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Posted by: colojd, Thursday, November 19, 2009, 8:43pm
[face=Geneva][/face]Hi, I am a type B and wondering if I might have a sensitivity to red pepper flakes. I checked the Foodbase list, and it says that red (bell) peppers are Ok and I have not had any problem with them but no info regarding the hot peppers.

Last night, my husband and I went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. I ordered a steamed dinner that had steamed vegetables, rice, tofu and meat. That seemed to be a very benign dinner to choose and it honestly did not have much flavor.The waitress brought a small dish of a brown sauce to add to the dinner. I put only some of it on my dinner - it looked like a brown sauce with garlic, but I noticed this morning when I checked the leftovers that there was an abundance of red pepper flakes in the sauce. I had some intestinal upset and I am wondering now if the red pepper flakes were the culprit. I do recall that I have had the same thing occur if I do eat anything with red pepper flakes so have been avoiding them but the restaurant was dimly lit and I didn't see them in the sauce and only noticed a little bit of pepper taste.

It seems so many restaurants either put the pepper in their food or it is always offered because it is supposed to be vogue to like "hot and spicy foods". I grew up eating horseradish and don't have the same reaction.

Is this something particular to type B or is it a common food allergy or sensitivity. I don't have allergy type response such as sneezing, swelling and such but (if you pardon me) my gut really hurts and I am sure it has to have been the red pepper flakes!

Any comments are appreciated.
Posted by: Plucky, Thursday, November 19, 2009, 9:09pm; Reply: 1
As per typebase, chili pepper flakes are supposed to be an avoid for A's and AB's, but neutral for everyone else (you have to look under spices).  I have a problem with nightshades, so they give me grief though.
Posted by: colojd, Thursday, November 19, 2009, 9:14pm; Reply: 2
I know I am a B because my blood was typed when I was pregnant last time with my son (18 yrs ago). My Dad is a B and think his Mom was as well, so pretty sure I am a B. My son is also a B.

Maybe I am wrong with what caused the distrubance but I guess from now on, need to watch very closely when I do have this problem to see if I can better pinpoint. I did have some wheat yesterday but can sometimes have it in small quantities and not in consecutive days and haven't noticed this type of problem.

If any B's are out there, do you get some intestinal upset from a certain food or food? Maybe I am looking that the wrong thing (but the other content of the Chinese food has never given me problems).
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, November 19, 2009, 11:10pm; Reply: 3
could also be a reaction to MSG
Posted by: kauaian, Thursday, November 19, 2009, 11:36pm; Reply: 4
Can you have corn?  Chinese food usually have corn starch.
Posted by: colojd, Friday, November 20, 2009, 3:52pm; Reply: 5
Those are all good points. I am not sure about the MSG, so I will have to watch for that. As for corn, I don't recall having reactions to corn products (and even though we read labels and avoid it, corn is in a lot of things), so will watch for that.

I don't often get this reaction but it is very uncomfortable and is my body really saying "whoa!" to something! I think the last time I had this type of reaction was when my husband and I were served fried chicken and it turned out to be "spicy" fried chicken. I know B's are not supposed to eat chicken but I sometimes do and have not gotten this reaction. So I do think it maybe was the spices, especially the pepper. I love to eat seaweed salad but it is also hard to find without red pepper flakes in it! It just seems now that so many restaurants think people love things hot and spicy. The bad thing was that the dinner itself was very mild - everything steamed, but it was something in the sauce and I think it was the red pepper flakes. There was nothing on the menu to tell the person the sauce contained pepper, corn or MSG.

We eat at home as much as possible and I think one thing about purifying your diet or keeping it with simple, healthy ingredients is if you do eat out and there are things in the food you don't normally eat, then you can get a real rebellion from your body!

I am feeling a lot better today, just kept things simple yesterday, drank some white tea and just ate more carefully, but I am now going to watch very closely when I do get this reaction to see what it is from and then avoid it.

Do any of the B's out there find that once you are more careful eating that you can have this type of reaction?
Posted by: SoulfulLori, Friday, November 20, 2009, 4:03pm; Reply: 6
I do happen to know that Chinese places often say they are steaming things but they still use a veggie oil in the process and definately in their sauces.  Also they use a fish base sometimes in their brown sauces.  I cannot eat chinese food as it always does scary things to my tummy even if I ask for no MSG.  Just a thought.
Posted by: Plucky, Friday, November 20, 2009, 4:34pm; Reply: 7
Unfortunately, restaurants will advertise "No MSG" but still use autolyzed yeast extract or similar things in their sauces and stuff and it causes the same reactions.  

Can you eat other things with red peppers in them?  like chili? or on pizza?  enchilada sauce?
Posted by: 312 (Guest), Friday, November 20, 2009, 5:23pm; Reply: 8
Personally, I have sensitive "intestines" and it seems that chili powder, too much red pepper flakes, etc, can all set me off.  IBS type symptoms.  I haven't made chili in some time now, and my favorite is now white turkey chili that has the main spice of cumin instead of red pepper, and lots of oregano.  I have had that reaction to chinese food in the past, when we used to order spicy eggplant or meat dishes.  Haven't had that in a long time either.  I would think you are right about it being the pepper in the sauce, or maybe
an additive to the sauce like others are saying of msg, etc.  Glad you are feeling a bit better now. :)
Posted by: colojd, Sunday, November 22, 2009, 9:22pm; Reply: 9
Thanks all of you for your comments. I did know that some restaurants say no MSG but that does not mean that they are honest and may use it, or a derivitve of it anyway.

I can eat green, red, yellow and orange bell peppers and not a problem. Can also eat salsa that has green chilies in it, but it seems the hot peppers cause problems. But as some of you also pointed out, could also have been a number of other things. We are not going to give up eating out but we are careful about the places we choose. This place was new to us so we didn;t have prior experience with eating there before and if we had a reaction.

Just read in a magazine last night that some people can have stomach or intestinal reaction like this if they have low stomach acid and apprently lots of people over 40 have this, especially if you also often can feel the bloating and gas feeling after eating. It suggested taking a teaspoon of cider vinegar with water before eating meals and it could correct the situation in a couple of days. May consider that as well.

Thanks for your comments.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Sunday, November 22, 2009, 9:44pm; Reply: 10
And tofu for a B :o :o
Posted by: teri, Sunday, November 22, 2009, 9:55pm; Reply: 11
Yes, Andrea's right about the tofu. Anything with soy in it has always caused me problems.
Posted by: Kristin, Monday, November 23, 2009, 12:57am; Reply: 12
Quoted from colojd
...If any B's are out there, do you get some intestinal upset from a certain food or food? Maybe I am looking that the wrong thing (but the other content of the Chinese food has never given me problems).

For me it is garlic. I can get intense abdominal cramping and bloating with garlic. I have to be careful that it is fully cooked and to not have too much.
Posted by: colojd, Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 5:54pm; Reply: 13
Andrea, I do eat soy but rarely and it seems it is usually when we eat out and have Asian cuisine. I do know that anything that has soy it in does not seem to set well with my digestion, especially in recent years, so that is a great point - thought it was the red pepper but it might actually have been the tofu. I remember when my son was small, my doctor told me to lose weight I should go on a "low fat" diet. We all know now that this was one of the least healthy diets because so much of the foods were high in refined wheat and high in sugar to make up for the lack of fat flavor in the foods. One of the things he told me was to eat soy products such as Tofu and the result was that I gained more weight on this crazy recommendation not lost any. When I saw him next, he told me I was not trying hard enough and that I should "exercise portion control" and the low fat diet would work.

Think it is interesting that they told women to freely consume soy products to help keep your hormones in balance, now they are saying it was not such a good idea. Will also watch garlic as well. Appreciate the additional thoughts on this.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 6:29am; Reply: 14
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