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Whenever I eat certain foods, my head and throat feel funny. What's happening here?

Asked by ChocolateReigns (5619points) June 4th, 2010

Like today I was getting something in the bulk section at the grocery store, and I knew I shouldn’t get the dried pineapple rings because this happens in full force with those. I got dried apple pieces because I didn’t think it would happen, but it did! I feel….strange now. I really don’t know how to describe it best. Kind of like a mild sore throat and kind of light headed…..but that’s not it. I know this really doesn’t give you much to go on, but I can’t think of any better way to say it. My mom thinks I’m making up ways to get out of eating foods I don’t like, but I really do like it. And it’s not just dried foods. It’ll happen with spinach and swiss chard (kind of like spinach), and I know it’ll happen with other things but I can’t exactly remember what. When I see certain foods that I’ve never had before, I can pretty reliably tell if it’s going to make it happen. So does anybody recognize this as something they’ve had experience with?

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SamIAm's avatar

idk if this is exactly what you’re talking about but sometimes when i eat pad thai, i get this weird feeling/pain in my throat… and it’s only from that, never with anything else. but pad thai is my favorite food! i wonder if it’s the same feeling….

JLeslie's avatar

Are you buying the spinach in a bag? Maybe all of these things are treated with the same preservative? Definitely sounds like an allergy. I assume you can eat fresh pineapple, but not dried, since you emphasize dried fruit.

Merriment's avatar

Have you considered that it could be sulfite sensitivity?
Sulfites, or sulfiting agents, are sulfur-based substances
Six are used by the food industry: sulfur dioxide, sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfite, potassium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite and potassium metabisulfite.

Sulfite sensitivity may be caused by a relative deficiency of the enzyme sulfite oxidase which breaks down sulfites and requires molybdenum as a cofactor. As with lactase deficiency, this is a metabolic problem and not an allergic one.

Foods that may contain sulfites (partial list):

* Alcoholic Beverages (labeling of sulfites in alcoholic beverages is required if the concentration is 10 parts per million or greater.)
* Bakery Items: Breads containing dough conditioners, cookies, crackers, pie and pizza crusts, tortillas, waffles.
* Beverages: Beverages containing sugar or corn syrup, dried citrus fruit beverages, canned bottled, and frozen fruit juices.
* Condiments: Horseradish, relishes, pickles, olives, wine vinegar.
* Dairy: Processed cheese foods.
* Dried Foods: Dried herbs and spices, dried fruits, trail mixes.
* Fish and Shellfish: Fresh shrimp and scallops frozen, canned or dried clams, shrimp, lobster, crab, scallops, dried cod.
* Fruits: Fresh grapes, dried fruits (including raisins and prunes and especially pale fruits that have not discolored), canned, bottled and frozen fruit and juices, maraschino cherries, glazed fruit.
* Gelatins, Fillings, Frostings: Fruit fillings, flavored and unflavored gelatin, pectin, jelling agents, canned frostings and frosting mixes.
* Grain Products: Cornstarch, modified food starch, spinach pasta, gravies, hominy, breading, batters, noodle and rice mixes.
* Hard Candies
* Jams and Jellies
* Nuts: Shredded coconut.
* Plant Protein Products: Soy protein products including tofu, textured vegetable protein, infant formula.
* Snack Foods: Filled crackers, dried fruit snacks, trail mixes, tortilla chips, potato chips.
* Sugars: Brown, white, powdered and raw sugars.
* Vegetables: Vegetable juices, canned vegetables (including potatoes), pickled vegetables (including cauliflower, peppers, sauerkraut), “fresh cut” potatoes (as delivered to restaurants), frozen vegetables (including french fries and deli potato salad).

funkdaddy's avatar

Sounds like a mild allergy. I love almonds and have eaten them all my life, but recently developed an allergy to them. No idea why.

Now when I eat almonds I get the light headed feeling you’re talking about, it reminds me of that spacy feeling you get when you take too much allergy medication (the irony). I also get an itchy throat and ears. I didn’t figure out what was causing it until I tried some almond milk which brought it on much quicker than the honey nut cheerios I used to eat in the morning.

An allergy test could probably narrow it down a bit for you and find out what’s really causing it.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

Thanks everybody!

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