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.)
asked byKation (370)
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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.
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.
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.
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.