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Detox Foods to Exclude

Avoid These Foods on a Detox Diet


Updated June 21, 2014

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Foods to avoid on a detox diet

Foods to avoid on a detox diet

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A detox diet is a focused, short-term diet to promote the elimination of unwanted chemicals and environmental and dietary toxins from the body. Although detox diets vary, here is a list of foods often avoided.

Dairy Products and Eggs

Eggs and all dairy products are avoided, including:

  • milk
  • cheese
  • cottage cheese
  • sour cream
  • yogurt and kefir
  • butter
  • ice cream and frozen yogurt


Wheat and products containing wheat, such as pasta and bread.


  • refined sugar
  • any white sugar
  • any brown sugar
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • evaporated cane juice
  • artificial sweeteners


All gluten-containing grains, including wheat, barley, rye, spelt, triticale, kamut, couscous, bran, and farina


  • tofu
  • soy milk
  • soy yogurt
  • soy sauce
  • soy protein powder
  • tempeh

Coffee and Caffeinated Beverages

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soft drinks

This list of foods to avoid is continued on the next page...

SEE ALSO: Detox Diet Quiz | Foods to Include | 4 Herbal Teas for a Detox Diet | Dandelion Tea | Best Detox Foods to Try

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