Because inquiring minds need to know:
You might recall that after my most recent bout of stomach sickness, I decided that our hemp protein powder was either slightly rancid or Evil Incarnate, or both. However, because I was doubled over in sickness and sweats while Marty experienced nary a stomach cramp or gurgle, I was left to conclude that I– and I alone– must be deathly allergic to one of the ingredients in the powder.
The ingredient list is not very extensive or complicated for our particular brand of protein powder, but I was unwilling to try each ingredient on its own so I could single out what was causing my violent reactions. (Do I look like an idiot to you?) No- It was enough for me to swear off the protein powder altogether and to hope that whatever I was really allergic to wasn’t one of the more common ingredients, like hemp, flax seed, or (god forbid) chocolate flavouring!!
Unfortunately (but fortunately for me), one of our friends recently discovered the hard way that he, too, might be deathly allergic to a common ingredient in some protein powders. He sent us a foreboding e-mail the other day, describing in intimate detail how he had experienced crippling nausea and explosive episodes of throwing up after he had consumed a simple shake. His e-mail pretty much summed up my exact symptoms (spookily so), but he was able to take it a step further and to single out the ingredient that was likely causing his discomfort.
He wasn’t drinking the same brand of protein powder that we have– in fact, he simply made a fruit shake with a chlorella extract in it after a workout one day. (Our brand has chlorella in it too, though.) Apparently, after he had vomited his guts out, he did some research and discovered that an allergy to chlorella is more common than one might think. And even though a part of me knows I might not be able to draw conclusions about myself based on somebody else’s experiences, you know what? I’m perfectly alright making the assumption that I’m allergic to algae based on how closely his experience matched mine. End of story!
(Luckily for me, it’s not too hard to avoid eating algae… I might be a bit crunchy and granola for some people, but algae is not a regular player in my diet. I promise.)