Sometimes I crave foods that trigger my nickel food allergy. I call these nickel food allergy offenders.
This past week I ate two: chocolate and lettuce. I thoroughly enjoyed a dark chocolate heresy’s bar with milk and a delicious chicken caesar salad.
After eating both of these nickel food allergy offenders, the dark chocolate bothered my skin ten times as much as the romaine lettuce. I wondered why there would be such a difference in my eczema flare up with this two nickel allergy offenders?
I have read dermatology studies arguing that when you eat foods rich in iron and vitamin C, your body absorbs less nickel. For me, there was a direct correlation between the salad’s iron and vitamin C benefits, which positively resulted in a less severe eczema reaction.
Next time I am hungry for leafy greens, I am going to choose a steak caesar salad!
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