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hot flush after eating chocolate

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Created August 21, 2011 at 9:13 AM

If I eat anything below 70%cocoa chocolate, even if I only eat 1-2 squares [10-15gram] I get an almost instantaneous hot flush, my forehead gets moist - not fun.

anyone else have this? if so, do you react similarly to any other foods? which ones? tnx

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0 · April 08, 2014 at 6:27 PM

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Observations: "Cool flush" reduced by alternating bites of food between proteins and non-sugar, because consuming 6 bites of syrup-drenched french toast in a row will surely trigger effect more than alternating between scrambled eggs, bacon, and french toast.

Conclusion: Avoiding sweets altogether because surely the sensitivity is signalling something out of balance, but glad to know it isn't as significant as a precursor to diabetes!

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0 · April 08, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I get the "cold flush" too! Though never anything warm like the posts above/below. Feels like air conditioning blowing on my forehead, and cheeks. Seems to last for 10-20 seconds after consuming high-sugar foods. Here's what I've found, in case it helps at all:

Causes: Waffles w/ syrup, or a slice of super-sweet pie like Key Lime or Apple Pie w/ sugar crystals on top. Something relatively high in sugar compared to fat/protein, as cheesecake, brownies, or cookies won't cause any more than a normal sugar high.

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13983 · November 04, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I react similarly to too much vinegar.

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78422 · October 30, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Black chocolate isn't that high in sugar. 10g has half tsp

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78422 · October 30, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Blck chocolate isn't that high in sugar. 10g has half 2tsp.

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3521 · September 04, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Oxalates?? Both sweet potatoe and chocolate are high in them.

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95 · August 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM

my 'gut' reaction tells me it's not caffeine as I drink milk coffee no sugar or sweeteners and get no reaction. tnx for responding, Kelly. hope others will too...

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813 · December 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Chocolate is very high in biogenic amines: Tyramine (TYR) and Phenylethylamine (PEA). These amines can cause headaches, skin redness and hot flushes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biogenic_amine

Vinegar: very high in histamine, just another biogenic amine.

This reference leads to a webpage of a woman who suffered for many years and had to find out in the end, that she has food intolerances when it comes to biogenic amines: http://biogenicaminewoman.tumblr.com/biogenicamines

That Paleo Guy is histamine intolerant: http://thatpaleoguy.blogspot.com/2011/04/histamine-intolerance.html

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30 · November 04, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I get the same thing and haven't spoken to anyone else who gets it. It's hard to explain but it feels like a cold flush to my cheeks and it only happens when I eat chocolate.

E108cdf1aa47296eb03c00dc37755124
0 · April 08, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I get the "cold flush" too! Though never anything warm like the posts above/below. Feels like air conditioning blowing on my forehead, and cheeks. Seems to last for 10-20 seconds after consuming high-sugar foods. Here's what I've found, in case it helps at all:

Causes: Waffles w/ syrup, or a slice of super-sweet pie like Key Lime or Apple Pie w/ sugar crystals on top. Something relatively high in sugar compared to fat/protein, as cheesecake, brownies, or cookies won't cause any more than a normal sugar high.

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0 · April 08, 2014 at 6:27 PM

(continued from above)

Observations: "Cool flush" reduced by alternating bites of food between proteins and non-sugar, because consuming 6 bites of syrup-drenched french toast in a row will surely trigger effect more than alternating between scrambled eggs, bacon, and french toast.

Conclusion: Avoiding sweets altogether because surely the sensitivity is signalling something out of balance, but glad to know it isn't as significant as a precursor to diabetes!

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150 · December 16, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I get the same thing whenever I eat something high in Salicylates.

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10 · February 15, 2013 at 3:31 AM

Yes! Me! With Chocolate and only chocolate. I can feel the heat rising to my face moments after I have a mouthful of the delicious stuff. It doesn't last more than a second or two, and it doesn't hurt. I have never found anyone else who has had this happen.

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0 · April 08, 2014 at 7:40 PM

One of our Athletes had the same Issue and we had to recommend he stop eating chocolate. Chocolate is very high in Biogenic Amines. Check if you have a food intolerance with your doctor.

Hope this help! Good Luck!

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0 · March 10, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I've never heard of anyone else that this happens too! Glad I'm not alone! My face feels super hot and almost moist if I have too much of any kind of chocolate. It happens whether my chocolate is unsweeted or high in sugar. I would also love to find some answers as to why.

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0 · September 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I don't know why it happens, but happens to me too. It doesn't hurt or anything like that. I wonder if it's a sign we will become diabetic? Or like someone said, maybe a mild allergy. But everytime I eat straight chocolate, my cheeks under my eyes and my forehead get a warm flush I guess you call it. Doesn't last long and goes away. Glad I'm not alone!

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0 · October 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM

My face goes cold after eating a large quantity (about 50 grams) of chocolate, mainly chocolate on its own and not a chocolate bar with other ingredients.

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8933 · October 30, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I get it after bananas, white potatoes or anything high in sugar.

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522 · October 30, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I get hot flushes - Both of my cheeks go pink and my whole face feels clammy after eating white potatoes - Mashed, baked or boiled. When I eat chips (french fries), which is once in a blue moon, I am fine. I think it's the starch level/sugars in the potato which causes this reaction. I don't really eat chocolate and when I do its 85%+. Do you find that you experience hot flushes from any other types of food?

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8757 · August 21, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I had something similar happen to me with a sweet potato, I think it was a big spike in blood sugar.....it was miserable for sure!!

If I eat dark chocolate on an empty stomach I don't feel well afterwards, did you have something in your system? Again, it might be a rush of caffeine that's too much for your system at once or sugar...

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95 · August 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM

my 'gut' reaction tells me it's not caffeine as I drink milk coffee no sugar or sweeteners and get no reaction. tnx for responding, Kelly. hope others will too...

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3521 · September 04, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Oxalates?? Both sweet potatoe and chocolate are high in them.

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78422 · October 30, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Blck chocolate isn't that high in sugar. 10g has half 2tsp.

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78422 · October 30, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Black chocolate isn't that high in sugar. 10g has half tsp

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