Sulfite intolerance - is tapioca flour a trigger?

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minisan5
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   Posted 3/6/2015 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I just joined today, but have been reading posts for months and value everyone's sulfite advice (especially Alcie!).  I was diagnosed with a sulfite intolerance about a year ago, which is interesting because we always assumed my dad had a sulfite allergy, although he was never officially tested.  I am also sensitive to barley and sunflower seeds and am lactose intolerant.  I have had digestive issues for years, but other symptoms (such as oral irritation, joint pain and stiffness and more recently air bubble sensation indigestion) have cropped up over the years and I feel have gotten worse after each one of my pregnancies.  I am 38, but sometimes feel 80.  I do a lot of yoga which has been my saving grace and is my way to evaluate how I am feeling - not to mention helps tremendously with my mental state.  I have been working really hard to avoid all sulfite triggers, but it is quite a challange considering they are everywhere.  I have 3 young children and life is hectic.  I was thinking that I was doing well making wraps with "Food for life brown rice tortillas", but lately I have been wondering if tapioca (starches and flours) are a trigger for me.  I feel like about 2-3 hours (sometimes sooner) after ingesting I feel a little light headed, tired and my air bubble/indigestion sensation gets worse.  I take molybdenum, VSL#3 and mg malate.  I honestly am not sure what to do anymore with my diet.  It seems like my only safe foods are oatmeal, lean protein, rice and small amounts of cooked veggies and mild lactose free cheese.
 
Can anyone weigh in about tapioca?  Thanks!

Alcie
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   Posted 3/6/2015 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum, minisab5.

There's no recognized test for sulfite intolerance. Keeping the "food journal" is a really good way of documenting and detecting your "food triggers" though.

I react to tapioca pudding (Minute Tapioca) pretty strongly and my reaction is the one I get from sulfite, and I use lactose-free milk. (lactose intolerant too)

Here's a website from Australia manufacturer talking about how tapioca is made. They say it's processed with potassium metabisulfite. sillyyaks.com.au/faqs/do-your-products-contain-added-sulphites/

Other websites, like a Bob's Red Mill ad, say their tapioca does not have any sulfite. I may try again with this product because I love tapioca pudding. Just don't flavor with ginger or any other spice known for sulfite.

Rick's book, the paper one, lists Minute tapioca as having 16 mcg sulfite per 1 teaspoonful.

There are plenty of good foods that are sulfite-free! We just don't get to take too many shortcuts, like processed foods. Even veggies that have some sulfite aren't all horrible. I'm not highly intolerant, but I can get away with some broccoli. Carrots, salads with home-made dressings are good. Just use frozen lemon juice instead of bottled to add to your oil of choice. Rice vinegar is supposed to be clean too. I only use a tiny bit.

Avoid potato starch or anything processed from potatoes, although a nice baked potato is clean and delicious. Same with corn. It's fine unprocessed, but avoid anything with corn starch, dextrose, etc.

There are some rice cereals that are clean, but avoid the ones with brown sugar or molasses.

I don't have a problem with a little barley, but have cut down on wheat a lot. I think I've just gotten a wheat intolerant, not allergic, suspect the modified grain, but no proof.

Exercise is good for many ailments. Wish I could do more.

minisan5
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Date Joined Mar 2015
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   Posted 3/6/2015 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alcie,
 
Thanks so much for your response!  I feel like I am talking to a celebrity since I have read so many of your posts and you are the expert on this!! :)
 
I had MRT Food Sensitivity testing done which showed that I was "highly reactive" to sulfites and barley.  There is definitely some skepticism (especially among traditional allergists)about how reliable this kind of testing is, but I honestly don't know if I ever would have realized that sulfites were part of my problem without getting these results.  I have been keeping a food diary for a few years which has been helpful although it is a challenge when there are delayed food reactions.  Nevertheless I am feeling like I may be making progress.  I think for the most part, I should avoid all starches (potato, corn, tapioca, etc) because none of them seem to agree with me.  I react to dextrose and molasses (even unsulfured).  I agree with you that eating clean and making most of my own food is the answer.  I am so grateful to your posts, Rick's on-line book and this forum.  It has really been eye-opening.  You referenced Rick's paper book.  Does he still sell it?  I tried to buy a copy and didn't have any luck. 

Alcie
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   Posted 3/7/2015 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Delayed reactions are definitely a challenge.

I once ended up in a hospital overnight with intractable tachycardia and couldn't figure out why. My rate was just low enough that they delayed giving me cardioversion, and it finally slowed by itself after several hours. I hadn't consumed anything with sulfites, so I thought it was a heart problem. I was even given a radioisotope cardiac stress test which was normal. Then a family doctor came in and noticed that on my list of medications I'd taken that day was a single puff of albuterol inhaler about 8 hours prior to the event starting. She had an A-Ha moment and informed me that was the culprit. I'd had albuterol a couple of times before but never reacted until that event.

I haven't heard that the book is not available, but I don't email Rick anymore.

You can easily research food items now by name of the item and "sulfite." Lots of information is available today. Just don't trust anything you read on a blog or forum.

I'm no celebrity and not even the best expert on this forum. My information is getting out-of-date, so check out anything I say with your own research.
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