Food Categories List 1-4

Doc Milligan working his vibrant vegetable garden

Fruits-Vegetables-Seeds-Nuts-Grains-Legumes (FVSNGL) grown in nutrient-rich soil and consumed as close to natural as possible will provide the highest quality nutrients our bodies can use to create and maintain all seven trillion cells of our bodies in good health. In this article, we will organize the FVSNGL into the Food Categories List.


  1. Biogenic: Perfect nutrition to create new cells
  2. Bioactive: Nutrition to maintain new cells at optimum
  3. Biostatic: Foods that neither help nor harm the body
  4. Biocidic: Food that harms the body
Categories 1-4, 1 sprouts, 2 fruits & veggies, 3 meats, 4 packaged foods

These categories were first brought to my attention by Edmond Bordeaux Sekely of The International Biogenic Society. Dr. Sekely is a fascinating guy, well worth studying.

CATEGORY 1-Biogenic

Sprouts and baby greens are the sources of perfect nutrition to create new cells.

Every plant on earth originates from a seed. Under the proper conditions, the seed will transform into its full-grown potential. The first few days of its growth we call sprouting.

Sprouts ready for human consumption are anywhere from three to six days of growing, and are ¼ inch to three inches long, depending on which seed is sprouting. A chickpea is ready when a tiny white tail sprouts. A mung bean will be around three inches before it is plump and juicy, ready to eat.

There are hundreds of varieties of seed sprouts which are perfect nutrition for our bodies. Some of the most popular are, Mung, Garbanzo, Alfalfa, Sunflower, Lentil, Wheat, etc.

The second food in Category 1 is baby greens. Baby greens are plants that are harvested and eaten after sprouting and before reaching maturity. Anywhere from two to seven inches long depending again on the seed being grown.

A wide variety of lettuces commonly known can be harvested in the baby phase, such as Red Leaf, Arugula, Escarole, Spinach, etc.


Less well-known baby greens can easily be grown right in our own homes, wherever light comes through a window.

  1. Place rich organic soil in a six-inch deep, twelve-inch diameter pot (no weep holes). Then add twenty cloves of garlic, or four or five beets, or turnip roots, etc.
  2. Keep moist, and in a few weeks when the greens have grown to around seven inches snip them off and add to your salad. They will continue to produce for several weeks.
  3. Add the spent roots to your compost and replace with fresh.

Category 1 foods will constitute 25% of your nutritional intake.

CATEGORY 2-Bioactive

mixture of assorted colorful vegetables

These are FVSNGL in as natural form as possible, grown in nutrient-rich soil. These foods will maintain the newly created cells in perfect health. They provide the highest quality nutrition available for the working cell, until their natural demise and are replaced with new cell growth.

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Grains
  • Legumes

The Category 2 foods will comprise 50% of your nutrient intake.

CATEGORY 3-Biostatic

A group of rotten tomatoes dangling from a wilted vine.

These foods do not add to or take away from the health of the body. They are FVSNGL which have lost value due to being of inferior quality. 

Due to:

  • Being grown in poor soil
  • Lost their freshness
  • Have been overcooked.
prime cuts meat rack in a butcher's shop

Meat from animals are also included in this category

  •  beef
  •  pork
  •  fish
  • chicken
  • mutton…
eggs, milk, honey served on a table

and other animal products such as:

  •  fowl eggs
  • dairy
  •  honey…

Category 3 foods make up the remaining 25% of your nutrient intake.

CATEGORY 4-Biocidic

Category 4 includes anything other than foods in Categories 1, 2, or 3. Anything that comes in a box, or a can, or a bag, or is frozen, or overcooked are to be avoided altogether as they detract from, and harm the life of the body.


A wall of packaged foods at a grocery store

Okay, you have read this information and are thinking no way can I eat according to this model. And I admit it is nearly impossible given the societies we live.

However, rest assured it can be done. I have done it for many years, many years ago and my health was at its peak. I am sad to say, I too have succumbed to societal pressures, and am not the model of this extraordinary health I once was.

There is no doubt in my mind these food categories are far and away the finest basic concept of human nutritional consumption available today, or any day in the future.

I say basic because of all the information on the ways to grow, store, and prepare these foods while being fun and rewarding, will take many pages to lay down.


These 4 Food Categories are presented so you can have a goal to aim for. Who knows perhaps one day you will open your cupboard doors and see clear glass jars filled with colorful seeds, grains, and legumes.

A dehydrator will be sitting on your counter filled with sliced fruit and sprouted seed crackers. Your windowsill hosting pots of baby greens and fresh herbs. You never can tell.

I can tell you I am inspired to write our next article on Growing Salad Greens Indoor. This will be an adventure. See you there.

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