Good Chefs! How are you today? On this occasion we’ll talk about a disease very extended in all the world: The allergy to certain types of fruit. This food is essential in our diet, just as we told you in our post about Benefits of Fruits. We provide large amounts of vitamins and minerals that we need, in addition to having no saturated fats or compounds harmful to our body. However, many people who suffer allergic reactions resulting from your consumption: In Spain, specifically, the fruits represent the 30% of the allergies caused by food. In this entry, we’ll explain everything you need to know about this type of allergy, its symptoms and if there is some kind of treatment for it. In addition, we will tell you two types of allergies associated with the fruit. Do you want to know more? I might as well keep reading!
What is the allergy to the fruit? What are the symptoms?
Generally, the allergic reaction derived from the consumption of fruits most common is known as Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Reactions are usually by the simple contact with the fruit and the symptoms can range from itching in the throat and mouth, even swelling of the tongue or lips. There may also be rashes, red skin, rashes, hives, or itching on your body. These symptoms are eye-catching but they are not dangerous and tend to disappear within a short time of coming into contact with the food. Did not have a higher complication, although care must be taken because it can have much more severe symptoms such as anaphylaxis.
This Oral Allergy Syndrome usually occurs in people who also have allergy to tree pollen, to certain herbs, or even cereal, giving rise to the so-called cross-allergies, of which later we’ll talk about in more depth.
The danger of eating fruit if you are allergic
But, what happens if you eat a fruit that causes me allergy? That action would cause a great reaction of your immune system against the proteins of the fruit, for the would identify as a harmful component that must be defended. One of the proteins most dangerous and that can cause big problems is the so-called Carrier Protein of Lipids (LTP), and is found in the skin of the fruit. But it is not the only one that can lead to complications, since other components triggers of allergy can be either in the interior of the fruit as in the outdoors, on the skin. For this reason, some patients are not able to eat the fruit, but many others do, in the case it is peeled or canned.
These symptoms may vary according to the tolerance and the agency of each person. However, if you think you might have an allergy to any food, do not hesitate and visit your doctor as soon as possible!
The allergic reactions associated with the consumption of fruit
The allergens are compounds, usually proteins, that can provoke us to this allergy of which we have been talking about throughout the post. These proteins can be combined in foods, plants, herbs and in the fruit itself, but in particular are often found in the pollen. Hence, patients who are allergic to pollens may also be allergic to vegetables or fruits, due to the existence of these common proteins in both.
But how to identify this allergy? The first thing that appears is the pollen allergy and subsequently, the process ends in a cross-reaction. The foods that are often triggers of cross-allergy with the pollen are:
With this type, it has been proven that they react with the peach, the coriander, the celery, the parsley, the cherry, the apple, the carrot, fennel and apricot.
May cause allergy in the consumption of celery, banana, apple, and corn. Also some nuts such as hazelnut or peanut.
Pollen of grasses
This pollen comes from mainly cereals, such as oats, rye, rice or wheat. Can cause an allergic reaction crossed with the tomato.
A lesser amount of cases we also found the Pollen of mugwort that causes a cross-reaction with celery and Pollen from ragweed, which can cause the allergy to melon and banana.
Do you want to know a trick to avoid these allergic reactions? Well, you’ll just have to wash and peel the fruits so deep to hinder this reaction.
People who are allergic to latex may also have allergic reactions crusades to consume certain fruits or vegetables. This is due to the presence of common allergens present in this material and in some of these foods. Usually the fruits more prone to this happening are the banana, kiwi or avocado. But nor are you exempt the family, fruit of rosaceae, among which we could highlight the peach, apricot, apple, pear , or cherry.
Before we go, sure you may have wondered what is the treatment to these reactions. Since unfortunately there is no specific medication to treat this type of allergy. The best treatment would be to avoid eating foods that contain these fruits, like try not to get in contact with them in any way: neither smell nor touch them.
What about you, are you allergic to any fruit? Because if it is not, you’re in luck, because we will propose some other recipe of fruit that will leave you with your mouth open. Is the case of these Fruit Brochettes with Mascarpone, ideal for snacking or picking between hours. You must not miss this Fruit salad in Syrup that you can prepare in just fifteen minutes and it is delicious.