There’s lots to know about foods that contain fluoride.
However, no matter what side of the fluoride debate you’re on, you’ll find great value in this post.
Or you want to increase your fluoride intake…
Well then… in that case, my condolences.
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Foods That Contain Fluoride (Overview)
In just seconds you’ll learn the foods highest and lowest in fluoride, be able to search the fluoride content of 503+ foods and at the end, go through 5 tips that will help you eat fluoride-free.
With the 5th tip being the most important.
But besides becoming an expert in foods that contain fluoride, here are a couple of other resources at your disposal:
- Bottled Water Without Fluoride (Search 114+ Brands)
- Beverages That Contain Fluoride (Search 143+ Drinks)
- Fluoride in Tea (Search 329+ Teas)
- Fluoride in Coffee (238+ Coffees Tested)
Now let’s jump into everything you need to know about foods that contain fluoride.
Foods HIGHEST In Fluoride
When it comes to foods with fluoride, levels generally depend on the fluoride content of the:
- Soil it’s grown in
- Water it lives in
- Water it’s made from
- Pesticides used for farming
- Cookware used for cooking
You don’t have control over a few of these factors but with the ones you do, you can keep some foods on this list fluoride-free.
For example, if fluoride-free water is used for making oatmeal or broth, both would have low levels of fluoride.
However, in most cases people use tap water for cooking and the high levels of fluoride found within tap water get absorbed into their food.
Top 10 Foods High In Fluoride
|1. Raisins||2.34 ppm|
|2. Blue Crab||2.10 ppm|
|3. Shrimp||2.01 ppm|
|4. Fries||1.15 ppm|
|5. Potato Chips||1.06 ppm|
|6. Gravy||1.06 ppm|
|7. Popsicles||0.77 ppm|
|8. Oatmeal||0.72 ppm|
|9. Broth||0.70 ppm|
|10. Raisin Bran||0.65 ppm|
Foods LOWEST In Fluoride
I’ll keep my tips to the end but it’s clear that nature got it right.
Most naturally occurring foods have extremely low levels of fluoride.
Top 10 Foods Low In Fluoride
|1. Nuts||0.00 ppm|
|2. Kiwi||0.00 ppm|
|3. Sourdough||0.00 ppm|
|4. Eggs||0.01 ppm|
|5. Watermelon||0.01 ppm|
|6. Peppers||0.01 ppm|
|7. Bacon||0.04 ppm|
|8. Honey||0.07 ppm|
|9. Yogurt||0.12 ppm|
|10. Chicken||0.15 ppm|
3 Tips On Using The Fluoride Food Table
Before you enjoy the table, here are a few tips to help you use it:
1) Search the exact food you are looking for with the search bar…
2) Click “Fluoride (ppm)” to sort from highest to lowest or lowest to highest…
3) Try sorting by category…
With that said, here’s the table!
503+ Foods That Contain Fluoride (Searchable Table)
At this moment I don’t have the machines to test food myself.
So we’ll have to rely on information from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).1,2
But to help me get to that point, you can share this article with friends and family by using the sharing buttons found at the bottom of the screen (phone) or to the left (computer).
What Natural Foods Contain Fluoride?
Before we go through the 5 tips, let’s address a question I get frequently: what natural foods contain fluoride?
Generally, as long as it’s grown naturally with healthy soil, unpolluted water, and without pesticides: natural foods will not contain significant amounts of fluoride.
But this can change if the soil and water is polluted or pesticides are used. In addition to using unfiltered tap water to prepare some of these natural foods or cooking on non-stick cookware.
And how much fluoride a natural food contains, can change based on the level of bioaccumulation.
And basically, bioaccumulation is the gradual accumulation of a substance, such as fluoride, in a living thing.
So if a lake is polluted, the small creatures like insects, worms, and algae would absorb toxins and then pass them down the food chain. And each time a bigger animal eats a smaller one, it also absorbs the toxins it had.
Which is usually the reason you’ll find the bigger an animal is, the more it’s effected by bioaccumulation.
But this could also be a positive thing.
Just like toxic substances can accumulate, so can healthy substances.
You could have grass absorb beneficial minerals from the healthy soil, then absorb and use sunlight, and have a cow eat that grass before you eat it’s liver or enjoy a steak.
5 Tips To Easily Eat Fluoride-Free
1. Eat Whole Foods (Non-Processed)
A general rule of thumb is that the more processed a food is, the more fluoride it contains.
By eating whole foods, or as I like to call them “one-ingredient” foods you’ll dramatically reduce your fluoride intake by avoiding foods high in fluoride.
Examples of these kinds of foods include, fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, and whole chicken.
In other words, mother nature knows what she’s doing.
2. Cook With Fluoride-Free Water
Cooking with fluoride-free water is the easiest thing you can do to significantly reduce your fluoride intake.
Since when you’re cooking, the fluoride found in tap water will absorb into your food.
Now the best way to solve this is by using a water filter.
And I suggest you take the time to look at my guide on the 3 best fluoride water filters (link to guide where after testing 32+ filters, I’ve narrowed it down to the best 3 and help you choose the right one)
But the easiest and most popular option is to go with a water filter pitcher from Clearly Filtered.
Clearly Filtered Pitcher
Fluoride Reduction: 98%
Verified by Truth About Fluoride
Note: if you plan on buying the pitcher, you should buy from Clearly Filtered (link to their website) and not Amazon. The price you pay will be cheaper and shipping time is the exact same if not faster through Clearly Filtered.
However, some other good options would be reverse osmosis filters or distillers.
While the last option would be to use bottled water without fluoride but this isn’t wallet-friendly and as convenient compared to using a water filter.
3. Stick To Healthy Liquids
This one has to do more with beverages that contain fluoride but I’ll mention it here quickly.
Liquids like soda and juice are high in fluoride.
Mainly due to the fact they’re made with cheap tap water that contains high levels of fluoride.
While healthy liquids like water, tea, coffee and milk generally contain low levels of fluoride.
However, tea and coffee that would be naturally low in fluoride can be “ruined” if fluoride-free water is not used.
4. If You Can, Go Organic
By going organic you’ll pass on the fluoride-based sprays that are allowed to be used during farming for non-organic foods.
However, since going organic is expensive you should focus on the other steps first.
5. Eliminate The Easy Sources Of Fluoride
Removing the easy sources of fluoride will eliminate most of your fluoride exposure.
This process is fully outlined in the fluoride detox guide.
For example, by buying a filter that removes fluoride and buying fluoride-free (coffee, tea and toothpaste) you’ll put yourself in a position where you won’t have to worry about fluoride.
It’s these easy choices that will take care of 90% of the fluoride in your life.
Anyways, there you have it, the truth about fluoride in regards to food.