For a few years I have avoided many foods with caffeine because I have a reaction to it. I would get anxious, nervous and jittery from a small cup of coffee or piece of chocolate. Since going paleo I have reintroduced chocolate (100% cacao) and coffee into my diet because I was not having any reactions. It seemed my caffeine sensitivity disappeared. Now I notice that whenever I cheat or slip up and have some non-paleo foods (grain, sugar) my caffeine issues come back for a day or two. Last night I had a cheeseburger on a white bread bun and crappy american cheese. I had no other reactions to the food, but almost immediately after drinking my morning coffee I became an anxious, jittery mess.
Basically, I want to know what it is about the food that I ate that would cause this?
asked byBertusflow (100)
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on May 23, 2013
at 01:24 PM
If you are gluten sensitive, then a common effect from gluten is a perforated gut. A perforated gut allows thing that shouldn't be let in, in; and let's more of substances that would take longer to absorb in, faster.
Caffeine is absorbed all along the digestive tract, so I'm not 100% sure how much this effect from wheat would effect caffeine absorption.
I get mild cramps when I eat (or even get dosed with) wheat. If I have peppers as well, I have horrible cramps - even though peppers alone do not cause me noticaeble harm/pain.
Perforated gut can cause strange hard to track down issues.