Hi everyone I would like to share with you that I finally figured out what was causing my flare which has been plaguing me for the past two months. Dry Roasted Almonds!!!
I snack on almonds all day at work to get me through the long hours of not being able to eat all the crap that “normal” people eat. I also pretty much follow the SCD diet. Somewhere along the line I completely forgot, or ignored, or thought “it couldn’t happen to me” that people with inflammatory bowel diseases are not supposed to eat roasted nuts. I went to Trader Joes, my favorite grocery store, and they were out of the organic raw almonds or any raw almonds for that matter. I thought, no big deal I’ll just get the roasted almonds. Wow, they tasted so good I just kept it up over the past two months. So, enter my flare. I went back to the basics. The SCD chicken soup which made me feel better at the time of eating it but all day long and especially in the morning I would suffer so. Multiple trips to the Lou and not liking what I was seeing there at all which also left me cranky and exhausted. I’m sure you know the feeling. Some days were better than others. After getting completely frustrated with not being able to figure out what was causing this flare I started going through the legal/illegal SCD list and there it was-Roasted Almonds-ILLEGAL!
So, having done a search on the Net I really didn’t find much of a difference between the two, roasted or unroasted, until I came across one article on a chemical that is produced by roasting nuts. It is called acrylamide. It was accidentally discovered in 2002 by scientists. It is still being researched whether or not it is hazardous to all people. It is also found in many cooked starchy foods, according to Wikipedia. Elaine Gotschall, the genius, must have known this but didn’t give the reason in her book. (I don’t know about you, but I always need to know why things are the way they are).
If anyone else has any more information on this subject please do share.
I am feeling much better now and I am ecstatic for being able to eat my old favorite standby foods-all legal of course!
At least I know I will never make that mistake again. Live and learn!
I hope this info can help someone else too!