What are the causes and prevention of vomiting a thick mucus after eating foods like beef, rice and sauces?

It’s possible that the vomiting one experiences after eating an unpalatable dish — which could include meat or sauce, even rice — could simply be due to the taste and texture of the food itself.

But there are other circumstances under which one should not cast the barfing off as just a harmless reflex to a very disagreeable dish.

“Vomiting is a serious symptom suggesting a gastric outlet obstruction or gastroparesis (slow emptying of the stomach as in diabetic nerve damage),” explains Hugh Mai, MD, Director of Endoscopic Ultrasonography and Bariatric Endoscopy, Gastroenterology Division, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and LifeBridge Health.

“However, vomiting after eating certain foods may not be related to GERD or an obstruction, but rather, could be due to food allergies.”

Solutions?

For something as serious as vomiting after eating, even if it’s after the consumption of only specific foods, there is no home treatment other than to avoid the offending foods or their ingredients.

But that’s not a fix to the problem. It’s not normal to vomit after eating (unless you tried to force yourself to eat partially cooked fish that’s been sitting out for a day mixed with spoiled vegetables).

But if the food is fresh and/or fully cooked, you should not be upchucking simply because it happens to be very rich or sweet in flavor.

Also, if you’ve eaten “bad” meat or chicken, any upchucking that results won’t be right after the meal.

And if you keep throwing up your meats, this certainly can’t be due to the condition of the meats. Something is clearly wrong with the way your body is responding to the food.

Dr. Mai says, “Further medical testing is needed to make a proper diagnosis and to receive proper treatment.”

Dr. Mai is well-versed in the endoscopic treatment of GERD. LifeBridge Health provides the Baltimore community and beyond with a wide array of choices in health care services.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.