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Feb 27, 2009 05:32 AM

Foods that make you ill?

I know there's a technical difference between an allergy and an intolerance, and I'm not interested in going into it yet again right now. How many people have food ingredients that they can not physically tolerate ie. food that makes you physically ill in some way, and not just because you don't like the taste!

My mother can't eat bell peppers - they make it feel like somebody is kicking a football around in her stomach all night long. DH loves them... but for the last year he's become intolerant of them too - they send him running to the bathroom within an hour of eating them. :( So I have to cook without them again. I don't have any problem with peppers, but refined soy products (soy yoghurt, soy cheese, soy milk etc.) give me vicious heartburn and indigestion. I tried using soy instead of dairy for lactose-intolerance but the effects were more unpleasant than the milk so I switched back! I'm mildly lactose-intolerant and have to watch my intake so that it doesn't make me sick, (no jumbo triple-thick milkshakes for me thank you!) but a cup of milk or yoghurt a day and a bit of cheese is fine.

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  1. I stopped drinking milk beacuse I was getting stomachaches. Soy milk doesn't cause that problem, and I still eat cheese and yogurt.

    Oranges and orange juice- I stay far away from those. I can't stand the acid feeling in my stomach and it leaves the most awful metallic taste.

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      When my husband and I moved from CT to VA we both became lactose intolerant. We cannot drink the milk down here for some reason. I have found that the ultra pasterized organic milk doesn't make us *as* ill as the general milk brands. Odd huh?

    2. I unfortunately have some problems with some really delicious food:
      Chocolate (I'll skip the details)
      Beef (same as above)
      Unripened mango (rash)
      Shellfish (hives)
      Avocado (indigestion)
      Cantaloupe (indigestion)

      I have no idea why avocados and cantaloupe give me indigestion, while I can eat onions, garlic and peppers with no problems.

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      1. re: Cachetes

        I get wicked stomach aches from avocado, although I love it and sometimes take the risk and enjoy it. Same with coconut milk. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but every time I tried the mini-twix, snickers or m&ms that my office has around, I got a headache for the rest of the day (this doesn't happen with good quality chocolate....)

        1. re: jeni1002

          You sound like me with avocados and coconut- something in the fat? I have a more unpleasant reaction to raw nuts; fresh out of the shell walnuts can make me vomit.

          It's got better as I've got older.

        2. re: Cachetes

          I once messed up my stomach for months and the doctor said it was because I was eating about an avocado daily at the time, he said they were really greasy. Commercial cantalopes kill me too, although I can eat the local muskmelons in summer, so I just wait until then.
          Onions, garlic, bell peppers (other than my own roasted red peppers, which I rinse off after cooking), not to mention broccoli and cauliflower,cabbage..all that stuff..used to kill me, but as I'm getting older they hardly bother me anymore. Well a couple of BeanOs doesn't hurt, but I've heard that with women, it's a hormone thing, and I guess I'm hitting that age. There ARE some good things about getting older, believe it or not!

          1. re: coll

            Does any of you have a latex allergy? It shares a protein with avocado.

            1. re: almansa

              No, no latex allergy. Though I'm glad to see from 'coll' that I should try local muskmelons this summer - perhaps there is hope!

              1. re: Cachetes

                Definitely no latex allergy. I did used to have some lactose intolerance, which is what I thought you first said.

                But I also had grease intolerance (gall bladder runs in my family) I don't know what that's called, but I think that is what did it.

                1. re: coll

                  My irritable bowel syndrome was diagnosed because I went in with a problem with both milk and grease.

                  1. re: TampaAurora

                    That's probably what it was, they didn't have a name for it at the time. I think my doctor called it "sensitive stomach". As soon as I know there was a medicine for it, I got better. No way am I going to give up eating whole groups of food!

                    1. re: coll

                      It took about a year to get my body retrained to do what it was supposed to do naturally using several IBS-related medications but while doing so, I followed the doctors' orders (yeah, the apostrophe is in the right spot) and cut out the foods they told me to, then incorporated them back in gradually. Eating Activia yogurt helps me when I'm not eating the fiber my body needs.

                      7 Deadly Sins of IBS and Acid Reflux
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                      During that year, I only "sinned" once a meal - mostly with fat or sugar since I was eating very poorly - mostly in restaurants, in my car or out of a box. My lifestyle was based on sleeping and making it through the day - incredibly high stress. I occasionally have a relapse, but now its more acid related or because of dehydration. My IBS was one of the most severe any of my doctors had seen, but eating more healthily is the best thing I have ever done for myself. When the symptoms creep up again, I know its diet-related and how to fix it. The problems now lie in listening to the symptoms before the medication is needed. Good luck.

                      1. re: TampaAurora

                        You know, that's what I did too, only because nothing agreed with me and not from the doctors' advice (yes many of them): maybe the nutrtionist I consulted recommended it, can't remember. I wasn't that crazy about her, but I was desperate.
                        For six months the only things I could tolerate were rice, bananas, peas and for some reason Doritos. I lost at least 30 lbs and looked like a skeleton. Than once I got the medication (it involved belladonna and other strong stuff) I wasn't afraid to eat anymore, started branching out and it never got bad like that again. Probably because I never let it get that bad again, you're right. Hey, maybe that's why I'm so obsessed with food now!

                        1. re: coll

                          dang! a doritos diet?!? is "nacho cheesier" ok? ;-0.

                          1. re: alkapal

                            Back then, there was only one Dorito, just plain ol' cheese. Ranch followed at some point soon after. For all I know, the recipe has completely changed in the years since. Probably has. I used to buy them mostly for my Siamese cats, they loved all foods but that was their favorite treat of all. But only the cheese flavor; one time I bought the ranch and they wouldn't touch any Dorito for months afterwards.

                2. re: Cachetes

                  Hope it works for you! They're worth waiting for. (Just ask my cat!)

          2. I'm allergic to mold, but unfortunately became a blue cheese lover over the past several years. I wish I still hated the stuff as I did when i was younger, but it's soooo delicious. What's weird is not ALL blues have the same effect on me. Recently, I had Maytag blue cheese over chips and developed a tingling tongue later that night. Lucky for me, our local cheesemonger has similar "tingly" effects to the same cheeses I do, so I can generally stay away from "trigger" cheeses by consulting with him. I have also broken out in hives from certain blues. I know I ought to be more careful.

            1. Beans...I make the best Boston Baked Beans on the planet, but I cannot eat them.
              Incontinence like you would not believe. (I know...too much information)
              Embarrassing and inconvenient and such a shame to not be able to enjoy one of life's little pleasures.

              1. This is more psychological than physical, but ever since my husband and I became really ill off of a hard cheese, I bought at a local farmers market, I can no longer tolerate the smell or taste of hard aged cheeses. I made a mac & cheese using aged cheddar and parmigiano reggiano. The smell of grating it was getting me nauseous, and when I tried it, I couldn't stand the taste of the cheddar. The same goes for gruyere, swiss, provolone, and manchego. This just started last fall. It's sad because I really used to love all kinds of cheese.