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May 10, 2009 11:47 PM

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

          1. re: HanSolo

            I have the exact same problem! Have you found out anything more about it? It's has happened the last 3 times I have had it it is very unpleasant. I'm the same in that I don't have any known intolerances.

        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.

                    1. re: OCEllen

                      Seem to no longer have the problem Yay!

                      1. re: OCEllen

                        OCEllen, I have similar problems with other foods, and would love to hear about how you got over your tyramine issues...

                        1. re: guilty

                          Honestly, I have no idea. Growing older perhaps; I'm now in my 60's.

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                    1. 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.