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Posted by: Mickey, Sunday, November 2, 2008, 11:17pm
I have heard that broccoli has something in it that makes you bloat up.

Broccoli is my favorite vegetable and i haven't been eating much of it lately, not because of the bloat thing because i think i burnt myself out on it for a while.

Anyways,  I want to start eating more of it again especially since it's a superfood, does anyone know if this is actually the case?.  

Thanks!
Mickey
Posted by: Lloyd, Monday, November 3, 2008, 12:00am; Reply: 1
Doesn't bloat me up unless I try to eat it raw.  :)
Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 3, 2008, 12:15am; Reply: 2
Quoted from Lloyd
Doesn't bloat me up unless I try to eat it raw.  :)


Same here, although I sometimes do anyway.
Posted by: angelighte, Monday, November 3, 2008, 12:23am; Reply: 3
I haven't really noticed - try some and let us know.
Posted by: Ribbit, Monday, November 3, 2008, 2:51am; Reply: 4
No troubles here.
Posted by: JJR, Monday, November 3, 2008, 2:36pm; Reply: 5
I don't think it does that to me either way, raw or cooked.
Posted by: shells, Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 4:58am; Reply: 6
Are you sure it's the broccoli and not what you are having with it  :X  ?
Posted by: ABJoe, Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 5:52am; Reply: 7
For me, more than a few pieces of raw broccoli has a tendency to bloat me a bit...  It is a black dot for Warriors, though, so there is some explanation for it...  I ate quite a bit of broccoli for a while, but before the Genotype diet book was released, I was already having the problem, so was already questioning some of the foods on the AB diet...  I was not surprised when I found out broccoli was a dot foods for me!
Posted by: RedLilac, Thursday, November 6, 2008, 3:40am; Reply: 8
I like to put raw broccoli in my salad but then I get gas afterward.
Posted by: Mickey, Friday, November 7, 2008, 10:21pm; Reply: 9
Shells,

No it's suppose to be some compound in the broccoli that causes the bloating.

;)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, November 8, 2008, 1:37am; Reply: 10
to some, broccoli is estrogenic......
Posted by: Possum, Monday, March 4, 2013, 1:46am; Reply: 11
Just resurrected this thread as was searching to see if others had reaction to broccoli?

I can happily eat cabbage all day - raw or cooked (if I want), but if I go anywhere near a turnip (as posted previously) or (as I just found out) broccoli (even though it was organic) I have the same reaction - usual familiar old bumps/welts on my face & even a couple of breakouts??!! ::)

I remembered too, I also drank water from a spring in town that tastes noticebly higher in sulphur, than the one I usually drink... So that probably would have contributed as well... Aaah well, you live & learn eh?!
Posted by: Spring, Monday, March 4, 2013, 3:15am; Reply: 12
Cooked or raw, it doesn't bother me.
Posted by: Possum, Monday, March 4, 2013, 3:26am; Reply: 13
Well we are different blood types Spring?!
I am investigating sulforaphane levels to see if they are higher in broccoli, than cabbage?! Sulforaphane levels are certainly highest in broccoli sprouts?!
I did eat the stems of the broccoli (my favourite part) & it seems the above is true re broccoli (especially sprouts & who knows, maybe the stems too) being the highest in sulforaphane (or its precursor glucoraphanin... especially if only lightly steamed, which is what I did?!
As far as cabbages go - savoy & red are the ones that have good levels of glucoraphanin, whereas I have always felt better eating the whiter cabbage.. Maybe my body knows?
Posted by: C_Sharp, Monday, March 4, 2013, 4:56am; Reply: 14
Broccoli contains complex carbohydrates that some people have difficulty breaking down.

If you have difficulty with breaking down the carbohydrates, but still want to eat broccoli you may want to consider taking food enzymes when you eat it (alpha-galactosidase is frequently recommended for people having difficulty with broccoli)

Possible food enzyme product for those suffering from "complex carbohydrate intolerance" is:

http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Jarro-Zymes-Plus-470-mg-100-Capsules/257

many similar products available.
Posted by: Spring, Monday, March 4, 2013, 5:11am; Reply: 15
Quoted from C_Sharp

The Porcine in this won't bother people who can't eat pork? I have been wanting a good digestive aid for times when things are out of the ordinary and my digestion is not as good as usual. This is only occasionally that this happens.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Monday, March 4, 2013, 6:23am; Reply: 16
Accidental ingestion of pork normally gives me hives.

I have not had problems with the Jarro formula above (or with gelatin capsule in general).

Jarro does produce a vegetarian variant on the product: http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Jarro-Zymes-Plus-Vegetarian-60-Veggie-Caps/7230
Posted by: Possum, Monday, March 4, 2013, 9:08am; Reply: 17
Quoted from C_Sharp
Broccoli contains complex carbohydrates that some people have difficulty breaking down.

If you have difficulty with breaking down the carbohydrates, but still want to eat broccoli you may want to consider taking food enzymes when you eat it (alpha-galactosidase is frequently recommended for people having difficulty with broccoli)

Possible food enzyme product for those suffering from "complex carbohydrate intolerance" is:

http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Jarro-Zymes-Plus-470-mg-100-Capsules/257

many similar products available.
Thanks for that... I have definitely considered myself as having complex carbohydrate intolerance, so this makes sense... ;)

Posted by: Spring, Monday, March 4, 2013, 2:35pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from C_Sharp
Accidental ingestion of pork normally gives me hives.
I have not had problems with the Jarro formula above (or with gelatin capsule in general).
Jarro does produce a vegetarian variant on the product: http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Jarro-Zymes-Plus-Vegetarian-60-Veggie-Caps/7230

I can't remember the last time I ate any pork, but I know for sure if it had ever caused me to have hives there is no doubt that I would have remembered it! So I think I will try the Porcine formula. I never saw a pig that looked like it had any problems digesting anything under the sun!! Thanks!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, March 4, 2013, 3:17pm; Reply: 19
Different gut flora different reactions--

One size fits all thought "broccoli causes bloating".
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Monday, March 4, 2013, 3:22pm; Reply: 20
Broccoli used to be a major suspect in fructose malabsorption but a while back was allowed back on the Low FODMAP diet however the amount some people can have is still variable.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, March 4, 2013, 3:37pm; Reply: 21
I have no problem with  broccoli- but then it's been a while since I had any raw- I've been buying the frozen lately and eating it cooked. I'm not sure that raw wouldn't make me gassy if I ate too much.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Monday, March 4, 2013, 8:44pm; Reply: 22
no problem with broccoli here, except for how to spell it. ;)
Posted by: Possum, Monday, March 4, 2013, 9:00pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from PCUK-Positive
Broccoli used to be a major suspect in fructose malabsorption but a while back was allowed back on the Low FODMAP diet however the amount some people can have is still variable.
Aaah interesting & thanks PC!! Of course, I should have realised, as galactans are my main problem...Dietary sources of galactans include lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, broccoli, and soy-based products. It is also found in lactose (milk sugar), (nerve cell membranes?), sugar beets, gums, seaweed, and in flaxseed mucilage!! All the things I have always had problems with ::)
Wow - my skin had definitely been better since I stopped having flaxseeds, but I had never drawn any connection to them in particular...
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/galactose#ixzz2MbloR4he

So glad I ate that small amount of broccoli!! It didn't cause gas, although who knows, it may have if I had eaten more - But it did cause my skin to flare up & for me to research more, so has answered part of an ongoing, recurring (but as yet, not totally resolved) problem  ::)
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