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Robert McFerran - food reaction

Posted by Dawn G. on December 17, 1998 at 09:51:33:

This morning I tried cooked amaranth for breakfast. Right after eating I had diarrhea. An hour later I had lots of bloating and gas. Is this too soon to be attributed to what I just ate? Would this be considered an allergic reaction?


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Re: Robert McFerran - food reaction

Posted by Robert McFerran on December 17, 1998 at 13:03:52:

In Reply to: Robert McFerran - food reaction posted by Dawn G. on December 17, 1998 at 09:51:33:

Dawn,

I'm assuming that you didn't test amaranth after running the elimination diet to get this response. Was this the first time you ever ate amaranth?

How much did you eat and what else did you eat?

How soon after eating did the diahrea occur?

Bob


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Re: Robert McFerran - food reaction

Posted by Dawn G. on December 18, 1998 at 08:53:46:

In Reply to: Re: Robert McFerran - food reaction posted by Robert McFerran on December 17, 1998 at 13:03:52:

I have had amaranth before as a minor ingredient in other cereals and crackers. Today I ate it just as a plain cooked grain ( 1 1/2 servings )with soy milk. I have the soy milk regularly with no problems. The diarrhea happened a few minutes after I ate. I am too reactive to chemicals right now to run an elimination diet so I just started rotating foods as a place to start.


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Re: Robert McFerran - food reaction

Posted by Robert McFerran on December 18, 1998 at 09:09:59:

In Reply to: Re: Robert McFerran - food reaction posted by Dawn G. on December 18, 1998 at 08:53:46:

Dawn,

Of course it would have taken some time for the amaranth to get to your colon. Generally speaking food takes 30-40 minutes before it arrives in the small intestines and then even longer to get to the colon. I doubt that your spontaneous diarhea was due to the amaranth. Perhaps something poorly digested from the day before?

Bob


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Re: Robert McFerran - food reaction

Posted by Lana on December 18, 1998 at 16:29:04:

In Reply to: Re: Robert McFerran - food reaction posted by Robert McFerran on December 18, 1998 at 09:09:59:

But does food have to reach the colon before causing a reaction? We know that people have allergic reactions as soon as offending foods hit their lips. Could it be that the diarrhea is an immediate immunological response?


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Re: Robert McFerran - food reaction

Posted by Robert McFerran on December 18, 1998 at 22:55:26:

In Reply to: Re: Robert McFerran - food reaction posted by Lana on December 18, 1998 at 16:29:04:

Lana,

The sub-lingual veins just below the tongue can deliver an almost immediate reaction when the food is chewed however I've never seen it trigger an immediate attack of diahrea. Of course it theoretically COULD induce ANY type of reaction -- it's just that I haven't seen it and she didn't have problems before when eating the amaranth.

More often you'll see sudden headache, fatigue or joint pain. Anaphalaxis type food allergy is another more immediate reaction.

Bob



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