Food allergies

Often times people who are affected by outdoor allergies are also allergic to particular foods.  Did you know that the protein in ragwood protein is the same protein found in zucchini, sunflower seeds, cucumber, bananas, and cantaloups?     The protein found in oranges, peaches, tomatoes, melons and celery is related to grass pollen.   Pitted fruits, peaches, cherries, pears, apples, walnuts, potatoes and celery are related to the birch pollen. 

According to Immunologist Dr. Hannelore Brucker, who treats many seasonal allergy patients patients with food-related issues in her practice at the Southdale Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Minneapolis, “Once your body is allergic to pollen, the allergy to the corresponding food continues, even if there is no pollen present.” “The mechanism is the same. Either way, you’re allergic to the same protein.”

Since cooking the veggies and fruits changes the makeup structure of the food’s protein, it often changes the severity of the reaction. Even the possibilities of having a reaction can be slim to none. Although a reaction to raw cherries may occur, eating a baked cherry pie with them could be okay. Before proceeding to eat anything you are allergic to processed differently, it is recommended you check with  your doctor because food allergies can be severe enough to cause life threatening situations.

Some people feel they reduce the chances of an allergic to fruits and veggies by peeling them.  Beware of this notion.  “The proteins may be found throughout the fruit and vegetable, not just near the skin,” says Brucker.

I mention this because I have heard some people say they use food choppers and food processors to change the appearance of food or to disguise food so people will eat them. Be sure to ask guests if they are allergic to any foods before serving a meal if you do this.  It could be a horrible day if trying to disguise nuts, fruit or onions for example because you felt someone just didn’t like the taste of them, to later find out in a life threatening situation, they refused such foods because of allergies.

It’s important to remember that oral allergy syndrome and food allergies do create similar problems, food allergies are normally much more severe in nature. In food allergies, the entire body reacts. These reactions could cause life threatening situations because itchy eyes, flushed skin, etc. can rapidly turn into swelling throat and bronchial tubes.  

You could have never been allergic to shrimp for example and one day, go to a dinner where shrimp is being served and your throat begins to close up. If so, if benedryl is available take it immediately for a quick fix and seek medical assistance. 

 And according to Allergist Dr. Clifford W. Bassett, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, and vice chairman of public education at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, “as many as one-third of the people with seasonal allergies experience oral allergy syndrome,” and “In some cases, the oral allergy syndrome experienced by people with seasonal allergies can progress into a food allergy,”.

In closing, food allergies should not be taken lightly. And again, if you or someone you know appears to be having an allergic reaction, seek medical attention quickly.

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