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Reason for adverse reaction to olive oil?

Commented on March 17, 2015
Created January 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Hi folks,

I'm currently on an elimination diet and tried bertolli extra virgin olive oil yesterday. (I know, it's not the most trustworthy brand)

This experiment resulted in severe diarrhea. Strangely, olive oil is actually not a common food allergen.

Does anybody have an idea, what's wrong with me or the olive oil?

PS: I'm allergic to dairy and soy. Maybe the oil was somehow cross contaminated? Well, it's extra virgin they say...

A27bed388883f98e8aa70f1579285eb4

on March 17, 2015
at 11:55 PM

It is true that olive oil is a natural laxative, and if you have been on an elimination diet, your body may have reacted strongly to that.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 30, 2012
at 06:12 AM

I have just read about salicylates in food... you were right. I think my body reacts to them. I have not tried aspirin in a long time due to gastric erosion, but all other foods on the list - they fit the profile. Thanks!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 30, 2012
at 06:04 AM

I have tried: EVOO, coconut, organic sunflower, almond, rose hip. Rose hip and almond not internally (on my skin and broke out in rash). I am okay with zucchini, but not so good with cucumber and tomato. Why do I have problems with salicylates, do you know?

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3531)

on January 28, 2012
at 09:56 PM

From those foods you mentioned I only eat turmeric in high quantities, but I haven't eliminated it from diet yet to see if I get any benefit. I am currently in the process of finding a staple fat. For the last couple days I have been eating tallow, but I am looking towards cocoa butter. I also eat a high carb diet to avoid the fats I get reactions too.

B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

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on January 28, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I bought a good olive oil last week and decided to take a spoonful. Got the worst diarrhea and stomach cramps I've had. I've always been fine with a little bit of EVOO, but just on its own, I think it can irritate the GI tract.

79cb6f03dc808787f6d26bf37bc4c2b9

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on January 28, 2012
at 08:18 AM

I react to that as well t.t

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on January 28, 2012
at 07:43 AM

Very interesting! In my case it was a glass bottle, though.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on January 28, 2012
at 07:41 AM

Do you react to turmeric? Just ate my breakfast with lots of turmeric in it, and no reaction so far.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on January 28, 2012
at 07:39 AM

But other things rich in salicylates are okay? Such as turmeric, cucumber, zucchini, tomato, etc.? And whats your staple for fat? Seems plant fat doesn't work.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on January 27, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Coconut oil is a big "no" for me either. The only thing I can think of are salicylates. Do you react to ASS (e.g. aspirin) or other salicylate rich foods like cucumber, zucchini, tomato, etc? Which other oils did you try?

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on January 27, 2012
at 07:26 PM

I guess it's normal when you start eating fat, but I eat lots of lard without any issues.

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on January 27, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Isn't it normal that eating more fat can cause diarrhea?

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50969a26f9586fb79029f145720b6134

on November 22, 2014
at 11:18 PM

What is fake olive oil?  Are there any brands to watch out for? 

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79cb6f03dc808787f6d26bf37bc4c2b9

(229)

on January 27, 2012
at 10:18 PM

I spent 2.5 years, give or take, on various elimination diet/experiments before nailing it down. A really, really good jumping off point for me once I realized what was going on was http://salicylatesensitivity.com/about/food-guide/

Turns out, I've always been very salicylate sensitive. Olive oil is a big trigger for me - right up there with strawberries, tomatoes and most herbs/spices. Explains a lot of my childhood illnesses ;)

Just a heads up, not every person will react the same way to the same foods/products. And, for me, it changes depending on how much I've taken in and what I've been exposed to in that time - my symptoms vary in severity.

79cb6f03dc808787f6d26bf37bc4c2b9

(229)

on January 28, 2012
at 08:18 AM

I react to that as well t.t

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on January 28, 2012
at 07:41 AM

Do you react to turmeric? Just ate my breakfast with lots of turmeric in it, and no reaction so far.

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742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3531)

on January 27, 2012
at 09:34 PM

Olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, and avocado give me cold shivers, achy joints and don't allow me to sleep at all. Only similarities between these foods are their high salicylate content.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3531)

on January 28, 2012
at 09:56 PM

From those foods you mentioned I only eat turmeric in high quantities, but I haven't eliminated it from diet yet to see if I get any benefit. I am currently in the process of finding a staple fat. For the last couple days I have been eating tallow, but I am looking towards cocoa butter. I also eat a high carb diet to avoid the fats I get reactions too.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on January 28, 2012
at 07:39 AM

But other things rich in salicylates are okay? Such as turmeric, cucumber, zucchini, tomato, etc.? And whats your staple for fat? Seems plant fat doesn't work.

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Aa1f07e23a47aed0d07b712645e0d213

(313)

on January 27, 2012
at 10:12 PM

Also make sure the olive oil you bought was in a glass bottle because there is evidence that olive oil significantly leaches plastic from the bottle. There is also a strong difference in taste between a glass bottle olive oil and a plastic bottle. But the salicylic is also a probable cause and eating straight like I do makes me nauseous.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on January 28, 2012
at 07:43 AM

Very interesting! In my case it was a glass bottle, though.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 27, 2012
at 08:16 PM

I was on elimination diet (due to gluten intolerance) and I have an adverse reaction to olive oil as well (not as bad as yours though). I also have gastric erosion so I thought it might be related somehow.

The extra virgin olive oil I used was certified organic and my friend brought it from Greece, from his uncle's store, so I know it is organic for sure.

I have also tried five other oils, including coconut extra virgin, and my body reacts funny to all of them.

I do not know what to think. It is a mystery to me. Can you try other oils and tell me if you have the same reaction? Is it only olive oil or do you have the same reaction for other oils as well? Would be interesting to know!

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on January 27, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Coconut oil is a big "no" for me either. The only thing I can think of are salicylates. Do you react to ASS (e.g. aspirin) or other salicylate rich foods like cucumber, zucchini, tomato, etc? Which other oils did you try?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 30, 2012
at 06:12 AM

I have just read about salicylates in food... you were right. I think my body reacts to them. I have not tried aspirin in a long time due to gastric erosion, but all other foods on the list - they fit the profile. Thanks!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 30, 2012
at 06:04 AM

I have tried: EVOO, coconut, organic sunflower, almond, rose hip. Rose hip and almond not internally (on my skin and broke out in rash). I am okay with zucchini, but not so good with cucumber and tomato. Why do I have problems with salicylates, do you know?

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38cc5025797b290c1c5c0bd025bdbb17

on November 22, 2014
at 09:49 PM

I can't say that olive oil is harmful for me, and by the way I have quite strong stomack. But I also tried various oils and find that olive oil - and specifically extra virgin olive oil - cause something like bad feeling in my intestines, something like irritation. Refined olive oil doesn't do anything. And other kinds of oils are OK. There is something irritable in extra virgin olive oil. I still can survive eating it but after regular consumption of it - during some days - I feel that it would be better not to eat it. By the way, my digestive system is absolutely OK. But as a strict vegeterian, I am very sensitive to food effects, I developed quite high sensitivity, which food influence me for good or for bad. I used high quality extra virgin olive oil in glass bottles, organic and not organic.

And, by the way, I like very much hemp oil. It's a wonderful oil. When I was eating other oils (I don't speak about olive oil) - like rapeseed oil - I felt that they were something like too oily, too heavy for me. After hemp oil - wonderful feeling, it is digesiting very good, I really don't feel that I am eating oil.

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E58fdf7f69c470970d482a69110a4eb6

on November 20, 2014
at 09:47 PM

You aren't crazy for suspecting oil. I have reactions to oil in general. Olive oil is one of the less problematic oils for me. But it still causes problems. I wrote about it on my blog if you are interested. Just type oil intolerance into google. Hope none of the other ones bother you. Silver pen 

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43557c55143d1b6e211feafbd2ba2ed4

on August 29, 2013
at 08:55 PM

Hey Christy !! I am with you 100%, olive oil is COMPLETE POISON TO ME TOO!! everybody promotes it saying it's so healthy BS!! my name is Harper, [email protected]

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C74f39f7d45636c8833f94802f4e08d9

on August 13, 2013
at 04:40 AM

I have very severe reactions to olive oil, including severe diarrhoea when I ingest it and a nasty eczema when it's applied to my skin. Some years ago I became so sick with intractable diarrhoea and bleeding that I was mistakenly diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. It's so difficult to contend with the very pervasive 'propaganda' that surrounds olive oil. We are constantly being told that it is such a wonderful healthy product, and therefore it's really hard to get anyone to believe that it can be harmful (at least to some people). Because of this it took me quite a while to make the connection, but I finally realised that it was olive oil causing my problems, and that if I strictly avoided it my gastrointestinal problems completely disappeared. I told my (then) doctor about this, and to my surprise he replied "no, that's not possible – I have never seen any reports stating that olive oil causes those sort of problems". He flatly refused to believe me, so it's no wonder that the harmful effects of olive oil are virtually unknown.

We now use only peanut oil, rice bran oil and macadamia nut oil in our house, and I am fine with all of these. The big problem is that olive oil has become so popular that its very hard to avoid it when you eat out. So not only Mediterranean-style restaurants, but anything that even remotely considers itself "up-market", are now a big risk for me. On a couple of occasions I have been promised an"olive oil-free meal" at these places, only to have a bad reaction afterwards, probably because of the inadvertent use of something in their kitchen contaminated with olive oil.

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on January 28, 2013
at 06:39 PM

I too had a problem with eating food prepared with evoo....strong cramps and diarrhea too. I also tried coconut oil in a sauted dish...same thing. I'm glad to know other folks have experienced this too. I don't have any food allergies or medical allergies either. So, I just avoid these two oils...simple.

38cc5025797b290c1c5c0bd025bdbb17

(0)

on November 22, 2014
at 09:48 PM

I can't say that olive oil is harmful for me, and by the way I have quite strong stomack. But I also tried various oils and find that olive oil - and specifically extra virgin olive oil - cause something like bad feeling in my intestines, something like irritation. Refined olive oil doesn't do anything. And other kinds of oils are OK. There is something irritable in extra virgin olive oil. I still can survive eating it but after regular consumption of it - during some days - I feel that it would be better not to eat it. By the way, my digestive system is absolutely OK. But as a strict vegeterian, I am very sensitive to food effects, I developed quite high sensitivity, which food influence me for good or for bad. I used high quality extra virgin olive oil in glass bottles, organic and not organic.

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