Foods That Cause Mucus Build-Up

Updated at: Jun 27, 2019
Foods That Cause Mucus Build-Up

Do you about mucus and its benefits? It is just like a shield that keeps every human safe from germs and toxins which may enter the human body through the nostrils(while we breathe).

Tavishi Dogra
Other DiseasesWritten by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Sep 08, 2017

Do you know what is mucus? What causes it and its benefits to the body? Mucus is a slippery substance, which is generated by the mucous membranes in the human body. Its process initiates from the respiratory system where it catches several tiny particles such as bacteria and dust, which may enter from the nose (while breathing). Mucus helps by preventing such particles to enter the human body. 

Digestive system: A layer of mucus with the inner walls of the stomach helps the cell linings of the particular organ from the highly acidic atmosphere within it. Mucous also never lets the tissues dry out.

However, the problem arises when mucus increases (turns into a cough) and creates obstructions in

  • digestion
  • formation of saliva
  • breathing
  • speaking

Mucus production often starts to buildup in the respiratory tract which can rise as a result of many common ailments, such as the common flu, influenza, cold, etc.

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Foods to increase mucus production

There are different types of foods that are famous to increase mucous production on the wall of the small intestine. Here we learn about some foods which can rise in the mucus build-up. We can eat such foods in moderation and avoid respiratory issues.

Milk and Milk Products

Milk and milk products like yogurt, cheese, cream, cottage cheese and butter, cause excess mucus in the throat. They contain protein molecules called casein that increase secretions of mucus. Casein is difficult to digest and putrefies quickly, causing sinus infections. Dairy products also contain a sugar called lactose that also causes mucus.

Nuts and Grains

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All foods made from processed wheat flour create an unhealthy mucus build up in the body. Loaves of bread, portions of pasta and processed cereals, and nuts, seeds, and legumes cause mucus. In fact, cooked grains are also known to cause mucus.

Oils and Meats

It is a good idea to avoid meat, fish, eggs, and chicken when you have flu because they create nearly as much mucus as dairy products. Deep-fried foods also cause mucus to build up.

Sugar, Salt, and Beverages

Beverages like coffee (caffeine), black tea, alcohol and soft drinks are known to accelerate mucus buildup. Black tea contains the most caffeine, and it creates excess mucous. Processed foods containing salt and sugar produce mucus in the body. Eating glazed fruits also encourages mucus buildup.


Consuming too much soy can cause more chest mucus than any other plant food. Soy increases the possibility of building up to unhealthy mucus in the body. So, when one is sick, it is better to use foods such as tofu, soybeans, and tempeh sparingly.

Health Tips

  • Milk and its by-products cause excess mucus in the throat.
  • Processed wheat flour creates an unhealthy mucus build up in the body.
  • Avoid meat, fish, eggs, and chicken when you have flu.
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