View Full Version : have I been silly...
05-08-2004, 04:36 PM
When I was first diagnosed with ic going on four years ago, my uro told me to stay away from: potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, chocolate, citrus fruit, and caffeine. I now am in yet another flare-I stopped counting at six since November. Each lasting up to two weeks! So I am putting myself on an extremely strict diet. No store bought bread-just homemade (I have a bread machine! Believe me I don't have that kind of energy otherwise) But what I am wondering is, and I know that I am going to sound silly, if citric acid is near the end of the ingredient list, is it that bad? I know it is citric (citrus based?) and that awful word acid, but for all these years, for some reason, I haven't really thought about it. This flare has been terrible-has really sent me for a loop. My gp has put me on new pain med (time release MS-Contin)-had an awful reaction from it-hot and cold flushing. Not pleasant at all-on top of a flare and it 'that time of the month'. If I get through this one I will be one happy girl-the flare has been one week now and I am so tired of it.
Thanks for listening-I suppose I should have put the end bit in the 'venting' section, but I was on a roll.
Take care all-
05-08-2004, 04:41 PM
i'm sorry i dont know the answer to your question but you do make a good point.
Hopefully someone will be by shortly with your answer.
Sending you hugs and prayers
05-08-2004, 08:42 PM
I think that ingredients that are near the end of the list mean it's a smaller amount then the ingredients listed before them. As far as how bad it is for you, I'm sorry but I have no idea. One side thought - do you use prelief? I also use it sometimes before I take meds - and that seems to help. I think sometimes the inactive ingredients can be irritating to the bladder.
I hope you feel better soon!
Yes, I've had trouble with store-bought breads containing vinegar &/or acid, even at the end of the ingredient list. One of my most horrid flares came from buying the wrong pack of tortillas (some brands are okay for me, others aren't). Spent a wretched evening in the baño after that. Adiós tortillas.
I buy breads now by a brand called Semifreddi's or Grace Baking Company (I think they are local-SF Bay Area), but I'm sure your area has someone similar. I buy baguettes with just water, yeast, wheat, salt. Or they make a Cinnamon Challah bread that makes decadent french toast!
If I want a bagged sliced bread, I can use in small amounts - Sara Lee, "Delightful White" is the only one because the only preservative is Calcium propionate & that doesn't affect my bladder so badly. But I don't eat more than a slice or two in a day or two. Don't know about other people's reactions to calcium propionate, haven't read anything on it.
Good luck, baking your own bread sounds good, though. Maybe I'll try that this summer when I have time off!
05-10-2004, 10:59 AM
if citric acid is near the end of the ingredient list, is it that bad?
Ingredients are usually listed in descending order from largest amount to smallest amount. So if the citric acid is named near the end of the ingredient list that would mean there is less of it in the product. Hope this helps--
Hugs & blessings--:cat:
05-10-2004, 05:10 PM
I'm going on a veggie diet, I think my bladder doesn't like regular foods much pretty weird huh.
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