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Hack my post-hummus nausea

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 25, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Last night I had hummus for the first time in months. I'm traveling for work, staying in a hotel, wanted something in which to dip raw veggies, and hummus seemed innocuous enough. I think I might have a sesame seed intolerance, but I figured there wasn't enough tahini in the dip to matter. A little while after eating it, I felt slightly nauseous and generally "off."

So, what's the likely culprit: the tahini, the chickpeas, or something else entirely? I'd like to know so I can make sure to avoid it in the future. Hypotheses and relevant personal experiences are appreciated!

(If it matters, the hummus is Trader Joe's, and I've had beans at Mexican restaurants a handful of times since starting paleo without getting nauseous.)

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on May 21, 2012
at 08:41 PM

Hummus was one of my first cheats after several weeks on paleo last year. I felt gross for 3 days! It felt like worms were in my guts. I chalked it up to them being beans in general. It was a preservative free variety I got. Beans, tahini, garlic, olive oil.

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on April 24, 2012
at 06:42 AM

I was thinking on this thread just the weekend, looking at the hummus. I couldn't find any in TJ's with that few ingredients. But, seems like I've heard they can have stuff that's in there that might not be on the ingredients list. Like if the ingredients were sprayed with pesticides, or processed with chemicals that were 'washed off.'

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on April 23, 2012
at 05:31 PM

That's odd. I've never heard of hummus that doesn't have oil in it. Of course, it should be olive oil if they're being authentic.

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on April 23, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Something being "not paleo" doesn't explain an adverse reaction.

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on April 23, 2012
at 05:07 PM

That's the entire ingredients list that was printed on the label.

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on April 09, 2012
at 06:07 AM

I don't remember what kind of oil TJ's uses, but I made the mistake of buying hummus at Thriftway last week without inspecting the label and the second ingredient was canola oil.

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on April 09, 2012
at 04:50 AM

Ru sure it has no oil, that is, vegetable oil like soybean or canola oil?

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on March 25, 2012
at 11:26 PM

The ingredients list includes nothing unpronounceable (chickpeas, eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, water, sea salt, pomegranate juice). Interesting to know someone else had the same experience, though.

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on April 09, 2012
at 03:50 PM

It could be the oil.

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on December 29, 2013
at 05:03 AM

Maybe you're not wondering about this anymore @Kation, but I was just googling "why does hummus make me sick." The fact the first result is this article mentioning salmonella outbreak in hummus from hotels making it the top food to sicken people: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/08/16/cdc-study-hummus-tops-the-list-of-foods-that-sickened-people/ and this question is the 2nd seems relevant to me. And no, my homemade / store-bought hummus never bothers me.

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on May 07, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Rancid tahini? Try again, same bottle. Then buy another bottle in a few weeks to confirm. It could have been a fluke for all you know.

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on April 09, 2012
at 03:10 AM

yep, I think it's the chickpeas too. Hummus used to be a big favorite for me, but it doesn't agree with me anymore.

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on March 25, 2012
at 10:29 PM

I was doing a clean eating program, and when I had the TJ's hummus, I also got nauseated. Read the label, I'm pretty certain there's chemicals in it.

Fc6a9e07f6056d465573c8969d3a2ddd

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on March 25, 2012
at 11:26 PM

The ingredients list includes nothing unpronounceable (chickpeas, eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, water, sea salt, pomegranate juice). Interesting to know someone else had the same experience, though.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

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on April 09, 2012
at 04:50 AM

Ru sure it has no oil, that is, vegetable oil like soybean or canola oil?

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on April 23, 2012
at 05:31 PM

That's odd. I've never heard of hummus that doesn't have oil in it. Of course, it should be olive oil if they're being authentic.

Fc6a9e07f6056d465573c8969d3a2ddd

(370)

on April 23, 2012
at 05:07 PM

That's the entire ingredients list that was printed on the label.

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

(823)

on April 24, 2012
at 06:42 AM

I was thinking on this thread just the weekend, looking at the hummus. I couldn't find any in TJ's with that few ingredients. But, seems like I've heard they can have stuff that's in there that might not be on the ingredients list. Like if the ingredients were sprayed with pesticides, or processed with chemicals that were 'washed off.'

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on March 25, 2012
at 08:59 PM

Um, hummus is made with chickpeas which are a legume, therefore, not paleo. Tahini, I think is sesame seed paste, so that might be or might not be an issue.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on April 23, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Something being "not paleo" doesn't explain an adverse reaction.

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