Acceptable Canned and Packaged Foods - Dr. McDougall (2022)

Acceptable Canned and Packaged Foods - Dr. McDougall (1)

Congratulations on completing the Free McDougall Program. You are now empowered with the tools you need to return to vibrant health. Remember to keep it simple with a few of your favorite dishes and take advantage of the convenience of ready-made foods.

Below is our updated list of Canned and Packaged Foods that can be used on the McDougall Program. Criteria include no animal products, limited soy protein, little or no added oils, and a minimum of additives and refining. Always check the list of ingredients before purchasing any products. Ingredients may change, such as added oil to a product that previously was compliant. The list is far from complete; we invite you to offer suggestions for future updates and check back periodically for new additions.

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Milk Substitutes (Rich)

Soy Milk
Silk Unsweetened

Almond Milks
Almond Breeze Unsweetened
Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla
Silk Unsweetened
Silk Unsweetened Vanilla

Oat Milk
Elmhurst

Cashew Milk
Silk Unsweetened

Note: These are only a few of the choices we like. You will find these products at most large grocery stores. The important things to note about why we chose these products, that you should look for in other milk substitutes, is that they have no added sugars, are low in fat, and have minimal ingredients.

Jellies, Jams & Syrups

365
Fruit Spreads

Anderson’s
Pure Maple Syrup

Aunt Patty’s
Brown Rice Syrup

Canadian Farm
Fruit Spreads

The J.M. Smucker Co.
Smucker’s Simply Fruit; Red Raspberry, Strawberry, Peach, etc.,

Kozlowski Farms
Chutneys, Fruit Jams & Jellies

Lundberg Family Farms
Sweet Dreams Brown Rice Syrup

Many Manufactures
Pure Honey

Polaner
All Fruit (jams)

Roland
Fruit Spreads

Shady Maple Farms
Maple Syrup

Sorrell Ridge Farm
Sorrell Ridge 100% Fruit Spreads

Spring Tree Corp.
Pure Maple Syrup

St. Dalfour
100% Fruit Jam

BBQ Sauces & Ketchup

There are many Barbeque Sauces and Ketchup available that are compatible with the McDougall diet. Please check labels carefully and choose those that are low in sugar & salt and avoid any with added oil.

Baking Ingredients

Argo
Aluminum Free Baking Powder

Arrowhead Mills
Assorted Flours (Organic, Unbleached, Sprouted, etc.)

Bob’s Red Mill
Egg Replacer, Aluminum Free Baking Powder, Unbleached Flour, Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

Ener-G Foods
Egg Replacer, Aluminum Free Baking Powder

King Arthur
Unbleached Flours

Rumford
Aluminum Free Baking Powder

Wondercocoa
Fat Free Cocoa Powder

365
Aluminum Free Baking Powder, Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

Popcorn

Boston’s
Fat Free Carmel Corn

Little Bear Organic Foods
Organic Microwave Popcorn, Light Organic Popcorn, no salt, no oil

Trader Joes
Fat Free Carmel Corn

Rice and Corn Cakes

Glenn Foods
Brown Rice Treat

Lundberg Family Farms
Rice Cakes; Wild Rice, Brown Rice, Mochi Sweet. Popcorn, Tamari with Seaweed, Sesame Tamari, Koku Sesame

Quaker Oats Co.
Rice Cakes; Lightly Salted & Salt Free

Real Foods
Corn Thins

Trader Joe’s
Mini Rice Cakes; Plain, Caramel Corn

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Westbrae Natural Foods
Rice Cakes: Sesame Teriyaki, Double Sesame, Sesame Garlic

Crackers

Bremner Food Group
Natural Ry-Krisp-Fat Free

Devonsheer
Organic Plain Melba Toast

Edward & Sons
Baked Brown Rice Snaps

Finn Crisp
Thin Crisps

Hol Grain Crackers
Brown Rice

Kavli
Kavli Norwegian Crispbread

Mary’s Gone Crackers
Original Seed Cracker, Caraway, Black Pepper, Herb, Onion (higher fat content)

Old London
JJ Flats Flatbread

Ryvita
Crispbread

San-J International
Brown Rice Crackers

Trader Joe’s
Oriental Rice Crackers, Savory Thin Mini Rice Crackers, Savory Thin Mini Multi-Seed Rice Crackers, Corn Tortilla Flat Breads

Venus Wafers, Inc.
Fat Free Crackers; Black Pepper, Garden Vegetable, Garlic & Herb, Multi Grain

Wasa
Wasa Crispbread, Lite Rye, Hearty Rye, Sourdough Rye, Multi Grain

Westbrae Natural Foods
Brown Rice Crackers

Whole Foods Market/365
Woven Wheats

Yaya’s Raw Rah
Organic Krackers

Pretzels

J & J Snack Foods
Super Pretzels (frozen)

Newman’s Own Organics
Bavarian Fat Free Pretzels

Snyder’s of Handover
Sourdough Hard Pretzels, Sourdough Nibblers, Oat Bran Sticks

Wege Pretzel Co.
Hard Pretzels

Breads

Alvarado Street Bakery
Oil-Free Breads & Bagels, Sprouted Wheat Tortillas

Amber Farms
Carrot Pasta Wraps, Whole Wheat Pasta Wraps, Spinach Pasta Wraps

Breads for Life
Sprouted 7-Grain Bread, Sprouted Wheat with Raisin, Sprouted Rye Bread

Brother Juniper’s Bakery
Oil Free Breads; 100% Whole Wheat, Multi Grain

Burns & Ricker
Crispini

Cedarlane Foods:
Fat Free Whole Wheat Tortillas, Whole Wheat Lavosh Bread

Dallas Gourmet Bakery
Kabuli Pizza Crust

Food for Life
Ezekiel, Sprouted Grain Tortillas

French Meadow Bakery
French Meadow Brown Rice Bread

Garden of Eatin’, Inc.
Bible Bread-regular and salt free, Thin-Thin Bread, Swedish Rye, Pita Puffs

Grainaissance
Mochi; Plain, Raisin, Cinnamon, Mugwort

Great Harvest Bread Co.
Great Harvest Bakery; Honey Whole Wheat, 9-Grain, Rye Onion Dill, Country White

Ian’s
Whole Wheat Panko Breadcrumbs

International Baking Co.
Mr. Pita

Lifestream Natural Foods
Essene Bread

Mountain Bread
Oil Free, Paper Thin, Wraps with only 3 or 4 ingredients. Comes in Barley, Corn, Oat, Organic Wheat Natural, Rice, Rye, Original White, Chia Seeds, Spelt

Nature’s Hilights, Inc.
Brown Rice Pizza Crust

Nature’s Path Foods
Manna Bread

Nokomis Farms
Country Loaf-Sourdough

Norganic Foods Co.
Katenbrot (Rye Bread)

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Oasis Breads
Creative Crust Dinner Shells

Pacific Bakery
Ancient Wheat; Whole Grain Spelt Bread, Spelt Multi-Grain Bread, Whole Grain Spelt Cinnamon-Raisin Bread, Spelt White Cinnamon-Raisin Bread, Spelt White Multi-Grain with Flax Seeds, Whole Grain Rye Bread, Whole Grain Kamut Bread, Whole Grain Kamut Cinnamon-Raisin Bread, Kamut White Bread, Ancient Grains Bread, Ancient Wheat Bagels, Sourdough Multi-Grain Bread, yeast-Free Whole Wheat Bread, Whole Grain Millet, multi-Grain Bread with Flax Seeds

Pure Grain Bakery
Pumpernickel, Gourmet Rye, and more

Ryvita
Crisp Breads

Snack Cracks
Pizza Crust-Organic Brown Rice

SoyNut Butter Co.
Tortilla Crumbs

Whole Foods
365 Organic Fat-Free Tortillas

Whole Kids Organic
Waffles

Canned Tomato Products

Beatrice/Hunt-Wesson
No Salt Added Tomato Paste, No Salt Added Tomato Sauce, No Salt Added Stewed Tomatoes, No Salt Added Whole Tomatoes

Contadina Foods
Tomato Puree, Tomato Paste

Del Monte:
Tomato Sauce, Tomato Paste, Diced Tomatoes, Chunky Tomatoes, Stewed Tomatoes; Cajun Recipe, Mexican recipe, Italian Recipe, and Original Style Stewed Tomatoes with Onions, Celery and Green Peppers

Eden Foods
Crushed Tomatoes, Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis, Diced Tomatoes, Whole Roma Tomatoes, Whole Tomatoes with Basil

Muir Glen Organics
Canned Tomato Tomato Products

Pomi
Strained Tomatoes, Chopped Tomatoes

Progresso Quality Foods
Tomato Paste, Tomato Puree, Crushed Tomatoes, Whole Peeled Tomatoes, Diced tomatoes, Diced Tomatoes with Italian Herbs, Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes, Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes

S & W Foods
Ready-cut Peeled Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Thick & Chunky, Stewed Tomatoes, Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes

Trader Joe’s
Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti Sauces

Beatrice/ Hunt-Wesson
Healthy Choice Garlic & Herb Pasta Sauce, Traditional Pasta Sauce, Super Chunky Vegetable Primavera

Muir Glen
Organic Pasta Sauces; Mushroom Marinara, Portobello Mushroom

Pomi
Marinara Sauce

Trader Joe’s
Fat-Free Organic Classic Tomato Pasta Sauce, Fat-Free Organic Sweet Pepper Sauce

Tree of Life
Fat-Free Pasta Sauce

Ventre Packing Co.
Enrico’s Fat Free Pasta Sauce

Walnut Acres
Low Sodium Tomato & Basil

Canned & Bottled Beans & Vegetables

365
Bottled Beans, Canned Beans

Beatrice/Hunt-Wesson
Rosarita No Fat Refried Beans

Bush Bros.& Co.
Canned Beans, Deluxe Vegetarian Beans

Eden Foods
Organic Beans; Aduki, Black, Black Eyed Peas, Black Soybeans, Butter Beans, Cannellini, Garbanzo, Great Northern, Kidney, Navy Beans, Pinto, Small Red Beans

Goya Foods
Canned Beans

H.J. Heinz
Vegetarian Beans in Tomato Sauce

Little Bear/Bearitos
Fat Free Traditional Refried Beans, Fat Free Refried Beans with Chili, Fat Free Black Bean Refried Beans

Mercantile Food Co.
Canned Beans; Kidney, Navy, Black, etc.

Progresso Quality Foods Co.
Cannellini Beans, Black Beans, etc.

S&W Fine Foods
Honey Mustard Baked Beans, Maple Sugar Baked Beans, Pinquitos, White Beans, Chili Beans with Chipotle Peppers, Maple Syrup Beans, Deli-Style Bean Salad, Mixed Bean Salad, Dill Garden Salad, Succotash, Garden Style Pasta Salad, Chili Makin’s, Red Beans Louisiana Style, Chili Beans, Black Beans, Caribbean Recipe, New York Recipe, Santa Fe Recipe, San Antonio Recipe

Trader Joe’s
Kidney Bean Chili, Black Bean Chili

Westbrae Natural Foods
Organic Canned Beans; Chili, Garbanzo, Great Northern, Kidney, Lentil, Pinto, Red, Salad Beans, Soup Beans, Soy Beans, Baked Beans

Frozen Potatoes

Bel-air
Hash Browns

Cascadian Farm
Organic Country Style Potatoes, Organic Hash Browns

J.R. Simplot Co.
Okray’s Hash Brown Potato Patties

Mr. Dell Foods
Hash Browns

Ore-Ida Foods
Hash Browns, Potatoes O’Brien

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Pacific Valley Foods
Natural Shredded Hashbrowns, Southern Style Chopped Hashbrowns, Roasted Potato Wedges, Crinkle Cut Potatoes

Reser’s Fine Foods
Hash Browns

Simply Potatoes
Diced Potatoes with Onion, Shredded Hash Browns, Homestyle Slices, Red Potato Wedges

Sno Pac Foods Inc.
Potatoes O’Brien C & W (California & Washington) Foods; Whole Red Potatoes

Bean & Veggie Dishes (frozen or refrigerated)

Birds Eye
Steam Fresh Rice, Steam Fresh Roasted Red Potato Blend, Steam Fresh Rice and Vegetable Mixes, C&W Ultimate Southwest Blend

NOTE: Birds Eye makes many frozen meals and vegetable blends but only a few of the blends and “complete meals” are free of oil and other undesirable ingredients—be sure to read the ingredient list.

Cascadian Farms
Organic Hearty Blends, Riced Cauliflower Blends

Green Giant
Riced Veggies, Veggie Spirals

Pastas

Note: We prefer you choose whole grain pasta whenever possible, however we allow for the use of refined flour when a whole grain option is not available.

Ancient Harvest
Quinoa Pasta

Bionaturae
Organic Pasta—Whole Wheat & Gluten Free

Cucina & Amor
Organic Pasta, Potato Gnocchi, Gluten Free Gnocchi, Whole Wheat Gnocchi

DeBole’s Nutritional Foods
Organic Pastas, Gluten Free Pastas

Eden Foods
Imported Japanese Pasta (Udon, Soba, Buckwheat, Kuzu, Etc.), Organic 100% Whole Wheat Pastas

Food for Life Baking Co.
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Pasta

Golden Grain
100% Whole Wheat Pastas

Jovial Foods
Gluten Free Brown Rice: Elbows, Manicotti, Lasagna, Farfalle, Caserecce, Fettuccini, etc.

Lotus Foods
Rice Pad Thai Noodles

Lundberg Pasta
Brown Rice Spaghetti, Brown Rice Penne, Brown Rice Rotini

Nature’s Legacy
Whole Grain Spelt Pasta

Ronzoni Foods Corp
100% Organic, Gluten Free, etc.

Sam Mills USA
100% Corn pastas

Tinkyada
Brown rice pastas, White rice pastas, Organic Brown rice pastas

Canned Soups

Amy’s
Organic Fat Free Soups

Andersen’s
Split Pea Soup

Blue Chip Group
Instant Vegetarian Chicken Flavor Broth Base

Health Valley Foods
Vegetable Broth, Organic Split Pea Soup, Fat Free Soups; 14 Garden Vegetable Soup, Vegetable Barley, Corn & Vegetable, 5 Bean Vegetable, Tomato Vegetable, Split Pea & Carrots, Lentil & Carrots, Black Bean & Vegetable. Fat-Free Carotene Soups; Italian Plus, Super Broccoli, Organic Tomato Soup

Imagine Foods
Vegetable Broth, No-Chicken Broth

Muir Glen
Organic Tomato Soup, Organic Homestyle Split Pea

Pacific Foods of Oregon
Vegetable Broth, Mushroom Broth

Simply Organic
Organic Lentil & Parsley, Organic Yellow Split Pea

Trader Joe’s
Mostly Unsplit Pea Soup, Bean and Vegetable Duet Soup, Tomato Vegetable Soup, Swabian Rice and Vegetable Soup

Walnut Acres
Cuban Black Bean, Mediterranean Lentil, Four Bean Chili, Ginger Carrot

Westbrae Natural Foods
Great Plains Savory Bean, Santa Fe Vegetable, Louisiana Bean Stew, Alabama Black Bean Gumbo, Old World Split Pea, Spicy Southwest Vegetable, Mediterranean Lentil

Dry Soup Mixes

Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods
Baked Ramen Noodles-Chicken Flavor, Baked Ramen Noodles-Beef Flavor, Hearty Chili with Baked Tortilla Chips, Mediterranean Pasta & Beans, Rice & Pasta Chicken Flavored Pilaf Cup & Big Cup, Minestrone Pasta Soup & Big Cup, Split Pea Soup with Barley Cup & Big Cup, Tortilla Soup with Baked Tortilla Chips, Southwest Style Rice & Pinto Beans, Tamale Pie with Baked Tortilla Chips Cup and Big Cup, Curry with Brown & Wild Rice Big Cup, Fruited Pilaf Big Cup, Hot & Sour with Organic Noodles Big Cup, Miso Soup with Organic Noodles Big Cup, Pad Thai Noodle Soup Big Cup, Black Bean & Lime Soup Big Cup, Tortilla Soup Mix, Split Pea & Barley Soup Mix, Vegetarian Vegetable Beef Soup Mix, Crowd-Pleasing Chili Mix

Eden Foods
Ramen; Buckwheat, Whole Wheat

Edward & Son’s Trading Co.
Miso

Fantastic Foods
Cha-Cha Chili Soup Cup, Potato & Corn Chowder Soup Cup, Country Lentil Soup Cup, Couscous with Lentils Bean Soup Cup, Five Bean Soup Bean Cup, Jumpin’ Black Bean Soup Cup, Minestrone Big Cup, Split Pea Soup Cup, Vegetable Barley Soup Cup, Vegetarian Chicken Noodle Soup Mix, Baja Black Bean Chipotle Soup Cup, Green Onion Miso with Tofu Soup Cup

Frontier Co-op Soup Vegetables – Deluxe
Kosher, Non-irradiated

Harmony House Organic Vegetable Pantry Stuffers
8 Varieties

Health Valley Foods
Pasta Italiano, Fat-Free Cup of Soup- Marinara, Garden Split Pea With Carrots, Black Bean with Couscous, Zesty Black Bean with Rice, Chicken Flavored Noodles with Vegetables, Lentil with Couscous

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Mishima
Instant Miso soups

Nile Spice Foods
Lentil Soup, Black Bean Soup, Split Pea Soup, Chili ‘n’ Beans

Sahara Natural Foods
Casbah; Hearty Harvest, Original Couscous, Jambalaya, Morrocan Stew, La Fiesta

Simply Organic
Chunky Tomato & Lentil

Sokensha Co.
Soken Ramen

The Spice Hunter
Moroccan Couscous, Mediterranean Minestrone, Cantonese Noodle Soup, French Country Lentil, Kasba Curry, Kasba Curry with Rice Bran, Mandarin Noodle Soup

Trader Joe’s
Ramen Soup, Brown Rice Ramen, Soba Noodles

Westbrae Natural Foods
Ramen; Whole Wheat, Onion, Curry, Carrot, Miso, Seaweed, 5-Spice, Spinach, Mushroom, Buckwheat, Savory Szechwan, Oriental Vegetable, Golden Chinese. Miso Soup; Mellow White, Hearty Red. Noodles Anytime-Country Style

Wil-Pak Foods
Taste Adventure Foods; Black Bean, Curry Lentil, Split Pea, Red Bean, Navy Bean, Minestrone, Sweet Corn Chowder, Red Bean Chili, Black Bean Chili, Lentil Chili, 5 Bean Chili

Seasoning Mixes

Benson’s
Salt Free—Table Tasty, Supreme Garlic and Herb, Gusto Garlic and Herb, Masterpiece Mediterranean, Zesty Lemon, Calypso Jamaican/Caribbean Hot & Spicy, Ponderosa Wild Game, Heritage Game Bird & Poultry, Bravo Tex-Mex

Frontera
Red Chile Enchilada Sauce

Maine Coast Sea Vegetables
Sea Seasonings—Dulse Granules, Kelp Granules

Road’s End Organics
Golden Gravy Mix, Herb Gravy Mix, Shiitake Gravy Mix

Simply Organic
Vegetarian Brown Gravy, Chili, Taco, Sloppy Joe, Mushroom Sauce, Chipotle Black Bean, Creamy Dill, French Onion, Onion and Chive, Green Enchilada Simmer Sauce

The Vegetarian Express
Parma Zaan Sprinkles, Veggie Chick Seasoning, Roasted Garlic and Red Bell Pepper Zip, Pepper-like Seasoning, Creamy White Gravy Mix, Greek Isle, Beef-Like, Lemony Dill

Salad Dressings

Forks Over Knives
Creamy Italian, Orange Sesame Ginger, Balsamic Fig

Simple Girl
Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette, Organic Sweet Vinaigrette, Organic Sweet Mustard, Organic Citrus

Note: Oil-free salad dressings are almost impossible to find. Balsamic and red wine vinegars make good salad dressings. Or find a complete list of easy to make dressings by clicking here.

Hot Drinks

Many manufacturers
Herbal Teas

Adamba Imports Int.
Inka

Bioforce of America
Coffree, Bambu

Bolt’s Old World Grain Co.
Gaia’s Cafe

California Natural Products
Dacopa

Eden Foods
Yannoh

General Foods Corp.
Postum

Libby, McNeil, & Libby
Pero

Mapi
Raja’s Cup

Modern Products
Sipp

Richter Bros.
Cafix

Sundance Roasting Co
Sundance Barley Brew

Teeccino Cafe
Original, Almond Amaretto, Chocolate Mint, Vanilla Nut

Worthington Foods
Kaffree Roma

Cold Cereals

Note: Please keep in mind that some of these products have added sugars. When possible, pick the plain cereal and add sweeteners and toppings yourself.

Arrowhead Mills
Plain Puffed Grains, Shredded Wheat, Oat Bran Flakes, Multigrain Flakes, etc.

Back to Nature
Apple Blueberry Granola, Classic Granola

Barbara’s Bakery
Brown Rice Crisps, Corn Flakes, Breakfast O’s, Shredded Wheat, Multigrain Spoonfuls, Multigrain Squarefuls

Cascadian Farm
Purely O’s, Honey Nut O’s, Raisin Bran, Multi-Grain Squares

General Mills
Cheerios, Chex Corn, Chex Rice, Chex Wheat

Kashi
Whole Wheat Biscuits, 7 Whole Grain Flakes Cereal, 7 Whole Grain Puffs, Sprouted Grains, Organic Strawberry Fields

Kellogg’s
Corn Flakes, Rasin Bran, Rice Krispies

Nature’s Path Food
Kamut Puffs, Rice Puffs, Millet Rice Flakes, Corn Flakes

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Post
Grape-Nuts, Shredded Wheat

Three Sisters
Uncle Sam’s Wheat Berry Flakes

Whole Foods Market/365
365 Wheat Squares, 365 Morning O’s, 365 Bran Flakes, 365 Corn Flakes, Engine 2 Cereals

FAQs

What foods are in McDougall diet? ›

The McDougall Program Basics

A diet of plant foods, including whole grains and whole-grain products (such as pasta, tortillas, and whole-grain bread), and a wide assortment of vegetables and fruit. Plenty of spices and usually small amounts of sugar and salt to enhance the flavor of food.

What kind of bread is on the McDougall diet? ›

Buy a loaf of whole wheat bread (with no added fat, milk, or eggs in the ingredients) every day and eat it all. What could be simpler? Tired of bread, then buy rice. Although not ideal, even white rice will work.

Are Nuts allowed on McDougall diet? ›

Nuts Are a Delicacy on the McDougall Diet

For our best appearance and performance we must remain true to our nature. However, most of us are also resilient. Thus, an occasional rich food is no serious threat for otherwise trim and healthy people—especially when this delicacy is from a whole plant origin, such as nuts.

Is tofu allowed on starch solution? ›

The Starch Solution does allow for some soy products. Whole soy like edamame or soybeans are preferable, but tofu and tempeh are acceptable as well. The Starch Solution is strictly a low-fat plan.

What does Dr McDougall eat for breakfast? ›

Traditional breakfast foods, like toast, cereals, pancakes, and waffles, made of whole grains, are already in line with the McDougall Program. Only a slight variation in the components of these dishes needs to be made. Many people can't imagine eating a breakfast cereal without milk or cream.

Can you eat yogurt on starch solution? ›

On the Starch Solution, you won't be able to eat or drink milk-based products, but fortunately, there are many vegan-friendly alternatives on the market. Replace these products with low-fat soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, oat milk, and dairy-free soy-based cheeses, yogurts, and other dairy alternatives.

Can you eat white rice on McDougall diet? ›

"Rice is not a deal-breaker", said Dr. McDougall. Brown rice is better, but white rice is fine too.

Can you have sugar on the McDougall diet? ›

The McDougall Newsletter. In order to increase the probability that you will follow a starch-based diet, I encourage you to add reasonable amounts of simple sugars to some of your dishes.

What is the 50 50 plate? ›

Follow the 50/50 plate method for your meals, filling half your plate (by visual volume) with non-starchy vegetables and 50% (by visual volume) with minimally processed starches. Choose fruit for dessert. Greatly reduce or eliminate added sugars and added salts.

Can you eat fruit on the Starch Solution? ›

The Starch Solution, created by John McDougall, MD, is a low-fat plant-based diet that focuses on eating potatoes, whole-grain products, beans, vegetables, and fruit. The emphasis is on whole foods, with no animal products, no oil, no processed foods, and limited sugars.

How much weight can I lose on McDougall diet? ›

Lose up to 15 pounds a month without ever going hungry. Dr. McDougall clarifies the scientific and medical evidence about nutrition and metabolism to provide a simple weight-loss plan featuring 100 healthy and delicious recipes by Mary McDougall.

Is Dr McDougall diet healthy? ›

Its severe restrictions make it nutritionally questionable and it has never been properly tested in a controlled study. It is commonly believed that people who want to lose weight should avoid starchy foods like potatoes and pasta, and low-carb diets are often recommended.

Are soy beans a starch? ›

Starchy foods include grains, legumes like soybeans and starchy vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, corn and winter squash.

Do soy beans contain starch? ›

Soybean starches exhibit CB-type X-ray diffraction patterns, and granule diameters were very small (0.7 to 4 micrometer). Soybeans, 20 d prior to harvest contained 10.9-11.7% starch (dry basis). Apparent amylose content was 19-22% and absolute amylose content was 11.8-16.2%.

What starches should I avoid to lose weight? ›

You should avoid the following foods due to their high starch content:
  • Pasta. A cup of cooked spaghetti has 43 grams (g) of carbohydrates, 36 of which come from starch. ...
  • Potatoes. A single, medium-sized potato has about 31 g of starch. ...
  • White Bread. ...
  • White Rice. ...
  • Corn.
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How do you lose weight on starch solution? ›

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How much does the 12 day McDougall program cost? ›

They do not have to reside in the same household and can join the program from anywhere. The price is $1,995 USD per additional friend or family member and includes all program inclusions. Click here to book.

Which food has the most starch? ›

Foods high in starch include: Starchy vegetables like peas, corn, lima beans and potatoes. Dried beans, lentils and peas such as pinto beans, kidney beans, black eyed peas and split peas. Grains like oats, barley and rice.

Is there such a thing as a potato diet? ›

Though many allege that the diet has helped them lose significant weight, no scientific studies support these claims. The potato diet is a fad diet that promises rapid weight loss by eating nothing but potatoes for three to five days. These claims have not been scientifically proven.

What is the difference between the Starch Solution and maximum weight loss? ›

Differences between the starch solution and the maximum weight loss. The maximum weight loss program eliminates nuts, seeds, avocado, flours (bread and pasta), and high-calorie soy products like tofu. You can eat these in moderation in the regular starch solution but concentrate on the starches and vegetables.

How old is mcdougall? ›

Does starch make you gain weight? ›

These simple starches are digested so quickly that they spike your glucose levels just like sugar — and leave you hungry soon afterward. Which can lead to overeating and (ugh) weight gain. If you want to enjoy bread and crackers, choose whole-grain varieties (beware multigrain varieties; they're mostly white flour).

How do you lose weight on McDougall? ›

The McDougall Program Establishes an Ideal Setpoint

A natural, low-fat, plant-food-based diet – a diet of unprocessed starches with green and yellow vegetables and fruits – is the correct diet for the human body – and allows you to look, feel and function your best.

How do you eat oil free? ›

Here are some tasty ways to get healthy plant-based fats without added oil:
  1. Nuts, seeds, and their butters (look for brands with no added oil, sugar, or salt)
  2. Avocados.
  3. Beans like chickpeas and pinto beans.
  4. Whole or fermented soy products.
18 Nov 2020

How many calories are in a McDougall diet? ›

The regular diet consists of about 2,000 calories daily and contains 5 gm or less of fat, about 20 gm of #, and not more than 150 mg of sodium. However, the initial diet prescribed for weight loss is even more restricted in calories (400 to 800 per day).

What is the maximum weight loss in a week? ›

Over the long term, it's smart to aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds (0.5 to 1 kilogram) a week. Generally to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, you need to burn 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume each day, through a lower calorie diet and regular physical activity.

How do I get a 50/50 plate? ›

Load one side of your plate with leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, mushrooms, fruit and berries - and the other side with whole grains, beans, legumes, starchy vegetables and tubers. That's it. Eat until you are full and satisfied. If you still feel hungry, make another plate and eat that, too.

Does the Starch Solution book have recipes? ›

The book also contains almost 100 of Mary McDougall's recipes, and a 7 day menu plant. Two thirds of the book talks about why a starch-centered diet, most commonly asked questions, statistics and success stories. There are references for every point.

How do you make a 1% starch solution? ›

Place 100 mL of distilled or deionized water in a 250-mL beaker and bring to boiling on a hot plate. 2. Make a smooth paste with 1 g of soluble starch and a small volume (several milliliters or so) of distilled or deionized water.

What are the starchy vegetables? ›

Since starchy vegetables are higher in carbohydrates, they can cause a spike in your blood sugar.
...
Examples of starchy vegetables includes:
  • Corn.
  • White potatoes.
  • Sweet potatoes.
  • Green peas.
  • Beets.
  • Acorn squash.
  • Butternut squash.
  • Turnips.
27 Nov 2021

What is the maximum weight you can lose monthly? ›

So what is the magic number to lose weight and keep it off? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , it's 1 to 2 pounds per week. That means, on average, that aiming for 4 to 8 pounds of weight loss per month is a healthy goal.

What is the 50/50 rule in nutrition counseling? ›

The 50 percent rule is where you aim to fill up half of your plate with veggies. The 50 percent rule is easier than counting calories, because you don't have to worry about the exact number of calories or macro nutrients you're consuming.

Can you have peas on Mary's Mini? ›

Add some SIMPLE non-starchy veggies

green beans, salad greens, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, asparagus, peas, onions, garlic, mushrooms, etc. If your chosen starch is a grain: you absolutely NEED to add some non-starchy veggies for Vitamin A & C.

What is the healthiest diet on the planet? ›

Perhaps the world's healthiest diet, the Mediterranean diet is abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. It features fish and poultry—lean sources of protein—over red meat. Red wine is consumed regularly but in moderate amounts.

What happened to Dr John McDougall? ›

Not surprisingly, McDougall plans to stay active in retirement, dedicating himself to writing, lecturing, and working on health- and nutrition-focused legislation and research, which he has been involved with, on and off, for decades.

How much starch should you eat a day? ›

Starch Recommendations

Depending on your calorie intake, your daily starchy carbohydrate limit should be between 100 and 278 grams a day, based on a 1,600- to 2,200-calorie diet.

Is edamame a starch or protein? ›

Edamame is a green soybean that is frequently served in its pod and sprinkled with sea salt. These beans are a rich source of vegetable protein that also packs a hefty amount of fiber and important vitamins and minerals.

Is tofu a starch or protein? ›

Tofu is high in protein and contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. It also provides fats, carbs, and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.

Are edamame good for you? ›

In addition to being a decent source of soy protein, edamame is rich in healthy fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin K. These plant compounds may reduce the risk of heart disease and improve the blood lipid profile, a measure of fats including cholesterol and triglycerides ( 7 ).

Does soy increase estrogen in females? ›

Hormone levels.

Premenopausal women have much higher circulating levels of estradiol—the major form of estrogen in the human body—than postmenopausal women. In this context soy may act like an anti-estrogen, but among postmenopausal women soy may act more like an estrogen.

How do you eat soy everyday? ›

Tips for increasing soy intake

Choose whole soy foods like soymilk, tempeh, soy bread and tofu. Check ingredient lists to make sure the soy foods you buy are made from whole soybeans and not soy isolates. Make sure products (such as cereals) contain soy protein and not just added isoflavone.

Does tofu have carbs or sugar? ›

Tofu is a low carbohydrate food. A half-cup serving contains just 3.5 grams of carbs, most of which come from fiber. There are 2.9 grams of fiber in a half-cup serving.

What are the 3 foods to quit? ›

"This can lead to weight gain and other detrimental health conditions," Corey warned.
  • Processed Meats. Foods such as bacon, sausages and some deli meats are not only high in calories and sodium, but also in saturated fat as well as some nitrates and nitrites. ...
  • Sugary Coffee Drinks. ...
  • Sugary Cereals.
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What are the 5 foods that burn belly fat? ›

7 Foods that Burn Belly Fat
  • Beans. “Becoming a bean lover can help you lose weight and whittle your middle,” registered dietitian Cynthia Sass told Today. ...
  • Swap your beef for salmon. ...
  • Yogurt. ...
  • Red bell peppers. ...
  • Broccoli. ...
  • Edamame. ...
  • Diluted vinegar.

What fruit stops weight gain? ›

Although the average banana contains 27 grams of carbs, the fruit can help stop weight gain because it has only 105 calories and three grams of filling fiber. Bananas are also known to fight muscle cramps, keep blood pressure low and prevent acidity. Just try and stick to one banana a day.

Can you eat fruit on the Starch Solution? ›

The Starch Solution, created by John McDougall, MD, is a low-fat plant-based diet that focuses on eating potatoes, whole-grain products, beans, vegetables, and fruit. The emphasis is on whole foods, with no animal products, no oil, no processed foods, and limited sugars.

Is Dr McDougall diet healthy? ›

Its severe restrictions make it nutritionally questionable and it has never been properly tested in a controlled study. It is commonly believed that people who want to lose weight should avoid starchy foods like potatoes and pasta, and low-carb diets are often recommended.

What is the 50 50 plate? ›

Follow the 50/50 plate method for your meals, filling half your plate (by visual volume) with non-starchy vegetables and 50% (by visual volume) with minimally processed starches. Choose fruit for dessert. Greatly reduce or eliminate added sugars and added salts.

Is there such a thing as a potato diet? ›

Though many allege that the diet has helped them lose significant weight, no scientific studies support these claims. The potato diet is a fad diet that promises rapid weight loss by eating nothing but potatoes for three to five days. These claims have not been scientifically proven.

What starches should I avoid to lose weight? ›

You should avoid the following foods due to their high starch content:
  • Pasta. A cup of cooked spaghetti has 43 grams (g) of carbohydrates, 36 of which come from starch. ...
  • Potatoes. A single, medium-sized potato has about 31 g of starch. ...
  • White Bread. ...
  • White Rice. ...
  • Corn.
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What are the healthiest carbs for weight loss? ›

The 10 best carbs to eat for weight loss
  • of 10. Barley. ...
  • of 10. Maple water. ...
  • of 10. Popcorn. ...
  • of 10. Quinoa. ...
  • of 10. Roasted chickpeas. ...
  • of 10. Whole-grain rye crispbread. ...
  • of 10. Sweet potatoes. ...
  • of 10. Whole-grain breakfast cereal.
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Which food has the most starch? ›

Foods high in starch include: Starchy vegetables like peas, corn, lima beans and potatoes. Dried beans, lentils and peas such as pinto beans, kidney beans, black eyed peas and split peas. Grains like oats, barley and rice.

What is the healthiest diet on the planet? ›

Perhaps the world's healthiest diet, the Mediterranean diet is abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. It features fish and poultry—lean sources of protein—over red meat. Red wine is consumed regularly but in moderate amounts.

What happened to Dr John McDougall? ›

Not surprisingly, McDougall plans to stay active in retirement, dedicating himself to writing, lecturing, and working on health- and nutrition-focused legislation and research, which he has been involved with, on and off, for decades.

How much does the 12 day McDougall program cost? ›

They do not have to reside in the same household and can join the program from anywhere. The price is $1,995 USD per additional friend or family member and includes all program inclusions. Click here to book.

How fast do you lose weight on McDougall diet? ›

We have collected weight loss data on nearly 300 people who have attended our basic McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California and found that with unrestricted eating (buffet tables of delicious healthy foods, three meals a day, and snacks all day long), the average weight loss is a half a pound a day – 3.5 pounds in ...

What can you eat on McDougall max weight loss? ›

Here are some of the foods I eat everyday on Maximum Weight Loss: whole-grain pasta, rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes, corn, beans, squash, oats. You CAN fill up on starches and lose weight! It's all explained in the book. Along with the starch foods, I add to each meal some vegetables.

How much weight can you lose on the McDougall diet? ›

Lose up to 15 pounds a month without ever going hungry. Dr. McDougall clarifies the scientific and medical evidence about nutrition and metabolism to provide a simple weight-loss plan featuring 100 healthy and delicious recipes by Mary McDougall.

What 2 foods can you survive on? ›

Kelp, alaria and laver (kombu, wakame and nori in Japanese cuisine) are among the most common. Almost all kinds are edible. Seaweed is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Once dried it will keep of months, too.

How long did Kevin Smith do the potato diet? ›

Smith told his podcast-listeners he had lost 17 Lbs in just 9 days, through his potato diet. Potatoes are nutritious and beneficial vegetables due to their high fiber content, zero cholesterol, and low calories (when not deep-fried).

Should I cut out potatoes to lose weight? ›

Do Potatoes Hinder Weight Loss? If you generally follow a healthy diet and stay away from excessive consumption of junk foods, consuming potatoes may not lead to weight gain. In fact, potatoes- both white and sweet potatoes- may help you in weight loss because they have a rich nutritional profile.

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