Am I sensitive to tannins?

Tannins are a polyphenol in plant-based foods and drinks, including tea, wine, coffee, fruit, and some vegetables. They lend an ‘astringent’ taste. While it is possible for some individuals to experience sensitivity or adverse reactions to tannins, true allergies to tannins are extremely rare.

Sensitivity to tannins can manifest as symptoms such as gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, stomach pain, or diarrhea. Some might also experience a dry sensation in the mouth after eating or drinking tannins.If you think you have a sensitivity to tannins, consult with a healthcare professional; they can help determine whether your symptoms are related to tannins or if there are other primary roots of distress.If you have sensitivity to tannins, it does not necessarily mean you need to completely avoid drinking tea. The degree of the sensitivity can vary among individuals, and some people may still be able to tolerate tea in moderation. However, if your symptoms are substantial or relentless, it may be advisable to reduce or avoid tannin-rich foods and beverages.Often, reducing exposure to tannins or making dietary adjustments can help alleviate symptoms; sometimes this entails healing the GI tract, such as by addressing symptoms of a ‘leaky gut.’ Again, it is best to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and guidance in reference to your specific situation.


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