Carob instead of chocolate

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   Posted 7/12/2011 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
So, one of the many foods that I was told to avoid on the "GERD" diet is chocolate, which I have been avoiding.  I was curious, as I'm sure many others out there avoid chocolate...have any of you tried to eat carob instead, like carob chips for example instead of chocolate chips? Right now I can't tolerate much, but I'm so bored with this diet, I thought I might try to eat a smal portion like maybe 1 teaspoon or so, just to get a taste of something sweet.

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   Posted 7/12/2011 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Never tried Carob. Chocolate never bothered me. Peanut butter was my downfall.

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   Posted 7/12/2011 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I tried a little almond butter the other day, probably like a TSBP worth and it bothered me. Honestly, most foods bother me now. I think I just have to be patient. Maybe I'll try the carob or even just a little tiny piece of chocolate, whatever. I'm refluxing anyway, so a tiny bit shouldn't sway it much.

Thanks, Joy.


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   Posted 7/12/2011 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
amazing how one persons trigger food has little effect on another

chocolate (i do so miss it) seems to cause my LES to open wide

peanut butter, almond butter etc seems to have little effect so long as i dont eat a ton

if you web search "gerd carob" you will get two interesting hits

1... at web md
"CAROB: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings - WebMD"

2 ... good-foods-healing-power
"Good Foods for Heartburn"

both say carob is not only tolerated by gerd sufferers, but, moreover can be a help

i personally dont know...but im gonna try it !!

great that you raised the question!!

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   Posted 7/13/2011 4:19 AM (GMT -6)   
What an interesting find you two!

Looks like carob gets use to thicken infant formula to help babies with reflux. I guess it's worth a try on us grown ups!
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   Posted 7/13/2011 5:15 AM (GMT -6)   
KatherineG, I have been looking into trying carab too. The mainstay of my diet is vanilla protein drinks. I can only drink the vanilla, so was hoping to add carob to it. If I can find some. I guess I need to go to an all natural food store or order off line. I can really use some variety to what I am able to tolerate.

Joy, I can't tolerate peanut butter or almond butter either. That was a big disappoinment, a little almond butter sandwich and milk use to be comfort food to me. No more. shakehead I knew I couldn't tolerate the milk, but almond butter and peanut butter were suppose to be GERD and GP friendly.

Mock Turtle, I haven't read the articles yet, but I'm headed there now. Thanks! turn

Have a great day.


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   Posted 7/13/2011 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like it is worth a try.
Mockturtle, I'm definitely going to read those links, thanks!

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   Posted 7/13/2011 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are having food intolerances please keep a food log/journal!!! You need to keep a record you can go back to to find out if there are foods that are related that trigger your reactions.

I was able to stop my refluxing (my definition is stomach jumping, squeezing, pushing up contents), despite my gastro doc not believing me, by finding my food triggers. With the help of my allergist who has seen this a lot, I kept a food journal, then did food "challenges" (don't do this alone if you have nasty reactions!). When I had my list I googled my foods with food allergies and food intolerances and found my entire list under sulfite intolerance - chocolate is in the group. Other people may have a problem to MSG or all sorts of other triggers, so don't just fall into mine. It's only an example.

I eventually did need the surgery, but after a bad accident which pushed my stomach into my chest. Of course the surgery did not, and will not, cure food intolerances. I still get tachycardia if I eat too much of a trigger food! Medications. even herbals and vitamins must be considered also. For me, many have a lot of sulfite (not sulfate or sulfa), and too much will send me to the ER. Usually I can take tablets but not liquids.

Carob may or may not be the answer. It depends on the processing, additives and what yor triggers are. I can eat a little milk chocolate, but not the tasty dark stuff. I can eat a little pure peanut butter, but not the stuff with sugars, dextrose and such. I happen also to be very allergic - different from sensitive, intolerant - to sunflower seed, as butter or as ingredient in anything - get the oropharyngeal reaction as well as reflux and tachycardia.

If you have a problem with milk, try lactose-free milk. Lactose is a whole different trigger for reflux. If you don't tolerate that, see an allergist about a true allergy to milk proteins - whey and such.

No one size fits all for GERD. Find your own personal tolerances.

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   Posted 7/13/2011 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alcie,
Yes, I am starting to keep track of foods that bother me.  It's a long road ahead.

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   Posted 7/13/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there !  Carob is worth a try.  Then there is white chocolate which I have read will have cocoa butter listed in the ingredients.  Since it doesn't contain cocoa bean is isn't "official chocolate" but it does have some cocoa butter in it.
I love chocolate so much and tolerate it so I guess I am lucky so far.
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   Posted 7/13/2011 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Kitt!

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   Posted 10/11/2011 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Carob is vile I tried some today.... gross!!!! I've also read it can give you reflux, I suppose it depends on the individual. I'm gonna try the white choccie I think!!!!

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