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Yep, tomatoes. Was it FeeBee who posted that when she stopped giving Bede tomatos his behaviors improved? We eat truckloads of tomato at my house. They're almost a food group for us. So I'm wondering, hmmmm, maybe this could be a trigger for Mark. It's easy enough to test it out, I suppose, but how long should he go tomato-free before I serve him spaghetti again?
 

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Nothing real to input.<br><br>
The veggie tales theme song just popped into my head:<br><br>
"If you like to talk to tomatoes"
 

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We went a full month before introducing them again, and then we used a tiny amount - ketchup on a cheeseburger. He's fine with ketchup, thank goodness! I think because it's cooked to pieces and relatively small amounts.<br><br>
Pizza sauce, V8 Fusion, pasta sauce... all bad news. And he LOVES tomato pasta sauce. Poor guy!
 

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I'd go four to six weeks. Then introduce one tomato-based item and wait a week or two before trying another.
 

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Wow that's a loooong time to avoid tomatos in this house!!! he'll be PISSED........ Going to try it though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow that's a loooong time to avoid tomatos in this house!!! he'll be PISSED........ Going to try it though.</div>
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LOL - 3 years later and my son still isn't over the fact that he can't have apples. Almost every type of apple that we reintroduced caused reactions - juice, dried, fresh, etc.
 

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Well, tomatoes are a member of the nightshade family. If you google that you'll see that some people don't tolerate nightshades.<br><br>
And then tomatoes are high in free/unbound glutamic acid too. Like natural MSG; some wouldn't tolerate that well.<br><br>
Tomatoes can aggravate reflux something terrible.<br><br>
And then there's straight up intolerance, allergies.<br><br><br><br>
No tomatoes here either.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">LOL - 3 years later and my son still isn't over the fact that he can't have apples. Almost every type of apple that we reintroduced caused reactions - juice, dried, fresh, etc.</div>
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Caleb keeps asking me when apples won't make him itchy. Apples are suprisingly common in kiddos food...natural candies, even on stuff like baked french fries.
 

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Yeah apples are in all the fruit leathers out there too! *grumbles* hehe<br><br>
Tomatoes are also high in salicylates, just to add to Rachelle's list.
 

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I wonder if Dakota would benefit from doing this. She would HATE it though. Almost every day she eats pasta or tomatoes of some form.
 

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Have you tried any other dietary changes? Dairy, soy, and gluten are far more common behavior triggers than tomatoes. Not saying it isn't tomatoes, just saying I might try other things first, personally. Other very common triggers (my kids and I react to this stuff) are artificial food dyes and preservatives.
 

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I know when my mom was doing Feingold for my brother, tomoatoes was one of the foods he couldn't have - can't really say for sure if she saw improvement or not.
 

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We've been dye free for about 6 months now and it's made a noticable difference. I know he's soy intolerant, and I'm fairly sure that dairy is an issue if he gets too much. I don't give soy, but he does eat cheese and/or yogurt daily. No milk though. 1 serving of dairy daily seems to be as much as he can tolerate. I'm also not ready, or willing tbh, to do the gluten elimination. It's too expensive for us to buy/cook gluten-free, and with two sensory eaters in my kitchen, feeding these kids is expensive, laborious and sometimes very complicated.<br><br>
I tried apples again a few weeks ago, and I was surprised to find that yellow apples are ok. So he shares a small one with me for snack every now and then. In juice it's still no good, but the real thing is ok. PHEW. He loves apples.<br><br>
I'm probably lucky that we rarely eat as a whole family. It's just how our family works, but dh is rarely home to eat dinner with us, so I often do breakfast for dinner, or warm sandwiches, leftovers, etc. for the boys. We always get veggies, and b/c my oldest is so darn picky, he rarely has the same thing that mark and I do. I can probably remove tomatos from mark without doing so from eveyrone else. I hope.
 

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Your son eats yogurt and has issues with apples? ...<br><br>
Many yogurts have pectin in them... pectin usually comes from apples. I react to apples... and yogurt with pectin, but I'm fine with pectin-free yogurt.<br><br>
There's also pectin in most all jellies and jams. There's only one pectin-free brand that I've found so far, and it's Patagonia Berries from Argentina.
 

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I didn't know that. What brand would be pectin-free? Now my brain is back in high gear....<br><br>
He doesn't get jelly, I just consider that like pouring sugar onto his peanut butter sandwich. He gets pb and mustard instead.
 

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Dannon is supposed to be pectin-free (it's not on the label), but there is mention online of some varieties having trace amounts. They say the plain is okay though. I was okay with all the Dannon I tried, which was plain and vanilla. Okay, I checked and somewhere online Dannon says a few varieties have pectin from citrus.<br><br>
I think there was one organic variety, but I can't remember it now. I recall not getting it because it only came in large tubs. I don't want to eat that much yogurt.
 

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Wouldn't it be less time consuming to just get food sensitivity testing done? We had our kids done and it wasn't that expensive. Then you wouldn't have to try eliminating something that may or may not be a problem.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wouldn't it be less time consuming to just get food sensitivity testing done? We had our kids done and it wasn't that expensive. Then you wouldn't have to try eliminating something that may or may not be a problem.</div>
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Well, maybe. A lot of times these kinds of sensitivities don't flag those tests.
 

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Really? I knew that allergy testing doesn't show the majority of food sensitivities but it surprises me that naturopathic testing wouldn't be able to test for everything. It certainly did for my kids. Eliana tested sensitive to things I didn't even know you could be sensitive too! All in all she ended up being sensitive to over 30 different foods. I tested sensitive for quite a few myself.
 
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