Raw fruits & veggie allergy. Any advice?
Posted by hungryforplants at 10/25/2014
I have had Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) since I was 5 or 6 and if I eat any raw fruits or vegetables, an allergic reaction happens causing my throat to hurt and it becomes hard to swallow. It's not life threatening but it is uncomfortable enough to not want to eat any raw fruits or veggies. Because of this allergy, my diet has been pretty bad since it's just easier to eat fast food or anything else instead of finding ways to eat healthy. I stay pretty active so I'm not overweight and don't have any serious health problems but I know if I continue eating this way I will eventually so I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what I can do to eat around this allergy. If the fruits and vegetables are cooked I can eat them. The allergy is caused by a certain protein in the fruit or vegetable but is easily destroyed by heat, thus when cooked, it is fine. I'd honestly like to become vegan because of the health benefits but I'm afraid my allergy will make this very difficult. If anyone has any recipes they could recommend or just tips in general about what to do, it would be much appreciated.
ahimsa32fa at 10/26/2014 07:50:32
But I have a question. Are you still eating dairy products?
I ask because there's something called "false allergic response". It's when your reaction to a particular food may actually be caused by something else in your diet.
There's at least anecdotal evidence that sometimes what appears to be an allergic response to a particular food, disappears when dairy is eliminated from the diet.
I'd suggest sending your question to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (pcrm.org). They're a great source of info.
hungryforplants at 10/26/2014 13:13:08
ahimsa32fa at 10/26/2014 14:53:21
Is it all raw fruits and veggies that cause the reaction?
I did a search and found a good page under "food allergies" through about.com
A Dr. Moore there describes OAS as a raw plant protein reacting with specific pollens. It included a list of the combinations of plant foods and pollens that cause a reaction. It may be stuff you already know, but it looked to me like not all plant foods were a problem, and it would be worse during the various pollen seasons.
Helen Woodard at 10/28/2014 18:25:32
My suggestion is to focus on what you can eat. Please do a search on eating at 1200 calories, you'll find some interesting information.
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