Stomach ache after eating pepitas and sunflower seeds?

Answered on September 04, 2013
Created September 01, 2013 at 10:56 AM

HEy guys, today I tried experimenting and made a bowl of cereal with the following recipe:

  • 1 cup of pepitas and sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 a tablespoon of coconut oil
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 a cup of milk
  • Processed...
  • Toped with black berries and coconut milk.

It was delicious for breakfast and it seemed like a really good alternative to having to cook bacon and eggs et al. which is my staple breaky. About 3 hours later I started feeling a minor stomach ache come on, certainly nothing severe, just enough for me to be aware that something isn't quite right. No other symptoms.

So it's made me wonder if the seeds might have had anything to do with it. I'm not sensitive to milk or any other foods listed above, the seeds are the only things that I do not have very regularly, and admittedly this is the biggest portion I've ever had in one meal, but I have never heard of these seeds being tough on the stomach. The fact that the seeds were processed into a corse meal texture should have also aided in digestibility.

Any thoughts?



on September 01, 2013
at 01:13 PM

could be all the fiber?

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on September 04, 2013
at 01:30 AM

I eat pepitas and sunflower seeds every day - but I personally would never exceed 1/4 cup - and even that is alot! Have you ever eaten that many seeds in one sitting? Add to that coconut oil, milk, and coconut milk and you have ALOT of known digestive stressors in one big lump. Even if you can eat all of these things in isolation, together they could be a problem. I know it would be for me!


on September 03, 2013
at 08:37 PM

1 cup of seeds?! Isn't that like ~800 calories and ~70 grams of fat? I'd say that much fat alone would cause pain. Plus it's mostly inflammatory omega 6's. And there are anti-nutrients and toxins in nuts and seeds, just like there are in grains and legumes.



on September 02, 2013
at 06:06 AM

A good alternative? I think most people around here will agree pepitas and sunflower seeds aren't Paleo at all, not even kinda. They have a very high Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio. People are going to be a little softer on you for the milk, but in my books 1/2 cup is still quite a bit, especially if it's not whole milk. I wouldn't eat this… also it sounds expensive.

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