Multiple Food Elimination Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on December 20, 2011

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The Multiple Food Elimination Diet by Doris Rapp is a food regimen that was designed not to help an individual to lose weight, but instead to help identify and manage food allergies and sensitivities among adults and children. If a person suspects that they may have a food allergy or sensitivity, or they want to know if one exists, the Multiple Food Elimination Diet is supposed to help make that discovery. It also focuses on allowing a person to understand how they feel after having consumed certain foods. That part of the diet is supported by claims of the Annapolis Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Research Center (ACFFRC) which states that some kinds of food can lead to a stuffy nose, headaches, or even symptoms of asthma.

The actual practice of the Multiple Food Elimination Diet involves stopping the consumption of eating a specific food and then reintroducing it in order to observe any potential reactions to that food. One at a time, specific foods are taken away and then included into the diet once more. Though this may seem slow, the process must be done this way because removing or introducing too many foods at once can lead results to be confused or distorted. For example, if you have eliminated both peanuts and milk from the diet, and then they are both reintroduced at the same time, it is difficult to know whether a reaction is being caused by one, the other, or both. The Cleveland Clinic stated that depending on how many foods are being tested, it can take up to three weeks before the Multiple Foods Elimination Diet is completed.

Throughout the Multiple Food Elimination Diet, there are certain foods that are completely banned. These are generally common allergenic foods, which include milk, wheat, nuts, eggs, and shellfish. They are, however, reintroduced closer to the end of the diet in order to test them independently. The ACFFRC also recommends that certain processed foods should also be banned in order to achieve the best possible results for this diet. In addition to processed foods, they recommend eliminating popcorn, corn, ice cream, soy, soda, chocolate, citrus fruits, and peas. Throughout the diet, these should all be reintroduced independently so that any reactions can be observed.

It is important to speak with a doctor before beginning this diet because a doctor can help to guide the patient regarding supplementation for nutrition when foods containing certain nutrients have been eliminated from the regular diet.


The Multiple Food Elimination Diet can be very helpful in determining foods that may be causing allergies or chronic health problems.


The Multiple Food Elimination Diet by Doris Rapp is very restrictive and can be difficult to follow. However if food allergies are a problem then you may find it worth the effort.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

stephanie February 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I know people who have banned dairy from their diets and they totally lost weight. I personally love cheese to much but I see how this could really work.


Kelly Besset March 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I eliminated all cultured dairy from my diet i.e. all cheese, yogurt, sour cream. I can still have a bit of skim milk and butter, just nothing with bacteria culture in it. My skin has never been better and also my body just “feels” so much better. I have more energy, and I rarely feel puffy or bloated. I have also lost 25lbs by cutting this out of my diet. It’s been 3 years and I have able to keep the weight off, even tho I do indulge in chocolate from time to time.


lamb March 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

You probably have an aversion to the bacteria in those foods. A lot of people do better without dairy in their diets, I just think certain blood types do better then others with certain foods.


Tiffany March 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I used this kind of a diet to find out what was causing me to have serious mood issues (that were leading me to overeat) and it turns out that artificial flavorings and colorings were leading me to have mood swings that were causing me stress that were making me prone to emotional eating. By cutting those ingredients, i don’t eat emotionally anymore and I am losing the weight again.


pearl April 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

It’s a wonder more of us are not affected by all the chemicals they are putting in food these days. One thing I do think that this generation is not going to live as long as our parents and grandparents because of all the processed/chemicals/hormones and synthetic food we eat in comparison.


Pamela July 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I couldn’t agree more. I’ve started doing my best to cut out as many of the chemicals and other “evils” as possible. But I’ve already had more than thirty years of ingesting them. No idea what impact that will have on me.


Antonio April 7, 2012 at 7:43 am

This is very hard to do but it made a huge difference in my health. I had been having a lot of different symptoms that just seemed random. I was tested for an ulcer, I thought I might be depressed for a bit, I had blood tests, and nothing was really wrong. Finally, a nutritionist friend of mine asked if I’d tried an elimination diet to take everything out of what I’m eating and work my way back up again to see what’s impacting me. I tried the multiple food elimination diet and soon enough I was getting my old energy and enthusiasm for life back again. I’m shocked that normal, legal food additives can be that bad.


Jen May 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

This worked well for me when I was trying to identify an allergy, too.


Tom December 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

The Multiple food elimination diet worked that way for me, too.


Terrance August 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm

The multiple food elimination diet really lets you understand the way that your body reacts to various specific foods and food types.


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