Mucus Causing Foods

Mucus is produced by the body in many places. It is produced in the intestines, respiratory tract, upper eyelids and sinuses as a defense mechanism. Mucus is produced to protect the mucus membrane where they are found. The problem occurs when excess mucus is produced by stimulants like dust, smoke, chemicals etc. Certain foods and beverages trigger excessive mucus in body.

Let us discuss about mucus causing foods and some remedies to overcome them.

Dairy Products & Wheat: Casein in dairy products and Gluten in wheat causes mucus. Casein and gluten require strong stomach acids for digestion. Once digestion is complete food particles that are too big to be used by the body are left over. These particles putrefy and get coated with mucus. It is recommended to avoid drinking cold milk.

Unripe green bananas: They cause body to release histamine. It is recommended to eat ripe bananas.

Deceptive mucus formers are foods that many people do not realize create mucus. Foods which have starch and fat, after digestion leave behind a thick viscous substance called mucus. They are:

Rice: Rice is starchy and mucus forming.

Tofu: Slimy and mucus forming.

Remedy to reduce mucus: Boil milk in reduced heat with a pinch of turmeric powder or ground pepper or ginger to reduce the mucus causing effect.

- Pavithra

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