AIP Food List Overview

The food list provided is a simplistic overview of the basic requirements of the diet, offering a bird's eye view of restricted and allowed foods. It is not an all-inclusive list of the allowed and restricted foods, nor does it define all the rules of the diet. This list should NOT be used as a guide to following the diet.

The AIP is a little different from the other diets. The AIP begins with a restrictive Elimination Phase, which must be followed for a minimum of 30 days, but may require longer use. It then shifts to a Reintroduction Phase in which patients test adding back in other foods. In the Maintenance Phase, the foods that were tolerated in the Reintroduction Phase are incorporated back into the diet. Unlike some other therapeutic diets in which reintroductions are de-emphasized or cautioned against, AIP emphasizes and encourages the adding back in of tolerated foods to achieve healthy diversity. Our table represents the Elimination Phase of AIP, which is actually the first and most restrictive phase of the diet, and not the most inclusive phase as with most of the other diets. This was done because the Elimination Phase is the only phase to define specific foods as being allowed and not allowed. It is important to note that while AIP may look very restrictive as defined in the table, the actual diet used in Maintenance Phase likely will include more diversity than suggested in the table, but that diversity will be highly individualized.

Fish

Allowed

Seafood other than fish, which is listed separately

Allowed

Poultry

Allowed

Red Meat (not processed)

Allowed. Grass-fed organ meats encouraged

Vegetables other than starchy vegetables and nightshades, which are listed separately

Allowed

Fruits

Allowed in moderation (2-3 servings per day)

Honey

Allowed

Starchy Vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, turnips, parsnips, etc)

Allowed if not nightshades

Sweeteners other than honey and artificial sweeteners, which are listed separately

Allows date sugar, maple syrup, maple sugar, molasses, evaporated cane juice, coconut sugar

Fats/Oils

Fats from grass-fed organic meats allowed, unrefined oils allowed; no seed oils, no processed vegetable oils

Processed Meat

Exclude

Wheat/Gluten

Exclude

Corn

Exclude

Oats

Exclude

Rice

Exclude

Grains other than wheat, corn, oats, and rice, which are listed separately

Exclude

Dried Legumes/Beans

Exclude

Fresh Legumes/beans (peas, green beans, etc)

Exclude: Peas and green beans are not allowed but are one of the first foods recommended for reintroduction.

Nightshades (tomatoes, tomatillos, white potatoes [not sweet potatoes], eggplant, peppers, goji berries, etc)

Exclude

Dairy

Exclude

Nuts

Exclude

Seeds

Exclude

Artificial Sweeteners

Exclude

Processed Foods/Preservatives/Artificial Additives

Exclude

Eggs

Exclude

Cocoa

Exclude

Coffee

Exclude

Alcohol

Exclude

Formula (PEN; eg, Boost®, Ensure®, Pediasure®, Modulen IBD®)

Exclude

Emulsifiers

Exclude

AIP Research

Published Research

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Research Summaries

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Ongoing Trials

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