Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Allergic reactions?

I had an amazing experience with vanilla Oikos greek yogurt and peanut butter a while back, and I continue to enjoy it on a fairly regular basis.  Recently I discovered that my throat itches slightly after eating said combination. I thought it was the yogurt, until last night.

I was starving, and obviously was close to wasting away to nothing. A sandwich was made and I got my hands on half of it. It was peanut butter and fluff. I wasn't really in the mood for it. I would have actually preferred a nice healthy dose of cottage cheese, but I had eaten the last of it for lunch. But the sandwich was made and it was looking at me. Plus, did I mention there was fluff?

I could eat fluff by the spoonful. I don't, but I could. Well, except for that one time, but that was an emergency. What? Only 40 calories and no fat!! If it were socially acceptable, I'd bring a jar of it for lunch.

Moving on.

After eating the peanut butter and fluff, I noticed that my throat felt slightly the way it does after I've eaten my yogurt with peanut butter in it. My first thought was that I might be having an allergic reaction to peanut butter since my itchy throat has occurred in two instances when I've eaten peanut butter. But when I eat peanut butter by itself (my spoon seems to like to jump in the jar for a swim a lot), I don't have any adverse reactions at all. Veddy veddy curious.

It can't be the fluff. Marshmallow is just sugar and air. Since I consume both of those on a fairly regular basis, there is no way I'm allergic to either of those. 

Today I decided to be proactive and I did an experiment. I ate a spoonful of peanut butter. No reaction. I ate my yogurt plain. No reaction. Peanut butter & fluff sandwich. Reaction.

Somewhere along the lines of combining peanut butter with both vanilla Oikos greek yogurt or Fluff makes me react like this. What is the ingredient in these two things that brings out this reaction? It's so strange!

Maybe Web MD has the answers.


  1. Glad to hear it's not a peanut reaction! Those can be pretty bad!

    Now, does it happen with any of the other flavors of Oikos? (My favorite is the blueberry, but I also like the Super Fruits.) What about with other yogurts? Experimentation seems to be the order of the day... Does it happen with regular marshmallows? Fluff by itself?

  2. I don't eat any other flavor of Oikos, just vanilla. For flavored greek yogurt, I eat Chobani. Fluff by itself and marshmallows are fine. It's the combo of peanut butter and something that seems to trigger this reaction. I'm thinking maybe there is an ingredient in both the yogurt and the fluff that when combined with peanut butter creates this reaction in me. Other than that, I have no idea. It's so weird. All the foods by themselves give me no trouble at all. Combined, it's another story. it makes no sense to me!!

  3. I think it might be the fluff. Are there a few preservatives in it that you might be allergic to?


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