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Mucus & Diet

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Mucus & Diet
For some people, excess consumption of dairy products can increase mucus production. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

If you've had to contend with excess mucus in your throat during a meal, you know the uncomfortable feeling of not being able to clear your throat mixed with the perception that it's difficult to swallow. Although excess mucus production can result from a variety of medical conditions, it can also relate to your diet. Some foods can increase mucus production, but you might have a food allergy or sensitivity.

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Milk Isn't Necessarily the Culprit

Dairy products often have a reputation as causing mucus, but the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy suggests the mucus you feel might actually just be the thickness of the milk, yogurt or other dairy product you're consuming. The University of Maryland Medical Center, however, warns that dairy products can increase mucus production, alongside other foods such as wheat, soy and corn. Ingredients such as sugar and food preservatives can also increase your body's mucus production. Mucus can be a sign you're allergic to a certain type of food. Note if you consistently develop mucus after eating a specific food, and then eliminate it from your diet to determine your body's reaction. Consider visiting your doctor for allergy or food sensitivity testing.

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