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Allergy Season

Allergy Season
With spring upon us, many suffer from allergies. Did you know there is a type of food allergy that is classified by a cluster of allergic reactions in the mouth that often is present in those with asthma or hey fever from tree pollen? This reaction is in response to eating certain raw fruits, nuts and vegetables and may be known as Oral Allergy Syndrome or Pollen-Food Allergy. It is due to a cross-reaction between plant proteins from pollen and fruits/vegetables. What is interesting is those who suffer this allergy are often able to eat those foods that give them a reaction when ingested raw, cooked! Cooking the protein that causes the reaction breaks it down, so stewed fruit, applesauce, and steamed/sautéed vegetables should be good to eat.
Below is a chart that indicated what foods might cause a reaction if you suffer from the allergy

Allergy to: Foods that potentially may cause a reaction
Ragweed: Bananas, melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
zucchini, cucumber, dandelions, chamomile tea
Birch: Apples, pears, peaches, apricots, cherries, plums,
nectarines, prunes, kiwi, carrots, celery, potatoes, peppers,
fennel, parsley, coriander, parsnips, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts
Grass: Peaches, celery, melons, tomatoes, oranges
Mugwort: Celery, apple, kiwi, peanut, fennel, carrots,
parsley, coriander, sunflower, peppers
Alder: Celery, pears, apples, almonds, cherries,
hazelnuts, peaches, parsley
Latex: Bananas, avocado, kiwi, chestnut, papaya

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