As the New Year rolls in, many of us make a resolution to follow a healthy diet. Though this can help reduce your waist line, many health foods can contain natural food chemicals that may trigger reactions in those with sensitivities!
The most common naturally occurring food chemicals that can cause reactions are:
- Salicylates – a family of natural plant chemicals that protect plants against diseases, insects, fungi and harmful bacteria. They’re often concentrated just under the skin or outer leaves of unripened fruit and vegetables, and can also be created synthetically.
- Amines – chemicals that are created by the break down of proteins in food or as a result of the fermentation process. They’re common in many aged foods such as cheese and wine, and are high in ripening fruits, especially avocado and bananas.
- Glutamates – also known as glutamic acid, glutamate is an amino acid that is naturally found in a wide variety of foods. It’s also used as a flavour enhancer in the form of monosodium glutamate (MSG).
Watch out for these five popular ‘health foods’ and the food chemicals they contain:
- Coconut oil, water and other coconut products – all coconut products are high in both salicylates and amines.
- Summer seasonal fruits – fruits that need to ripen before being eaten like bananas, figs, pineapples, and avocado are high in amines. Other colourful fruits such as mandarin, oranges and berries are high in salicylates.
- Fruit juices and smoothies – fruit juices and smoothies often contain fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots and cucumber which are all high in salicylates, as well as spinach and tomatoes which are high in salicylates, amines and glutamates.
- Probiotic foods – like kombucha, sauerkraut and kefir need to age and ferment before they are consumed, which increases the number of amines.
- Detox teas – all teas (especially peppermint teas) are high in salicylates.
Don’t let allergies get in the way of your New Year’s resolution! Try our natural allergy treatment
If you want to avoid allergy symptoms this new year, try Positive Association Technique (PAT) – our natural allergy treatment!
PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:
- draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
- aims to re-train your body
- may reduce your reactions to substances (like salicylates, amines & glutamates) that may be causing or exacerbating your allergy symptoms.
Some cases can be complex, so our naturopaths may also recommend supplements, herbs, and lifestyle advice to help you achieve the best long-term results.
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This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.