Plant cross reactivity and its fallout for allergy sufferers

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Today I read a very interesting and informative article by Sue Killian,  an environmental biologist with a very personal interest in allergy. She describes how so many of our plants are inter-related, not only with each other but with many of the foods that we eat.  The article explains in layman’s terms all about plant cross reactivity and its fallout for allergy sufferers.

I found it enlightening, and it even answered many questions as to why we can eat certain foods cooked one way, yet cant eat them cooked another.  It explains how certain food groups contain the same allergens as plants in other food groups..  and why they react with us…  for example, i didnt know that someone who reacts to certain allergens in a particular food but only at a certain time of year, would be best to avoid that food during tree pollen allergy season… the rest of the year they can safely eat it!

Did you know that if you were sensitive to ragweed you might also be sensitive to watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydew melons, courgettes, cucumbers and bananas? Or that if you react to the olive pollen allergen, Ole e 10 (a quite common allergy in southern Europeans while we northerners have much more trouble with birch)  you may well react to latex, tomato, kiwi, potato and peach. And as for birch… Well, as those of you who do react to birch may already know, that means that you could also react to apple, almonds, carrots, celery, cherries, hazelnuts, orange, peach, pear, plums, potatoes and walnuts.

It really is an enlightening article so do have a look…  I know I will be researching deeper into this issue…

To read the full article click plant allergens