Posted 21 February 2001 - 05:32 PM
Citric acid (look for it as an additive in many tomato, and even potato processed products, plus fruity beverages, soda pop, and salad dressings). It was detected during allergy testing for me, and is a definite almost immediate trigger for me causing bloating and abdominal discomfort. Coffee contains it naturally (I believe chocolate too), and causes a similar reaction in me (I can get away with small amounts of chocolate, or a piece of fresh tomato at times - definitely has to be fresh though. I think the longer it sits around, the more acid is produced. Sometimes, I think it is worse when cooked, and wonder if it becomes more acid then, or just that it is more in concentration when cooked down.