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My daughter reacts highly to chocolate. She has amine intolerance but I’m wondering what else could be there as her chocolate reactions (behaviour) seem more extreme than any other? - Ruth

There are different types of amines. My daughter seems to react to some types of amines more strongly than others - Tenille

I'm generally fine with amines in standard doses - I can eat aged meat, cheeses, etc. If I really splurge I'll react but it takes quite a lot, or I'm under stress or have my period (my threshold is lower all round then). However cocoa / chocolate and I do not mix. It causes anxiety in me at a minimum, and at a max full blown screaming raging melt downs. I cry screamed at my son once while reacting to a block of dark choc for getting water on the floor. It was the bathroom floor. He'd just got out of the bath. Totally irrational and really scary actually. I had no control. My son’s worst reaction is amines as well and the big sign is rage like he's possessed – Ali

Yes for me. Rage, aggression, anxiety, disturbed sleep – Ruth again

In a child it is one thing but as a 28yo adult it frightens me. It really made me have empathy for our kids rather than be mad at them. I went my entire life thinking I had no food issues, and just half assed this not wanting to cook multiple meals so ate what my son ate and wow I learned a lot about myself – Ali again

Omg! You are my kindred spirit! I’m exactly like that! Complete unnecessary rage... so awful! - Alison

Since having our food stuff more controlled, we are a happy, pretty calm family...Ali again

I’ll have to show this to my daughter. So she knows she is not the only one – Ruth finally

It can really help to make sense of it and feel like it's a legitimate thing, not some crazy madness all in your head! – Ali finally

Watch for added flavours. They are my girl’s chocolate trigger - she’s fine with pure chocolate- Tracy

I agree with others - the flavours can be the culprit too. Cadbury was the worst, my daughter passed the amines challenge with chocolate but she reacted very badly with Cadbury - Teresa

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