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. . . people saying they are allergic to the MSG used in Chinese food is just a bunch of hooey. MSG doesnt seem to stop people from eating Doritos or eating McDonald's French Fries, but suddenly having Beef and Broccoli might kill you? No, I don't think so.

Most "Allergies" are just convenient excuses or hang ups about foods they don't like.

I should be so lucky to have it only be a bunch of hooey :blink: that everytime I eat more than a bite of food with MSG in it I get a migraine headache where I feel as if it's killing me!

No I haven't had skin or blood serum tests done to find out if I'm really allergic to MSG, but I've done a migraine trigger elimination diet (as directed by a neurologist) lo and behold MSG is one of my migraine triggers. If that weren't proof enough, there's been times when I've unknowingly eaten food with MSG, come downwith a migraine and discovered afterwards that something I ate had MSG.

MSG didn't always trigger migraines for me. I grew up in Hawaii where a dash of Aji (Ajinomoto - a brand of MSG) was added to most all food. It wasn't until I was in my 20s that MSG began to trigger migraines. Perhaps my body developed an intolerance for it?

I don't eat Doritos, McDonald's french fries or beef and broccoli unless I've verified it's been made without MSG. I read the labels on all canned, dried, frozen or pre-packaged foods. I politely ask to see the ingredient and nutritional information at fast food restaurants. I get a lot fewer migraines these days since the implementation of labeling laws.

Does it annoy me when folks obnoxiously use the "I'm allergic" excuse for boorish behavior around food? You bet. But that's seldom been my experience when I encounter folks who say "I'm allergic". Perhaps I'm more understanding than most folks due to my own circumstances.

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Food allergies and intolerances are not funny, and should not be messed with, in my opinion. On the other hand, it is true that some people make up allergies to avoid foods they don't like.

However, I have sometimes got the feeling that certain eating establishments wouldn't give a toss about making sure something wasn't in your food unless you scared them with an allergy warning. Not all places, for sure, but there are a couple of places that I personally wouldn't eat at if I was really keen on avoiding a certain foodstuff.

I think the best thing to do is ring a restaurant ahead of going there and give them due warning. That makes everyone feel happier and better prepared. And if you're cooking for someone at home, as far as I'm concerned you should be making something that you think they will enjoy, not trying to trick them into eating things that might make them uncomfortable - either because you're testing to see if their intolerance is real or because you want to make them like something.

Unless it's your brother. And then you're allowed to put sweet potatoes in things and see if he eats it. And then yell "Ha, you do like it!"

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On 10/29/2019 at 1:12 AM, Toliver said:

"American-Made Cheese Named World's Best for the First Time Ever"

The article goes on to say the French Press aren't very happy with the decision.

 

 

Well - the French can suck it, this year 😉 

 

I love cheese - I adore cheese - almost alllll varieties - Im almost not picky about it ... I miss cheese 😔 (recently developed dairy allergy - not lactose - i mean ALL DAIRY - one of the saddest days of my life - I’m still mourning 😢

 

 

Manager note: This post and the following four were split from American-Made Cheese Named World's Best, to maintain topic focus.

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25 minutes ago, CatIsHungry said:

 

Well - the French can suck it, this year 😉 

 

I love cheese - I adore cheese - almost alllll varieties - Im almost not picky about it ... I miss cheese 😔 (recently developed dairy allergy - not lactose - i mean ALL DAIRY - one of the saddest days of my life - I’m still mourning 😢

 

I am so, so sorry!  A number of years ago, I participated in a research study that required eating a very low fat diet.  No cheese was allowed.  It was a major struggle in the beginning but by the end of it, I had some good ideas for substitutes. Plus, they provided all the food and paid me $1000 so there was that 🙃

You have all my best wishes in finding tasty foods that entertain your cheese taste buds and I hope that at some point there may be an opportunity to reintroduce an occasional morsel of cheese. 

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35 minutes ago, CatIsHungry said:

 

Well - the French can suck it, this year 😉 

 

I love cheese - I adore cheese - almost alllll varieties - Im almost not picky about it ... I miss cheese 😔 (recently developed dairy allergy - not lactose - i mean ALL DAIRY - one of the saddest days of my life - I’m still mourning 😢

 

Oh, how sad! I've recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, and other than bidding farewell to good homemade bread, I'm coping OK with that. If I couldn't have any dairy, I guess I'd just die. I don't drink a lot of milk, but I do use it to cook with, and as my daddy used to contend, I'm like a rat when it comes to cheese. And we won't even talk about butter.

 

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3 hours ago, blue_dolphin said:

 

I am so, so sorry!  A number of years ago, I participated in a research study that required eating a very low fat diet.  No cheese was allowed.  It was a major struggle in the beginning but by the end of it, I had some good ideas for substitutes. Plus, they provided all the food and paid me $1000 so there was that 🙃

You have all my best wishes in finding tasty foods that entertain your cheese taste buds and I hope that at some point there may be an opportunity to reintroduce an occasional morsel of cheese. 

 

Now that is a research study I could’ve gotten behind for a grand 😉😁 ... wait - how long did you have to do it ? Now it would be incredibly easy for me - before all this - yeah not so much! 😂 You’re a better person than I and thank you for your contributions to medical science ... 

 

Thank you for your best wishes 😁 - it’s a little more complicated than just finding tasty substitutions (isn’t it always? 🤣) - at the same time as the dairy I also developed soy, corn, beef, and shellfish allergies so - *sigh* - and then had to have my gallbladder out and ended up being one of those who can tolerate very little fat (hoping that changes eventually) - not lots of fun in my diet but I love to cook and bake (I wear and go through A LOT of gloves) ... on the plus side - I have not been diagnosed as Celiac, so there’s that 👍🏻 ... 😂😂😂

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3 hours ago, kayb said:

 

Oh, how sad! I've recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, and other than bidding farewell to good homemade bread, I'm coping OK with that. If I couldn't have any dairy, I guess I'd just die. I don't drink a lot of milk, but I do use it to cook with, and as my daddy used to contend, I'm like a rat when it comes to cheese. And we won't even talk about butter.

 

 

@kayb ROFL I know I know! I thought I was going to die too when I found out! AHAHAHAHAHA I haven’t drank a glass of milk since I was probably 12 but - man! I got all of my dairy requirements through cheese - butter - butter - cheese - more cheese - more butter 😁 ... 

 

im sorry about your Celiac 😔 Gluten shows up in weird places you wouldn’t even dream of! There are one or two very good forums out there for celiacs with excellent information - Have you found any? (through the process of all of my stuff - elimination gluten was a thing with my Dr for a while - so blah blah blah ) ... I wish you the very best, never another attack, and an excellent Dr., Kayb 

I have an EpiPen ... my friend gave it to me when he was dying ... it seemed very important to him that I have it ... 

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10 hours ago, CatIsHungry said:

 

Now that is a research study I could’ve gotten behind for a grand 😉😁 ... wait - how long did you have to do it ? Now it would be incredibly easy for me - before all this - yeah not so much! 😂 You’re a better person than I and thank you for your contributions to medical science ... 

 

Thank you for your best wishes 😁 - it’s a little more complicated than just finding tasty substitutions (isn’t it always? 🤣) - at the same time as the dairy I also developed soy, corn, beef, and shellfish allergies so - *sigh* - and then had to have my gallbladder out and ended up being one of those who can tolerate very little fat (hoping that changes eventually) - not lots of fun in my diet but I love to cook and bake (I wear and go through A LOT of gloves) ... on the plus side - I have not been diagnosed as Celiac, so there’s that 👍🏻 ... 😂😂😂

 

A word of encouragement, fwiw...my GF had her gall bladder out several years ago, and like you was unable to tolerate fat for a while. She's thoroughly over it now, and can "keto" with aplomb and pretty much chug heavy cream right from the carton. As always YMMV, but there's hope.

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“Who loves a garden, loves a greenhouse too.” - William Cowper, The Task, Book Three

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

 

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3 hours ago, chromedome said:

 

A word of encouragement, fwiw...my GF had her gall bladder out several years ago, and like you was unable to tolerate fat for a while. She's thoroughly over it now, and can "keto" with aplomb and pretty much chug heavy cream right from the carton. As always YMMV, but there's hope.

 

I am remaining hopeful! 😃 Seriously, Thanks, @chromedome - I kept reading stories of it happening to people - and I suppose that’s what I’m doing now, but, - still - it gives me more hope 🤞🏻 even a touch more fat than a handful of Premium Mini Crackers or a handful of cashews (those are the only nuts I am able to eat) maybe I could put on some weight !!!

I have an EpiPen ... my friend gave it to me when he was dying ... it seemed very important to him that I have it ... 

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1 hour ago, CatIsHungry said:

 

I am remaining hopeful! 😃 Seriously, Thanks, @chromedome - I kept reading stories of it happening to people - and I suppose that’s what I’m doing now, but, - still - it gives me more hope 🤞🏻 even a touch more fat than a handful of Premium Mini Crackers or a handful of cashews (those are the only nuts I am able to eat) maybe I could put on some weight !!!

 

Yeah, trying to keep weight on is a thankless thing (in large part because you sure as heck will struggle to get any sympathy).

 

When my ex was having major health issues, 20-odd years ago, her metabolism was super-quick, and she needed to eat six real meals/day (minimum) or she would just fall to the floor. To complicate matters her gall bladder was acting up so we couldn't resort to high-fat, calorie-dense foods either, and (the kicker) we were also terribly broke in those days. It forced me to be creative in the kitchen, that's for sure.

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7 hours ago, chromedome said:

 

Yeah, trying to keep weight on is a thankless thing (in large part because you sure as heck will struggle to get any sympathy).

 

When my ex was having major health issues, 20-odd years ago, her metabolism was super-quick, and she needed to eat six real meals/day (minimum) or she would just fall to the floor. To complicate matters her gall bladder was acting up so we couldn't resort to high-fat, calorie-dense foods either, and (the kicker) we were also terribly broke in those days. It forced me to be creative in the kitchen, that's for sure.

 

Yeah - compound the problem with multiple food allergies and it’s - difficult to say the least 😕 ... I’m not short (not ‘real’ tall but def not short and whenever i started having problems - I weighed my normal 110lbs (always weighed that) ... through it all i lost 40lbs 😱 ... I’ve only managed to gain back 17 and it’s taken me a long time to do it ... so far, I seem to be maintaining that so - yay! I’m not losing anything! Whoop whoop LOL 😂 

 

Im just trying hard (very hard) to be patient and follow doc orders and hope with time things change 🤞🏻... uhh - for the record - change for the better 😂

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13 hours ago, pastrygirl said:

Seems like a good place to share this: The USDA has added sesame as the 9th major allergen that must be declared on food labels, effective 2023.

 

https://www.fda.gov/food/food-labeling-nutrition/food-allergies

That is really interesting.  Recently I saw a Naturopath who gave me this food allergen/intolerance/whatever test and I was stunned to find sesame on my list of foods not to eat.  I use a lot of Tahini in Hummus which we eat constantly and also in a cookie strip.  I've subbed nut butter in the cookies and so I guess it would make sense to do so with the Hummus also.  I have to say that I was really disappointed to learn of this food intolerance...but who knows?...after a few months off these noted foods, my life might be just all that much better...or not.  😏

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On 12/15/2021 at 7:02 AM, Darienne said:

That is really interesting.  Recently I saw a Naturopath who gave me this food allergen/intolerance/whatever test and I was stunned to find sesame on my list of foods not to eat.  I use a lot of Tahini in Hummus which we eat constantly and also in a cookie strip.  I've subbed nut butter in the cookies and so I guess it would make sense to do so with the Hummus also.  I have to say that I was really disappointed to learn of this food intolerance...but who knows?...after a few months off these noted foods, my life might be just all that much better...or not.  😏

 

Tests aren't always that reliable. I'm allergic, as in anaphylaxis, to shellfish. A skin allergy test didn't pick up on that and instead said I was allergic to green beans, which I eat without a problem.

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21 minutes ago, Orbit said:

 

Tests aren't always that reliable. I'm allergic, as in anaphylaxis, to shellfish. A skin allergy test didn't pick up on that and instead said I was allergic to green beans, which I eat without a problem.

I think my sister has seen every decent allergist , naturopath, alternative medicine, etc person in Sydney. Always manifests in skin. Gets much better when she returns to visit in US. Tricky and often contradictory business. 

 

Stepmother shriekingly voiced a phobia the other day when there was a blood spot in the egg she cracked for breakfast and again 2 days later. She threw the eggs in the trash. I did not even try to get her to see reason. Yes brown eggs which she does not usually buy - harder to see in grading process.

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47 minutes ago, Orbit said:

 

Tests aren't always that reliable. I'm allergic, as in anaphylaxis, to shellfish. A skin allergy test didn't pick up on that and instead said I was allergic to green beans, which I eat without a problem.

As far as I knew...I wasn't allergic to anything.  Not any thing at all.  So I am taking it all with a grain of sand.  However, seeing as I am currently locked in a battle with Lyme Disease, I have decided to err on the side of caution.   Sesame wasn't my only 'do not eat' this.  All the usual culprits were there.  I have to admit that although I can pretty much work my way around most of the so-called problem food...it's not really all that much fun.  And I like my coffee (decaf, please) with cream and that's that.  Oat cream just doesn't cut it.

Sorry to read of your allergy to shellfish.  That is scary.  

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