Interesting. Hot sauces cause me immediate allergy symptoms (my eyes water, I get congested, etc.). I still eat them on occasion, but have mainly given them up. In fact, we bought Sriracha for a recipe over the holidays, and I was using that. Got allergy symptoms each time, so I tossed it. That’s too bad, because I was once the guy who could eat “wings of DEATH!” with no problems.
Raw sauerkraut affects me poorly, though cooked sauerkraut does not. On the other hand, fermented pickles (Bubbies) do not affect me.
Onions I think affect me poorly, though I still eat them periodically, like last night.
I don’t like avocado, never have, never will. Guacamole is OK, but I eat this rarely. I also saw a comparison between the fatty acids in avocado (a “healthy” fat) and lard (an “unhealthy” fat), and they were remarkably similar. I’d rather eat something fried in lard.
I’m conflicted about chocolate. If I eat it with too high of a percentage and too late at night, I sleep poorly… So, I have low doses or try to eat it earlier in the day. I also eat it with calcium/fat to limit the effects of oxalates.
I personally will eat beans, like if I order chili from a menu and it has beans in it. But I think they are filled with so many anti-nutrients (lectins, etc.), that I try to avoid them. Refried will lesson the amount of anti-nutrients, though, but you have to watch what they are fried in. Lard would not be bad.
So, I guess we each have to figure out what affects us.
As for gut flora, if there was ever research that was all over the map, this is it. It’s terrible. While there is some truth to the gut issues, the microbiome in my opinion is completely overblown. Say you want to find out what your microbiome looks like. Sample from two different poop locations, get two different results. Send same sample to two different labs, get two different results. Give someone probiotics, then give them a pill to swallow that measures actual biome in their actual digestive track, and it’s completely different from what a poop test shows.
And don’t get me started on resistant starch and probiotics. Talk about scientific garbage.
On the other hand, I’m sure there are biome issues for some people, maybe even me. But trying to figure out what they are is impossible. As a scientist, I like to test things. But there are no tests you can take to see if you have a microbiome issue that actually work.
Anyway, I’m off to go jogging (HIIT on a dreadmill), then do some abs, then do cold therapy by walking outside in the cold with reduced amounts of clothing.