Dr. Sebi

The Sebi Diet: Confusion and Contradictions

In Health, Nutrition by Jesse Soberal56 Comments

Jesse Soberal

Jesse Soberal is a vegan activist who was born and raised in New York City. He spent much of his youth like every other city kid playing sports, listening to Hip Hop music and eating lots of fatty meats and junk food.

Eventually in his 20's he developed health issues such and asthma, acid reflux and one doctor told him he had unhealthy sperm and might never have kids. Out of frustration he began researching on why he was so unhealthy. This lead to a slow but steady transformation to a healthier life style of plant based dieting and no processed food.

Jesse has now been a vegan for over 4 years and is a proud father of 2 healthy boys. His experience has lead him to spread awareness of the power of a plant based diet, animal cruelty, and environmental concerns. He is involved with many grass roots organizations striving to create change in NYC and can be reached on his Instagram page @vegantake0ver
Jesse Soberal

When I first went vegan several years ago I spent many hours researching, reading books, and watching lectures and documentaries trying to gather as much information as I could. A random person I talked to about my journey suggested I check out Dr. Sebi if I wanted to really know the truth about what we were eating. So I watched all his videos and became enamored with him because apparently he could cure any disease. He knew animal products were toxic, was an advocate of herbal medicine and was a powerful speaker. He convinced me that all his claims regarding foods were truth. So I began to promote him and all of his food teachings.

Dr. Sebi advocates eating a vegan diet and avoiding any hybrid food. He claims that any hybrid food is acidic and mucus forming. He claims that there is only one disease and it is mucus. He advocates to only eat from a food list he derived which is very limited and excludes many vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and grains.

He says carrots, celery, broccoli, potatoes, rice, aloe vera, wheat grass, spinach, lemons, cauliflower, turmeric, beets, peppermint, beans, garlic, all seedless fruits, most nuts, and any other hybrid food is acidic and poisonous to the body. He calls rice and beans hog food and not meant to be consumed by humans. He says spinach has the same nutritional value as eating paper. He claims that every hybrid plant is man made and acidic. He claims all hybrids have starch in them and that starch is poison. He says eating starch is literally like eating glue. He claims all heirloom natural plants which are made from nature and not man. He says these are what we should be eating and are alkaline. I honestly believed this and tried to stick to his diet.

As I slowly did more research on his claims I started seeing almost everything he said about certain hybrid plant based foods had no evidence to back it up. No studies. Nothing at all. I have heard many stories of people using many of these hybrid foods such as carrot juice or celery juice to heal themselves of many ailments. There are countless studies that show the benefits of many of these hybrid foods. What people also don’t realize is almost every banana, grape, orange, apple, and pear just to name a few foods is a hybrid. Just because a food is a hybrid doesn’t necessarily mean they are bad.


The problem I have with his claims is being vegan is hard enough. The food list is full of great foods. But to tell people many fruits and vegetables are toxic without any proof is actually bad for the movement. It makes people give up and think that eating healthy is too hard when everything is toxic and they revert to eating animals and junk food. We need to demand proof when we deal with anyone and not just blindly believe without evidence.

Dr. Sebi never went to school. Not even kindergarten but calls himself a doctor. He says he never read any books at all. Yet claims to understand every fruit and vegetable on earth and their origins. He claims to know if they are alkaline or acidic, without ever reading a book or performing any studies how is this possible?

One of the things that made me start to question Dr. Sebi and really opened my eyes was when I saw him speak in Brooklyn in November 2015. I was hoping to hear new information, perhaps more on healing herbs but instead he told the same stories I’ve read countless times on the internet. There was one thing that was different however, in his famous 2011 two hour lecture on YouTube he spoke on how good moringa was. I had never heard of it. I began buying it after researching more and it was clear how great it was nutritionally. Fast forward to the lecture I attended, in complete contradiction from all his previous talks, without any explanation or evidence he claimed moringa was now a poison hybrid not to be consumed. I soon noticed he commonly adds foods to his alkaline list that he previously said were acidic and removes other foods he originally stated were alkaline. For anyone trying to follow his diet it would be a nightmare.

Further research has led to uncovering many glaring red flags regarding Dr. Sebi’s work. His social media pages have said rice was plastic, so plastic is now grown on a plant and not made in a factory? They’ve said broccoli is laboratory made poison and had a release date just like an album or cd. This is just insane to me, broccoli sprouts are some of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet and have countless studies that show they can help with treating cancer and many other ailments. Turmeric has also been proven to reverse many diseases. The health benefits of beets and lemons are endless. Aloe Vera has been used for many centuries in many cultures, it has countless medicinal properties externally and internally. The only orange your allowed to eat on his diet is a sour orange. So all other oranges are poison? The only tomatoes allowed are plum and cherry tomatoes. All other tomatoes are not be consumed.

He also says no amount of heat can destroy the nutrients in food when it’s been proven countless times that when you cook food certain enzymes and other nutrients are destroyed in the cooking process. He says carrots are poison but the Gerson therapy which has cured many people of cancer uses carrot juice. Jay Kordich the “juice man” cured his cancer with carrot juice. There are so many other claims that are just not adding up.

Rather than get caught up on gurus selling tons of supplements or special diets I think we should all focus on eating a whole foods plant based organic diet. The possibilities are endless. More fruits and veggies. Lots of greens juices and smoothies. Huge salads. Lots of herbs and herbal teas. Less oil. Less salt. (Even sea salt!!!) Less breads. No stimulants. No alcohol. Lots of water. More whole foods. No animal products. No GMOs. No white sugar. Less processed food. Support farmers markets. Grow your own food if you can. This should keep you nice and healthy.



  1. Excellent article, have also been frustrated w/ all the hybrid fruits & veggies! Thanks for clarifying things!

    1. Thank you, because Dr. Sebi had me convinced. I loved everything he proclaimed to be poisonous, but like you said… lots of fruits and vegetables, less processed, and lots of water. I don’t drink anything but water.. Thanks again!

    2. Dr. Sebi did not have to go to school because Mother Nature was his school. We did not come from hybrid foods but from Nature herself. Keep on earing foods that are not from the mother earth and see how long you will live and be full of Life!!!!

    3. This article sounds like a bunch of nonsense, but thanks for sharing your opinion I think I’ll go with dr. Sebi over your summarizations😉

  2. Thanks heaps for this article, i was getting so frustrated with the contradictions regarding sebi and its nice to know it wasn’t just me staring to question the information. I’m just trying to eat what I think is right for my body it’s a hard journey sometimes especially with so much misinformation out there. Thanks again 😊

  3. He cured 90+ Aids, Cancer, Diabetic patients with his diet. How many have you cured with your BS diet and book learnings? ZERO.

    Nuff said.

    1. Exactly my problem with the article it whispers his achievements, the man had a child at 82 years old ffs

      1. Dr. Sebi’s truth about nature’s foods kept him virile even at age 82 with the help of the foods from Mother Nature that he taught and walked the walk. His court case that he WON attested to the facts that he practiced what he preached.

      2. Men can father children until the day they die. No special diet needed(Larry King, Hugh Hefner, Tony Randall)

    2. You are telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you in ALL.

  4. I enjoyed reading your post but just to let you know, somthing that is labeled “organic” just means the fda could call it oraganic after 2-3 chemicals were removed in comparison to it originally having 14 or more etc. Oraganic food it’s chemical free it just follows the fda guidelines to call it oraganic.

    -A agricultural major graduate from UC Davis

  5. Did you watch the trial he had where he won, proving his methods cured many, many diseases and ailments in a court of law?

      1. Dr. Sebi proved his case and WON in court and brought many people with documentations that they were cured to court also.

    1. Exactly, he is self taught and it took reading to accomplish and understand what he needed to do to represent himself in court. So I don’t know why she thinks Alfredo Bowman aka Dr. Sebi didn’t read. He said he didn’t know all so you have to do some research on your own. Its a lot of information out there that can help you along the way, don’t just take his teachings and throw them out, just build on the knowledge. ~KT

  6. Carrots and potatoes are poison. Especially the GMO carrots and carrots sprayed with shit loads of chemicals. Not sure how people cured themselves of cancer by drinking pesticides.

  7. Thank you. Have you tried ph miracle??? So much better. An just now looking into this Dr. Sebi thing. Great read

  8. Plants have varying degrees of nutrition and mineral value. A starving plant does not offer us the same minerals as a healthy plant. My understanding is Dr. Sebi references “natural” plants as those receiving their adequate mineral balance. Plants found in nature, especially those which are thriving are likely rich in these necessary minerals. I also understand that when a native plant has been selected over and over by phenotype. Selective breeding completely changes the nutrient value compared to a natural version. The proportions of starch to minerals and to our body become way out of balance. There may be natural starch and our bodies even have natural elimination processes to address them. Dr. Sebi teaches to follow nature/God, and our bodies weren’t designed to consume genetically preferred plants, or genetically crossed, or even genetically modified plants. Eat at your own risk <3

  9. Very nicely put! Yes Dr. Sebi had some excellent points but it doesn’t mean he knew everything. Common sense and a little investigation into what we ‘ believe’ is all it takes. Cheers to plant based wholesome living!💜

  10. Thanks for this. Been researching tonight too after hearing celery juice wasn’t good for you. I’ve been drinking it for 3 months and feel better than before ie more energy, more alert, thinner. De Sebi claims it’s a hazardous food but I can’t see anything else but positives about it. The internet is both a blessing and a curse. Thanks for this article once again, it’s helped clarify things.

    1. Sorry but it is hazardous indeed. I got to vomit violently once in 2005 and i forgot about it for years then again in 2012. Sorry vut i will never take celery again

  11. He went to court though & beat all his cases for curing cancer. He might not be 100% true but he is no Fool.

  12. No one would ever say listen to Dr Sebi word for word. He admitted to stumbling on something, and that which he did caused the entire hipster gluten free movement. Thats it, starch and gluten – take it out of your diet. But the list and the diet plan, some of it is accurate, some of it is questionable. If you ask me European/Asian food and health research is confusing and contradictory also. But one thing they are very consistent with is supplying costly prescription pills for something.

  13. insane to you? who are you? how many people say you saved their life? did you go to the supreme court of NY and come out unscathed? have you done the research on any food yourself or are you just quoting your opinion?

    1. I have been a vegan for 22 years since 17th may 1997. I adopted dr sebi diet two months ago but then the wheatbelly diet really triggered me in the first instance. Im a a degree holder in chemistry since 1999 and ive adopted the approved foods blindly. Although i have had to stop eating outside hime, buying nothing cooked, no eating at social events , i find that my life is simpler, while everyone else think the contrary. It is my 2nd month, we’ll see the results in some years. As an alkali/acid logic behind his reasoning and the main point being iron / oxygen ligand theory, i know that this what i was taught in inorganic chemistry and now it makes sense. So he may not have a certificate but the scientific literature is already abundant to prove his reasoning right

  14. Dr.Sebi never claimed to be a doctor nor was he vegan.GOD didn’t intend for man to tamper with nature this a violation.ALFREDO BOWMAN had research done on everything he spoke about.95%of the food you consume in the USA has been manipulated by industry.You have been trained to believe carrots are orange,that broccoli,cauliflower,beets and many others are indigenous to planet earth when infact they have been made by humans.Sebi spent hundreds of thousands backing his research.He didn’t believe or guess.He knew!

    1. Could i please get a link to this research you speak of. Thank you!

    2. Never claimed to be a doctor but yet he adopted “Dr.” in his name. Sebi has good points but we must stop relying on 1 source of information

  15. Dr. Sebi can be heard saying that early on in his research he hadn’t discovered what he came to discover. He was very humble, yet took a very strong stand on what he came to learn about foods because of the long term affects they have on the body.

  16. Good things are hard to follow But Dr sabi diet are easy and very nutritious!
    All the fruits and vegetables his advising us to eat are located here in Africa,so if your looking for the fruits and vegetables let me know ill be glad to export them to u!
    Long live our brother Dr Sabi!

  17. Based on what you have written, I think you forgot some key facts on Dr. Sebi’s claims. He was the only herbalist that went to court against the US federal court and won. This is on record, so why don’t you dig it up.
    You claim that carrot and broccoli are good, well where I came from in Africa people have not even heard of broccoli and carrot but they are some of the strongest people on Earth, both physically and mentally.
    My point is you can leave happily without eating broccoli or carrot, so why border?

    Another thing Dr. Sebi was warning against is garlic, I was also skeptical on this until I heard another doctor said garlic is literally a poison, so you better believe Dr. Sebi.

    Now let me give you my own first hand experience with the fruits you love, that Dr. Sebi warned against: I was afraid of developing a big tommy so I decided at one point to eat only mixed fruits for lunch, guess what happened my sugar level and uric acid went up at an alarming rate within just three months.

    In my opinion Dr. Sebi was not far from the truth. When you look at all the countries were hybrid foods are prevalent, their life span is never the best despite their wealth.

    You said you watched all of Dr. Sebi’s videos, but did you really understand all of what he said in the videos?

    You claimed that Dr. Sebi did not go to school, when in fact Dr. Sebi said he had to learn the language of a Biochemist so that he could communicate on level terms with his challengers. You miss that part?

    Also, if you were a good student of Dr. Sebi, then I at least would have expected you to understand the psyche of his reasoning.
    Let me tell you what I mean by starting with his two most powerful commandments:

    1. Thou shalt not eat flesh and blood, and
    2. Thou shalt not eat startch


    1. The first commandment of Dr. Sebi is the easiest to explain. If you have to run after your food, then nature did not intend for you to eat it. The largest and healthiest land mammal on earth, the elephant, doesn’t live on flesh and blood but can outlive humans even when it is subjected to the worst environmental conditions day in day out. And whilst the elephant is calm and calculated the meat eater the, lion, is always restless and always looking for prey.

    2. The second commandment is a little bit difficult to explain but let me try. First, Dr. Sebi didn’t say that all rice is bad, he specifically cleared wild rice as good for eating and a lot of other grains that I did not even know about. Do Dr. Sebi did not limit people from eating grains at all, he was against white rice, which science is just catching up with him on that now. In fact, check out the latest scientific report on white rice, sugar and a whole host of other things Dr. Sebi warned against.

    Racism, what do you think is causing it? Consumption of toxic foods. And which countries are mostly guilty of it? The hybrid infested ones. Do your research and let me know if you have a different view.

    What did Dr.Sebi say about starch? It will make you start thinking of a justifiable reason to kill yourself. Wow! That’s a big statement to make and I would let you figure that out.

    1. He only won this case because technically he was not actually diagnosing anyone with any type of illness and he was not prescribing any medication, not because he proved the he was healing people. Also on top of that they did file a civil suit against him and he settled on that one because he was not going to win and that’s public record as well . Not to discredit if this diet made people feel good, because clearly that would be the case if you’re eating healthy in general. Let’s just keep in mind that he really was charging people like crazy for his methods that I can’t seem to find any type of research on. Also another thing I don’t understand is why does he use the term electric foods? As far as I’m concerned food can conduct electricity but it does not contain electricity. I don’t know. I’m not convinced, I just spent the last hour researching this guy and I can’t find anything on research to back up his claims nor have I found someone that claims they were healed with proof so if someone can point me in that direction as well I would love to find a way to give credit to this man but it just sounds way to good to be true.

  18. Can anyone tell me why “MAPLE SYRUP” was listed before he was killed?

    1. In fact maple syrup when extracted by natuves , it was done rightfully. The industries use formaldehyde when piercing the bark of the maple tree

  19. First of all, he was talking about food the Original people of the planet should eat, not everbody. The people of Africa, with their diet that was not brought over from Africa when we were enslaved. Our African diet. Electric cell food therapy. These are the foods that were eaten in our region he was talking about not other people’s regions. Life breeds life, death breeds death. Electric cell food therapy for Our people, not everybody else’s.

  20. Exactyly Nabar EGxZIST – his teachings of electric food and the benefits of it is for African people, Melanin people. Our body composition is made up different and require certain foods for proper nourishment. White people can eat/drink certain stuff, but that same stuff will work against our bodies. This is where a lot of the confusion comes in at. I tell those people to follow the Medical Medium guy. He has their recipes for health. Hotep my brother….

  21. Genesis 1:29(NIV) Then God said, I give you every seed bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. After man was made he is ascribed what he should eat, plants and trees that reproduce themselves by having a seed. The Creator knows his creation and knew Greed and Pride would have us in a society today producing seedless and hybrid foods. My thing is give me a choice don’t push “It’s all good” when it’s against the plan of God. Dr. Sebi has awaken us to “Truth” and that truth. We’ve been hog tied, hoodwinked, and I will go as far as to say having a spell cast on us because of this great magical manipulative deception we’ve been raised on for generations regarding the food we eat.

  22. I don’t think being a vegan is hard you just have a imagination. There are many recipes to improve the food. I think Dr. Sebi is real deal people die everyday from disease using pharmaceutical drugs we all know they don’t cure but harm. Dr. Sebi method is abulding block or fundamentals. There are plenty of herbalist even doctors like Dr. Morse hope I spell that right, but he even say that you should eat more fruit than anything. It all depends on you really it’s enough research out there that proves the words of Dr. Sebi is true. School don’t make you smart that’s God given and body can learn in a class room, but really experience been in as they say the field is were the real knowledge at and that’s what he did from the Americas to Africa he learn from people who been dealing with these herbs and fruit for generations.

  23. I think we should definitely be more frustrated with the government and the food companies that are tampering with our food. They need to just leave it alone and give us the food that we are suppose to eat. No GMO’s, no lab hybridization, no altercations, just God-made foods; untamperd by man.

  24. The reason why Dr. Sebi constantly updated his list is because the way foods are being made has changed over the course of his studies. Certain foods that were approved before are now compromised of it’s natural makeup, which is no longer acceptable. Also, Sebi’s teachings were specifically for melinated people only.

  25. I had the same problem. while watching one of his videos on youtube where he puts aloe-vera along with sugar. and he says that is man made. I respect his teachings and many of the things he said are true. but this one crossed the line. I mean aloe-vera is part of the family aloe and there are more than 500 species of aloe and he says that this miraculous plant is man made? no way that was just to make to take cuz I have witness my self how this plant helped my aunt with her Chemotherapy. This is God’s plant with infinity uses.

    1. In my country aloe is a natural plant – and is said to be extinct. I have been asking about it in groups on fb but sadly my questions don’t get posted. We do a lot with aloe –

  26. Herbal Beauty. Helo everyone.
    Dr Sebi was a wake up call to all, its hard to except the truth from a simple man without money and fame of course. I have been following Dr Sebi for the past 10 years now, the truth is alway supressed and lies are always on top of the list. im an herbalist my self when i was in holistic school they were always making sure to teach us to follow the FDA, PHARMACUTICAL CO or the medical society redulation on what they want us not to say so the truth was suppressed as i said, so when Dr Sebie put his life in jeopardy he took a bullet for all of us to come out, be bold for the truth. Hes more real then any doctor, scientist, or chemist with degrees. And if he made money on selling his product that helped other to heal then he deserves it. RIP

  27. Sir, life is a choice. Eating healthy is hard cause everything has been modified by human and dr Sebi is right.
    You can check Seignalet diet it is a french doctor that” went to school”. He recommend to avoid almost every hybrid food that too far from its original nature. He didn’t go as far as Sebi cause of the the psychological effect. Not being able to go to restaurant….
    People have to know the truth and choose if they want what fit them.
    I love bread but i have to avoid it now cause wheat is forbiden by Seignalet

  28. Dr. Sebi always dropped knowledge and spoke truth so if you don’t like the truth keep on eating your same toxic poisonous diets and 30- 40 years from now You’ll wish you were on a dr. Sebi diet😉

    1. This year i adopted the dr sebi diet since 2nd april 2019. Today after 4 months, im going to modify it to 90% instead of the 100% . I believe that we keep on learning . Relying solely on the recommended list leaves me with a feeling of having missed something. Illl definitely remain a vegan, avoid gmos,canned and processed food, go by his list up to 90% but will include buckwheat, sorghum, and other millets channa daal, and drink water placed in earthenware for 8 hours. because spring water is too costly. I use agave instead of cane sugar now,pineapples will never come back in my life, nor will white rice,sweet potatoes, cassava,modern wheat. But i believe im on the right path. Why shouldnt organic maple syrup be included?

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