by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© January 2021, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.

All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.



Trophology is the science of how to eat. According to my guidance, this is a little different than nutrition. Trophology has to do with feeding, while nutrition is more about biochemistry such as fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

This article explains a very ancient system of food groups that is extremely helpful for development. It divides food into seven groups. Within each group are three categories of food – excellent, okay and harmful.

Harmful foods also include those containing most chemical additives, preservatives, many natural and artificial colors, artificial flavors and several thousand other chemicals that are permitted to be added to our food today. It also includes food grown with some pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides that are permitted to be used on food crops today.

Harmful foods also includes refined sugar in all forms. This has names such as corn syrup, dextrose, glucose, maltose, corn sweetener and a dozen others.

For excellent health and rapid development, one must eat from all seven groups and balance the amount of food in each group. One can eat too much, too little or a lower quality level for each of the seven food groups.

Adults and children over age 3. This article is for adults and children over about age 3. Babies and younger children have special needs.

Here are details.


1. Fish. This also includes shellfish or seafood.

2. Water and milk products. These include all drinking water and cream, yogurt, kefir and cheese.

3. Salt.

4. Nuts, seeds, fruits and beans or legumes.

5. Vegetables (roots, stems and leaves of plants).

6. Grain.

7. Meats. This includes red meats and poultry.


Within each food group are three levels of quality:

A Level: These foods lead to development.

B Level: These foods do not cause development. However, they will nourish the body to some degree.

C Level: These foods do not nourish the body well and are all harmful.



First level: sardines and perhaps other small fish such as anchovies and smelt. However, most of the time sardines are superior in nutrition.

Second level: Other smaller fish such as trout, salmon, cod and others. These do not cause development and they contain too much mercury, but they are nourishing.

Third level: Large fish like tuna, swordfish and mackerel, and all processed fish products and poor quality fish. Today this includes most farmed fish and fried fish.

This group of foods also includes all shellfish, which are sometimes called seafood. These are oysters, shrimp, scallops, crabs, octopus, lobster, clams, eel and a few others. These foods are more toxic.


First level: spring water, carbon or sand-filtered water but not other filtered water, and goat yogurt or soft goat cheese. These will produce development.

Second level: Other clean water such as distilled, reverse osmosis, and some tap water. Also, most cheese, yogurt and quality milk such as organic milk. This does not produce development, but will help nourish the body.

Other second level beverages are nut and seed milks such as almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk and others. These are mostly water and not very nutritious.

Third level: All unclean water, including many waters from wells and elsewhere that are contaminated with agricultural chemicals or other toxins. Also, spoiled milk, processed milk such as chocolate milk, powdered milk, canned milk, and ‘cheese food’, which is a thoroughly processed cheese. It also includes some hard cheeses that are quite toxic.


First level: Hawaiian bamboo jade sea salt and to a lesser degree, Hain non-iodized natural salt. There are probably other high quality sea salts, but at this time the two listed above seem to help development the most.

Second level: Other natural sea salts such as Celtic salt, Real Salt and others. These are less helpful for development, usually because they are somewhat toxic. However, they will nourish the body.

Third level: Himalayan pink salt and all refined or table salt such as Morton’s salt. These are more toxic or have had their minerals refined out of them so they are deficient and unbalanced foods that are harmful.


These are grouped together because they are all the expanded ovaries of a plant.

First level: Two tablespoons daily of both toasted almond butter AND roasted or raw sesame tahini or sesame paste. Eat only white sesame seeds and preferably organically grown almonds and sesame seeds if you can obtain them and afford them.

Do not eat whole almonds or whole sesame seeds. These are quite difficult to digest and will not provide enough nutrition, and are rough on the digestive tract. Only eat the butters or paste.

These foods are very important for development and must not be skipped. If you do not tolerate them, begin with a very small amount or look for a fresher source.

For example, we like making our own sesame paste and even our own almond butter in an electric coffee grinder. This is a little more work, but much fresher and less rancid that buying nut butters in jars or cans. For more details, read Nuts And Seeds.

Green beans, which are also called string beans. These beans also speed up development. Adults may eat only one per meal, however, because they are more yin in macrobiotic terminology. Children need even less.

Black, botija olives. This fruit is not sweet and comes dried in salt. You may have up to 3 per week for adults and less for children. They are also needed for rapid development.

Second level: Most other dried beans such as pinto beans, black beans and others except for lentils, which are in the third level below. These foods do not produce development, but they are nourishing. Also, other nut butters such as cashew butter and hazelnut butter.

Third level: We find that lentils are a harmful food. We do not know why and it is a shame because they are inexpensive and tasty.

Soy. We also suggest skipping all soy products today because most of them are genetically modified, even if they are labeled non-GMO, and they are not of good quality.

Smoothies and shakes. We find these are all very harmful. They are bad food combinations, too yin in macrobiotic terms, and contain too much liquid mixed with the food. We know this goes against the popular nutrition literature today.

Fruit. The third level also includes all fruits, fruit juices, and canned and dried fruit except for black botija olives. We know this is upsetting for many people because medical personnel and popular websites often recommend eating plenty of fruit. However, all fruit today is hybridized, all of it picks up a lot of toxic potassium from the soil and from superphosphate fertilizers, and it is all too yin and therefore harmful. For more details, read Fruit-Eating.

Sweeteners. We also consider all of these harmful because they are all too sweet and too cold or yin in macrobiotic terminology. They include all sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, rice syrup, stevia, xylitol, mannitol, and all artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, Equal, saccharin, Splenda and others.

5. VEGETABLES (Roots, stems and leaves of plants)

First level: These are all members of the onion family including shallots, green onions or scallions, pearl onions, red, white, brown, sweet and vidalia onions. It also includes carrots, rutabaga and daikon.

It also includes Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, and broccolini, which is also called baby broccoli and brocolette. It also includes a small amount of green beans (see above under nuts and fruits) and a tiny amount of garlic, ginger, golden beets and horseradish root.

Organically grown is generally better, but not always. If possible, buy locally grown, fresh vegetables directly from organic farms. Most vegetables found in supermarkets have been sprayed with chemicals, even if they are labeled organically grown.

These foods are absolutely needed for rapid development. They are the most difficult foods to eat properly for several reasons:

Cooking. All vegetables require proper cooking and must be eaten soft or one does not obtain enough nutrition from them. Salads and other raw vegetables are discussed below.

Recommended cooking methods are pressure-cooking for no more than 2 and one-half minutes, steaming for 20-40 minutes or using a crock pot. We do not recommend roasting, baking, broiling, boiling, stir-frying or deep frying. For more details, read Cooking.

Chewing and other eating habits. All food, and especially vegetables, need to be chewee thoroughly. We suggest chewing each bit of food at least 10 times. This slows down meals, but it important to obtain enough nutrients from your food.

Meals should also be quiet, relaxed and pleasant. Avoid noisy environments and always sit down to eat. Wait a few minutes when you arrive at the table before beginning to eat, and wait 10 minutes after eating before you get up and leave the table. These are important for development.

Quantity. The quality of all vegetables today is very poor so one must eat a lot of them to obtain proper nutrition. We recommend eating 6 to nine cups of vegetables each day and eating them with each of three meals each day. Skipping meals almost assures that one will not obtain enough nutrients for rapid development. For this reason, we do not like fasting or intermittent fasting. We are well aware of why people like these methods of eating but we say they are harmful.

Variety. Also, one needs a variety of vegetables at each meal. This is a little more work than just eating two or three of them per meal. We suggest 10 or more of them at each of three meals every day.

Second level. These include all other vegetable, as well as vegetables that are botanically fruits such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, okra, cucumber and perhaps a few others.

This category also includes canned vegetables. These foods will nourish the body but are not helpful for development.

Third level. This includes all spoiled or very old vegetables and overcooked vegetables. It also includes all frozen vegetables, which we find are not as good as canned vegetables if you cannot obtain vegetables fresh.

We also put raw vegetables and salads in this worst category of vegetables. The reason is that human beings cannot extract many nutrients from fibrous vegetables. We know this goes against most popular thinking. For details, read Raw Food.


First level. This includes blue corn tortilla chips. This grain food contains a number of chemicals needed for rapid development that are not found in any other grain food or any other food at all.

We know they are fried and often greasy and salty, but this does not seem to matter and they still assist development greatly. Eating blue corn cereal, blue corn popcorn or blue corn crackers does not work well and are not recommended.

Some brands of blue corn chips are better than others. At this time, the best brands we have found in the United States are Garden Of Eatin No-Salt Added Blue Corn Chips, Late July Blue Corn Dippers (but not their other products) and Private Selection brand of blue corn tortilla chips found in supermarkets owned by Kroger Company, which is many of them.

For those in other nations, we don’t know which to recommend. If you cannot obtain blue corn chips, yellow organic corn chips contain a lesser amount of some of the chemicals needed for development such as particular compounds of selenium and zinc.

We suggest eating a few blue corn chips with each meal, up to 8 or so per meal.

Second level. These include other whole grains such as rye, oats, millet, quinoa, buckwheat. They are nourishing but do not cause rapid development.

Third level. This includes all wheat products and particularly bleached white flour, often called wheat flour, and everything made with it such as bread, pasta, pizza dough, crackers, cookies, cakes, pastry and more.

It also includes flour used as a thickener in many food products. White flour is one of the worst foods on the planet and is consumed in huge quantity!

Unfortunately, we also include rice in this category of grain foods. Most all rice contains too much arsenic, which makes it a harmful food.


First level. These include fresh or frozen organic or grass fed beef, lamb, chicken and a little rabbit and turkey. Naturally raised meats and local meats are usually best. Mixtures such as sausage are usually not as good and often contain other ingredients, even if this is not on the label.

Portion size. This is important. Portions should be 4 to 5 ounces per serving and not more or less for most adults.

Most people overcook their meats. This damages the meat and detracts a lot from the quality of the meat. If possible, braise meats. This means cook them in a little water on the outside, but they should be raw or at most rare on the inside. You will not get sick cooking meats this way if the meat is of good quality. Do not eat raw meat or raw eggs.

Eggs. First level also includes farm-fresh eggs or the best eggs you can find. Most supermarket eggs, even free-range eggs, are dipped in chlorine, a potent toxin.

How many? Women may have up to six eggs per week. Men may have up to eight eggs per week, but not more. This is because eggs contain a toxin that we find builds up in the liver if one eats more than this quantity of them.

Cooking. Cook eggs so that the yolk is runny. Methods include soft boiling, poaching and light frying. Do not eat hard-cooked eggs, which are toxic. Also, do not eat raw eggs.

Second level. This includes other meats such as goat, mutton, venison, bison, buffalo, duck, goose, and some wild other game. These meats are nourishing, but will not produce rapid development.

Third level. This includes all spoiled meat, meat jerky, and overcooked meat. It also includes most processed meats such as bologna, salami, and sausages.

It also includes all pig products such as pork, ham, bacon, lard and others. The products of the pig usually contain parasites, even if the meat is thoroughly cooked. Pig products have other problems, as well.

It also includes hard-cooked eggs found in many baked goods such as quiche, breads, hard-boiled eggs and hundreds of other products. It also includes processed eggs such as Egg Beaters and powdered eggs.


- Everyone needs to eat from all seven groups to be in excellent health. There are no exceptions, alternatives or options. One needs a balance of the seven groups above for excellent health and longevity.

- The seven food groups correspond to the seven physical energy centers of the body. Fish have to do with the seventh center, water with the sixth centers and so on. This is an interesting topic that is beyond the scope of this article. We may write about it in the future.

- Each food group is associated with a mineral and a mental attitude. These are additional topics for a future article.

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