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problems digesting lettuce?

I've recently discovered (today) that green/red leaf lettuces make me sick.  i threw up lettuce i had eaten yesterday afternoon.  so my question is why would one be unable to digest a certain type of lettuce?  (i dont usually eat red or green leaf lettuce)  also does anyone know where i could find some sort of list of what they spray on produce in the grocery store?  is it just water or do they add something to it?  thanks in advance!!!


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Mar. 20th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
You have only thrown it up once? I'd try buying organic lettuce, or different types before writing it off completely :)
Mar. 20th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Are you sure it's the lettuce that made you sick, and not a bout of stomach flu? I only ask because I know stomach flu is going around. I'm just getting over a mild case myself.
Mar. 20th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
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Mar. 20th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
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Mar. 21st, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
I assume you were ill and threw up what you had previously consumed? I am not certain how long it takes to digest certain types of foods, but perhaps you could google to find a list?

I would suggest upping the intact of digestive enzymes and/or foods with them to see if that helps.
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
can't lettuce contain e-coli? I assume it can since spinach can. But I wouldn't think that a certain type of lettuce did it...I'd guess bateria...either on the lettuce or previously ingest as someone else suggested.

Mar. 20th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
Any vegetable can, if the water it's watered with was contaminated with e-coli.
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
When my mom was alive she had a really hard time digesting lettuce. It gave her bad cramps and diarrhea.
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
I'm not sure about all grocery stores, some do actually sell produce that is known as waxed (makes the produce shinier, and supposedly helps to prolong the selling life of it), however that only only on thicker skinned produce such as apples, pears, bananas, oranges, etc. Lettuce, however is not one of those items, it's normally just misted with water. Depending on the spritzing/misting method employed where you bought it, something could have happened to the point where it was misted with unsanitary water (if that makes sense).
Mar. 20th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
To me, it sounds as if it was contaminated in some way. When I eat something contaminated, it will sit in my stomach until I throw it up, be it a day or a week, no matter how much I have eaten in between, and I have to get rid of all of it before my stomach is right again.
Was it lettuce you washed and prepared yourself or is it possible that it could have been cross contaminated in some way? It is also possible that it was bacteria contamination from before it ever got to the store as well.
Mar. 20th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
Actually, I did read (somewhere) that lettuce can be difficult to digest by itself. I would try maybe eating a salad with a meal, not as a meal, for a while to get used to it.
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)
AFAIK grocery stores spray only water on their produce. The best way to find out is to ask your produce guy the next time you're at the store.

Have you ever had this problem with lettuce before?
If not, it's possible it was contaminated. Report your illness to the store in case they get more reports. Also, while you're doing that you can ask if anyone else has gotten sick.

I'm also assuming you're not just generally sick.

The best way to see if it's lettuce is to... well... try eating it again (although I know you might want to avoid that if you really think it's gonna make you vomit again). Maybe try organic in case it was some new pesticide that you're sensitive to.

Anyways, I just don't know if it's a digestion problem. Usually the inability to digest something gives you trouble in your gut, not your stomach. At your stomach all that's happening is breaking it down with HCl and muscle motion. You don't actually digest the food until it's in your small intestines.
If you're unable to digest it you should be feeling gut pain and having bowel problems.

Vomiting usually indicates some sort of contamination (chemical or biological). It's your body's way to get that outta there before it gets into your system (in your intestines).
Mar. 20th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
only with green and red leaf lettuces. i had iy two weeks ago with the same result as yesterday
Mar. 20th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Lettuce is a very common food-poisoning vector, and leaf lettuces more so than head lettuces because there is a greater surface area for toxins to collect on. Discarding outer leaves and soaking your greens in a vinegar solution before washing them is a good way to make sure the lettuce is completely clean.
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Do you have problems when eating other foods? I've found that lettuce (mainly iceberg) gives me crazy heartburn. So if you try other varieties of lettuce and encounter the same problem, it could just be that you're sensitive to it.
Mar. 20th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
My friend told me this story about her cousin who ate prewashed lettuce and got really really sick. They found out later that that brand of lettuce gets washed with bleach in the factory, or whatever, and obviously had some residue. Could be something like that, or bacteria contamination like some others have suggested. If it has never happened before then that is probably it. I would get tested for allergies just in case, since you don't want to be throwing up all the time you eat a salad. :S

Good luck!
Mar. 20th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
My friend's mom has Colitis and the ONLY lettuce she can digest is iceberg. The other's make her very sick.
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
I sometimes have this problem. Lettuce has lots and lots of indigestible fiber, and while in many ways this is good for one, it can also give one stomach and/or intestinal cramps if one is not used to it.

It helps me to eat lettuce with other things, and certainly not on an empty stomach. Also, as the lettuce season approaches, I try to slowly increase my quantity, so my innards have time to adapt to the change.

This may not b what you're encountering, of course, but it's been my experience and I offer it in case it's helpful. Good luck!
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Lettuce in general is hard to digest. There are a lot of people who have trouble with it. But if it made you sick... its probly some contaminant issue.
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