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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Carrot allergies....



So when my husband tells me he's "allergic" to vegetables maybe he is telling the truth. According to this article anyway: allergies http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/2007/12/11/a-pesky-allergy-to-fruit-and-vegetables.html

I have never heard of this allergy. Apparently fruit & vegetable proteins mimic the pollen proteins (ragweed, birch...) that people are allergic to & cause them to have a mild but uncomfortable reaction like hives. Although the article mentions that if too much of the offending fruit or vegetable is eaten at once a serious reaction can occur. The article also gives some great tips for being able to eat the vegetable or fruit: peeling them or microwaving them for a short amount of time.

Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, lettuce) berries, and tropical fruits usually don't cause this problem. So allergies to cauliflower or cabbage are convenient, but not likely. Since Daniel doesn't have pollen allergies I'm not sure he can use this excuse.

2 comments:

Kienlen-Martinez Family said...

Do these symptoms mimic heart burn? I love raw carrots but everytime I eat them I feel like I have heart burn, but no antacids will subside the pain.

Elizabeth said...

I don't think that carrot heart burn is an allergy, although I suffer from it too. It sounds like they're talking about something more serious, although heartburn is very painful.