I've known for a long while that eating certain foods, like raw apples or carrots, give me a strange, almost hungry feeling in the pit of of my stomach. This is typically accompanied by what I can only describe as a cold throat -- when I drink or inhale through my mouth, it feels icy all the way down my esophagus.
However, I've started to notice this with coconut now, too. Before, I blamed it on the sugars in the raw produce, but it strikes me as odd that coconut would do this to me as well. I can handle a teaspoon of coconut oil here or there to cook with, and a tiny bit of coconut flour to bind meatloaves or somesuch, but if I exceed that limit, or partake in a delicious tablespoon of coconut butter for dessert, that cold feeling starts up. It doesn't burn or hurt. It's just sorta mentholated-feeling, and makes me feels as though I might be hungry when I know logically that I am not.
Any idea what causes it, and what I can possibly do about it?
Update: (April 25, 2011)
So, upon extensive research, I'm starting to think that I might have OAS (oral allergy syndrome). Here's the thing that confuses me -- the "coldness" in my throat might be my interpretation of tightness or tingling, I don't think my lips or anything swell up. My throat/roof of my mouth and ears seem to itch sometimes after eating certain foods, but I never thought to take note whilst eating carrots/apples to see if they are what causes the itchiness. I sometimes find myself reacting to pineapple and other fresh produce, too, but not always. Oh, and I'm finding myself randomly breaking out in hives these days with the occasional itchy hands, which may be due to spring allergies or something I'm eating. I'm not sure, but I wonder if it's linked?
Cooking these foods does ameliorate the symptoms, however, which is why I'm starting to suspect OAS.
I also realize that the coconut that I'm eating isn't raw, but I did find it within the parameters of cross-reactivity to OAS and birch allergies. I'm pretty sure I'm unable to eat coconut, period. (Sadface.) My dad is also allergic to latex; I'm wondering if that's related?
Does anyone else have OAS? Does this sound familiar to you? Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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on September 03, 2011
at 03:10 AM
I get very hungry soon after eating apples - a real empty belly hunger. I put it down to the sugar in the apples promoting a high insulin response.
on September 03, 2011
at 12:57 AM
Funny, I get the same feeling with carrots and mentioned it to a friends who gets that feeling with carrots and apples. Not sure why! Sorry I don't know about OAS.