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IC Diet Project – Mexican Food Can Be Very Bladder Friendly

While everyone’s familiar with tacos and enchiladas, there’s really much more to Mexican cuisine than the blazing hot, spicy fast food we see advertised every day. Many traditional Mexican foods, though not familiar fare in the U.S., are flavorful but not heavily laden with hot spices. Quite a few tasty items are in fact, mild and worthy of a try.

Family meals in Mexico are, in large part, based on what grows locally. The more tropical regions in the south use fruit in many vegetable and meat dishes. In other drier areas, the flat paddle-shaped pieces of an edible prickly pear cactus are chopped and cooked. Called nopales, they can be found in everything from scrambled eggs to stews.

Everywhere there are of course, tortillas. While we think of them as something eaten in place of bread at a meal, in Mexico, tortillas are used in a wide variety of delicious ways. You find wheat or corn tortillas as a base for snacks, as part of sweet desserts, and even crumbled as a thickener for soup. Tortillas are often made by hand at home or sold in small local businesses where people walk over to purchase them fresh every day.

Here in the US however, most tortillas are mass produced and distributed far and wide. They may sit on store shelves for weeks. So to protect public health, manufacturers include a preservative such as sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, or a sulfite compound in the tortillas- all substances that can be rough on sensitive bladders.

One way to circumvent the preservative problem is to find a local Hispanic restaurant or bakery that makes fresh tortillas every day. Most large cities have at least one and if your first phone call is not successful, you can usually get them to refer you to the right source. Another place to look is your local Whole Foods, Sprouts, or other natural foods supermarket, though it will be a bit more expensive there. I love hot, buttered, corn tortillas with soup on rainy evenings!

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By | 2017-04-10T13:17:25+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Diet & Food, IC Diet Project|Comments Off on IC Diet Project – Mexican Food Can Be Very Bladder Friendly

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My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.