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G6Pd Deficiency Foods to Avoid

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Before going into details of the G6Pd deficiency foods to avoid, it’s very important to know what is G6Pd and how is it caused? The G6Pd is a kind of Glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency. It is normally passed on as the genetic disorder. It mutates the function of red blood cells and causes the complications. The people affected with this disorder may be subjected to hemolytic anemia if they are subjected to some infections, foods, or medicines.  Ifood research has proved that following are some of the foods to avoid for G6Pd deficiency:

  • Menthol Flavored Foods: We chose to began our scrutiny of G6Pd deficiency foods to avoid with menthol because this is something most of us find it difficult to avoid them. They are normally found in the mouthwash that we use to gums, paste, and candies. These items are  to be normally avoided because they are known to trigger the deficiency.


  • Fava Beans: Also, known as broad beans they are not recommended for people suffering G6pd deficiency because they may trigger the symptoms which may aggravate the disease. These beans are also not recommended for nursing mothers who stand at risk of having babies who may contract the syndrome due to past genetical history.


  • Soya or Soy based foods: They prominently feature in various G6pd foods to avoid because they are always laced in one or the other form of additives which are known to trigger the symptoms of G6pd deficiency. The deficiency is sometimes known as favism. Also, these beans have been associated with anemic conditions since the time immemorial. However, not all G6Pd patients may react positively to these beans but major of them are at the risk of developing the symptoms which will aggravate their situation from bad to worse.


  •  Legumes: Like beans they are also believed to be responsible for inducting G6pd deficiency.  Like Fava beans and soya based foods they are also known to produce free radicals which result in G6pd deficiency. It is normally recommended that people suffering from G6pd should stay away from legumes like beans and black beans etc.


  • Peanuts:  You may think peanuts in the list of G6pd foods to avoid?? Yea, you have heard it true peanuts should be considered as one of the prime foods that should be avoided if you or anyone near to you is found to be suffering from G6pd. They aggravate the symptoms of disease and their regular consumption by individuals suffering G6pd deficiency may end up showing anaemia and haemolysis.


  • Food Coloring : Artificial food coloring consists of toluidine blue and methylene. These chemicals were known to induce the G6pd or related allergic symptoms, which may aggravate in some rare cases like itching sensation in sensitive body parts etc.


The list of G6pd deficiency foods to avoid may run into several pages because people may be allergic ot different foods or food groups but they can always be cautious about the above mentioned foods. 


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crezel's picture
is soya from nestle cerelac bad for a G6PD patient?
TYRONE's picture
What green leafy vegetables 'CAN' be eaten by a person with G6PD?
Culinary.Crack.a.Jack's picture
G6PD is a serious disorder and that is why more emphasis is given to the food that should NOT be eaten. Also, the list of NOT to be eaten is not long. As per the research all the green leafy vegetables are safe for a G6PD patient, but it is better to buy organic stuff. Also, consult with the DOCTOR before introducing any new food item to the patient.
TYRONE's picture
Why is it recommended that people who have G6PD eat green, leafy vegetables like collards, kale, spinach without salt? I read this in a Vitamin K foods summary chart.
Culinary.Crack.a.Jack's picture
The debate is still on about Vit. K's effect on G6PD. Many experts believe it is okay to have food or supplements with Vit. K. But it is better to be on the safer side as one of the studies mentions this - "Those with G6PD deficiency experience a serious breakdown of red blood cells (called hemolysis) when exposed to certain infections or medications, including vitamin K." Hope this information helps . Our salt is made up of Sodium and Chloride. Though these two elements are not harmful for a G6PD case, when combined with other chemicals, they may have a negative effect. To avoid this minor complications, it is advised not to have salt with green. leafy vegetables ..... This is my observation, and requires some expert opinion.
Anonymous's picture
I am G6PD Deficiency patient, but i m not anemic... Doctor gave me a paper mentioning the drugs & foods to be avoided, it states that i should avoid Fava beans but there is no mention about the Soya beans.... How do i know soya product's role in my case???
G6Pd Deficiency Foods To Avoid