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Why is starch making me nauseous?

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Created December 12, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I bought some tapioca flour to thicken stuff with, but I fear I shall have to discontinue these 'safe starch' experiments; it is clearly making me sick. I also had a brief attack of nausea after eating some rice a while ago.

Sugars don't seem to do this. Alcohol doesn't either. Probably an enzyme issue; I assume the general lack of starch in my diet would lead to a down-regulation of the enzyme meant to break it down.

Anyway, it still surprised me. I'm wasn't using very much. What do you think?

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Im sorry but if you have food coming out of your stomach and into your esophagus then you have a MEDICAL PROBLEM, not diet/nutrition/paleo problem. Go to a Dr. as that is a VERY serious problem which can lead to Esophageal cancer among other serious consequences.

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:15 PM

I am now thinking that episode with rice was long ago, and I could have thickened something with the same tapioca flour earlier that day. I am dangerously close to answering my own question because I think they use sulphur to process it into flour. I should have picked up the tapioca pearls instead.

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on December 12, 2011
at 10:28 PM

I am fine with sweet potatoes. The last time I had white rice I felt a bit bad, but it passed quickly.

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on December 12, 2011
at 08:57 PM

@Dave S, yeah I still have an occasional sweet potato although I've pretty much given up on the whites as the heaving is much worse.

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on December 12, 2011
at 08:55 PM

When I used to drink, vodka was my choice. I had the reverse of what many people experience, though. My dad and I could drink as much as we wanted without ever getting the pleasant buzz or becoming drunk--although he proved at one time that we could get alcohol poisoning if we really got carried away. Anyhow, drinking much larger young men under the table was one of my (immature) hobbies when I was in the Army. I finally quit drinking as Pepsi was much cheaper and tasted better.

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on December 12, 2011
at 08:54 PM

When I used to drink, that was my choice. I had the reverse of what many people experience, though. My dad and I could drink as much as we wanted without ever getting the pleasant buzz or becoming drunk--although he proved at one time that we could get alcohol poisoning if we really got carried away. Anyhow, drinking much larger young men under the table was one of my (immature) hobbies when I was in the Army. I finally quit drinking as Pepsi was much cheaper.

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on December 12, 2011
at 08:48 PM

how do you get along with vodka? ;)

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on December 12, 2011
at 07:06 PM

Are you okay with sweet potatoes or white rice?

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on December 12, 2011
at 07:04 PM

White rice sometimes comes back up in my throat, but I think it is more the size and shape (and/or texture) of it for me. I do still eat some from time to time.

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on December 12, 2011
at 07:02 PM

Chris Masterjohn posted about his problems with sweet potatoes. It wasn't a lack of amylase - IIRC, he thought it was excessive oxaloacetate.

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on December 12, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Put me in the .01%, Bill. White potatoes always, and sweet potatoes sometimes, make my stomach heave food up into my esophagus and then give me grief all the way through. Perhaps I'm the exception that proves the rule?

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on December 12, 2011
at 05:33 PM

I'd consider the tapioca flour a processed item.

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on December 12, 2011
at 05:40 PM

There is 0% possibility that you lack the enzyme to break down tapioca starch. Try eating a white or sweet potato and see what happens. 99.99999% that nothing negative will happen. Your 'tapioca flour' probably has some industrial waste product contaminating it. Furthermore, white rice, is the closest thing to glucose that you can eat.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 12, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Put me in the .01%, Bill. White potatoes always, and sweet potatoes sometimes, make my stomach heave food up into my esophagus and then give me grief all the way through. Perhaps I'm the exception that proves the rule?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 12, 2011
at 07:04 PM

White rice sometimes comes back up in my throat, but I think it is more the size and shape (and/or texture) of it for me. I do still eat some from time to time.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 12, 2011
at 08:57 PM

@Dave S, yeah I still have an occasional sweet potato although I've pretty much given up on the whites as the heaving is much worse.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 12, 2011
at 07:02 PM

Chris Masterjohn posted about his problems with sweet potatoes. It wasn't a lack of amylase - IIRC, he thought it was excessive oxaloacetate.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on December 13, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Im sorry but if you have food coming out of your stomach and into your esophagus then you have a MEDICAL PROBLEM, not diet/nutrition/paleo problem. Go to a Dr. as that is a VERY serious problem which can lead to Esophageal cancer among other serious consequences.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 12, 2011
at 05:32 PM

I don't really get along with starch that well; I just didn't know it before I started ancestral eating.

I can go weeks or months very happily eating non-starchy vegetables and fruits (and tons of fatty meat.) Then again, I am part Russian and given my transparent skin I figure the ancestral clan was WAY up north and probably only ate starch during the short warmer season. I wonder just how many tubers they could find in the frozen tundra. :-))

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 12, 2011
at 08:55 PM

When I used to drink, vodka was my choice. I had the reverse of what many people experience, though. My dad and I could drink as much as we wanted without ever getting the pleasant buzz or becoming drunk--although he proved at one time that we could get alcohol poisoning if we really got carried away. Anyhow, drinking much larger young men under the table was one of my (immature) hobbies when I was in the Army. I finally quit drinking as Pepsi was much cheaper and tasted better.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 12, 2011
at 08:54 PM

When I used to drink, that was my choice. I had the reverse of what many people experience, though. My dad and I could drink as much as we wanted without ever getting the pleasant buzz or becoming drunk--although he proved at one time that we could get alcohol poisoning if we really got carried away. Anyhow, drinking much larger young men under the table was one of my (immature) hobbies when I was in the Army. I finally quit drinking as Pepsi was much cheaper.

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on December 12, 2011
at 08:48 PM

how do you get along with vodka? ;)

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on December 12, 2011
at 05:26 PM

Well, you 'ver done a wee bit of cause-effect research on this matter so far. You can keep testing the response, or you can avoid those foods.

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