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Immediate sleepiness/dizziness after 1/2 burrito (no tortilla)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 04, 2011 at 8:51 PM

This happened yesterday to myself and my daughter (both paleo for months). We split a chicken burrito: beans, grilled chicken, a bit of sour cream, tomatoes. She ate the tortilla, I did not. This was from a neighborhood taqueria and we watched them make it. I don't know what oil they used but I'm assuming the basic lard every restaurant uses. The only thing that we ate that was out of our normal diet were the beans.

I haven't had any legumes in months but I can't imagine eating these would cause dizziness. We were very, very tired to the point where I felt like we would fall asleep on the 10 minute drive home. We had no energy the rest of the night and were in a general funk.

Does anyone have an idea why this would happen?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:29 PM

Yeah could be the msg coupled with the carbs. Though I didn't get the normal headache. Also, if beans do creep into my meals I normally get gassy and I didn't. I guess I'm going to stay away from the taquerias.

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on May 04, 2011
at 10:01 PM

Yup MSG was my first thought. It's amazing how many things it is in these days -- I saw it in supermarket bratwurst. Sally Fallon has some choice things to say about MSG, she calls it "toxic". I have experienced the energy collapse you mention, after eating Chinese food. I have learned to associate that "too bright" flavor with MSG and know to avoid it.

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on May 04, 2011
at 09:25 PM

Ahhh - msg could be the culprit!

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:30 PM

I don't know about taquerias, but most restaurants put a surprising amount of sugar in their food. I had to stop going to several Chinese restaurants near where I work because (after a couple months paleo) all their food - meat dishes even - tasted like candy.

Especially if a sauce was involved - even salsa! - it might have too much sugar.

I did miss my favorite taqueria near home - their burritos were so fresh! But one time I was there to pick up a burrito for my wife, and I noticed I could get just the meat as a 'side'. So I got a pint of mixed grilled chicken and beef for something like $6.00 - it was delicious and it lasted for several days of snacks :-)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 04, 2011
at 09:22 PM

It could be a combination of additives and things in the food that caused the headache.

MSG, GM soy oil, weird additives in the sour cream, legume intolerance, cross contamination from gluten since the tortilla touched the chicken. Gluten is glue-like and sticks to everything! Also, when you avoid gluten your tolerance to it goes down so even a small pieces of it are enough to cause symptoms.

Restaraunts love MSG and soy oils, saves them money and it makes mediocre food taste okay and good food taste even better at the cost of peoples health.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

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on May 04, 2011
at 10:01 PM

Yup MSG was my first thought. It's amazing how many things it is in these days -- I saw it in supermarket bratwurst. Sally Fallon has some choice things to say about MSG, she calls it "toxic". I have experienced the energy collapse you mention, after eating Chinese food. I have learned to associate that "too bright" flavor with MSG and know to avoid it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 04, 2011
at 09:25 PM

Ahhh - msg could be the culprit!

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on June 24, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Pinto beans make me very dizzy/light-headed, likely from a food allergy. A shame because I love them.

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on May 04, 2011
at 10:06 PM

There could be gluten in the seasoning. They put it in everything. I just don't eat out anymore.

Second best guess would be the legumes. They've never made me dizzy but they certainly do wreak havoc on my stomach acid levels.

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on June 24, 2011
at 09:00 PM

I get the same reaction when I eat anything with soy in it.

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on May 04, 2011
at 10:58 PM

If you have been low carb Paleo, it could be the beans! I find that if I overdo the carbs that it makes me headachy and lethargic.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:29 PM

Yeah could be the msg coupled with the carbs. Though I didn't get the normal headache. Also, if beans do creep into my meals I normally get gassy and I didn't. I guess I'm going to stay away from the taquerias.

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on May 04, 2011
at 09:57 PM

Food intolerances can trigger sleepiness but it can also be a lack of digestive enzymes (regarding the beans here since you say you don't normally have them).

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