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Banned Foods

To the best of my knowledge, this is my current list of banned foods. I was hoping to have some actual recipes posted here by now, but after looking at this list, perhaps you can understand why I’m struggling to even know what to eat.

This list is not inclusive to anyone with similar allergies as mine since I’m vegetarian. I needed an easily accessible and updatable list for my family. I can hardly navigate what I’m supposed to eat, I can’t assume they would have any better idea. Many of these items fall under multiple categories for me so they are just listed under what I can recall is the biggest problem.

[Baking Soda]

-Symptoms-

Throat, tongue, sinuses, lips, and upper lungs sting, hurt, taste metallic & swell making it difficult to breathe nearly cutting off my ability to breathe within 30 minutes of consuming 1/16 teaspoon requiring emergency care. Stomach pain as if severe indigestion.

-Sources-

Baking soda, Baking powder, baking soda toothpaste, any raised baked goods even if they are gluten free, GF boxed mixes, GF self-rising flour blends, any quick breads, many flat breads especially white flour type GF tortillas, pancakes, waffles, muffins, cakes/cupcakes, cookies, GF pretzels, some GF bagels, club soda, soda water,

These are not food sources, but since I’m so highly allergic I’m listing other sources of baking soda so my family would be aware. As it stands right now, my best guess is that I have to ingest it before it triggers an allergic reaction, but I do worry about if it is floating through the air (if a box was spilled), or more likely a laundry detergent containing baking soda.

*Update- October 29, 2017* Pretty much all household fire extinguishers (the red ones) that I think are in commercial use have baking soda in them. I’ve had to research about a water filled fire extinguisher for our home. Downside is it isn’t effective against electrical fires. I guess it’s better than dying right away. :/

*Update- July 19, 2017* Some kinds of fire extinguishers contain baking soda. Need to do more research to find out specifics. It is noted on Brightnest after I decided to do a quick search of the origins of baking soda and cross referenced with Wikipedia. I’ll be contacting major household fire extinguisher manufacturers soon to see what info they can provide for me.

*Update* Washing Soda will have to be added to this list as well. Stumbled across it when trying to research fruit-based citric acid powder, and Corn Allergy Girl mentioned it in her Corn Free Homemade Dishwasher Detergent.

From LiveStrong: Sodium bicarbonate is a common ingredient in medications used to treat heartburn, acid indigestion or a sour stomach. Products such as toothpaste and denture cleaners, bath beads and salts, baby and deodorant powders include sodium bicarbonate, mainly because of its odor neutralizing properties. Cleaning products use the large granule, industrial grade version of sodium bicarbonate. Carpet deodorizers, dry bleach and detergent based cleaners take advantage of the odor neutralizing, mild abrasive and grease cutting properties of sodium bicarbonate.

There is also a very extensive list from the Household Products Database (supplied by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

[Pineapple]

-Symptoms-

Hives starting on back of hands or scalp & spreading from there depending on amount consumed or from skin contact.

-Sources-

Any kind or form of pineapple, but also in these foods: Fruit Cocktail, Fruitcake fruit mixes, Candied Fruit (‘Nucular Fruit’ shouldn’t even be considered safe to eat let alone be called food), chutney and similar fruit sauces, orange juice or any orange flavored product (pineapple is added to ‘enhance’ the flavor. Also from experience it is processed on the same equipment causing cross-contamination for me), Sweet & sour sauce, BBQ Sauce (meat, fish, honey, pineapple… I’ve seen it all), trail mix containing pineapple, most foods labeled ‘tropical’ or ‘Hawaiian’, tropical bubble bath/soaps/lotions,

[Honey]

-Symptoms-

Hives starting on back of hands or scalp & spreading from there depending on amount consumed or from skin contact.

-Sources-

Trail mix containing honey roasted nuts, honey roasted peanut butter, any nuts that have been honey roasted, Mead (totally banned since it’s honey alcohol), Imitation Honey (can be just cheap honey, or it will be filled with corn derivatives), Jelly beans/Jelly Bellies (polished on beeswax trays), graham crackers (gluten & honey),

[Dairy]

-Symptoms-

Severe intestinal pain, excessive gas, diarrhea lasting many hours.

-Sources-

All dairy including casein, non-Dairy Creamer (casein?!?), lactic acid, lactose, whey, caramel, caramel extract, yogurt, cottage cheese (*cries*), cream cheese, ice cream (even lactose free), sherbet, Parmesan, Sour Cream, Pesto (if containing cheese and/or anchovies, or even cheap olive oil), almost all Chocolate (contains gluten and/or dairy), Acidophilus Milk, Ammonium Caseinate, Butter, Butter Fat, Butter Oil, Butter Solids, Buttermilk, Buttermilk Powder, Butterscotch, Calcium Caseinate, Casein, Caseinate (in general), Cheese (All animal-based and some soy-based, also check for yeast), Condensed Milk, Cream, Curds, Premade Custard, Delactosed Whey, Demineralized Whey, Dry Milk Powder, Dry Milk Solids, Evaporated Milk, Ghee, Goat Cheese, Goat Milk, Half & Half, Hydrolyzed Casein, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Iron Caseinate, Lactalbumin, Lactoferrin, Lactoglobulin, Lactose, Lactulose, Low-Fat Milk, Magnesium Caseinate, Malted Milk, Dairy-based Milk, Milk Derivative, Milk Fat, Milk Powder, Milk Protein, Milk Solids, Margarine, Natural Butter Flavor, Nonfat Milk, Nougat, Paneer, Potassium Caseinate, Premade Pudding or Pudding Mixes, Recaldent, Rennet Casein, Sheep Milk, Sheep Milk Cheese, Skim Milk, Sodium Caseinate, Sour Cream, Sour Milk Solids, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Sweet Whey, Whey Powder, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate, Whipped Cream, Whipped Topping, Whole Milk, Zinc Caseinate

[Wheat/Gluten & Most Grains]

-Symptoms-

Unbearable stomach pain (feels like a car crashed into it and hasn’t been removed) lasting 6-8 hours, severe enough that I have to curl up in a ball and try not to move. Stuffy sinuses, nausea lasting up to 3 days, ear infections lasting 4-7 days.

-Sources-

Wheat, Vital Wheat Gluten, Wheat berries, Wheat Starch, Barley, Barley Malt, Malt Extract, Malt Syrup, Malt Flavoring, Malt Vinegar, Semolina, Durum, Durum Wheat, Emmer, Spelt, Farina, Farro, Graham, Graham flour, Kamut Khorasan Wheat, Einkorn Wheat, Rye, Triticale, Soba (when NOT 100% buckwheat**), Couscous, Gyoza/Egg Roll Wrappers, Oats, Steel-Cut Oats*, Old Fashioned Oats*, Quick Oats*, Oat Flour*, GF Oats*, Panko (Japanese Bread Crumbs), flour tortillas, prepackaged mixes like Taco Seasoning or Brown Gravy, etc., Rice Dream (processed with barley), roux, boxed Japanese Curry Roux, Brown Rice Syrup (some part of the process isn’t GF, can’t remember), nearly all cereals because of malt extract (barley) & similar gluten based additives or corn ingredients, granola (oats*), traditional pastas, seitan (100% vital wheat gluten and basis for at least 90% or more of vegan meats, and the rest probably have corn or corn based oils), breaded/battered tofu (wheat breadcrumbs or flour), Imitation Bacon (wheat), grain alcohol (also some kinds of alcohol could be aged in wooden barrels that have been sealed with wheat flour),

*I react to cross-contamination issues with any of the brands I’ve tried.

**Despite the name, buckwheat is NOT wheat. I am still trying to locate a brand that doesn’t have cross-contamination issues.

[Corn]

-Symptoms-

Unbearable stomach pain (feels like a car crashed into it and hasn’t been removed) lasting 6-8 hours, severe enough that I have to curl up in a ball and try not to move. Stuffy sinuses, nausea lasting up to 3 days, ear infections lasting 4-7 days.

-Sources-

Fresh and/or frozen (obviously), vegetable mixes containing corn, corn tortillas, corn chips, corn starch/flour, masa flour, masa/tamales, polenta, white vinegar, commercial apple cider vinegar, ketchup (vinegar), mustard(vinegar), pickles, most oils (most contain corn even cheap brands of olive oil), any commercial ‘sugar free’ sweeteners (all have corn derivatives, the exception being pure stevia extracts or possibly xylitol specifically from birch but I haven’t tried that yet), caramel color, tap water and many bottled waters except Crystal Geyser (corn in either the added chlorine or fluoride), vegan cheeses,

{The following list adapted from 

http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-list.php}

*May not contain corn.

Acetic acid, Alpha tocopherol, Artificial flavorings, Artificial sweeteners, Ascorbates, Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Aspartame (Artificial sweetener), Astaxanthin, Baking powder, Blended sugar (sugaridextrose), Brown sugar* (generally OK if no caramel color), Calcium citrate, Calcium fumarate, Calcium gluconate, Calcium lactate, Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA), Calcium stearate, Calcium stearoyl lactylate, Caramel and caramel color, Carbonmethylcellulose sodium, Cellulose microcrystalline, methyl Cellulose, powdered Cellulose, Cetearyl glucoside, Choline chloride, Citrus cloud emulsion (CCS), Coco glycerides (cocoglycerides), Confectioners sugar, Corn alcohol, corn gluten, Corn extract, Corn oil, corn oil margarine, Corn starch, Corn sweetener, corn sugar, Corn syrup, corn syrup solids, Corn, popcorn, cornmeal, Cornstarch/cornflour, Crosscarmellose sodium, Crystalline dextrose, Crystalline fructose, Cyclodextrin, DATUM (a dough conditioner), Decyl glucoside, Decyl polyglucose, Dextrin, Dextrose (also found in IV solutions), Dextrose anything (such as monohydrate or anhydrous), d-Gluconic acid, Distilled white vinegar, Drying agent, Erythorbic acid, Erythritol, Ethanol, Ethocel 20, Ethylcellulose, Ethylene, Ethyl acetate, Ethyl alcohol, Ethyl lactate, Ethyl maltol, Fibersol-2, Flavorings*, Food starch, Fructose*, Fruit juice concentrate* (commercial citric acid), Fumaric acid, Gluconate, Gluconic acid, Glucono delta-lactone, Gluconolactone, Glucosamine, Glucose*, Glucose syrup* (also found in IV solutions), Glutamate, Glycerides, Glycerin*, Glycerol, Golden syrup, Grits, High fructose corn syrup, Hominy, Hydrolyzed corn, Hydrolyzed corn protein, Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose pthalate (HPMCP), Inositol, Invert syrup or sugar, Iodized salt, Lactate, Lactic acid*, Lauryl glucoside, Lecithin, Linoleic acid, Lysine, Magnesium citrate, Magnesium fumarate, Magnesium stearate, Maize, Malic acid, Malonic acid, Malt syrup from corn, Malt, malt extract, Maltitol, Maltodextrin, Maltol, Maltose, Mannitol, Masa, Methyl gluceth, Methyl glucose, Methyl glucoside, Methylcellulose, Microcrystaline cellulose, Modified cellulose gum, Modified corn starch, Modified food starch, Molasses* (corn syrup may be present; know your product), Mono- and di- glycerides, Monosodium glutamate/MSG, Natural flavorings*, Polenta, Polydextrose, Polylactic acid (PLA a.k.a. corn plastic, listed under Resin Identification Code #7 along with ‘other’ plastics), Polysorbates* (e.g. Polysorbate 80), Polyvinyl acetate, Potassium citrate, Potassium fumarate, Potassium gluconate, Powdered sugar, Pregelatinized starch, Propionic acid, Propylene glycol*, Propylene glycol monostearate*, Saccharin, Salt (iodized salt), Simethicone, Sodium carboxymethylcellulose, Sodium citrate, Sodium erythorbate, Sodium fumarate, Sodium lactate, Sodium starch glycolate, Sodium stearoyl fumarate, Sorbate, Sorbic acid, Sorbitan*, Sorbitol, Splenda (Artificial sweetener), Starch (any kind that’s not specified), Stearic acid, Stearoyls, Sucralose (Artificial sweetener), Sucrose, Sugar* (not identified as cane or beet may have cornstarch added), Threonine, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Treacle (aka golden syrup), Triethyl citrate, Unmodified starch, Vanilla as natural flavoring, pure Vanilla extract, Vanillin, Vegetable* (anything that’s not explicitly specified), distilled white Vinegar, Vinyl acetate, Vitamins* (tons of corn additives/carriers), Xanthan gum, Xylitol (not exclusively from birch), Zea mays, Zein

[Yeast]

-Symptoms-

Same as Corn since corn is heavily used in yeast production.

-Sources-

Brewer’s yeast, Baker’s Yeast, Red Star Nutritional Yeast (all nutritional yeast (except Braggs since it is wheat, gluten, & corn free), Yeast extract, Fred Meyer Fire Roasted tomatoes (yeast extract?!?! I’m sure this is probably common no matter how it frustrates me), Kombucha (fermented yeast tea), Marmite, Better Than Bullion, Edward & Sons bullion cubes,

[Commercial Citric Acid]

-Symptoms-

Same as Corn since corn syrup is part of the culturing process. This is different than natural citric acid derived from fruit, I have no problem with that.

-Sources-

Pasta sauces, most canned tomatoes, almost any soda, juice, nearly all processed foods, seasoning mixes (like Lawry’s, Old Bay, or even Mrs. Dash), lemon pepper, almost any citrus flavored anything, some flavors of bagged tea (especially peach flavored), any energy drinks, canned artichoke hearts,

[Oil]

-Symptoms-

Same as corn since most standard oils have some form of corn added.

-Sources-

Corn (obviously), vegetable, canola, sesame oil (unless in exceedingly small amounts b/c my system does not handle it well, not sure why), potato chips (dairy and/or meat additives in most, but even plain has ‘vegetable oil’), Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter

From experimentation, it only seems to be commercially extracted oils that cause a reaction. Chemicals are used to increase the extraction of the oils. All I know is that if I eat anything with commercial oils I get very painfully sick. Natural plant foods with oil (like raw nuts, avocados, mature coconuts) do not cause a reaction.

[Koji]

-Symptoms-

Same as Corn since corn syrup is part of the culturing process. It could just be koji produced in the US since corn syrup is cheap.

-Sources-

Soy sauce, tamari, Braggs Liquid Aminos, rice vinegar, Sake (rice wine), tempeh, miso, other various traditional Japanese fermented foods, prepackaged baked tofu (contains soy sauce),

[Alcohol]

-Symptoms-

I’d assume the same as the source food but haven’t started testing it since I rarely drink.

-Sources-

Almost all because of wheat/gluten, corn, honey are all used heavily. Potato based vodka might be okay but have not tested it. (Good thing I’ve never been big on drinking…) Extracts in alcohol may be problematic.

[Meat & Animal Products]

-Symptoms-

Severe intestinal pain, excessive gas, diarrhea. Any sort of meat I just don’t seem to digest well but beef is the worst after pork (feels like it shreds my intestines.) When I used to eat hamburger it used to sit in my stomach for a very long time and felt like I ate pea gravel. It would make me feel horrible. (This is why I’m an ovo-vegetarian, eggs are the only animal product I still eat.)

-Sources-

Meat: If it poops, or made from something that did, I won’t eat it. This also includes fish & seafood. (I’m not the type of person to hound companies for this info, but if it’s listed on the label I’d opt for something else.) Bacon flavor, gelatin, Jello, bone broth, meat extracts & broths (pops up in the weirdest premade foods), Isinglass (from fish), lard, suet, tallow, Oleic acid (oleinic acid), L-cysteine (from feathers or human hair. :X ), animal based omega-3 fatty acids (from fish, Tropicana’s Hearth Healthy orange juice’s contain tilapia, sardine and anchovy in the ingredients), refried beans (containing lard), non-vegetarian rennet (normally this only applies to cheese but it’s listed just in case), fish sauce, Bonito (dried flaked fish), Dashi (bonito broth), Olive tapenade (anchovies), Kimchi (fish sauce & shrimp paste?), worcestershire sauce (any), nuts with added gelatin (?!? to help salt/seasonings stick? gross…), candies with gelatin,

[Nuts & Seeds]

-Symptoms-

Same as corn since many have some form of oil added, or the equipment is not thoroughly cleaned to remove trace amounts of corn or something else that makes me sick.

-Sources-

ANY nuts or seeds that are roasted, even dry roasted. I assume the dry roasted bother me because the equipment isn’t fully cleaned of the oils leftover from the standard roil roasted nuts & seeds. Much of the time I have to assume that my sensitivity is so high that all I can guess is I’m getting sick from cross-contamination of something my body cannot tolerate.

[Misc. Foods I Can’t Tolerate]

These are foods that I have discovered that my body no longer tolerates but I’m unsure what the base trigger could be. It may be something as simple as the kind of salt they use, how the water is filtered, trace amounts of vinegar or the wrong oils… Things that fall outside my ability to research and I severely doubt the companies would even tell me if I asked.

-Symptoms-

Generally the same common symptoms for corn. My sensitivity has stepped up once again and I seem to quickly react to even minute traces, so I’m finding that foods that used to be safe even two or three months ago are no longer safe. This seems to apply to commercially prepared foods, and not fresh/raw foods.

-Sources-

Black Olives, prepared Olives (in oil, vinegar, citric acid, or uses salt), Capers, brown rice flour (Bob’s Red mill, most likely because of cross contamination issues), chili powder (with salt), Tinkyada brown rice noodles, roasted unsalted peanuts (only raw in the shell are safe), pecans (only raw in the shell are safe),

[Hated Foods]

-Symptoms-

None whatsoever. I just really hate these foods and refuse to eat them on the grounds that they are disgusting.

-Sources-

Lima beans, Watermelon, Honeydew melon, Canned peas, cilantro/coriander, jalapenos,

[In Testing]

-Symptoms-

Same as corn. Since these are in testing, it generally means I’m not entirely sure if that specific food is making me sick or something else. The listing below are things I’m heavily suspicious about causing a significant reaction. Sometimes simply finding a different brand or source can resolve and eliminate reactions. If not, they continue to increase until it is impossible for me to eat.

-Sources-

Raisins, Grapes, Hungarian Paprika, Just Concord, Organic [R.W. Knudsen], Just Cranberry [R.W. Knudsen]

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