The strongest thing you have ever taken in your life is ibuprofen, and suddenly you find a surprise in a test. It’s possible? Sometimes yes, depending on what you eat.
You are in the queue of the airport waiting to go to the Maldives (you have to dream big). It is your turn, by pure chance, to pass drug control and do not worry in the least because the strongest substance you have consumed in your life is aspirin. Suddenly, your world falters when it comes out positive. Does it sound surreal? No more than the story of Elizabeth Dominguez, a pregnant woman who took testing positive drug test conducted by a hospital in Niagara Falls.
He had not tried to jeopardize the health of his baby, but it was a false positive because of a muffin containing poppy seeds. And they are not the only ingredient that could scare you on a toxicology test. The next time they stop you at a traffic control, go to the doctor to do some tests or go to do a very formal job interview try to dispense with these foods, which could give you a scare.
Durian is known as the most stinky fruit in the world. If you have ever wandered through a market in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore you will have noticed a terrible smell of excrement or dead animal, from this king of Asian fruits that, perhaps for our tourist smell, does not sound very appetizing. Its smell already warns us of something, although, for those who have tried it, it has little to do with its vanilla flavor. It leaves no one indifferent.
Last month, police arrested a man in Jiangsu Province because they thought he was drunk. He tested positive, but said he had not drunk anything, but had eaten this fruit. One of the agents decided to take the test and sure enough, after eating fruit, also tested positive in control of alcohol. Although three minutes later, when he repeated the test, it was already normal.
Breads and cakes
Ok, you are unlikely to eat a durian and have to do a drug test or pass a Breathalyzer control, however it is more normal for you to take bread or cakes. Most of these baked goods are made with yeast, which ferments in the dough and produces a small amount of alcohol. It is not enough to get drunk, of course, but if there is any residue left in your teeth it could be enough to be positive, like the driver of Jiangsu province that we mentioned before.
Last month a bread with poppy seeds caused a false positive in a pregnant woman
Vanilla extract, which is often used in baked desserts, could also be another key. It contains at least 35% alcohol. Even if you don’t worry, the effects last only about 15 minutes before the residual alcohol dissipates, and the water can speed up the process. Anyway, you would probably have to swell cakes to be positive.
Gin with tonic
Nothing like a good gin and tonic on a hot day, if we are on a better beach. It is made with small amounts of quinine, which is known to appear in other drugs such as cocaine and heroin.
Nor do we have to worry much, since most of the tonics found in the market have now replaced quinine with other sweeteners. However, it never hurts to know. The tonic may tilt the balance a little in that possible positive result.
They are rich in protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins, barely have sugars or saturated fats … come on, a bargain. However, hemp seed products (oil, milk …) may contain traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis. If you consume foods based on this substance regularly, THC can accumulate in the fatty areas of your body, and drug tests could also distinguish it.
THC can remain in your body for approximately 45 days, so again it is better to prevent than cure and avoid these foods for at least one month before a scheduled exam. In addition, some medications or vitamin supplements may also trigger a false positive in some tests, as well as some dietary supplements (especially sports enhancers, often associated with doping).