The Budwig diet was developed by German scientist Johanna Budwig in the 1950s, who believed the oil in flaxseed could stop cancers growing. It is used by people wanting to avoid drugs or to support other treatments.
Does it work?
Although Cancer Research UK says that there is no reliable scientific evidence showing that the Budwig diet helps people with cancer, they do say that lab studies have shown phytoestrogens and antioxidants in flaxseed may help stop cancer cells growing and spreading.
The main component of the Budwig Diet is a mix of flaxseed (ground using a coffee or spice grinder) and cottage cheese or milk. Flaxseeds contain high levels of fibre and are packed with vitamins and minerals.
For the rest of your diet, The Budwig Center recommends eating the following foods:
- Stevia, raw honey, dates, figs, fruit juices as sweeteners
- Raw nuts and seeds except for peanuts
- Black tea
- 100% wholegrain flour
- Purified water
- Animal fats
- White pasta and bread
- Dairy products (except for cottage cheese)
- White sugar, maple syrup or molasses
- Processed foods
- Soy products
Any side effects?
Cancer Research UK advises that people speak to the doctor before embarking on this diet. Some people who take flaxseed have reported diarrhoea, wind, nausea and allergic reactions.