)
    • Shellfish (Calamari, Crab, Mussel, Oyster, Scallop) – High in saturated fats.
  8. SPICES (Avoid all hot spices)
    • Basil
    • Cayenne, Paprika (All pepper based spices)
    • Parsley
    • Tarragon
    • Thyme
  9. VEGETABLES – You should avoid nightshades, canned, creamed and unripe vegetables including green peppers and green tomatoes. Avoid all peppers (except cracked black pepper which activates the healing qualities of Turmeric, an anti-inflammatory).
    • Artichokes (Jerusalem)
    • Basil Leaf
    • Bell Peppers (Red, Green, etc.)
    • Cabbage (Red)
    • Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans/Hummus)
    • Chili Peppers (all peppers)
    • Eggplant
    • Goji
    • Habanero Peppers
    • Legumes (Nuts, Seeds, Beans, Lentils, Peas and Soy Products)
    • Lentils
    • Mushroom
    • Mustard
    • Nightshades Vegetables (Solanaceae) – differ from standard vegetables because they grow during the night instead of growing during the day. Moreover, they contain a type of compound called alkaloid which can be toxic in large amounts. The nightshade vegetable family include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, pepper and goji. The term pepper refers not only to bell pepper, but also chili peppers, habenero peppers, cayenne pepper as well as paprika. Although potatoes of all kinds, whether they are baked, mashed, fried or used as a flour are considered nightshades, sweet potatoes and yams are not part of the nightshade family.
    • Parsley
    • Pickles
    • Potatoes
    • Soy Bean
    • Spinach (Minced)
    • Truffle
    • Artificial Coloring
    • Artificial Flavoring
    • Caffeinated items
    • Cooking Oils:  Margarine, Shortening, Lard, Hydrogenated Oils, Canola Oil, Vegetable Oils
    • Fried Foods
    • GMO Foods
    • MSG
    • Preservatives
    • Processed Foods
    • Soy Sauce
    • Sweeteners: Sugar, Corn Syrup, All Artificial Sweeteners

38 thoughts on “Foods To Avoid

  1. Truly 100 % works,if you are a serious psoriasis sufferer thinking life life how?,follow this after 2 months you will notice you are using very less steroids like a small tube for a month for surface application,also note stop using all medicine intake into body,use only surface application as it will be used only in a month that too externally.also to note,,don’t use aggressive soaps to bath,don’t use artificially manufactured moisteriser instead only use coconut oil,but be sure don’t eat coconut and its by-product,only its oil can be used as moisteriser .for shampoo don’t use dandruff shampoo,as doctor prescribes,instead use anti hair fall herbal shampoo,note only herbal hair fall shampoo works not an ordinary hair fall shampoo.sure sure follow ,,no doctor can help psoriasis sufferers,only our experience helps,,only 2 months follow diet and my instructions you will feel that above diet throughout your life helps and fights psoriasis and you will say ”no more triggers” by the way avoid stress also.

  2. I found these lists 3 weeks ago, and I have followed it completely. I have not even used my medicines for my psoriasis at all for this past week. My skin actually looks like it’s HEALING!!! I haven’t had any pain either!!! I can’t believe after all this time, it is TRULY the FOOD making me miserable….
    Thank you thank you for posting the foods to avoid and the foods to eat lists!!!!

    • We appreciate your comments and are very happy to hear that your food choices have truly helped your psoriatic condition. Thank you.

    • If the foods you choose to eat are more desirable to you than the psoriatic conditions you experience, there is no way for us to be of assistance. However, if you believe that this condition no longer serves you, and you seek healing solutions through food choices, then kindly visit the FOODS TO EAT section, here:

      • Yes perfectly stated. “If the foods you choose to eat are more desirable to you than the psoriatic conditions you experience” – that says it all. And for me, it’s not worth to eat whatever i want and deal with the consequences of it.

    • This list gives all food items for all types of psoriasis and for all psoriasis affected people. But, we need to keep in mind that different people reach differently to different foods. Potatoes, coffee, tea, whole grains, rice, beans, wheat, berries may trigger in some people, but for some it’s absolutely ok. My mom consumes these and they actually help her. Lentils are walnuts are actually considered good for psoriasis.

      • Pooja,
        Thank you for your comment. The reason lentils are on the Foods to Avoid list is because they are rich in polyamines (proteins) which accelerate the regeneration of cells and since those with psoriasis suffer from an acceleration of skin regenerating 28 times faster than your average person, it is on the Food to Avoid list.

  3. Is rice milk okay ie one sold at places like wholefoods? Are there any types of milk which can be okay to drink/consume with cereal?

    And are all Indian types of lentils bad or are some types okay. I was surprised to see Spinach and quinoa on the list above.

    • Some fruits are good for you (e.g. wild blueberries, apples, pineapple). It’s a combination of high sugar levels, high potassium, and fruits that trigger outbreaks that are to be avoided; however, if the fruits are powerful anti-inflammatory (such as the wild blueberries, etc.) and do not trigger outbreaks or inflammation then they make the list of foods to eat.

  4. II already started the diet suggested in the Pagani book,but your list makes way more sense. But can I drink brown rice milk? I don’t feel a reaction from it but just want to make sure…

  5. Hi , you wrote to avoid most seeds , I am eating flax and pumpkin seeds but would like at least one more type in my diet , are there any others you recommend ? Thanks.

  6. mine actually (not really sure if it is psoriasis all i know is i got a skin disease from head to my back and chest) got better in just 4 days im just eating vegetables usually okra and when im craving meat – chicken and i also eat bananas and apples. (but usually vegetables and if i want meat i just eat chicken and fish.) i also stay away from sugar and coffee completely aslo im putting baking soda 1 teaspoon / liter of water. . . thats about it. . .all my itchiness and dandruff (not your average dandruff i mean a lot and thick kind of dandruff that started to spread at the back of my ear and neck) and all the skin issue i have at my chest and back are almost gone now. im planning to continue with this diet for 2 months to get my health back in shape. . . for me i think just eat a lot of vegetables a little fruits but not those citrus kind. if you want meat just eat chicken and fish. i think its all about a healthy diet and make sure to buff your water (mine always have baking soda). . .you can also watch “big fat and nearly dead” and dr pagano in youtube just to get an idea. .. hope this helps.

  7. As a Vegan I have definitely seen so much of an improvement in my psoriasis, although I would avoid soya and oats if possible. I am currently looking into buckwheat as a substitute – and as well if anyone is interested Coconut milk seems to work very well and is extremely tasty to use as a milk substitute! 🙂

  8. But just out of curiousity with all of the cancellations what would you recommend as a main protein source? I am still dabbling in the effects of quinoa and lentils as well as chickpeas, I understand that everyone reacts differently but still some of the primary sources of protein are said to be avoided?

  9. I have read your other foods to eat list and found it very helpful. Thanks a lot. If people can consume the needed things and avoid the triggering items, psoriasis can be kept under control and all can lead a normal comfortable life, without any medicines which are so harmful.

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