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Every time I eat bell pepper I get bad stomach cramps and diarrhea. Is this a food intolerance?

Every time I eat bell pepper I get bad stomach cramps and diarrhea. Is this a food intolerance?

Testing will help!: As an allergist, I see patients for food allergy/intolerance concerns quite often. There is skin testing and even blood testing that could tell you if you're allergic to bell peppers. If the testing is positive, then you're allergic. If the testing is normal, then it's likely a food intolerance. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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I get cramps and diarrhea when I eat bell pepper, recently I experienced the same symptoms when eating fresh jalapeño. Is it a food group intolerance?

I get cramps and diarrhea when I eat bell pepper, recently I experienced the same symptoms when eating fresh jalapeño. Is it a food group intolerance?

Food intolerance: Given your history it does sound like there is a correlation of your symptoms to that vegetable class. If you have no other symptoms and you can reproduce these symptoms when eating peppers then I would avoid peppers. If not you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of halitosis after eating a peppermint or chewing a gum?

How do you get rid of halitosis after eating a peppermint or chewing a gum?

Brush and Rinse: You can brush your tongue(especially as far back as you can handle) and palate in addition to your teeth, and rinse/gargle with an antibacterial rinse. ...Read more

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Whats going on? I have always been able to eat raw potatoes... Until this year, same with bell peppers, bananas and raw vegetables. They make my mouth and throat itch now and just the other day i ate a piece of bell pepper and my throat swelled up. What's

Whats going on? I have always been able to eat raw potatoes... Until this year, same with bell peppers, bananas and raw vegetables. They make my mouth and throat itch now and just the other day i ate a piece of bell pepper and my throat swelled up. What's

I : I can't tell you. However, i might be concerned about possibly having developed a food allergy. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which can cause inflammation of mucus membranes. However, you said you ate a bell pepper. If you ever again develop swelling of your throat, that is a real medical emergency because it can cause your throat to close down which would prevent breathing. I recommend that you see an allergist to help determine what is going on, and int he meat time, i would avoid eating anything which makes your mouth or throat itch or swell. I would have asked if the foods were sprayed with the same pesticide, but you included bananas too. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat the seeds inside a bell pepper?

Is it ok to eat the seeds inside a bell pepper?

Yes: I once met a very nice person from India, who was amazed at how much of vegetables and fruit we don't use in the USA that other countries do! We peel too much, remove seeds that others eat, don't eat stems of thigks like broccoli. She used every bit of the pepper including the white pitch and seeds. So go ahead. More fiber too! ...Read more

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What are the nutritional values of a bell pepper?

What are the nutritional values of a bell pepper?

Bell pepper: Also called Sweet pepper, it has less calories and fats, has Capsaicin which has anti-bacterial & anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties ,helps reduce cholesterol, rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and essential minerals (Iron, Copper, Zinc, Potassium, Selenium, Manganese, Magnesium, and the B-complex vitamins. ...Read more

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How many nutrients is in a red bell pepper?

Vitamins A and C: Red pepper has a lot of vitamins a and c as well as small amounts of other micronutrients. ...Read more

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How many calories in a green bell pepper?

How many calories in a green bell pepper?

Very little: Green, red and yellow pepper has less than 1/2 gm of fat in a cup. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on zucchini, chili, chervil, pineapple, cinnamon, bell pepper?

What's your opinion on zucchini, chili, chervil, pineapple, cinnamon, bell pepper?

Healthful: Virtually all vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices are healthful. However, many do not tolerate some of them. Enjoy the ones that your body likes and don't eat the ones that cause upset even if you hear that they are good. ...Read more

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