Vegetable Oil Intolerance: Is It Real And Do You Have It? (Anti Aging Q&A)

Have you ever felt uncomfortable after using a particular type of vegetable oil?

Did you notice any food allergies or symptoms of the same after eating some processed or packaged food?

Have you had issues with your health and suspect it could be due to some oil that was used in the preparation of the food?

If you’re wondering whether you could be suffering from a vegetable oil intolerance, the answer could be in our article. Today, we first clarify the difference between an intolerance and an allergy, which are often mistaken to be the same thing as their symptoms are very similar. We also talk about whether or not vegetable oil intolerance is really a health thing and about what types of oils can cause this reaction and what are the symptoms of vegetable oil intolerance.

We will also be talking about the treatment options and the tests you can do to keep yourself healthy and medications or home remedies that may help take care of the condition and keep you more comfortable.

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What is the difference between an intolerance and an allergy?

When you eat, it is natural for your body to react to certain elements in different types of foods in different ways. Most of the negative signs and symptoms that you notice after you have eaten a particular type of food are either due to a food allergy or due to some intolerance to that food.

The signs and symptoms of a food allergy as well as that of any type of intolerance to food are almost always the same, and as a reason people end up getting confused and thinking of one as the other. Here is a look at how the two are different to each other.

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  • When you have a food allergy, your immune system goes through a reaction that can affect the different organs in your body. As a result, you may see the signs and symptoms that you would associate with a food allergy.
  • A food allergy may be mild, a little difficult or even very severe as well as life-threatening.
  • On the other hand, when you experience a food intolerance, it will be more of a digestive issue where you will be prone to experience more symptoms related to digestion problems.
  • Also, the signs and symptoms of a food intolerance problem are less severe as compared to that of the food allergy signs and symptoms.

Is there such a thing as vegetable oil intolerance? 

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One of the main reasons of vegetable oil intolerance is the fact that just as a lot of other food items that are available in the form of processed or prepared food, vegetable oil also contains food allergens that may be in their hidden form.

When your body reacts to these elements in the oil, you will be intolerant to vegetable oils, or suffer from vegetable oil intolerance.

Which types of oils can trigger it? What are its symptoms? How does someone who has it feel when an attack or episode comes on?

There are many types of oils that can trigger a vegetable oil intolerance reaction when you consume it directly or through any other foods.

For instance, there are different types of vegetable oils that are used to make various types of processed foods as well as ready-to-eat or prepared foods. A lot of people actually end up getting allergic reactions from eating these foods, that contain some or the other type of oil in it.

The types of oils that can most commonly cause vegetable oil intolerance are:

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  • Peanut oil is a common trigger for vegetable oil intolerance as peanut allergy is very common, and those who experience the same are also at a high risk of suffering from vegetable oil intolerance if they eat something that is made out of peanut oil.
  • Sunflower seed oil allergy is not very common but can still cause problems and lead to serious health issues such as breathing problems and so on.
  • Soybean oil contains a lot of protein, especially the crude form as compared to the refined form, which can irritate your digestive tract.
  • Sesame seed oil is also very common as an allergen and can have very serious reactions because of the high amounts of sesame proteins that it contains. Those who are allergic to sesame seeds should definitely avoid this.

Other oils such as palm oil, canola oil, corn oil and even coconut oil are also used in the preparation of packaged and processed foods, but it is likely that they contain very less or no amounts of protein, which is why they barely cause any allergic reaction.

Who is prone to vegetable oil intolerance? 

If you are prone to food allergies or know of any intolerance to a particular type of food, you could be prone to suffering from vegetable oil intolerance. In such a case, it is best that you refrain from having that particular type of vegetable oil so that you can avoid any triggers.

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For instance, if you know that you are allergic to peanuts or soybean or sesame, you should ideally stay away from having foods that include these foods in their oil form, such as peanut oil, soybean oil or sesame oil and so on.

How can you find out if you have it? Are there any tests you need to take or signs you need to look out for?

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms that could indicate a vegetable oil intolerance.

  • You could be having a runny nose and watery eyes
  • There could be swelling in the lips or tongue
  • You may be feeling nausea or vomiting
  • You may have difficulty in breathing in severe cases
  • You could also experience mild, constant or even severe bouts of coughing
  • You could suffer from sore or itchy eyes
  • There can be redness in the eyes and in the face
  • There can be swelling in some parts of the face, especially around the mouth area
  • You could also experience headaches, migraine or sinus pain
  • There can be an uncomfortable itching or tingling sensation in the mouth
  • You could experience diarrhoea
  • There can be changes in the voice, such as voice sounds more hoarse
  • You may also have swelling in the throat that can result in difficulty in speaking and swallowing
  • You could also be sneezing or wheezing constantly
  • Your face may turn red, either in patches or entirely
  • In some cases, you could be experiencing constipation and some amount of abdominal pain, especially when passing stool
  • You could have problems with sleep, where you find it difficult to stay asleep for long
  • You may develop itching on the skin and also see some rashes or redness along the areas where you are experiencing itching
  • There could be some amount of pain in the throat that can make it difficult for you to swallow

What medications can be taken to prevent or treat vegetable oil intolerance? Are there any natural remedies also that can help?

The best and most natural remedy to prevent getting a vegetable oil intolerance issue is to avoid taking the particular type of oil if you already know that you are allergic to the original item. This will help you to avoid any triggers and will prevent any health problems.

Here are a few natural remedies that you can try that help you get relief from vegetable oil intolerance.

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  • One of the best remedies is to go on an elimination diet, which means that you avoid eating any foods that you suspect could contain the vegetable oil that may trigger a food intolerance issue in you. Make sure to read all labels carefully, and if eating out, ask the chef what oil was used to prepare the particular food. This will help you choose wisely and avoid any problems.
  • Jot down everything that you eat for at least three to four weeks and note down any problem you faced on any day. That way, you will be able to check what foods caused you discomfort. You can then avoid eating those and see if it helps.
  • Once you remove these food items from your regular diet and notice that you are feeling better and that there are no symptoms, bring them back in your diet again for at least three to four days, so that your digestive system can properly absorb the irritants in these food items for some time.
  • When you do this, see if you start experiencing the earlier symptoms again. If you notice the symptoms are back, it will help you become doubly sure that this particular food is the culprit and that you need to remove it from your diet.

You should also speak to your doctor about taking digestive supplements that could help to ease the vegetable intolerance symptoms and discomfort. You should especially ask about taking something that will help to increase the amount of stomach acid and thus prevent your risk of vegetable oil intolerance.

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