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Potato Intolerance

Posted on Sat Jun 2009 by Miranda

Lots of people, including me, avoid potato in their diet. Hard to understand why when according to YORKTEST a potato intolerance, is the least likely to come back on their intolerance test results. Out of eight thousand food intolerance test resuts less than 1% tested had a potato intolerance.

I have recently been reintroducing some amounts of potatoes back into my diet and so far I am having a bit of a foodie revelation. Can’t tell you how good even just a small jacket potato tasted last night with a huge plate of veggies, it was a revelation. 

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One of my food intolerance’s is gluten, which means lots of foods are out that often accompany dishes and provide the carbohydrates of a meal. So having potato back in my life does make things a little easier, especially when a few chips are thrown in the mix. I was never really a big chip fan before, but a small chips side dish, in what I call a posh pub, now and again really are going down a treat so its a relief to know that I don’t have a potato intolerance.

Lots of people avoid potato, due to the high numbers of people now on low carb diets, meaning the potato is consigned to the sin bin for lots of people. So what is the low down on the humble potato and why does it get such a bad wrap. With this news on the potato intolerance low down I am on a mission to investigate. So people let us know your potato thoughts and stories.

79 Responses to “Potato Intolerance”

  1. Laura says:

    We hear so much about ‘superfood’ grains like quinoa and couscous that we seem to have neglected the poor potato so it’s great to be reminded . Potatoes are a great, cheap staple and so long as we keep the portion size sensible and don’t add saturated fats (as may be the case with roast potatoes, potato salad, etc), they are a very healthy part of a balanced diet, especially for those for whom wheat or gluten is off the menu.

  2. Nicole says:

    I have a potato intolerance- if I eat potatoes, I get outbreaks of folliculitis all over my back and my thighs. If I don’t eat potatoes, my skin is clear (aside from the occasional small pimple due to hormonal changes.)

    I’ve battled folliculitis for years with no results from modern medicine, and turned to a Naturopath for dietary help. In a matter of a month following a strict diet, my constant outbreak of boils has disappeared. I was on antibiotics for years and never had such amazing results as I did when I simply cut out certain foods (Potatoes being the main one- I was already lactose intolerant so cutting that out wasn’t even a problem!)

    • Rachel says:

      I am allergic to potatoes (and all other deadly nightshades but potato is the strongest). I suffered with severe back pain and joint pain for years before discovering the humble potato was the cause!! It is incredibly hard to avoid completely as potato starch appears to be in everything!!

      • Marielle says:

        Hi Rachel. I could not but stop myself from reacting to your message on how potato causes you back pain. I have just found out myself! I have had a life long problem with backaches. Spinal injections and the lot! I stopped the night shades and within two days there were improvements. How can a body react that quick. I have lots of allergies, but potato reacts so very quick.

    • Michelle says:

      I have the same reaction from potatoes, they were very low on my food allergy blodd test, but even if I eat a french fry, I get a boil on my neck or face, it then turns dark red & then leaves a hole….so obviously I stay away…I looked at my results & it says “white potato”, I wonder if I can eat red potatoes then? I have been to afraid to try……I know I should ask my naturopath Dr……..she is 400 miles away so I don’t see her much……

    • Ivan says:

      I’m curious (because I think I might have the same issues), what else you have been avoiding?

    • Meegan says:

      I was just told my son has a potato intolerance. Any websites you suggest for my research?

  3. Claire says:

    Hi Nicole, thank you for posting your comment, it definitely opens our eyes to hear about our readers experiences.

    You must be so relieved to have identified whats causing your folliculitis – I wonder if they can identify what it is within potato that causes your condition to flare up?

    It’s frustrating that modern medicine can often discount food intolerances when trying to find the cause of medical conditions, particularly when you’ve been on anti biotics for years! This just goes to show that looking at your diet and the effect foods are having on your body should definitely be considered as part of the investigation when people are suffering from medical conditions.

    I’m glad you’ve eventually had positive results. Keep us posted with how you get on with your new eating regime!

  4. Jenny says:

    I also have a potato intolerance – I have now avoided potatoes for 13 years, and if I ever break down and have a few french fries or potato chips I get symptoms within a few hours. Symptoms for me are: depression, sluggish thinking, lethargy, irritability, anxiety, and my voice very quiet and comes out in a monotone. For years I struggled with these symptoms, thinking that it was just me and that I could somehow work through it with personal growth and better management of my emotions. I also had a difficult time making and keeping friends, and was painfully shy. It affected every area of my life.

    I discovered my potato intolerance by accident, after having tried all sorts of things to find the source of my “mood” problem, when my mother was telling me about some muscle testing she had done (which I am skeptical about) that included potato. Something she said made me consciously link my problem moods with eating a lot of potatoes, and I completely eliminated them from my diet. My symptoms completely stopped, and three months later when I deliberately ate a potato-leek cup-o-soup for lunch, they recurred within the hour.

    I would be surprised if more people didn’t have the same issue, but I know that it can be very difficult to be taken seriously with less common intolerances. Trust your instincts!!

    • john says:

      I am dealing with the same problems
      I stayed away from potatoes for a few days and tried them again last night, with in 20 minutes my tummy started making a lot of gas and noise, then I couldn’t stay awake and then tummy pain. I feel really down this morning and I feel like i have been punched in the gut, I also feel negative about everything around me.
      Thank you for your help.
      john

    • Sam says:

      I’ve the very same symptoms. I haven’t touched potatoes in a few months (felt the same then), and before that was about 8 months without any. After just eating them, I always felt the same – Kind of depressed/tired/irritable/weak and some tiny blisters randomly on my hands/legs (the ones I can see at least). The opposite was true when I wasn’t eating them. I’ve felt like that for so many years without knowing the cause, amazing it was potatoes. Damn I love them though! *shrugs*

  5. Jenny says:

    An addition to my previous post: the symptoms that went away completely were UNEXPLAINABLE bouts of depression, sluggish thinking, lethargy, irritability, anxiety, etc. Of course all of these can occur within context of events in my life even without eating potato, but they are rare and have a more obvious source (like lack of sleep, dehydration, work stress, etc.). And I still had bad social habits stemming from my shyness and lack of practice with people, so I had to learn how to “be” in the world at the age of 27. Long story less long: I think eliminating potatoes made it possible for me do this.

    • Maureen says:

      Hi Jenny. I just discovered I am potato intolerant and that my experiences similar to yours- low energy, depression/anxiety, low concentration that were unexplainable and did not respond to other treatments- should let up once I successfully change my diet. I already feel much better by simply cutting potatoes themselves out of my diet, but I am looking for advice on how to avoid potato starch, and hidden potato derived ingredients in food- I wonder if you have any words of wisdom?

      • Jenny says:

        Hi Maureen,
        It’s been over a year since your comment, but if you don’t see this maybe someone else will benefit….I’m sure by now you’ve found some of these sources yourself (and I don’t know all of them), but here are some I’ve found: baking powder often, maybe always, has potato starch; B vitamins are very often cultured on potato starch – these are obviously in vitamin supplements but also most processed grain products that are enriched (anything made with enriched flour); now that we’re talking about enriched foods, most dairy alternatives such as rice and hazelnut milks are enriched; many prepared boxed or canned soups have potato as an ingredient; maltodextrin is in so many things and is a potato derivative; many crackers use potato starch or flour in them; yeast is often grown on a potato substrate; pre-grated cheese (such as parmesan and cheddar in salad bars) almost always use potato starch or flour as an anti-caking agent; there are a few others that I can’t think of right now but I’m just going from memory at the moment. It seems to be in just about everything, but I’ve learned to make more food at home, including rice and nut milks, and I guess cutting out refined and enriched flours is a good thing!

  6. Miranda says:

    Hello Jenny thanks for sharing your story, amazing how extreme the reactions can be and how little support there is out there for true food intolerances. Fantastic that you managed to work it out and now living a much happier full life because of no potatoes.

  7. Mark says:

    Hi there, i suffer from soya, gluten, nut, fruit and potato intollerance/allergy, my life is an actual living nightmare, at the moment i live off meat, certain veg & dairy foods mainly. i cant do anything with my friends because of unbearable embarrassing symptoms, i am so lethargic that just moving makes me tired and dizzy. my nose is always runny/blocked, my body aches/ my skin is bad, so many problems, at the moment im having really bad digestion problems. the worst part is the stress of having not much help and trying to convince people that this is genuine. i have loads of time off work and i am depressed, i actually dont know how im coping but i just am, the doctors are trying to help me but even avoiding my allergens doesnt seem to be helping me much so i feel helpless, what else could it be?!!!!! sorry, just needed to express my story

    • Miranda says:

      Morning Mark

      Thanks for getting in touch – and I know where u are coming from! I am no doctor or nutritionist but I can def share my experience and point you in the direction of where to get some help and also how you can help yourself too.

      It would help me if I had a bit more information…

      1) Might seem random question do you like cooking?
      2) Are you eating sugar?
      3) What’s a typically day to what you might eat?
      4) What is your tongue like – any cracks, bite marks, whiteness, soreness? (really good indication of health)?
      5) Do you take any tablets?
      6) How long have you had the symptoms and any ideas of the trigger to it all starting?

      I might have more questions from that, would love to help you out.

      I found getting any support medical or otherwise really tricky. One day I had a realisation tho that I had to sort this out and get myself back and healthy again, was tough at the time but really worth it now. Still have symptoms that I started with but much milder and feel like I have my life back which is a great feeling. So if you can try to keep positive – there are lots of tasty feel good foods that I think you can have, which we can move on to.

      I look forward to hearing from you again

      Miranda

    • Maya says:

      I sympathise. Our son is 4years old and suffers intolerances to all those foods too. We are trying EPD. Try researching it, see if it’s something you are interested in trying for yourself. It is a series of injections which help desensitise the body to many allergens and intolerances. Good luck.

  8. chrissie says:

    hay good info, just nice to know I wasent being a hypo about how my body reacted to the tater. I thought maybe I was kinda nutz.its a good thing to listen to our body.

  9. Mary says:

    I am 27 and found out I had leaky gut and candida in January of 08. I have since been on the candida diet and supplements to try and restore my system. Along with that, the Alcat test resulted in my being intolerant to beef, white potato, can sugar, wheat, yeast… to name a few. It is very hard to live without all these and maintain a healthy balanced diet. I found it quite odd to have a severe intolerance to white potato. I dont know exactly what it does to me, because I have so many constant symtpoms that its hard to distinguish what is causing what.

  10. Melanie says:

    My 2-1/2 year old daughter has a severe vomiting reaction to potatoes and eggs. It started about a year ago when she was 18 months and took us 6 months and 10 episodes to figure it out by process of elimination and food logs. She had some blood allergy tests done and all came back negative, even egg. They didn’t test for potatoes since it wasn’t suspected at the time. But it has been reconfirmed for us a couple of times when we accidentally gave her food containing either potato or egg. Within a couple of hours of eating it she will have sudden rapid-fire vomiting until she is completely empty. Then after resting a few hours she is absolutely back to normal. Has anyone else had a similar experience? I can’t find anything with these symptoms anywhere.

    • Renee says:

      I realize it’s been a year since you wrote that, and don’t know if you’ll get this, but I have the exact same symptoms. First, it started with eggs, and over the past few months, it’s doing the same with potatoes. My stomach just refuses to digest it and it all comes back up. Then I feel fine.

      Have you been able to discover anything?

  11. Michelle says:

    I am 34 and after many years of suffering with IBS, chronic urticaria (every day for most of the year), sleep problems, arthiritus (caused again by the potatoes affecting my bones), major water retension, etc, etc, I had a MORA test and was told that I was allergic to potatoes and it was practically poisoning my body that I would need to completely cut them out of my diet. My problem is that other than potatoes cooked in various ways and crisps, how would I know what other foods contain potatoes? They have gluten free products out there now, but no potatoe or potatoe starch free products that I know of. After completely removing potatoes from my diet I no longer suffer from urticaria and other syptoms are improving, but I had a pot noodle yesterday and rushed to the toilet. I looked at the packaging and noticed it had potato starch in. Can anyway tell me where I can get a list of foods containing potato or anything associated with it as I really struggling at the moment. I am going back to the doctors in two weeks, but wanted to see if there is anywhere I can get this information from first.

    Many thanks in advance

    Michelle

    • Cristine says:

      Hi Michelle,
      I am dealing with similar frustrations from navigating around a potato intolerance. I have also discovered that modified potato starch is in a lot of foods (sometimes even in processed, grilled chicken!) I don’t have a good list of non potato-containing foods, as I’m looking for one too, but I can advise that many “enriched” products contain synthetically-grown vitamins which are grown on a potato base. These vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin), when added to food, can trigger a reaction in people with a potato intolerance. I hope this info helps you! :)
      –Cristine

      • Cristine says:

        One more thing…
        Dextrose is a potato sugar derivative often found in canned foods, bacon, lunch meats, ham, and iodized salt. It’s something that should ideally be avoided by people with a potato intolerance.

    • megan says:

      Hi! Yes anything with vitamin b is potatos. Anything with veg broth is potato anything with yeast other then daves killer bread is potato. its so hard i have been trying my best but still get ichy. I need to stop having anything that says “natural flavoring” also all wheat flour except for fresh ground or sprouted is enriched with potato unless it says its not. Like Bobs red mill 100% wheat says its not enriched. any white rice or white pasta is enriched unless it says 100% rice i think. I am still working on that. I use either corn pasta or brown rice pasta. i eat only daves killer bread. i eat lots of veggies minus potatos i eat meat but you have to make sure it has no natural flavorings. Hope this helps!

      Megan

  12. Laura says:

    Hi Michelle,
    I am a bit concerned that you were told potatoes were poisoning your body. Allergies can be diagnosed by antibody (IgE) tests and I don’t think the MORA test does this so am somewhat sceptical about the allergy diagnosis. Also, I really can’t see why your bones would be affected by potatoes – potatoes won’t deplete your bones unless you ate nothing else and therefore became calcium or vitamin D deficient.
    Anyway, it’s great that your symptoms are improving but the only way to completely avoid potato will be to check the labels of pretty much everything. Potato starch is used in alot of foods (particularly processed and packet foods) but you will soon learn which types of foods are most likely to contain it. There are alot of ingredients in a pot noodle – can you be sure it was the potato starch that caused your diarrhoea? To properly test the theory you need to reintroduce a small quantity without any other potential problems foods – but this should only be done with intolerances, not allergies as allergic reactions can be serious.
    Hope this helps

    • Rachel says:

      potato allergy wouldnt affect your bones but my allergy affects my muscles, which is not particularly common- it feels like my muscles have spasmed and don’t move, and at its worst it felt like my bones. If your body does not dispel the deadly nightshade it can store it over time as lactic acid on your muscles.

  13. Omi says:

    I am so glad I found this thread! I think I have potato intolerance but it sounded so silly I didn’t trust my insticts and have done nothing about it. Last week I was so fed up with my symptoms (exactly the same as yours Jenny! To the letter!) that I gave up wheat thinking that might be the cause. After a week of not feeling much different I had a piece of toast and although I felt dizzy and got a headache immediately I’m not sure if that was a reaction or not. You know when you are expecting something you can almost make it happen?

    After tea tonight (a roast veg medley type thing) I felt my body almost shouting at me. It’s the potato! I’ve always felt a crushing sensation in my chest after potato, especially jacket potato and felt heavy and low afterwards. I just always think I’ve eaten too much, but now I’m certain it’s an intolerance.

    So, starting tomorrow I’m going to go potato-free. For a couple weeks at least and see if I feel better. Thank you for sharing and especially Jenny who sounds so similar for a moment I thought it was me!

    btw. I also had a muscle allergy test thing, was coaxed into it by my mother when I was a teen and I had such a reaction to…wait for it…potato, that I almost fell to the floor. And I’m sceptical about that alternative medical practice too, lol!

    • Sharon says:

      WOw, I just found this thread. I have been eating potatoes all my life and LOVE it. Everytime, I cook and eat them, something happens. I get back pain, severe cramps and my body gets ‘windy’ (I dont know how to explain). I never realized that it was potatoes. My mother used to say that our bodies have probolems with potatoes, so simply ADD alot of garlic to get rid of the wind! This happens everytime I eat potatoes and lentils! Being ignorant, I never cared. I live a busy life and potatoes fill me up.
      Lately, few hours after eating potatoes, i tend to get lots of ‘air’ or ‘wind’ trapped in the back of my body, in the chest and I have to force ‘burp’ like babies to console and ease myself. I have to wait for 2 days to be comfy again. Then my joins start aching. Yet, I never realized that they are the potatoes.
      I stopped them because I was too busy to prepare potatoe dishes and I didnot have the ‘wind’ problem. Few weeks back, I ate potatoes and it struck me. I stopped and I ate again 2 days ago, and I am suffering with the join pains and so much ‘gas’ or ‘air’ all over the body. I have been rubbing on VICKS to soothe and breathe. I am even having difficulty in breathing.
      Now that i have found this thread — I will not touch potatoes, and confirm for sure!
      It is going to take me 2-3 more days to recover.
      Sadly, I discovered after 30 over years of suffering with these symptoms!

  14. Omi says:

    Hi again, I’ve been scouring the net for more info and came across this:

    http://www.allergiesexplained.com/20-Potato-and-other-foods-can-cause-eczema.htm

    Makes very interesting reading if you’ve got five minutes to spare. The testing I mentioned in my previous comment is mentioned at the end.

    Thanks for this post Claire!

  15. Cathy says:

    I’ve been sick for 3 years with reflux, gas, bloating, loose stools back pain, pain under my rightside ribcage. I’ve had an endoscopy, normal, ultrasounds on all organs, normal. Have just gone off gluten to try amd find out if this is what is making me sick, Felt really good for a few days when my husband was on nightshift and I was having salad for dinner. I have had pototoes for the last few nights and symtoms are back and it accured to me it might be potato so I’ll go off them for a while and see if this helps. Thanks for your help.

  16. Pip says:

    I think I’ve got a potato intolerance or should I say a ‘Nightshade’ intolerance as I get crippling stomach cramps within the hour of eating pototoes, peppers (yellow especially), tomatoes and aubergines.
    Eating too much of any of these have made me suffer from Colitis where my colon just seizes up – not nice, I tell you. I’m just glad that it’s not just me having ‘banned food’ lists to give friends when going for dinner!

  17. Helen Chalk says:

    Hello,
    I started looking for answers on the internet today after once again feeling the side affects of eating boiled new potatoes. I had never heard of a potato allergy/intolerance before and could never be sure that the potatoes were what was causing my problem. I can eat chips, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes but it seems that as soon as you include the skin i.e. baked potatoes or new potatoes I have a problem. Literally a few minutes after eating a potato with skin on I get severe stomach cramps followed by Diarrehea. As soon as I have been to the loo and it’s all out of my system I am fine again. I have no other food intolerances/allergies and am otherwise healthy. I guess no more new potato or jackets for me!!

    • Sarah says:

      All of these foods (potatoes,tomatoes,aubergines,peppers,chilli peppers, bell peppers and including blueberries,physallis,huckleberries… All come from the deadly night shade family of foods and contain a poison called solanine ( see this link for more info: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=62 ) tobacco is also in this group… Interestingly aubergines contain the next highest level of nicotine content after tobacco, tomatoes also contain nicotine… Potatoes that have gone green should NEVER be consumed due to even higher poison content… In terms of comments earlier in relation to porotoes affecting bones/joints… Actually the poison in this group of foods do affect inflammation and joint problems and increase pain for people with arthritis and joint problems so should be avoided at all costs… This family of foods gives me skin problems (acne/rosacea) and now severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea … Also lethargy and general lows/mild depression… I’m a very positive person so it has never got to me too badly … Shopping/ eating out is a nightmare as I also avoid all wheat and most gluten.. Most GF breads and flour mixes, etc have potato starch in.. I also get indigestion if I eat too much rice.. I just have to generally make my own food.. I love sweet potatoes but we don’t have any convenience SwP in the UK ….

  18. Cindy says:

    Hello! I just ran across this blog and wanted to post my experiences with potatoes/tomatoes.
    For several years I have been suffering with acne on my jawline and neck. My doctor has been telling me it is hormones and I’ve been taking oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics, retin-A cream, and birth control for years to control it. However, my problem continues. It all started 8 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. I began having acid reflux, digestive issues and acne at the same time. I took prescriptions for years for the acid reflux, too (after the pregnancy).
    However, I’ve noticed that the stomach issues seem to flare up after I have eaten tomatoes or potatoes, or anything containing these products. So for years I have avoided eating certain things containing large amounts of these foods. After a long period of time, I started adding these back into my diet in small amounts.
    I have discovered that even small amounts of tomato such as in pizza can cause my face to break out badly. My symptoms are far worse (acne and stomach issues) if I eat a more concentrated amount of tomato or potato.
    I am, starting today, going to totally restrict all forms of potato and tomato from my diet. I plan on checking every label of everything I eat because I know that many things contain potato flour, etc. I know it is not going to be easy, but hopefully I can get off of all these prescriptions and straighten this out once and for all! Thanks for reading!

  19. Ainslie says:

    I cannot believe I have found all you guy’s – I thought I was going mad!!! Helen Chalk – my experience is the same as your’s – to the letter!!! But I find it strange that this has just developed in the last year??
    I ate a piece of macaroon – traditionally made with potatoe – and the same occurance about 10 mins after eating!!

  20. food intolerance queen says:

    You can have your food intolerances tested by a naturopath. It changed my life. Everyone has one primary and one combined secondary. My primary is potato, and my combined is dairy and grain. Potato has to be avoided altogether, and dairy and grain eaten 4 hours apart. After losing my appendix and having years of abdominal and gut issues, I am happy and healthy.
    Potato is not just avoiding potatoes and fries. It is anything with enriched flour, (niacin, riboflavin, etc…) and dextrose. Avoid all. Yeast has it too except for Red star.

    I breastfeed and if I slip up and eat my intolerances, it contaminates my milk and my baby has eczema and diarrea and is miserable.

    If you want happy healthy children, get them tested before they start solids.

    • Cristine says:

      I am curious where you are writing from. My naturopath in Portland, Oregon (USA) diagnosed me with a potato intolerance and a fruit/cane sugar within 6 hours intolerance. I didn’t know that it was common for people to have one of each. Do you have any particular brand/food recommendations? I am checking labels but it would be nice to have some specific recommendations. I am looking for a list, perhaps. Thanks!

  21. Debbe Culbreth says:

    My 8 years old has been suffering with a behavior problems (mood swings) He’s a very hyperactive child. We dont see the systems like you ladies are noticing, but i’m thinking that’s because of his age. We have been changing our parenting tips and he is learning to control his anger much better. We have had him tested for everything under the sun. (nothing) We resently had an allergy test done, and it showed he has a severe intolerance to potaotes. Could taking potatoes out of his diet decrease the mood swings??? I wonder???

    • Brenda says:

      Debbe, having an intolerance to potato myself I did some research. I found a really interesting article that informed me about the different symptoms, some of those being bloating,hives, hyperactivity and aggression. The article suggested that avoiding potato will reduce or eradicate the reaction. Good luck :-)

  22. stacey says:

    i have not been tested but i am relatively certain i also have a potato intolerance. my digestion has always been finicky and for a while i cut out gluten in an attempt to see if this was the problem. it helped a little, but i still had the severe stomach cramps/bloating from time to time. then i had a conversation with a friend who worked for a long time in a naturopathy clinic and she told me that the culprit might be potato or potato starch, which is in a great variety of unexpected foods and sometimes gets eliminated by accident when you go gluten-free. well, i wasn’t sure if she was right, but since then i’ve noticed that whenever i ingest potatoes, in any form, but especially mashed, baked, or fried, the reaction is almost immediate. within a few hours i am completely debilitated with cramps for the entire night and often will end up vomiting. the blatant association has been enough to make me to avoid potato altogether. the symptoms have consequently decreased a great deal, though i do sometimes experience them after eating bread items out at restaurants and, as i didn’t read their baking ingredients, i’ve just assumed it’s likely they use potato flour and/or starches. anybody know what effect potato vodka might have?

    • Cristine says:

      Hi Stacey,
      I talked to my naturopath about potato vodka and she said that I should avoid it. Same with rum since I have a fruit/cane sugar intolerance and rum is made from cane sugar.
      Many vodkas are made from grain (corn) or grapes. I have not found a comprehensive list of these vodkas but I check the bottle now!

  23. Heather says:

    I can sympathise with Mark, i have had food sensitivity testing and have been told to avoid potatoes, oats, rice, gluten and fruit. Trying to eat a balanced diet is a nightmare, I am constantly hungry and eating out is an absolute no go area.

  24. Ang says:

    I am lactose intol and think i have other issues too….I am tryin to go get a food sensitivity test done to help me figure out the rest of my issues.
    Potatoes have always been a NO-NO for me, never really knew why??? I am glad i am not the only one though….
    Thanks for posting your suggestions and ideas, it helps!

  25. steven1222 says:

    I have been intolerant to potatoes (not diagnosed, but the symptoms are fairly obvious) for 4 years. Since then, I have felt a long list of symptoms whenever I eat more than a few grams of potato based food regardless of whether it is baked or fried. My symptoms are:

    -Bloating, Cramping, and Diarrhea
    -Tachycardia (abnormally elevated heart rate), Warmth and Sweating
    -Lumpy matter underneath the skin of the chest and arms
    -Nausea, sore throat, chest pain, neck stiffness, and head tingling

    Note that this is NOT an allergy; several symptoms are due to the spread of undigested potato outside the digestive tract.
    Potato intolerance has often been overlooked but it is a very upsetting situation for me. Nothing is quite like a good potato chip. Last September, I broke down and binged on them and spent much of the next 4 days feeling like I was going to die. And it’s NOT the fat. Fatty foods that don’t contain potatoes are okay.

  26. Dani says:

    The book “Breaking the Vicious Cycle” by Elain Gottschall is an interesting read for anybody that feels like food is making them sick but can’t figure out why. Her diet eliminates all carbs that aren’t monosaccharides, which leaves you with eating meat, well fermented yogurt, some cheese, nuts, fruits and vegetables. She emphasizes the importance of a well balanced diet without using complex carbohydrates to help in slowly healing the gut lining. There are other books out there with similar ideas, which leads me to believe that many illnesses are due to the over consumption of starches.

  27. Midge says:

    I have a diagnosed potato intolerance. Not as severe as many of you bu tvery bad acid reflux, bloating and crampiness and a hunger I couldn’t seem to satisfy, so my weight was a problem.

    I weI had heard somewhere that wheat can cause these symptoms so had removed wheat as much as possible and the symptoms were reduced a bit but not gone at
    all..
    I went to a Naturopath and she did the Carrolls food intolerance blood test. This showed an intolerance to potato and refined sugar.
    Potato is the toughy when you are eating out… a precious post mentioned the enriched flour( Vitamin A plamitate is also derived from potato) and so is enriched milk… Just about everything other that meat and vegetables that you can purchase in a store or restaurant contain one or both of these. At home I don’t have too big a problem because I make everything using unenriched flour and unenriched milk… re the sugar thing I am experimenting with honey, maple syrup, palm sugar, etc…lots of choices, just have to find whcih one works best in what. Another problem is Yogourt… they all contain skim milk powder, which is enriched, along with whatever other milk product they choose. I have been making my own yogout , and wow , it is so easy and tastes better than the store stuff.

  28. Louise says:

    Hi, I think I may have an intolerance to potato and maybe pasta. Does anyone know if they contain the same things? It all started 18 months ago and it got so bad that I cut out everything “beige” last year (potato, pasta, white rice, pastry, crisps etc). After a month or too they started to creep back into my normal diet and everything has gone more and more down hill again. I have been keeping a food diary for a few months now and ive notice that I get really bad diarrhea and craps after eating pasta and potato. Not sure what to do next really, do I go to the docs, is there anything they can do?? or do I just cut them out and hope for the best? Help please!

  29. Ruth says:

    Wow…so many with potato intolerance. Some self-diagnosed, wish that was me. I also, like Midge, was two days ago diagnosed through the Carroll Food Intolerance test by my Naturopath as not having the enzyme in my body for processing potato, hence potato intolerance. My combination intolerance foods are sugar and fruit, so if I eat any fruit or food with fruit in it then I must wait six hours before having anything with sugar. This will be quite an experience as soooooo many things are potato based or enriched, etc. and some you can only know if the food has been tested.

    Anyway, before I go on and on. Hang in there and good luck to those of you thinking you have potato intolerance. It is doable. I’m a major advocate for people to visit a “good” Naturopath.

  30. A. says:

    I have a potato sensitivity which results in stuffy nose. White potatoes are worse then yellow potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams. Purple potatoes are not as allergic for me as the rest.

    I have a grain allergy to the following: wheat, spelt, oatmeal, brown rice, white rice, buckwheat. Millet and quinoa seem to be what I can handle.

    I am extremely allergic to sugar.

    My urinary system with electrolytes will blow up in my face if I eat fruit, and fruit will also cause me blood sugar irregularities, and digestive disorder.

    I have to eat vegetables, white meat, probiotic foods that do not have fruit in them, millet, quinoa, sea vegetables, Green Magma supplement from http://www.greengreengrass.com really helps with energy and detoxification.

  31. Jay Patel says:

    I have suffered from an unknown health problem since NOV 2007. Some call it Depression, some IBS, some Anxiety, some CFS, MS etc etc. I went off sick from 2007 for six months. My body changed at the spot at work and I thought i had to pass stool.. nothing would come out but pain pain and pain. Had all sorted of check ups for six months no luck things went worse following depression, insomina, weakness, asthma and all the rest.. Then I decided to go to India for check up , no doctors there could find anything. Just before I was gonna leave for UK I met a doc who told me to stop eating Potato and Onions for 12 days and take a medicine for 12 days.. he gave me 1 tab a day.. I never knew was it was but i felt my life was back.. But after the course and when i came back to uk… things starting to get back to how it was .. bad bad and even bad with ecema and porasis on my whole body even on my face.. well well well.. I dont know if its too early to make a conclusion in my case but i have been off potato since 5 weeks since my wife made a suggestion and i have never felt better in my life. I strongly believe that potato is the culprit in my case..my whole body functions have come back to normal No way on this earth i would have spent this much time on computer writing this if i had potato in my diet. i hope this helps… give it a go.. Hope this Helps… God Bless..

  32. jazz says:

    I have a potato intolerance but it has nothing to do with the gluten. I am very sensitive to glycoalkaloids that are present in potatos. They cause me to vomit. I can get away with crisps that have been cut very thin because the glycoalkaloids are usually destroyed in the cooking process, but they can make me feel nauseous if they are thick cut or I eat more than a couple. Chips, and any potatoes where there is still white flesh are not edible for me. The other problem is if potatoes are used in cooking something else like a casserole or even mixed with the parsnips. Even when this is done without my knowledge I am able to detect the potato the second it reaches my mouth – I refuse to swallow because I know that this will result in a run to the toilet to vomit. I have had this condition since I was 5 years old. Interestingly, potato starch in foods does not appear to affect me unless it is an unusually large quantity in which case I will feel a bit nauseous but not sick.
    My biggest mystery is that cheese makes me nauseous but I am fine with milk and yoghurt. Cheese doesn’t make me vomit though – just makes me feel queesy for about 5 hours.
    Although, I have not been tested for it, I seem to be allergic to asparagus – as a child I would love asparagus soup that made me come out in a rash, the hospital put it down to soya in the soup – but I am quite comfortable eating soy based products. It wasn’t until I was at university and twice had dinners with asparagus that both caused the same reaction – asparagus was the only common ingredient between all the incidents. I have absolutely no idea how or why I have this allergy.

    • Erin says:

      Are you eating cheese that comes pre-shreaded or do you buy block cheese? Cheese that comes already shreaded usually contains potato starch (it helps keep the pieces separated).

      I know you said that potato starch doesn’t affect you, but maybe this is what is causing you problems when you eat cheese?

    • Felicity says:

      I have found that most grated cheese is coated in potato starch and so i cant eat this.

  33. Vikki says:

    Hi all,
    all these messages are very helpful. I have been suffering with chronic ibs for 3years. The doctor has decided it is all stress related but clearly anyone would be stressed if they were scared to eat. I am certain it is food related as the symtoms always show up withing an hour or two of eating and are always worse in the evening. I assume that this is when your body is most busy digesting the days foods?? I had an extemely bad attack of gas and cramps last night and the only thing i ate yesterday was a small sausage sandwich in the morning and a roast dinner (inc potato’s) late afternoon.
    Im pretty sure its the bread or the potato’s but other than spending hundreds on intollerance testing, how else can i be sure??

  34. Lara says:

    I totally THINK i have a potato intolerance, its very bizarre. but its happend quite a few times now, im not sure though.
    but what happens is … i eat potato chips, merrily. i love them. and then every now and then like if i have alcohol – or smoke marijuana. i vomit like 8 hours later (after eating) and the potato is always undigested. im not sure if the alcohol or dooby has anything to do with it, but its very confusing.. happnd again today, didnt have much to drink, and vomitted now (10pm) and i ate lunch – ribs and chips at like 1 pm. confusion???

  35. Peg says:

    I am so happy that I found this thread. I have not been tested yet, but I have been struggling for years with symptoms including: bloating, cramping, diarrhea, constipation, severe energy crashes, skin rash/itchiness and mental cloudiness. The symptoms occur within 15 minutes of eating potatoes in any form. I can’t even eat a stew if it had potatoes cooked in it. I also have trouble with white rice, breads an pasta. I don’t have any problem with wheat versions of these foods. I am making an appointment with my doctor this week!

  36. annette says:

    HI there,
    i have been denying my intollerance to potato for years now!…. it has always caused my stomach to swell- dramatically in moments…(was a good party trick) but now i am suffering excruciating cramps and vomitting- new pots and jackets are the worse.
    I have arthritus since a child (am now 45) and IBT.
    not eating pots has cleared my mind of the fog i had accepted as ‘me’, my terrible memory is improving, my sluggishness, joint pain and that lumpy fat around your thighs (!) is all improving. I am going to now control similar food groups eg tomato, pepper to see how much it helps.
    i was forced to address the problem after having an undiagnosed anaphalactic episode 18mths ago, and then aggrivation(problems breathing and eye tissue swelling) from potato flour exposure(I am a special dietery chef). lets hope we all improve as we learn more.x

  37. Muse says:

    I love this thread.
    for 11 years I had this unexplained belly pain. I tried cutting out lots of things. Eventually I was diagnosed with Nightshade intolerance.

    I ve had a few hot chips or tomato salsa a couple of times and the pain is back! Phew! The mind boggles when a recurring pain is undiagnosed.

    Its only been 2 months so Im not sure how its working out in terms of energy. I have low-ish energy levels.

    My question to y’all:
    What of tobacco?
    It s in the nightshade family.
    Could I also be intolerant to this?
    :)

  38. Jennifer says:

    I was just diagnosed with a potato intollerance this week! If anyone has any recipes they can share with me I would be so appreciative! We need a yahoo support group!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jennifer, I was diagnosed with a potato (and all other deadly nightshade) allergy 18 months ago. You should probably steer clear of potato starch which is in EVERYTHING and also tomatoes,peppers, aubergines, chilli and cherries coud also give you symptoms as they are all part of the same family, but check to see. I eat a lot of sweet potato, pasta, rice, couscous, lentils and chick peas to bulk out my meals, and white sweet potatoes are fine for this allergy but they taste more like regular potato- they are good roasted, make into chips and baked with tuna/cheese/beans etc. They can be hard to come by though. Sweet potatoes go a bit soggy but if you feel in the need for chips/roast veg parsnip, celeriac and artichoke are good. I also like parsnip/carrot and beetrook crisps from waitrose. Hope this helps! x

  39. Jane says:

    Right! – so it seems I am going to have to try to cut out potatoes! Maybe other nightshade too. I have been off gluten, dairy and yeast for nearly ten years with fantastic effects (I had a list of symptoms too long to publish which cleared up, including depression) but over the last year I have been suffering chronic pain. I have been at my wits end. The pains are inconsistent – usually in various joints, usually in what seems to be my sciatic nerve, and from time to time it seems muscular. Following an x-ray showing 3rd stage sacroiliitis I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, but the young doctor changed her mind when the MRI showed no inflammation. She then diagnosed fibromyalgia, then changed her mind again. After that she seemed to think I was fabricating my pain to get attention so I haven’t wasted any more money there! Last Friday my pain was very much worse after eating more potato than usual – I wondered. The last couple of nights I have eaten Thai food, with only rice, and am starting to feel better, so again I am wondering. I also eat tomato most nights – I generally eat a lot of salad – but have not done so while eating Thai for two nights. What is this about secondary intolerances? How do I find out? It might explain why I react to some foods only for some of the time.

    • Patricia says:

      Found this site by accident after googling ‘why a jacket potato made me ill’. I’ve realised that my so called IBS could be a potato/potato starch reaction. I also get a really horrible metal taste and feel like i’m breathing fumes out (like i’m being poisoned). The burping is also horrendeous. Does anyone else have this?

  40. Cheryl says:

    Can eating white and sweet potatoes and their skins aggrivate fiber intolerance. I get diarhea after eating them. How long before I will feel normal? I also am on a gluten free diet. Thanks for any help. Cheryl

  41. Felicity says:

    I have a potato intollerence, finding it very hard to find anything tinned or packaged that doesn’t contain potato or the starch. I feel so ill when i have eateen anything containing potato, my stomach bloats, feel sick and dizzy, concentration lacking, headaches can feel the gas going down my intestines then dihorrea for hours after. Just been shopping for family takes an hour just to get small amounts of food. Keep having to have anti biotics for the recurring infection in my bowel. A nightmare i now know im not alone.

    • Maya says:

      I have devised a week of different foods for my son to eat who also cannot have potato as well as many many other major ingredients. Making the food is a bit time consuming but it’s v possible to find things to eat. Try “The Ultimate Food Allergy Cookbook And Survival guide” by Nicolette M. Dumke. My son also has to be on a rotation diet to help prevent him from becoming intollerant to other things. So this means I stick to certain ingredients on one day & don’t repeat any of those ingredients until 4 days later. For example Mon is ‘Millet’ day. Breakfast: millet & blueberry muffins (recipe from the above book- using the flour from bought from an Indian supermarket), lunch: lamb chop (with mint & garlic) with millet (the grain- like rice. Then shepherds pie with sweet potato on the top instead. Tue is rice day(much easier): you can buy rice pasta in Tescos. Quinoa is v useful. There is also amaranth (weird taste! But extremely good for u). There is also a flour called Milo/Sorgam/Juwar(in Indian) flour. I make homemade bread (recipe in above book) and also pancakes from this flour. You can also buy casava crisps(nice- from Indian shops). Hope there suggestions help. Let me know how u get on. By the way, I am a full time working Mum & still manage to cook all this stuff (just!). Good luck. Maya

  42. Blowback says:

    Wow it is difficult to find knowledgeable people in this particular subject, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  43. patsy says:

    I am so glad I found this thread. Earlier today I ate some minestrone soup with a granary roll. Well I didnt, I ate one bit of the roll and my throat closed up, I ran to the kitchen and tried to drink water as I had this before after some mash potato. I could not drink the water, it came out of my nose and I was choking and gasping for breathe. Coughing didnt shift it. My husband grabbed me round my middle and it shifted. I cant tell you how terrified I was. No more bread or potatoes for me.

  44. MG says:

    It’s nice to have found this site, and much of it is very informative, the personal scenarios are morale-boosters… but I’m still at a loss as to what to do for maintaining a healthy diet for myself and my family on a tight budget; meat is great and all, but we can’t afford much of it, nor often.
    I have so many food allergies (some determined years ago and a few new ones I just have a hard time believing): peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, shrimp, potatoes and CORN! Oy! and my husband has Celiac Disease, so whatever I can eat, he can’t and vice versa. Here’s my problem: 1. Corn of some sort or derivative is found in nearly everything!, 2. Come to find out from this website and others that the potato has food relatives that may also be causing my issues (severe non-healing eczema -specifically on the hands, acne, foliculitis, lethargy… perhaps even mood swings), and 3. I have quite the list of diagnosed health issues that affect so much of my daily life:
    - Hyper IgE Syndrome (tons of histamines in system)
    - Von Willebrand’s Disease (bleeding disease which restricts consumption of garlic, ginseng, guarana)
    - Aquagenic urticaria (hives caused by water… no joke)
    So, one can see that I’m trying to avoid so many things, that it feels like I’m left drinking purified water, and eating fruits, rice, cheese, meat and fish in their most blandest forms because I cannot have so many ingredients because of corn, potato, and for the sake of my husband, gluten.
    I need some help/direction to the sites and information which would help me compile a great-tasting list of regular, budget-friendly meals for these foodies with such restricted diets. This is all new to us, since we have both only been diagnosed within the last six months.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance! :)

  45. MG says:

    p.s. – We have three toddlers, and they tend to be a bit picky to start with :)

  46. irma says:

    Hello, i,m from Holland, land of the potato-eaters!! Maybe that.s why a lot off people in our land use stimulants, like alcohol, drugs, coffee, because the potatoes make us feel sluggish! But!!! I noticed that potatoes are sprayed by farmers with very much poissons. So i tried Bio- potatoes without the poissons, and i do,nt get a strong reaction .like before. But still a reaction, less breath, dizzy, stings in my head and pain in my muscles and joints. But not so severe. I can,t eat a lot of food.like wheat, yeast, milk ,soy ,fruit and lupine. lupine makes you feel horrible too, I even lose feeling in my face, it,s in cookies, bread etc. But i,m shore it,s from all the antibiotic treatments I had in the past. Antibiotics ruin the bad but also the good bacteria in our gut. My firiend never had a antibiotic cure and also my oldest son. Me and my youngest son have bowel problemes. Pain, infections, diarrheo . but when i stopped eating grains,, I felt much better. So I ate potatoes and start feeling halucinated. But the not sprayed potatoes don,t have that effect. But still other reactions, I thought I was becoming demented. So now I start eating sweet potatoess. They are no potatoes, but a kind of roots. So no nightshades. The Kitavans, a people who eat them and coconut, litlle fish and fruit and greens.. no sugar, grains etc. look wonderful, happy and don,t get our diseases like diabetes, cancer, arteriosclerosis, hartproblems. So i.m goig to eat like them. Only the sugar, it has no vitamins or minerals, so the body needs to get that for example from our bones, that will be difficult to stay away from but after 3 days that will be over. So I eat sweet potatoes every time i crave sugar. So thinks twice. if you really need antibiotics.Sorry for my poor english!!

  47. Ruth from NZ says:

    Its good to read all the messages above and find I am not so strange in this potato reaction. I have been battling IBS for a while now (I am 62). Chilli, garlic and onions are obvious culprits causing nights of abdominal pain, bloating, sweats and finally relief when I have diarrhea in the morning. Potato has been more difficult to pin down as I seem to be fine with new potatoes but react badly to old potatoes —– or is this because new potatoes tend to be white ones and old ones red? As far as I can tell the other members of the nightshade family are tolerated although cooked tomatoes are better than raw ones and summer ones better than hot house winter ones! It seems to be almost a lifetime’s project finding and maintaining a diet that agrees! Thank you everyone who has posted here.

  48. I had suffered with IBS for more than 10 years (before 1998) which included sickness and diarhea. I suffer from an allergy to potatoes. My joints ache and I always feel run down if I eat them. I also catch frequent colds which has to led to bronchitus in the past. I was tested by a kinesiologist earlier this year who said I am allergic to potatoes, tomatoes, wheat, sheeps cheese. Kinesiologists test for muscle reactions to foods. So far it has actually worked and would recommend this route.

  49. Kerry Volante says:

    What a fantastic link. For the last 5 years, I have been suffering with pain in my joints and muscles, it got to the stage I thought I would have to give up work. By a fluke I found out potatoes were causing my pain. I joined weight watchers and was putting meals together, when I thought potatoes are high in points, Ill cut them out, within a month most the pain had gone, still didn’t realise at this stage why I felt better until a had a prepared ww cottage pie, within 20 min the pain was back. I then googled the potato, and low and behold found out that about the deadly night shades. I’ve told my doctor who I think , thinks I’m cuckoo as he was trying to make me have tranquilizers, which I have refused to have and he has now sent off blood tests, so we’ll see what comes back. Good luck to all of you and hope you feel better soon.

  50. SB says:

    To everyone who has shared their potato story…THANK YOU!!! I have cut potato out of my diet and my psoriasis is virtually gone.

    I would like to add these comments:

    Vitamin A Palmitate is usually made from potato. It is found in all non-fat and low-fat dairy products, as well as rice milk, soy milk, etc. If you are trying to avoid potatoes, avoid non-fat and low-fat dairy products. Vitamin A Palmitate is also in most breakfast cereals in the United States (I don’t know about elsewhere).

    Dextrose, another common food additive, is also usually made from potato. Read the list of ingredients on packaged food and avoid foods with dextrose.

    Iodized salt contains potato (possibly from dextrose, which I’ve seen on the labels of some iodized salts). I use Morton’s Non-Iodized Salt. This has been tested and does not contain potato. Most prepared food that contains salt has iodized salt, and therefore potato. Please avoid all prepared food with salt. Even healthy foods, such as canned beans, usually have salt added. This is likely iodized salt. These foods should be avoided.

    My answer to this challenge in my life has been to LEARN TO COOK! I am so much more healthy now, and the food I cook is much more delicious than anything I can buy. I cook in large batches and freeze in meal-sized portions. I grab a container out of the freezer and take it to work for lunch. I am so much more healthy since changing my diet.

    I also suggest that anyone who is dealing with food intolerances and chronic disease look into “leaky gut syndrome.” The book, “Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative” by Dr. John Pagano has an excellent explanation of leaky gut syndrome. Even though the book is focused on psoriasis, I believe it would be helpful to those who don’t have psoriasis, but who have other chronic inflammatory-based disease. My sense is that potatoes cause inflammation, which then manifests as whatever particular disease is dictated by the individual person’s genetic makeup and other individual factors. Dr. Pagano discusses many helpful things for the potato-intolerant, including safe methods of cleansing. Anyone with chronic disease can benefit from a good cleanse!!

    Recently, a friend asked me how I’ve managed to give up so much food. The answer is, I focus on what I CAN eat, not on what I CAN’T. If I think about all the admittedly delicious foods I need to avoid, I feel frustrated and end up eating them. When my mantra is, “I love to eat LOTS of HEALTHY food,” then I have no problem, and no desire for the foods that make me sick.

    Bon Appetit, and learn to cook! It is so fulfilling (ful-”filling” ha ha, no pun intended). Plus, your friends will love you and clamor for your cooking!

    Best to all & happy eating!

  51. Myrna says:

    Reading these posts is a great help. Hurray I am not alone! I self-diagnosed my potato intolerance after a drop of potato juice squirted in my eye about 20 years ago causing severe pain –as well my hands always became red and itchy when I peeled potatoes. I am 63 now but suffered for years (unaware) with after dinner cramps, gas bloating, and diarrhea. Memories from my childhood: I used to always hide food under the table. I became anemic and had vitamins lined up to take every day. Why didn’t my parents get that I was in pain, Yikes potatoes almost every day. I once had a whole can of potato-based chowder that nearly killed me with pain. That was it for me. I read labels and ask waiters to check in the kitchen before I eat soups or stews. Rice…couscous etc. Also now vegetarian thanks to my husband. I don’t understand folks who say this intolerance is strange. Stats on celiac.com say only 1% tested for food allergies have a potato sensitivity. My husband stops me when I try to sneak a French fry from his plate, it helps to have support. Thanks.

  52. Michelle says:

    I have one piece of advice if any of you can get to Montana……Dr. Marc Harris in Bozeman,MT, I took both of my kids & myself to him, all of our problems with food are GONE………My kids had never been officially diagnosed with Celiacs, they refused the biopsy due to the fact that they had every symptom there was for it. My son got so sick the last time he “cheated” with gluten that he was ill for 3 days & lost 10 pounds. We took him to Dr. Harris 4 days later & had him treated for all of his food allergies, 4 days after that he could eat whatever he wanted with no problems….both kids are still eating all foods they want, we just went on a family vacation over Christmas, it was their first time going on vacation without having a restricted diet, they were in Heaven… I know it sounds hokey, I thought so myself, that is why it took me two years to finally take my kids in. My son was ready to cut off his feet due to severe eczema on them, a problem he dealt with since birth (not a fun problem for a teenage athlete). I found out that my food allergies weren’t even allergies, my large intestine was full of parasites, had been for years, he cleared it all up (he uses natural vitamins etc) & I am totally fine now only drawback is that I have gained 6 pounds now that I can eat bread & dairy again ;) This Dr may not work for everyone, but he was a miracle worker for my family……. Just thought I would pass on the good news, I know he has patients visit him from all over the US…..

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