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Some foods are not agreeable to my body. ( This sentence may be wrong). When I eat such foods, either they may lead to acid reflux or indigestion or stomach churning.

How to describe such foods which dont agree with my health?
  • SweetSoulSister

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    American English
    A polite expression is, "it doesn't agree with me."
    I say, informally, "it makes me sick", which is a little funny, but a little rude. Or, more politely, "it upsets my stomach."


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    English - Ireland
    Is there term for such foods like 'disagreeable foods'?
    Usually, you would say "XXX (type of food) don't agree with me/upset my stomach/give me heartburn...)

    We tend to describe the effect the food has on us in English and there are certain specific terms - unfortunately the only one I can think of at the moment is "lactose intolerant" (dairy products do not agree with them). Then you would say "I am lactose intolerant". I'm sure there are more like this.

    Can anyone else add to this?


    Senior Member
    Perhaps you could call them "foods that are not well tolerated" if you mean things like habanero peppers which are so HOT that few people can eat them without getting an upset stomach, or peanuts which are a common allergen.


    Senior Member
    SweetSoulSister's expression "it doesn't agree with me" is the most common polite phrase I've heard. Here are a few other options, much more casual and colloquial:

    "I like (name-of-food) but it/they doesn't/don't like me."
    "(name-of-food) gives me indigestion."
    "I have a bad reaction to (name-of-food)."
    "My stomach doesn't handle (name-of-food) well."
    "I can't eat (name-of-food) anymore."
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