Monday, April 20, 2009 12:46
Posted in category Allergies

Avocado pears have a laxative effect on some people. If you have bowel symptoms then you should not include these. If you have never eaten them before, try eating a couple at one sitting before you start Stage 3, to see what effect they have.

Spinach and chickpeas should not be included if you have bowel symptoms. Parsnips should be eaten in limited quantities only, and not too often, as they contain small amounts of a carcinogen.

Plantains are closely related to bananas and should not be included if you regularly eat bananas.

You should only eat sunflower oil if you have not previously eaten much margarine, nor used much sunflower oil (or ‘vegetable oil’) in cooking. There is some evidence, that polyunsaturated oils, such as sunflower oil and safflower oil, are harmful if eaten in large quantities. Since the diet is rather low in calories, it is tempting to make up for this by using a lot of oil in cooking, but this is inadvisable. Olive oil is a monounsaturated rather than a polyunsaturate and is thought to be safer in large quantities – it is probably better for you than other plant oils. Unfortunately, it has a mild laxative effect on some people, so use it in moderation if you have bowel symptoms. If you have not eaten it before, it is worth testing it out before you start Stage 3 to see if it has any effect.


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