Certain Produce Can Spark Your Allergies
Ren Cowden has been allergic to pollen his whole life. "Runny nose, a hanky in my back pocket," he said. "My kids laugh at me because I still have a hanky in my back pocket just in case."
Still, with plenty of pollen in the air, Cowden ventures out to the farmers market to support his fiancé chef as she chooses her ingredients for the day. But what Cowden doesn't know, is that the fruits and vegetables he's tasting could actually contribute to his allergic reaction to ragweed.
"There are certain things like chamomile tea, sunflower seeds, even raw fruits and vegetables, like banana and melon, when you ingest them your mouth thinks that you ingested, in this case, the ragweed pollen," said Dr. Julia Montejo, and Allergist with Fairview Clinics.
Dr. Montejo says our bodies can mistake the protein in certain foods for the protein in ragweed. It's not a food allergy, it's called Oral Allergy Syndrome. It affects about 20 percent of her patients.
Allergists say for those who suffer from Oral Allergy Syndrome something as simple as a bite of an apple can feel like taking a big bite of pollen.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, there are different categories of foods you can avoid depending on your specific allergy. Birch pollen allergies include apples, almonds, carrots, celery, cherries, hazelnuts, kiwis, peaches, pears and plums.
Grass pollen allergies include celery, melons, oranges, peaches and tomatoes.
Ragweed allegies include bananas, cucumbers, melons, sunflower seeds and zucchinis.
The solution is simple. Cooking those fruits and veggies will reduce down the agents that may give you a reaction.
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