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Old 09-24-2010, 03:55 PM
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Why does a Snickers bar make me cough?

At least, I think it does. It definitely produces a tickle in the back of my throat.

Is it the peanuts, the nougat or something else. I don't think I notice this effect when I eat just a plain chocolate bar. I may notice this with other bars, but this one was fresh in my mind today.
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Old 09-24-2010, 03:59 PM
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Might be allergic to peanuts or almonds. You allergic to grass or birch?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_allergy_syndrome
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:03 PM
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Might be allergic to peanuts or almonds. You allergic to grass or birch?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_allergy_syndrome
NOne of the above.
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:49 PM
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I dunno, but chocolate also often does this to me. It's fast, faster than any allergies I've experienced, and doesn't feel allergic. I think it is something chemical.
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:50 PM
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I know it's delicious but you have to chew, bro.
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Old 09-24-2010, 05:04 PM
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I have no known allergies to any of the ingredients, but both Snickers and Milky Ways do this to me, too. Weird.
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Old 09-24-2010, 05:42 PM
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I know it's delicious but you have to chew, bro.
Win.
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Old 09-24-2010, 06:29 PM
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I have no known allergies to any of the ingredients, but both Snickers and Milky Ways do this to me, too. Weird.
Thx for that. Milky Way does it also.
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:07 PM
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You're not preparing them correctly. They have be frozen, then battered, and deep fried.
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:37 PM
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Sugar filled nougat
dehydrates your throat tissues.
Drink some water, fool.
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:00 PM
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When I was young, I had an asthmatic response to all chocolate. There was no other allergic symptom, but chocolate could make breathing very difficult, potentially hospitalizingly difficult. I was not allergic to peanuts almonds or nuts in any way.

I'm told that actual chocolate allergies are unusual. I have no idea. One of the medicines used to treat asthma at the time was Theophylin (spelling?). I think that the molecular structures similarity to Theobromine is very curious, particularly given my complete lack of any other obvious allergic response.
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Sugar filled nougat
dehydrates your throat tissues.
Drink some water, fool.
Agreed, and I like the haiku!
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:45 PM
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Both Milky Way and Snickers do the same thing to my daughter.
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:38 AM
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Years ago, I started a thread about my coughing when eating certain hyper-sweet things, even things containing sugar substitute. I don't think I got a definitive answer.
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:06 AM
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I would have thought the peanuts would be the cause, little hard chunks of them going down your throat could trigger a coughing reflex. No idea about Milky Way though.
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:16 AM
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At least, I think it does. It definitely produces a tickle in the back of my throat.

Is it the peanuts, the nougat or something else. I don't think I notice this effect when I eat just a plain chocolate bar. I may notice this with other bars, but this one was fresh in my mind today.
Wow. I've thought about starting this thread for years, but I thought I was the only one.

For me it seems like one bite invariably starts to go down the wrong pipe, and a coughing fit ensues. Snickers is the *only* food that consistently does this to me. It's also the only candy bar I like.
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Old 09-25-2010, 01:25 PM
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Has any of the afflicted Dopers ever tried an experiment - looking carefully at the labels to make sure of all ingredients, take a bite from a plain full milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, nougat, haselnut bar, (cleaning the mouth with water in between, of course), writing down the observed effects? (For further credits, repeat blindfolded the next day to rule out nocebo reactions).

For those who like Whynot react to chocolate: there are some very pure chocolates available in organic/ 3rd world stores, like 70% cocoa from Ecuador, 70% cocoa from Venezuela, etc. Have you tried tasting those? Because if it's all chocolates, it might be theobromaine or similar, but if it's only some chocolates, it's another ingredient.

Anybody know a Doctor (Doper) or nutrionalist or Biochem Doper with lab access? Any grad student looking for a topic for their dissertation thesis?

It reminds me of a study done recently that confirmed that about one third of the population doesn't like cauliflower and related family- vegetables, because of a (sulfur?) compound there which creates that bitter taste for people with this biochemical/ genetic disposition. So it's not only pickiness, there is a biochemical reason.

Maybe something similar can be found for chocolate? Swelling of throat tissue or drying does sound like a definite reaction to me.
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Old 09-25-2010, 02:39 PM
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I don't think I've ever noticed this with chocolate, but really sugary candy such as candy corn almost always makes me cough. So I assume it's the sugar?
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:50 PM
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Why does a Snickers bar make me cough?

Maybe it wants to examine your balls?
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:51 PM
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Both Milky Way and Snickers do the same thing to my daughter.
Me, too. I know exactly what the OP is talking about.
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:34 AM
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With me, it's a reaction to very concentrated sweetness (oh yeah, Snickers and Milky Way would definitely qualify) . . . regardless of the actual source of the sweetness (natural sweeteners vs. synthetic). And yes, I've made lists of ingredients, and they have nothing in common except the concentration of the sweetening substance.
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:31 AM
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Snickers bars make me cough

I have no idea why as no other food does. I eat considerable amounts of sweets, peanuts, chocolate, etc. but never found a food or combination of foods that gives this reaction. Glad I'm not the only one. Almond joys have almonds and chocolate but never remember that happening with them. If anyone figures it out, please let us know.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:24 AM
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Maybe you forgot to unwrap it.
Lifelong never-coughed Snickers lover here. Although chocolate in any quantity much larger than a Snickers worth does upset my stomach and give me a headache.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:55 AM
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Snickers bars make me cough too, but Milky Ways just make me feel sick.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:47 AM
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zombie or no

tickling can produce a snicker then a cough. its a cyclic thing.
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