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I throw up every time I eat cheese. Why?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 8, 2010
  • 04:44 PM

I've had this problem ever since I can remember. Whenever I eat something that has cheese that isn't drowned out by other things, I just throw it back up within five or so seconds. I don't understand it and it is annoying when events (such as today) occur when I just eat something and then get a surprise discovery that it has cheese in it. It only happens when it is dominant in taste, as I can eat Pizza just fine (but cheese pizza alone or cheese in the crust usually gets me even just a pepperoni pizza that is average or lighter on the cheese is fine to eat because the bread and tomato sauce and pepperoni and the cheese usually doesn't have a strong taste to it).

If I were to eat just a slice of regular cheese I'd gag instantly. Sometimes just the smell of regular cheese is enough to make me almost gag. What's going on here? Family says that I am just being dramatic, but I don't see the logic in becoming physically in pain and throwing up in a situation where with any other food I would just say "This tastes bad". I am not lactose intolerant, I can eat pretty much every other dairy product that comes to mind... So, anyone have any idea what is going on?

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  • I've had this problem ever since I can remember. Whenever I eat something that has cheese that isn't drowned out by other things, I just throw it back up within five or so seconds. I don't understand it and it is annoying when events (such as today) occur when I just eat something and then get a surprise discovery that it has cheese in it. It only happens when it is dominant in taste, as I can eat Pizza just fine (but cheese pizza alone or cheese in the crust usually gets me even just a pepperoni pizza that is average or lighter on the cheese is fine to eat because the bread and tomato sauce and pepperoni and the cheese usually doesn't have a strong taste to it). If I were to eat just a slice of regular cheese I'd gag instantly. Sometimes just the smell of regular cheese is enough to make me almost gag. What's going on here? Family says that I am just being dramatic, but I don't see the logic in becoming physically in pain and throwing up in a situation where with any other food I would just say "This tastes bad". I am not lactose intolerant, I can eat pretty much every other dairy product that comes to mind... So, anyone have any idea what is going on?That sounds unusual. It definitely does not sound like "just being dramatic". For whatever reason your body is telling you loud and clear it does not want cheese and you should listen to it. You said you don't react to other types of dairy. It could be a reaction to something in the cheese? Some can have traces of hormones or pesticides or other contaminants.Have you tried organic cheese?
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  • I have not tried organic cheese at all (for good reason, as you can imagine). Perhaps I should try a little bit to try and figure it out, but I am still wondering if there is some universal hormone in cheese that would cause such an instant and unpleasant reaction.
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  • Ever hear of gluten allergy?I've known several people with that and each of them said that it started with random things like pizza.With the people that I know, they developed this allergy later in life, as young adults, and it came on gradually. MY friend described it as eating something and feeling it sitting in her stomach, then she'd throw it up.I was just talking to my other friend last week who told me she's allergic to gluten. she doesn't have problems with as many foods as the other girl but she mentioned she can't eat cheese either.
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  • I have the same exact problem!!!! I can't explain it at all to others. They think I am insane and that I have had bad experiences with cheese. I want to know why I cannot tolerate cheese or the smell and why I gag everytime I taste it on my tongue.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 18, 2010
    • 04:38 AM
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  • I have the same exact problem!!!! I can't explain it at all to others. They think I am insane and that I have had bad experiences with cheese. I want to know why I cannot tolerate cheese or the smell and why I gag everytime I taste it on my tongue.anybody think of LACTOSE INTOLERANCE?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 19, 2010
    • 03:57 AM
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  • anybody think of LACTOSE INTOLERANCE?I have the same issue - love milk, butter, yogurt, etc...but cheese brings me to my knees. I can handle it in light doses when it's not a dominant taste such as a small slice on a burger with multiple other toppings, or on a multi-topping pizza with light cheese. However, I cannot eat it alone and very much would like to. It's not lactose intolerance, obviously - as the cheese doesn't get to the point where one would have digestive issues. If anyone can solve this for the long haul, I'd pay.
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