ALCAT – Food Allergy and Weight Gain

Weight Gain Obesity

It’s true that we gain weight when we eat more than we can burn off. But this conventional diet wisdom does not always hold true. Weight gain can also be caused by health conditions such as hypothyroidism, food sensitivity, Cushing’s syndrome, organ disease, prescription drug use, anxiety, blood sugar imbalance, and essential fatty acid deficiency. Many people respond to stress or depression by eating excessively. Sources of stress may not always be apparent, but may still affect eating habits and cause weight gain.

Reactions to foods are not always immediate. They can occur many hours later as bloating and swelling in the hands, feet, ankles, abdomen, chin and around the eyes. Much of the weight gained is fluid retention caused by inflammation and the release of certain hormones. In addition, there is fermentation of foods, particularly carbohydrates, in the intestines which can result in a swollen distended belly and gas production. Food allergies as well as food sensitivities can cause weight gain. Yes, it’s possible to have no other symptoms. You can’t count on seeing runny noses or sneezes with some food sensitivities. Instead, a person’s body perceives the food as a poison and limits digestion of nutrients, thus causing the body to store fat.

Symptoms of food sensitivity can include headache, indigestion or heartburn, fatigue, depression, joint pain or arthritis, canker sores, chronic respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, sinus congestion or bronchitis and chronic bowel problems such as diarrhea or constipation.

Food Additives and Food Colorings

No calorie artificial sweetener aspartame, which is sold under the brand name NutraSweet in the United States and is used in more than 6,000 products. Aspartame may change levels of chemicals in the brain that affect behavior. May also cause headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss and joint pain.
A white, crystalline organic compound belonging to the family of carboxylic acids, widely used as a food preservative and in the manufacture of various cosmetics, dyes, plastics and insect repellents. It can cause temporary distress through gastrointestinal irritation.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as a flavor enhancer in a variety of foods prepared at home, in restaurants and by food processors. Its use has become controversial in the past 30 years because of reports of adverse reactions in people who‘ve eaten foods that contain MSG. Research on the role of glutamate – a group of chemicals that includes MSG – in the nervous system also has raised questions about the chemical‘s safety.
Commercially also known as Tween® 80, it is a nonionic detergent and emulsifier derived from polyoxylated sorbitol and oleic acid, which is often used in foods. Polysorbate 80 is often used in ice cream to prevent milk proteins from completely coating the fat droplets. This allows them to join together in chains and nets, to hold air in the mixture, and provide a firmer texture, holding its shape as the ice cream melts. Polysorbate 80 is also used in commercial pickle products.
Used as a fertilizer, in model rocket propellant, and in several fireworks such as smoke bombs, in which a mixture with sugar produces a smoke cloud of 600 times their own volume. In the process of food preservation, potassium nitrate is a common ingredient of salted meat. Potassium Nitrate is also the main component (usually about 98%) of tree stump remover; it accelerates the natural decomposition of the stump. It has also been used in the manufacture of ice cream and can be found in some toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Used as a food additive, also is used as a preservative in a manner similar to that of sodium nitrite. Potassium nitrite is a strong oxidizer and contact with skin or clothing, as well as inhalation and ingestion, should be avoided. Potassium nitrite is also used in the manufacturing of heat transfer salts.
Saccharin is typically used as a sweetener in low calorie soft drinks, dietetic ice cream, and other low calorie foods. Saccharin is best known in the pink packet form of Sweet ‚N Low.
Its mineral salts, such as sodium sorbate, potassium sorbate and calcium sorbate, are antimicrobial agents often used as preservatives in food and drinks to prevent the growth of mold, yeast and fungi.
Used as a food additive, mainly as a preservative and is sometimes identified as E 223. As an additive, it may cause allergic reactions, particularly skin irritation, gastric irritation and asthma. It is not recommended for consumption by children. It is commonly used in home brewing preparations to sanitize equipment. It is also used to remove chloramine from drinking water after treatment.
Used as a preservative to prevent dried fruit from discoloring, and for preserving meats. Also used for reducing chlorine levels in pools. It can cause a decrease in vitamin B1 or destruction of thiamine in the body and can cause asthmatic reactions.
A reddish brown dye which is used in foods, drugs, and cosmetics (FD & C Orange # 8). It is restricted to casings and surfaces of frankfurters and sausages.
[Patent Blue] This blue dye is a derivative of coal-tar and it is used in bottled soft drinks, ice cream, ices, dry drink powders, candy, baked products, cereals, and puddings. It is also found in face powders, other cosmetics and hair colorings. This dye has been a suspect of many allergic reactions.
[Indigo Carmine] This is a dark-blue powder which is a derivative of coal-tar. This dye is used in such food products as bottled soft drinks, bakery goods, cereals, candy, confections and dry drink powders. It is also employed in mint-flavored jelly and frozen desserts. It is recognized as a sensitizer in allergic patients.
Used as a food dye in decorations, coatings, desserts, sweets, ice cream, mustard, red fruit jams, soft drinks, flavored milk drinks, fish paste and other foods. It appears to cause allergic or intolerance reactions, particularly amongst those with aspirin intolerance. It is a histamine liberator, and may worsen the symptoms of asthma.
[Fast Green] This dye is used in foods, drug, and cosmetics (except in products which are used in the area around the eye). It is used in coloring in mint-flavored jelly, frozen desserts, gelatin desserts, candy, confections, baked goods and cereals. Green # 3 has been a suspect as a sensitizer in allergic patients.
[Crystal Ponceau] This dye is used in dyeing wool. It may be used in foods, drugs, and cosmetics; as a special note, it has been de-listed by the FDA from further production in foods, drugs or cosmetics.
[Erythrosine B] It is used as a food dye, in printing inks, as a biological stain, a dental plaque disclosing agent and a radiopaque medium. It can cause photosensitivity (sensitivity to light) and it may be carcinogenic. It, and some other synthetic food colorings, has been implicated in ADHD, but the evidence on this point is still inconclusive.
[Allura Red] In the United States, Allura Red AC is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in cosmetics, drugs and food. It is used in some tattoo inks and is used in many products, such as orange soda.
[Tartrazine] The most widely used color additives in foods (candy, desserts, cereals, soft drinks and dairy products), drugs and cosmetics. Tartrazine appears to cause the most allergic and intolerance reactions of all the azo dyes, particularly amongst those with an aspirin intolerance and asthmatics. Reactions can include anxiety, migraine, clinical depression, blurred vision, itching, rhinitis, urticaria, general weakness, palpitations and sleep disturbance.
[Sunset Yellow] It may be found in orange squash, orange jelly, marzipan, swiss roll, apricot jam, citrus marmalade, lemon curd, sweets, hot chocolate mix and packet soups, trifle mix, breadcrumbs and cheese sauce mix and soft drinks. It appears to cause allergic or intolerance reactions, particularly amongst those with aspirin intolerance. Other reactions can include gastric upset, diarrhea, vomiting, a rash similar to nettle rash and skin swelling.
Sea bass
Black eyed pea
Cayenne pepper
Chick pea
Honeydew Melon
Kidney bean
Lentil bean
Lima bean
Navy bean
Red beet
Sugar beet
Anise seed
Beef liver
Black Currant
Bok Choy
Brazil nut
Catfish, Channel
Chilli pepper
Curry Mix
Fava bean
Fennel seed
Jalapeno pepper
Macadamia nut
Maple sugar
Mung bean
Pine nut
Romaine Lettuce
Sheep’s milk
Squash, Acorn
Squash, Zucchini
Swiss Chard
Aspartame, Benzoic Acid, Monosodium Glutamate(Msg), Polysorbate 80, Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Nitrite, Saccharine, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Acid Orange, Blue #1, Blue #2, Brilliant Black, Green #3, Red #1, Red #3, Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6.
Ammonium Chloride, Benzene, Chlorine, Ethylene Glycol, Fluoride, Formaldehyde, Nickel Sulfate, Orris Root, Phenol, Toluene
Alternaria, Aspergillus, Botrytis, Candida Albicans, Cephalosporium, Cladosporium, Curvularia Specifera, Epicoccum Nigrum, Fusarium, Helminthosporium, Hormodendrum (Cladosporium), Mucor Racemosus, Penicillium, Phoma Herbarum, Pullularia, Rhizopus Nigrican, Rhodotorula (Rubra), Spondylocladium, Sporobolomyces, Trichoderma.
Acetaldehyde, Aflatoxins, Caffeic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid, Coumarin, Dopamine, Di-Phenylalaline, Gallic Acid, Histamine, Malvin, Nicotine, Octopamine, Piperonal, Pyridine, Phenylethylamine, Rutin Serotonin, Solanine, Tryptophan, Tyramine.
Advil/Motrin, Aleve, Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Asprin, Cephalosporin, Clinoril, Dolobid, Feldene, Gentamicin, Indocin, Neomycin, Nystatin, Penicillamine, Penicillin, Strptomycin, Sulfamethoxazole, Tetracycline, Tylenol, Voltaren.