What do these foods have in common?
June 19, 2012 4:02 AM Subscribe
I've identified the things my digestive system doesn't like, but I don't really understand why these foods are causing me trouble. Can you tell me what these foods (list inside) have in common so I can get a better understanding of what it is I am reacting to and so I can avoid other related things?
posted by abashed to health & fitness (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Foods I can't eat ever, under any circumstances without serious and immediate Bad Consequences (I can't stress enough how eliminating these things has completely changed my life):
High fructose corn syrup
Onions - all kinds, even onion flavouring seems to be a problem
Fruit juice - especially apple juice
Any and all breakfast cereals - I've found a single one I can eat without trouble
Wholegrain wheat and seeded breads - white bread seems to be mostly okay for me, though
Milk chocolate - dark chocolate is okay
Yoghurt (the typical store-bought kind, either plain or sweetened) - but Greek-style yoghurt has been okay so far
These are okay in limited amounts:
White wheat - I seem to be okay with white bread and pasta, but only if I limit it to a couple times a week and only if it's plain white bread and not seeded
White rice - again, eating this occasionally is okay and long grain or wild rice seems to be better
Lentils - more than twice a week and I'm hating life, but small quantities are okay
Is there a pattern here that I'm not seeing? I don't know what these things have in common, so I find this all really confusing. My doctor had me try the elimination diet in the first place, for which I am grateful, but he has not been incredibly helpful since then. I am told that my list is not consistent with common food intolerances so I must be wrong about some of these things. I guess this is possible, but I've been keeping track of my diet for about a year now and while I do still have some troubles and the list needs refinement, this is what I've figured out so far. Any ideas?