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Foods that make you sick?

I was just curious to see if there are any foods (not sure if that's an actual word...) out there that you guys have to avoid because they always/frequently make you feel sick. That's the whole point to this topic. :) Could be something you wish you could eat but can't.

I can't eat Mexican food. There are rare occasions when I can, provided I only eat a little bit. I was never too big a fan of it to begin with so I don't mind for the most part, but sometimes I find myself really craving a burrito. I can't eat fast food like KFC or McDonald's either - especially KFC. But then a lot of people I know say that they can't eat fast food either.

Anyone else?

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  1. Things that make you feel kind of gross but don't actually induce vomiting?

    I find that my tolerance for really fatty foods is getting lower and lower, especially if the fat is solid and animal. That is, pork belly always seems like a good idea, but I can only eat a few bites, likewise foie gras. Today I had duck for lunch and could only eat the skin of the first 1/3 of the dish, then couldn't take any more fat and only ate the meat. Luckily, my tolerance for cheese is still high!

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    1. re: babette feasts

      Ethiopian Food causes my wife to vomit within a few hours. The reaction is similar to those with Celiac disease & Gluten Intolerance. Only my wife does not have Gluten Intolerance. In the US most Ethiopian Injera contains Barley & so has Gluten. The thought was that she might have Teff intolerance, but she has had other Teff bread without any issues. She has also eaten Rudi's Gluten Free bread that has Teff without any problems. So what might be happening? Spices perhaps. Although Ethiopian spices are similar to Indian which she tolerates fine. My guess is that the fermentation process to create Teff combined with flours not normally fermented this way are a likely culprit. This would explain how some Ethiopian causes a problem while others do not. So what grains are commonly included? Wheat (not a problem for her, but yes if you are Gluten I tolerant), Barley (possibly although she drinks beer just fine), Corn (Very possibly as corn is not well tolerated by many & is NOT typically fermented). When you ferment the breakdown products can include different molecules that you may not respond to the same way. We will try some different combos to see what happens.

      While Celiac disease is most commonly associated with Gluten Sensitivity the fact that his is an autoimmune reaction strongly suggests that any other delayed food sensitivity could have the same effect.

      1. re: HanSolo

        Sugar and meat make me feel tired and nauseated, depending on the amount. Cheese I'm pretty sure breaks out my skin. I am still relatively young, and I have not given these things up though I probably should.

        1. re: HanSolo

          Any metal allergies?
          It's quite possible that you're getting a reaction to soil-type

      2. I try to avoid salads in certain restaurants, not sure why they make me feel queasy afterwards? Maybe some places don't wash the greens/lettuce well enough.

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        1. re: chloesabrina

          It's the preservatives they use on the bagged lettuces. It's awful because the overwhelming majority of restaurants use these lettuces (especially chain establishments).

        2. Frozen custard and shakes. I love them, but they do make me have some fairly unpleasant stomach issues. There are several foods that give me migraines as well- mainly dark/bittersweet chocolate and soy sauce. Sometimes I will have those anyway and am typically fine if I take medicine within 30 minutes of eating.

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          1. re: queencru

            Oh yes, soy sauce is a bad one for me. In small quantities it's ok, but any dish with lots of soy sauce (or rice doused in it) gives me a headache, though not migrane-level.

            Turmeric is another that bothers me. OK in small quantities, but too much makes me feel queasy. It took me a while to figure out that turmeric was the culprit but after several bad experiences with dishes that had turmeric-colored sauces I connected the dots.

            The only other strong food intolerance I have is eggs. I'm ok with eggs in baked goods, but the smell of cooked eggs has always made me feel ill, especially fast food eggs or cooked eggs that have been packed (like in a styrofoam to-go box).

            1. re: mpjmph

              Rice should never ever be "doused in [soy sauce]"!!! makes me sick thinking of it.

                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  Yes, I know. It's nice when a food intolerance forces me to eat things the "correct" way :) I had a hard time learning to like sushi because the friends who were "teaching" me drenched every piece in soy sauce - I would be miserable for the rest of the night if I ate it like them. Fortunately I found a sushi-friend who doesn't drown herself in salt to show me the ropes.

              1. re: queencru

                I am extremely tyramine sensitive - not just getting migraines but other sorts of weird symptoms, even to the point of having had one seizure - so soy sauce, chocolate, red wine and most cheeses are on my do not eat list.

                1. re: OCEllen

                  I have asthma attacks when I get a whiff of red wine and some types of beer, so I feel you there.

              2. Coffee, in any form. Even a latte with half a shot of espresso will lead to... discomfort.
                Though it's neither the caffeine (given how much tea I drink), nor the milk (only cream and ice cream tend to give me issues).

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                1. re: milkytea

                  This is not that strange. There is an enzyme in coffee that affects some people.

                2. I've always been blessed with a cast iron stomach, but there used to be a restaurant that served chicken. Everyone loved it, including me. But every time I ate it I spent half the rest of the afternoon in the bathroom. It always went right through me like greased lightning. There wasn't anything wrong with it, no one else had problems. And I never was able to identify what it was that caused the reaction.

                  Sadly the place is gone now (not so much for me) cause the chicken was really good.

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                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                    Boston Chicken does that to me. Tried it three times over the years--same result. I'm talking within 5 minutes of ingestion. Whatever it is, it's brutal.

                  2. Bell peppers of any color. About 20-30 minutes after eating something with bell peppers in it, I will double over in gastro-intestinal pain for about 4-5 hours until they work their way through my system. I don't know what it is about bell peppers, but they hate me. Bell peppers are often really hard to avoid at restaurants.

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                    1. re: Jen76

                      Jen--must agree with the bell peppers; they affect me the same way. I can eat every kind of hot pepper and not have a problem. Also have a major problem with watermelon, cantelope and most other melons and cucumbers.

                      1. re: pepperqueen

                        Yeah, I can eat every other kind of pepper up to my (low) tolerance for heat. Ha. I don't have a big issue with melons unless I eat too much. But bell peppers, man, it takes such a small amount that it's verging on bizarre. I've been substituting with mild chiles in any recipe that calls for bell peppers.

                        1. re: Jen76

                          I am not fond of celery, and in many recipes that call for celery I substitute... you guessed it, green bell pepper. Maybe you could consider reversing this, using celery in place of bell pepper. The flavors they impart to cooked food are surprisingly similar.

                      2. re: Jen76

                        I have the exact same problem with bell peppers. And it took me ages to realize what it was, since I'd been eating them with no problem until my early 20s. I still shudder to think of the pain, and the couple of times I couldn't walk home after a meal. So glad that doesn't happen anymore!

                        Otherwise, I can eat pretty much anything. Some blue cheeses give me a headache, but not bad enough that I'd stop eating them. And I don't drink much, but once in a while I like a gin and tonic. For some reason, Gordon's gin gives me the most excruciating headache. Even after just one drink. Any other gin, no problem. I have no idea why.

                        1. re: Jen76

                          My mother has the same bell-pepper sensitivity that you do. They won't kill her, but they'll make her wish she was dead for about 12 hours! The only food I ever got to eat with peppers on it was pizza because they weren't allowed in the house... even the smell of them cooking was enough to make her ill.
                          I didn't get to cook with them until I got married... but in the last three years, DH has also developed a sensitivity to peppers and chillis - about an hour after he eats anything with chilli or peppers, he regrets it for the rest of the day. So I've had to give them up again!

                        2. I've gotten a weird headache several times after eating bamboo shoots - probably canned. Now wondering whether that veggie leaches something in from the metal or reacts with it.

                          1. Restaurant Indian food destroys me. I feel bloated after eating it. I think it's the excessive use of ghee or cream.

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                            1. re: Humbucker

                              I'll bet you it's the salt - though it doesn't taste as obviously salty as, say, things with soy sauce, there is a heavy amount of salt in Indian restaurant food. A friedn who took Indian cooking classes (in India) told me this, but I already knew by my swollen ankles!

                              1. re: greygarious

                                I don't feel bloated in a water retention kind of way, rather it's my stomach that feels heavy and full of gas, which tends to happen when I eat any greasy cuisine like restaurant Chinese or Indian.

                              2. re: Humbucker

                                i'm not familiar with indian food. so years ago, when i had dinner with a large group at an indian place and broke out into a massive case of hives, i had no idea what dish or ingredient was to blame.

                                so whenever someone suggests indian, i tell this story. not a loss, since i've never been fond of the cuisine.

                              3. Bell peppers. They just sit like rocks in my stomach. Edamame are just slightly better.

                                1. Kashi cereal. I can eat oatmeal and other whole grains with no problem. But a bowl of Kashi makes my stomach rumble within 20 minutes and I'm running to the bathroom for over a day.

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                                  1. re: mojoeater

                                    probably from the different amounts or soluble vs. insoluble fiber. Oatmeal has a better balance of soluble/insoluble than Kashi does......too much insoluble(the kind that acts a bit like Drain-o in your system) will have that effect on people sensitive to it. Not good times!

                                    1. re: nkeane

                                      I can eat cooked oatmeal, but toasted oatmeal like in granola and other cereals gives me embarrassing GI issues.

                                  2. Cast Iron Stomach here. A few foods I don't like, liver for one. But I have tried it and it doesn't bother me. Being on the road I do eat Micky Dee's, Taco Bell, KFC, etc. When you already running behind schedule and there is not much else around, that is my choice. I can drink a cold beer with spicy Mexican food followed by ice cream and nothing. I can't come up with a single food that bothers me. A few I don't like but nothing that bothers me.

                                    But one thing that does make me sick is getting a sandwich where the bread or roll is soggy. That I can't eat. It is more the texture not the food itself.

                                    1. strawberries in abundance. If I eat a civilized amount, no problem. If I eat more than about a cupful in one sitting, then I start getting queasy.

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                                      1. re: weezycom

                                        weezy, what makes you queasy might well make me wheezy rather than queasy

                                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                          Come sit by me and we'll eat fresh peaches instead.

                                        2. re: weezycom

                                          Just the opposite here. There's a great photo of me in Greece a few years back, recovering from a nasty bout of food poisoning, sitting on top of one of the hills with a 2-lb bag of strawberries in my lap, happily munching away. They were the only think I could stomach that afternoon.

                                          1. re: weezycom

                                            Mushrooms . They tast ok but an hr later i am so sick its not worth it . It is very hard to avoid mushrooms . I can pick them out of Chinese food easily enough but other cuisines hide them
                                            everywhere . The only course i am safe with is dessert!!!!

                                          2. For me, it's avocado. I was able to eat it back when I first tried it in the mid-1980s, but after a few years, every time I had some on a salad, let's just say it went through my system rather quickly. So I've avoided it since then.

                                            Oh - and Vodka and orange juice. Although it was an early 20s issue of drinking WAY too much, I still can't abide the taste of those two.

                                            ETA after reading Jen76's post: Green bell peppers. I'm fine with red; but green peppers - raw, sauteed, grilled - give me horrible gastrointestinal problems.

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                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                              oh, the drinking thing.... that's the reason I haven't had chicken cordon bleu since about 1985.

                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                  I'm sure you're right but I don't recall the details ;-D

                                                  1. re: weezycom

                                                    Which, to paraphrase Martha, is probably a VERY good thing.

                                            2. I generally have a stomach of steel as well, but there are a couple culprits.

                                              Movie theater popcorn (without the butter stuff). My husband loves it, but if I eat more than about a cup full, I'll feel nauseated for hours.

                                              I adore Ethiopian food, but I always have horrible indigestion afterward. I have no problems with other heavily spiced, saucy cuisines. Maybe it's the teff in the injera that does me in? Whatever it is, it's worth the pain every few months!

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                                              1. re: modthyrth

                                                I totally agree with the popcorn. I can have just a small handful and instantly I am in pain. I think its the fake powdered butter crap they pop it in?

                                                1. re: hungryabbey

                                                  I think you're right, since regular homemade popcorn (even made in oil) and microwave popcorn don't do it to me. I typically have a stomach of steel, but that movie theater stuff gets me every time.

                                              2. Cilantro-I'm allergic. I get terrible headaches just from the smell never mind how sick I get when I eat it.

                                                Peaches & blue cheese-makes we feel like I have fuz or hair in my mouth.

                                                1. Anything peach flavored. I can handle actual peaches in moderation. The first time I got really drunk and sick was off of peach snappss. So you do the math why I don't like this flavor...

                                                  Also, very sugary drinks make me sick. I hate all those fruity drinks at bars. They are so gross to me and end up making me feel nasty.

                                                  1. Unfortunately, it's Kimchi. I had a bad stomach bug within a day of eating the stuff, and although I'm not entirely sure it is the culprit, for some reason it kept popping into my mind during my nauseous spells. Oh, and White Russians, which basically ruins any hope I ever had of aspiring to become 'The Dude.'

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                                                    1. re: Melanie

                                                      Balsamic vinegar- if I eat anything containuing it, I get severe gas pains followed by a bout of small, hard, diarreha. I think it may have something to to with the varios fungi spores balsmaic vinegar is supposed to get during it's ageing (I remember reading somewhere, that some doctors were using balasmic vinegar to induce labor in overdue women. Maybe there's something screwy with my hormones. (I'm a guy))

                                                      Carbonated beverages after around 4PM, particualry chartruese mixed citrus ones ( I.e. Mountain dew, Mello Yello and thier varios generic knockoffs) Since I don't start even thinking about drinking carbonated beverages until around lunchtime (12ish) this gives me a pretty small window.

                                                      "good" cheese when I don't enforce severe moderation (i.e. when I grab a hunk and some crakers and just keep muching till it's all gone)

                                                      White chocolate "straight"; makes me queasy. If it's mixed with other chocolate I'm fine

                                                      Milk/ice cream. Can manage it during the day if I take a couple Lactaid's first, but if it's the last thing I consume before going to bed (i.e. a bowl of Ice cream for dessert) I still then to get the intolerance reations when I wake up the next morning.

                                                    2. Anything with lactose. I feel okay, but Iget so gassy that it smells like I'm rotting from the inside.

                                                      1. Pine nuts consistently make me violently ill. I mean writhing-on-the-bathroom-floor-in-agony, sweating, moaning, alien-popping-out-of-my-chest pain. I was once caught off-guard on the train home from a restaurant after unknowingly eating something with pine nuts ground into it. I barely made it off the train with my bike in time to puke (profusely) into a trash can. Another time i had to sequester myself in a four-stall bathroom at work because of a cannolo.

                                                        1. Due to having part of my upper intestine removed, I can no longer eat anything with seeds (including tomatoes), ground beef. lettuce, most raw veggies, nuts, fatty foods, or high fat dairy.

                                                          1. this is really gross, but you asked....

                                                            when I was small, I could not eat chocolate without throwing up almost immediately. But it didn't stop me: I would eat, puke, eat, puke, eat....puke.

                                                            sigh...I'm not sure what my mom was thinking to keep giving it to me. Luckily I'm recovered and have no problems like that now - I can eat anything =)

                                                            1. i can't eat any kind of fish egg. It's so strange! It's not an allergic reaction, more like something gets stuck somewhere in my torso and wants to break out thru my belly. Makes sushi (which I love) troublesome. The same thing hapeens with onion rings. The sorrow!!! I love onion rings.

                                                              1. Rice gives me the worst hiccups ever. It doesn't make me "sick" sick, but it's super annoying.

                                                                1. The first thing I had to think about was Wegmans Caesar with chicken. I don't know if it's the dressing, or a combination of red onion, raw 'shrooms, and who knows what.... but the few times my man and I picked that up, neither one of us had a great reaction. Without getting into any details, we don't get it anymore. The rotisserie chicken at Wegmans is hit or miss for us, too. I'm not sure if it's the fat. I generally don't shy away from using fat when I cook at home -- be it butter, bacon fat, or olive oil.

                                                                  But often, restaurant cooking can make both of us really uncomfortable, and I am guessing it is an overuse of butter.

                                                                  Spicy food, otoh, has its effects, but I'll take 'em. Not gladly, but I'll deal.

                                                                  Indian food can make me feel like I had a basketball for dinner for hours afterwards, so I don't have it too often. Once again, don't know if it's the ghee or something else...

                                                                  I'll say I'd have to have a really strong (painful or otherwise) reaction to a food I like to avoid it.

                                                                  That said, I haven't eaten a frozen pizza baguette in the last 21 years. I came home one night after partying, had two of those nuked, and ended up being sick for a couple days. Not a food I miss.

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                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                    When I go out to lunch I have to be leery of any dish involving "marinated" steak (sandwitches etc) as there is something in what they use to marinate at some places (Applebee's and Outback come to mind) that hits my guts like a kick from a mule. It's a real pain since I find a lot of the lunch offering at places like that a bit on the bland side, I'm not a huge fan of chicken and one gets tired of burgers after a while.
                                                                    Also I'm not sure you could call it getting "sick" but there in some additive in many canned iced teas (like Nestea and Lipton brisk the kind you cna get out of a soda machine) that makes my saliva get really thick and me feel like I'm really congested. any other bottled tea and I'm fine, its just something in those.

                                                                    1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                      I have some major sort of intestinal response to fresh coconut water but don't want to get into the graphics of it.
                                                                      Also, red wine makes my ears hot and red (no kidding), no one has ever been able to tell me what's that's about.

                                                                    2. re: linguafood

                                                                      "But often, restaurant cooking can make both of us really uncomfortable, and I am guessing it is an overuse of butter."


                                                                      many mid-price and lower-priced places are actually using garbagey rancid oils, like soy/canola blends, and NOT butter. much like people who get sick from movie popcorn and supermarket chicken -- it's the oils. same goes for indian. many places have stopped using ghee because of the expense and are using junk oils. i get very queasy from this stuff and am very careful eating out.

                                                                    3. Raw garlic is my nemesis, which really sucks. It took a long time to figure out why certain foods I loved eating always gave me the worst gas pains, stomach aches, and other even worse ill effects, sometimes even for days afterward.

                                                                      I can tolerate garlic if it's well cooked (pan-fried/sauteed), but even oven-roasting doesn't seem to kill whatever it is in raw garlic that makes me so ill. I have to be really careful with certain restaurant foods like hummus, bruschetta toppings, bread dipping oils, etc where either there can be raw or for me "undercooked" garlic. Basically I avoid any menu item which lists garlic as a prominent ingredient and have to be careful with "red gravy/Americanized" Italian restaurants that think Italian food = tons of chopped garlic all over everything.

                                                                      And yesterday I figured out why certain Korean dishes I love make me feel ill afterward - had a great BiBimBap, but the red spicy sauce is apparently loaded with raw garlic as I was sick all night from it with my typical garlic reaction. So yet another food to cross off my list, unless I make it myself and saute the garlic first :(

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                                                                      1. re: sockii

                                                                        roasting seems to make garlic fine for me (or at least mostly).
                                                                        Sauteed for stirfry is a no go, though.
                                                                        Long braises make the garlic more friendly too.

                                                                      2. Sago Pudding, or tapioca.

                                                                        The only dish that makes me gag. there is a strange feeling in the back of my throat when as a schoolboy I was made to , made to ......and that is the end of it.

                                                                        1. I suffer from gastroparesis and haven't yet figured out my triggers but the ones that come to mind are corn, beets and wine. All three make me very ill and can keep me in terrible pain for days. I miss all three horribly.Also anything that is heavy in fats. I have to be careful at restaurants, especially with fish. Man do they like the butter on fish. I love it but my tummy has other plans.

                                                                          1. green peppers. Actually all colors make me feel sick but the green are the worst.

                                                                            Overly "fishy" fish.

                                                                            1. Cloves - the smell of them, if someone cooks with them, the taste - even a clove cigarette just kills me. Dizziness, nausea, headaches. Ugh.

                                                                              Raw onion - I'd love to be able to eat this, but the taste is way too strong, and I've tried everything from red to sweet vidalias. I will taste raw onion for three days if I accidentally get a bite.

                                                                              Cashews. Alas! The meatiest most delicious nut of them all does terrible, TERRIBLE things to me. I can barely speak of it.

                                                                              Also I have a mild alcohol intolerance, which means I have to stick to beer mostly. One glass of wine may be fine one day, then a week later one glass will give me an "attack", which is what I call it. I go bright red, my heart pounds, and I can barely breathe. Liquor can do the same to a lesser extent. There must be some other trigger that I haven't been able to figure out, but it's easier to just avoid.

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                                                                              1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                I was going to mention that Indonesia would be a bad place for you, but since you already noted "clove cigarettes," perhaps you already knew it? Not that Jakarta's air quality is any less capable of bringing tears to one's eyes, but...

                                                                                heads up if you order nasi goreng (fried rice) over there too. Raw onion is a frequent guest on the plate.


                                                                              2. Mint, even the smell has an effect, nausea and dizziness!

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                                                                                1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                  About twenty years ago, watermelon started making me very, very ill. Sweating, black spots dancing in my field of vision, headache, intestinal distress and several days of pain and sensitivity in my feet & hands afterwards. It has become worse and worse, to where I had a reaction (bad, scary, passing out, home-alone-with-young-kids and too altered to dial 911 reaction) just from touching it. I have been told that a profound sensitivity to a specific fruit can be somehow related to a latex intolerance, and I've always had trouble with latex, though I'm whistling through my hat here, I really have no idea why I was fine with it for thirty years and then...BANG.
                                                                                  Just last week I ate two peaches and my mouth began to feel like my skin was burning and I got a headache. I'm kind of worried, I'd hate to end up unable to eat ANY fruit.

                                                                                2. I used to be able to eat ANYTHING. Cast iron stomach, no known allergies, no next day reactions, no gas.

                                                                                  And now I'm 31. Raw citrus juice (lemon, orange and grapefruit) gives me near instant heartburn. Dairy makes me sneeze like I have hayfever, an overly cheesy dinner makes me wake up with a headache and the sniffles. Large servings of pasta bloat me up and make me want a nap (I used to be able to put away a pound at a time and then go dancing).

                                                                                  1. There is only one, and it's a whopper: wine. Not all, but most reds and more than 50% of whites trigger terrible migraines.
                                                                                    I can cook with small amounts just fine, but it becomes difficult to navigate when there are wine pairings with foods at restaurants, etc... or in other situations where an adult beverage would be nice, but a mixed drink or a beer would stand out as odd.
                                                                                    Some times, I'm able to deflect with a discrete "thank you, but I'm intolerant because of migraines. I'd be most grateful if you can offer me another drink".

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                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                      Alliegator, I'll bet it's the sulfites. My husband has a friend with the same issue and I have one who can only drink white wine. I never think it's odd when someone asks for something other than wine. Most people who serve wine have other booze on hand, fortunately for you!

                                                                                      1. re: Isolda

                                                                                        That a good guess. It's not the tannins, because I do well with grapes.
                                                                                        Some foods I eat have sulfites in, but maybe the wine just has a much higher concentration. Anywhoo, it's easily (if not awkwardly) avoided most times, and a brief reason why generally gets me another tasty beverage :)

                                                                                    2. Things sweetened with diet sugars. It doesn't matter what sweetener they have, they make me queasy and some give me a headache. If it's not real sugar (HFCS is fine, although I don't like the aftertaste), please don't give it to me.

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                                                                                      1. re: Isolda

                                                                                        my husband has worse results with diet sugars. Not psychosomatic at all (no GI issues)... but they throw his insulin/blood sugar for a real loop.

                                                                                        1. re: Chowrin

                                                                                          sugar alcohols make me spend hours near the bathroom. found that out by accident. ack.

                                                                                      2. Funnel cake!!!! Never had it, never will. Oft smelt it, oft felt nauseous, occasionally vomited.

                                                                                        1. If it's not a Jelly Belly jelly bean, I probably shouldn't eat it.

                                                                                          That said, there are plenty of foods that should have made me sick, but for some reason took years instead of hours to do so...


                                                                                          1. Eating avocado causes my husband to double over in pain but I have no idea why. We have to be very careful when we go out for Mexican food.

                                                                                            1. The first thing that's coming to mind is crappy food that I shouldn't be eating in the first place. I ALWAYS feel horrible the next day when I get dragged into a Pizza Hut. Really, any chain pizza does it to me. And they don't even taste good going down, so it's so not worth it.

                                                                                              Mexican gets me a little bit the next day(I made some last night), but I'm thinking that it only affects me when I don't have enough vegetables to balance out the protein/carb/fat combo that is the main course.

                                                                                              Lastly, steak. I used to really like it, but I can't eat more than a 3-oz portion now without it starting to feel wrong in my mouth and lose any joy it had. It's a positive, though. I don't need to be chowing down on half a pound of meat in a meal!

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                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                I feel the same way about steak, well meat in general. I can't eat very much of it or it becomes to rich and will make me sick. There are alot of things that i have that reaction to if i really think about it

                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                  Deleted post because I'm a dunce who thought this was a different thread.

                                                                                              2. Bell peppers. Cooked or raw. Sigh.

                                                                                                1. Oysters are the main food that I like, but they don't like me. I can get by with one or two, but if I have more than that, it really gets ugly.

                                                                                                  Corn is notoriously indigestible, and can cause some problems for me if I eat to much, especially fresh corn. I can eat a few tortillas or some grits with no problem, though. I still eat fresh corn, I just keep the intake moderate.

                                                                                                  Garlic is another that can "loosen your clutch", as my former father-in-law so adeptly put it. I am fine with modest amounts, but if used to excess, it can cause a problem. Interestingly, when I cook Chinese food at home, I find I can use quite a bit of garlic, as long as I have a greater volume of ginger. The ginger seems to negate the adverse effects of the garlic.

                                                                                                  Any commercial salad dressing, will have a bad effect, which means eating salads in restaurants is usually out. I have come to realize the problem is the xanthan gum, which is a laxative. Homemade dressings are no problem. Similarly, I also have a problem with most commercial gluten-free baked goods, for the same reason. But then, they are horrible for other reasons.

                                                                                                  Sometimes in a restaurant, I will order something that sounds good to me, but when it comes, I take a few bites and then completely lose my appetite. I have learned the hard way not to fight this. I'm not talking fast food here, I don't eat fast food or at chains at all. Nor am I talking about Mexican or Thai or Indian places, which I can usually handle pretty well. These are mid to high-end places, including fine dining. Usually, the problem is that the food is just too rich. And I am not a low-fat dieter (or any kind of dieter), but there is such a thing as too much fat in a dish to be appealing or digestible.

                                                                                                  The corollary to all this is that cooking at home, I can eat pretty much anything. And I cook a pretty diverse range of cuisines from all over the world. With the exception of the oysters, almost all of my bad experiences have their origins in restaurants.

                                                                                                  1. I can't eat seafood in a creamy sauce, especially if drinking wine. It looks so good on a menu, but the few times I've ordered it I have gotten sick before leaving the restaurant.

                                                                                                    1. Certain vinegars used to set off nausea for me. Sometimes for hours.

                                                                                                      It meant many foods were off limits for me - salad dressings, chutneys, relishes, mustards etc. Even some breads that had vinegar in them would make me ill.

                                                                                                      I've now narrowed it down to malt vinegar being the culprit. Especially a particularly cheap brand that is commonly used where I live.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                        Something similar happened to me. At one time I used to ADORE fried fish smothered in vinegar, to the point where I would undergo quest like trips around the city to search out the specific beer I needed to make the fish batter. Originally I used malt vinegar (the standard vinegar for fried fish) but then switched to cider and finally to cane vinegar. Eventually however, I began to notice that I was having a problem; as soon as it put the fish in my mouth the vinegar would vaporize, hit the back of my throat and made me begin to have a choking fit that would last 15-20 minutes per bite. I tired cutting back, but ANY amount did it Eventually I had to simply give up using the vinegar (I tried switching back but they all did it) Eating fried fish (since with no vinegar at all it made me queasy) and going on the trips (since with no fish there was no need to buy beer.)

                                                                                                        1. My list is loooong. The worst offenders are caffeine, cloves, star anise, cassia ( that most people in the west think is cinnamon), grains in general, anything greasy, and bell peppers - these trigger gastrointestinal problems that can reach emergency status. Crab and hazelnut get top honors for approaching anaphylaxis. Acidic fruits make my joints hurt like you wouldn't believe, with oranges being the worst offender.

                                                                                                          I have a genetic collagen defect that makes all of this, and more, possible. Yay genetics.

                                                                                                          1. Beef steaks. I can eat ground beef, braised beef, and even beef strips in stir fry. In all the beef is well done. But I can't eat steak without feeling ill. I'm pretty sure it's because I like my steak rare or medium rare.

                                                                                                            Raw fish. It is sad sitting at a sushi restaurant eating nothing but cooked rolls while watching the bf gleefully eating the raw. Sometimes I give into the temptation and suffer the consequences.

                                                                                                            Duck. Same affect on the stomach as the other foods listed. A couple slices in a Thai curry I can handle, but no other way.

                                                                                                            Lobster. But I don't really like it away so no real loss.

                                                                                                            1. Sockeye salmon, high carbs at any meal, especially wheat, and fettucine alfredo gets an honorable mention.

                                                                                                              1. Pork, excluding bacon. For some reason it makes me feel ill, also, lamb. Sometimes beef stroganoff and occasionally cottage cheese depending on the curd size.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Redstickchef

                                                                                                                  Lamb. The ex and I both puked after a perfectly prepared dish by sister in law. Could it have been the copious amount of wine and weed, nah, maybe, probably. Still haven't eaten lamb since. Oh yes, chili with beans as a child. I'm from Texas and I won't do it again, once was enough. The flu was probably the main culprit, but I'll never admit it.

                                                                                                                2. Asian (most notably thai) and Indian spicy dishes. I can eat spicy dishes from other types of food, like Mexican, not sure why. Also, most fast food. It doesn't make me physically sick, but it just makes me feel shitty and lazy.

                                                                                                                  1. Parmesan cheese. Absolutely no idea why. When I was younger, I used to sit down with a block of Reggiano and have at it, I could eat tons and felt fine. After 18 years old or so, I can't even have a microscopic bite without running to the bathroom.

                                                                                                                    1. Blue cheese and sour cream. Bad GI stuff within 30 minutes.

                                                                                                                      1. flavorless, unseasoned food.

                                                                                                                        I end up emptying the salt and pepper shaker over the top and going home with bad stomach pains.

                                                                                                                        unseasoned, flavorless food makes me sick.

                                                                                                                        1. You cannot fathom how I wish I could eat gluten! But I have celiac so I cannot...sigh... I can replicate most things but chewy ciabatta bread, bagels, doughnuts and croissants. The darned stuff is hidden everywhere, though, which makes eating in others' homes impossible where I must take my own food. Eating out anywhere means taking risks.

                                                                                                                          Thankfully other than that I can tolerate pretty much anything. :)

                                                                                                                          1. Nope. I'm fortunate that my body loves anything and everything that I put into it, sometimes rather too well.

                                                                                                                            1. Intent headache from quinoa and hibiscus. Weird.

                                                                                                                              1. Porridge...hot milk w skin & slimy oats. Yuck!

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                                                                                                                                1. Liver. Just about any kind of liver makes me gag instantly. My wife is the same way.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                    Same for me. Liver has me gagging and heading to the bathroom. When I was young, I was in the hospital. They tried to get me to eat liver (that was before the days you could pick and choose). I was out of bed so fast and into the bathroom, they finally gave up. It has nothing to do with not liking it. I just CAN'T eat it or smell it.

                                                                                                                                  2. I'm fascinated by the diversity of answers! So many specific but varied triggers.

                                                                                                                                    For me, it's eggs, but only when eaten quickly, and butter tarts, also only when eaten quickly.

                                                                                                                                    My wife can't eat sushi without throwing up, and has an equal but opposite reaction to Ethiopian food.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: plasticanimal

                                                                                                                                      Another egg trigger. My brother used to eat his fried eggs with his mouth wide open, smacking like a pig to gross me out, which it did, plus I hated the smell. I won't touch them to this day except to cook with.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                        my mother always cooked scrambled eggs til they were dry shreds, bereft of flavor and life. i hated them.

                                                                                                                                        it was many years into my adulthood before i realized they do not have to taste or smell that way!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                          nothing, well almost nothing, is more *sickening* than the smell of overcooked eggs, and browned eggs take on an extra level of *sickening* smell that isn't just unpalatable, but makes for a really bad stomach ache.

                                                                                                                                          here's a pic of a about half way done omelet to some I know:

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                            and those eggs were "special" for saturday mornings. when i was in high-school and waking up with a keg-party hang-over it was a triumph of will to not be sick all over everything everywhere.

                                                                                                                                    2. Peanuts. I can eat them but I always end up with an upset stomach.

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                                                                                                                                      1. Fresh bread while it's still warm. Makes me gassy and goes right through me. I can eat bread once it's cooled and been sitting a while. Every so often, I can't resist warm bread and after eating some, I remember why it's a problem.

                                                                                                                                        Wine too late in the day causes acid reflux, so no wine on a 'school' night.

                                                                                                                                        Sushi makes me burp, but I don't care.

                                                                                                                                        1. Mayo, sour cream and cottage cheese make me gag even in the site of it.

                                                                                                                                          1. Oysters - like trying to swallow a lump of snot (or another waste body product)


                                                                                                                                            1. People always say White Castle burgers make them sick. I had half of one only one time and within an hour I had a stomach ache.
                                                                                                                                              I am okay with most foods, but unfortunately most things made by the cafe at work make me feel sick. Most of the meats and soups really irritate my stomach, possibly they are over seasoned? I can't figure out what it is!

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: WhatsEatingYou

                                                                                                                                                I can do a great many things, but I can't do the White Castle. I think you have to eat that stuff from birth, sort of like those treefrogs eating the poison ants.

                                                                                                                                              2. Cool Whip used to make me feel inexplicably sick as a littl'un. Something about the taste and texture. Blech. Now that I'm older, I would never dream of touching the stuff. That's for different reasons now, obviously (stabilized vegetable oil, yum).

                                                                                                                                                Cinnamon used to turn my stomach, too. Now I adore it. Mostly in the form of cinnamon rolls, but I'll take a snickerdoodle or two, too.

                                                                                                                                                One thing that is bugging me more and more as an adult is turkey skin. I swear, I used to gobble it up (no pun intended) as a kid, but nowadays when I eat it, there's just sort of a strange off flavor. Turkey in general has been kind of tasting weird to me the past few years, but the skin especially. :/ Turkey just tastes weird and fruity to me in comparison to chicken. It might be the Publix brand birds I've been using that season with pepper and celery extract…? I don't think the Kroger birds taste as strange.

                                                                                                                                                1. None, fortunately. Although I do get a pinpoint itchy spot near my left elbow when I eat foods with a spicy-hot ingredient, whether I can taste the heat or not. Sometimes I'll get the itch then ask what was in the dish, and lo and behold, some kind of indiscernable chile. I like spicy food, and eat it anyway, but I get this itch. I haven't been able to pinpoint a specific ingredient/type of pepper. No big deal, but I'm really hoping that I don't become allergic in the future.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Unfortunately I am severely allergic to mangoes. I used to eat 4 of them once they came into season, and about age 14 I developed a very bad allergy to them.

                                                                                                                                                    Maybe I should eat a few bites and then give myself a quick epi shot. :)

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: eviemichael

                                                                                                                                                      Many people are allergic to mangoes, as they are related to poison ivy and can induce similar symptoms (rashes, skin eruptions, watery blisters, swelling of the lips and throat, etc.)

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                        I have a friend that can eat mangoes by the truckload if it is peeled and washed for her. It is something in the sap that sets her off.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                          Suzigirl, now you're tempting me to try that! ..if I get a reaction it's you're fault. :)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: eviemichael

                                                                                                                                                            I would never forgive myself. Don't do it! :-)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                              ....OK, for now. When they're back in season thought I'll reevaluate ;-)

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                          Interesting! I always get strange looks when I tell people I'm allergic to mangoes.

                                                                                                                                                          When I eat them, my whole face swells up and I get blisters around my lips...not pretty!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: eviemichael

                                                                                                                                                            Incidentally, cashews are also in the Anacardiacae (the poision ivy family) and so may provoke a similar reaction. The nuts are either roasted (which destroys the caustic substance) or treated in other ways before being sold, so they are generally safe. But if you are allergic to the stuff in the sap and skin of mangoes; you may want to decline if anyone ever offers you cashew apples/jugo de caju (both not uncommonly eaten/drunk in those places where cashews are grown) and avoid touching and cashew trees or nuts that still have thier shells (actually EVERYONE should avoid the latter two. Posion Ivy is actually on the weak side of the Acacardiacae, causticity wise. Some of the stronger ones [and cashews are on this level] won't just make your skin itch and blister, they'll leave permanent scars. A few even kill you if you actually get the sap inside your body [either by eating it or getting it in from a deep puncture or cut], like manchineel.)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                              That info is very interesting, because I actually do get a very mild reaction when I eat cashews! It's so mild that I still eat them...just a tiny bit of puffing up in my lips for 2 days.

                                                                                                                                                              I hope I don't need to start avoiding them...I wonder if the reaction could eventually become worse?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: eviemichael

                                                                                                                                                                Hard to say.

                                                                                                                                                                Oh almost forgot for those who venture farther afield in thier fruits, the hog plum and it's cousins (Spondias sp.) are also in the family.

                                                                                                                                                      2. I HATE BELL PEPPERS of any color, raw or cooked. Even the smell of them makes me feel sick and makes my head hurt. When I have inadvertently eaten something containing them (which has been extremely rare, since I can smell them a mile away) I have vomited. If I walk into a house where someone is cooking bell peppers I have to turn around and leave. My mouth and lips will immediately start to feel itchy. I even avoid walking past them in supermarkets.

                                                                                                                                                        I don't like the smell of any peppers being cooked, but I can tolerate the others somewhat. I can also eat foods cooked with hot peppers.

                                                                                                                                                        1. I Have a similar problem with KFC and fried chicken but macdonalds im ok im not allergic but When i Do eat this My stomach heats up It kind of feels like ive put my stomach on a stove?

                                                                                                                                                          1. I feel sick when I eat bread and or chocolate and wine..... vodka isnt my best friend but I blamed it on the diet coke..... dont drink a lot - didnt mind the hangovers but couldnt handle the pain in my stomach that makes me curl up - diarohe (can anyone spell that word)and vomiting everytime I sat up......

                                                                                                                                                            1. I can't handle any type of raw onion, not even a little bit. The reaction isn't severe enough that vomiting is involved, but it's guaranteed that my stomach will feel gross for the rest of the day. And I will keep tasting them ALL day. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                              I never liked raw onions anyway, so for me this is no huge loss. No issues once they're cooked.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Alcohol. It used to take 2 or 3 drinks, but now even a single cocktail or glass of wine results in what I can only describe as flu-like symptoms, the worst of which is the overall body aches in every muscle and joint. This occurs about 1 hour after consumption and lasts for several hours. I don't get it.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Fast food puts me to sleep. I can't eat McD's if I have anything important to do that day.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. In the last six or so years I've developed an intolerance to spicy foods. I didn't mind the going in heat or the occasional going out problem. What's happened though is the processing part in between has got very painful. My mom used to say how spicy foods went through her so fast requiring lengthy bathroom visits. Now I've got it. Thanks mom!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Preservative-laden, bagged lettuces. Ugh. Within a few minutes they wreak havoc on my gastrointestinal system.

                                                                                                                                                                      Pizza - I adore the stuff. But as a Type 1 Diabetic, there is just no magic bolus that prevents my blood glucose from spiking after eating it. And it's usually a delayed spike... like 3 hours later. :(