Cane sugar & milk - trigger foods that I don't wish to completely stop

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   Posted 3/13/2011 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I know sugar and milk can trigger reflux; however, I am wondering if I am still okay to have them in smaller amounts.

I choose cane sugar drinks because I assume that is less of a trigger than refined sugars found in coke; however, I don't have evidence that backs this up, it's simply an assumption. If someone knows differently, please let me know.

I have 1/2 - 1 soda a day. The soda is Hansen's cane soda or hansen's cane soda w/ ginger ale. Both are i nthe mid 40s sugar content, a small amount higher than coke (39 g in a 12 oz coke). I can't tell if it's making me worse than normal or not, because I pretty much feel bloated all the time anyway. But I want to make sure having this won't cause more permanent issues, that's my main purpose in the thread.

I also have a small bowl of cereal in the morning. The cereal is honey bunches of oats, which doesn't have a high sugar content, actually. It's fairly high fiber, too. I use 'low-fat' ultra-pasteurized milk.

Do you guys know roughly how long it would take for the effects of drinking one of these sodas or the milk to occur? That way I can gauge how much these items are hurting me, if at all.



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   Posted 3/13/2011 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ian,
From my experience, everyone reacts differently to trigger foods, and trigger foods vary from person to person.

I think it's good to be aware how the foods you eat affect you. I don't think there's anything wrong with having those foods as long as you can tolerate any after effects you have after eating them.

Many of us enjoy foods that may bother us to some degree. I'm not a person who can do without every single thing that may be a trigger. I stay away from the major, peppermint, (most) spicy foods, etc. Still there are times when I throw caution to the wind and eat whatever I like. So if I suffer a bit later, so be it.

I do think moderation is a very important part of the equation. Your idea is very reasonable.

It's all a matter of degree. It's worth giving them a try and see what happens. Some people have immediate reactions, while others suffer later in the day.

Enjoy those favorite foods! Hopefully they won't bother you.
Take care,

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   Posted 3/13/2011 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Try the clear sodas that have no carmel color or azo dyes, real sugar instead of HFCS. I think they are in WalMart. Better yet, avoid sodas. They contribute too much to bloating gas. Sodas give me gas immediately.

For milk if you seem sensitive, try lactose-free milk. Avoid ice cream, cheese, and yogurt while you are testing milk. There are a couple of proteins in milk that can cause problems too. Lactose gives me gas in about half an hour.

Stick with a rice cereal like Special K. Oatmeal or cream of rice is even less likely to cause problems. Use honey or cane sugar, no brown sugar! Rice doesn't cause gas, but all the sweeteners do! Sugar too! Stevia too - from the dextrose used as filler. Oats have a lot of soluble fiber, which causes gas. Dry cereal gives me gas in half an hour to an hour.

You can try avoiding bread for a while too. A lot of people develop sensitivity or allergy to wheat over their lifetime.

Drop one thing at a time to see which ones are really the culprits. Keep a food journal!
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