For the past 18-24 months I've consumed 1 bag of frozen broccoli 3-4 times a week.
Each bag is approx 3 servings.
Last week I had stomach issues after the broccoli.
I didn't associate it with the broccoli at the time.
Next day, same thing.
I thought maybe I got food poisoning from the broccoli due to improper refrigeration during transport, so I tossed the rest of what I had and picked up some more of a different brand.
I had one of the new bags today, and while I don't feel ill in the same way i did before, I still feel flush and have a noticeable minor amount of nausea.
Could I have suddenly developed an allergy to broccoli? 3 servings a day 3 to 4 times a week is a lot, but is that really enough to cause an allergy?
Thank you for the reply.
Yeah, I know it's a lot of a specific vegetable. I got in the habit when I was in a serious weight-loss mode, and broccoli fit the bill of a vegetable that was both high in antioxidants, and one that I didn't detest.
In the week and a half since I first posted this, I've had broccoli 3 times since. I reduced the amount that I've been eating, and it's made somewhat of a difference. I still feel a bit flush, but no nausea. Maybe it's just my body telling me, "Whoa, there. Not so much." Even with something as healthy as broccoli.
Even when dieting you still need a certain amount of fat and carbohydrate consumption. The cutting out of fats, or any other nutritional requirement, is bound to have a bad effect on your health. The only thing you can safely cut out completely is stuff like candy, sweet desserts, sodas, and the sugaring of foods that don't require it (for example, bean salad). Be patient. A careful diet that contains all the nutritional requirements will work wonders if you don't exceed normal portions.
Have you heard of Gastroparesis? I'm not a medical expert by any stretch of the imagination but I have done a lot of research on Gastroparesis due to one of my children being diagnoses with it. It is caused by delayed gastric emptying and although the symptoms vary in individuals one common symptom is a feeling of nausea and sometimes vomiting after eating foods that are especially hard to digest. Broccoli is definitely one of the hardest foods to digest. Although you probably don't have Gastroparesis I can't imagine even a healthy stomach could handle that amount of broccoli in one sitting over a prolonged period. I would suggest you lay off the broccoli and try a more varied diet.
Since last checking in I've given broccoli other attempts every couple of months. Just a couple florets. I still get the same reaction. Not only that, I tried picking some chicken out of a chicken/broccoli mix, the chicken had a few minor flakes of the broccoli that had adhered to it.. like crumbs almost. Again, I could feel my system react to it.
I'm resigned to believing that I just blew my system out. Maybe if I lay off cold turkey for a year and then try again.
paultond, perhaps the broccoli has been undercooked at times and those were the times your stomach objected. (I know my response is late, but perhaps someone else is reading too.)
For the last 25 years, ever since college, I've reacted to raw and undercooked broccoli. I can eat when well cooked just fine, but if it's at all al dente, my stomach will have pains for hours afterwards. The same happens if I eat raw banana or fresh raw pineapple (canned seems to be okay although I don't consume much canned pineapple). I've always wondered if there's some connection between these foods but haven't done much research.
Another year and a half later, and still no change.
seekanswers2012 - I have no idea if the broccoli was GMO-free, but I've tried with organic broccoli with the same result.
chitchatnine - even a single floret makes me feel flush, so I'm not ODing on iron intake that way (or any other way)
gardengrirl93 - raw, steamed until al dente, steamed until soft, it makes no difference to my reaction; although I'd never voluntarily have soft broccoli beyond trying it for this experiment. It needs some bite.
It's possible to suddenly be allergic to any food. I have. When I developed my carrot allergy, I had been eating them raw for a couple days then one day Wham! Nasty hives and swelling. The only thing to do is stock up on Benadryl and avoid the foods you're allergic to.
I hate allergies.
I used to be able to broccoli just fine. Then one day out of no where I had a bad encounter with broccoli and beef. I was nauseous and flushed, stomach cramps and more. I thought it was maybe the beef or the establishment. Next time I encountered broccoli, same thing, and each subsequent encounter was worse. A sad day when broccoli became banned in my house as the smell would remind me of my allergic encounters. Almost a decade later, I have found I am now sensitive to even the florets. So I am very careful as it is not a good feeling and cross contamination at the salad bar is not my friend. Everyone has to know what's best for them. I hear benadryl might work for symptoms or epi-pen...but I don't really know. At this point in my life Allergies are not my friend, but I've learned to live with them.
Almost 3 years later, and the situation hasn't abated. No change in my reaction to broccoli. I'll try it again in another year or so.
Oddly enough, other cruciferous vegetables have no effect on me. I was worried that my favorite roasted brussel sprouts would garner a similar reaction, but, nope! I have those without issue (cut the bottoms off, cut in half, toss with olive oil and kosher salt, cut side down on a foil covered broiler pan, 2nd to bottom rack in a preheated 500 degree oven, 15 minutes, remove, grind on fresh black pepper, sprinkle on parmesan if you like. Plate and serve or save and reheat.)
No issue with radishes, watercress or arugula either.
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