Not sure if this is the right board for this subject (if any staff viewing this has a better idea please feel free to move it or add it to whatever forum is most appropriate) but here goes.
Cream cheese is giving me serious but fairly brief abdominal pain and diarrhea. I'm not lactose intolerant (milk has far mlre lactose and doesn't bother me) but that seems to be the only issue I am able to dig up on Google.
I've tried both Lucerne and Philadelphia, I would be willing to try something of better quality, but it's not available at my local stores so I haven't bothered yet.
Any suggestions for further research into what my actual issue might be would be greatly appreciated.
Two years ago, dairy started hating me. I blamed early menopause which is likely not your problem😏
I have been trying some vegan cream cheeses. Some are better than others. Sometimes I go ahead and eat the real stuff and take a couple dairy-ease tablets. It usually works but not always. Worth a try.
Philadephia- Stabilizers (Xanthan and/or Carob Bean and/or Guar Gums), Sorbic Acid as a Preservative, Vitamin A Palmitate
Those are the ingredients they both list that I don't think actually belong in cream cheese (I don't make cheese, but they look suspect.) and both of those do include an apparently variable assortment of stablizers.
This site https://www.toxinless.com/cream-cheese has a pretty complete list of cream cheeses with ingredients. In addition to those which have no stablizers there's a forth stablizer used instead of the ones above (Locust bean gum) It might be worth trying one of those to see if you still have a reaction.
It's likely just the Keto diet. It is notorious for causing gastro-intestinal issues. The timing with the cream cheese might just be a coincidence. Don't get me wrong I think a Keto diet can be helpful in lots of ways, but it's difficult. I had to give it up because I was unhappy with my food and in constant pain.
You could try making cream cheese yourself, without stabilizers, but I never get it as firm as I would like it, and won't work the same as commercial cream cheese in keto recipes.
You can also get the gums on there own, and test if one of them is giving you problems. They are naturally derived, but that doesn't mean much. Carob and Guar are plant based and xanthan is bacteria based. Good luck.
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