Phenols are all around us – in our foods and in the air we breathe.
Foods that are naturally high in phenols include fruits and vegetables, nuts (especially walnuts), herbs and spices, coffee, tea, chocolate, wine, and beer. Food additives such as artificial food colourings and flavourings – are also phenols. Volatile organic compounds are phenols and can trigger symptoms from smell.
Phenol intolerance can trigger a wide range of symptoms that can include redness of face and ears, dark circles under the eyes, chronic fatigue in adults, “stomach” problems, constipation and/or diarrhea, generalized aches and pains, insomnia, headache, diarrhea, excessive thirst, night sweats, and strong body odor.
In kids symptoms of phenol intolerance often include hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, self-injury behavior, inappropriate responses in conversation or social situations.