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Mucus-causing foods

by 8848 · December 01, 2010 at 09:00 AM

I've read that milk products cause excessive mucus production. In my case, I am loathe to give up butter, heavy cream, and hard cheeses (parmesan! cheddar!) but I wonder if this might be for the best in terms of alleviating excess mucus. Has anyone had problems with mucus buildup (dry mucus in the nose, throaty phlegm) that responded to elimination of dairy? Could eggs be the culprit? Haven't done the elimination route yet, because I do get significant calories from dairy.

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9551 · November 30, 2010 at 08:45 PM

Yes. Mucus and inflammation in my sinuses went down significantly when I cut (by about 90%) cream, yogurt, and cheese. It was like flipping a switch. I still eat butter, though for some people (depending on what the irritant is) it might be better to cut back to just clarified butter, or just goat butter, or get rid of dairy altogether. When I do eat cream, yogurt, or cheese, it is in small amounts and mixed with other food: a little (raw-milk) cheese on a burger, a little cream in my Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, a little side dish of full-fat yogurt with nuts and cinnamon.

So I think it's worth giving a try cutting out dairy altogether, but you might also see positive effects from cutting everything but butter -- that way you can still get some of those calories from dairy. And you might also see positive effects from cutting non-butter dairy without fully eliminating it, and from mixing with other foods. That way you can still taste your delicious parmesans every once in a while. But again, complete elimination may be best.

Check out these earlier paleohacks questions:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/13709/is-it-useful-to-decrease-dairy-instead-of-eliminating

http://paleohacks.com/questions/427/a1-vs-a2-casein

http://paleohacks.com/questions/4646/casein-intolerance

And look at this page too, it was mentioned in that first question:

http://failsafediet.wordpress.com/the-rpah-elimination-diet-failsafe/gluten-and-casein-responders/

It will tell you about different stages of reduction and help you plan out how you might do a self-experimentation.

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10 · December 01, 2010 at 09:00 AM

I had large amounts of mucus buildup until I limited my bovine dairy intake. Recently I've discovered that goat's milk doesn't have an impact.

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18373 · November 30, 2010 at 10:35 PM

This study says no, but I would trust personal experimentation over that.

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253 · November 30, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Yes, eggs could be the culprit. If you are allergic to eggs, then they could cause mucus production. In my case, they cause runny nose and congestion, itchy/tired/allergy eyes and physical exhaustion. (I get so exhausted and grumpy that my young children actively police my temptation to ever eat eggs!) I have eliminated all dairy for various periods, up to a year or more at a time, and have never noticed any problem on consumption. (I'm currently not consuming dairy b/c of trying to lose weight, but am still noticing occasional congestion - suspecting either coconut or bacon.)

I love eggs. I'm really hoping that I'll eventually be able to eat them again. Anyway, YMMV.

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6164 · November 30, 2010 at 09:02 PM

Exactly what Paul said. Yes, personally I have experienced this a reduction in mucus from eliminating dairy, as well as nearly instant congestion brought on by dairy cheats.

You'll have to try it for yourself, and see.

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