The depth of an Allergy can be complex and a bit overwhelming. There is good news and bad news.
There are over 32 Food Families. In recent research and case studies I have found there is some surprising information about food allergies, we should all be aware of. Having an allergy to one member of a one family of foods often means you will likely have an allergy to another member of that food family, but you might be surprised at which items make up these food families so here is the list.
If you are allergic to ________then be careful of____________is how this works:
The only way to know for sure is avoid all foods in the food family for at least 30 days- some doctors recommend up to 6 months and then with an epi pen or benedryl close by begin a reintroduction process- one food at a time. You should consume just that food and wait 2 hours after eating it before consuming anything else.
Allspice: Allspice, myrtle, guava, clove pimiento
Apple: Apple, pear, quince
Aster: Lettuce, chicory, endive, escarole, artichoke dandelion, sunflower seeds, tarrago, ragweed, insecticide pyrethrum
Avocado: Avocado, laurel, cinnamon, bay leaves, sassafras
Buckwheat: Buckwheat, Rhubarb, garden sorrel
Cashew: Cashew, pistachio, mango
Chocolate: Chocolate, cocoa, cola
Coconut: Coconut, palm, date
Dairy: Beef, pork, lamb, rabbit, squirrel, venison, goat or any mammal product. (Most people who cannot tolerate cow's milk cannot handle any mammal product so avoid goat milk as well)
Fish: Salmon, tuna, sardine, catfish, trout, crappie (be careful/stay away from glue as in Elmer's glue)
Fowl: (Egg is not included unless it is from laying hens) Chicken, turkey, duck, goose, guinea, pigeon, quail, pheasant
Fungus: Mushroom, yeast, mold, antibiotics
Ginger: Ginger, cardamom, turmeric
Gooseberry: Currant, gooseberry
Goosefoot: Beet, beet sugar, spinach, swiss chard, lambsquarter, mexican fireweed, russian thistle
Melon: Watermelon, cucumber, cantaloupe, pumpkin, squash, and other melons
Mint: Mint, peppermint, spearmint, thyme, sage, horehound, marjoram, basil, savory, rosemary, balm, catnip
Mustard: Mustard, turnip, radish, horseradish, watercress, cabbage, kraut, chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, collards, kale, kohlrabi, rutabaga
Mollusk: Oyster, clam, abalone, mussel
Okra: Okra, cottonseed, mallow
Onion: Onion, Lily, garlic, asparagus, chives, leeks, sarsaparilla
Parsley: Parsley, carrot, parsnip, celery, anise, dill, fennel, angelica, celery seed, cumin, coriander, caraway
Pea: Peanut, pea (black eyed, field, green), bean (navy, lima, pinto, green, soy), licorice, acacia, tragacanth
Plum: Plum, cherry, peach, apricot, nectarine, wild cherry, almond
Potato: Potato, tomato, eggplant, peppers, green pepper, red pepper, chili pepper, parika, cayenne, capisicum, tobacco, belladonna, stramonium, hyoscamine
Sesame: sesame seeds, peanut, rye, kiwifruit, poppy seed, tree nuts (hazelnut, black walnut, cashew, macadamia, pistachio
Shellfish (Crustacean): Crab, lobster, shrimp
Strawberry: Rose, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, dewberry, loganberry, youngberry, boysenberry
Walnut: English walnut, black walnut, pecan, hickory nut, butternut
Wheat: Wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, rye, wild rice, cane, millet, sorghum, bamboo sprouts, grass
.....More to come...
The good news is this... Let's just say that you had a walnut allergy- it might mean you have to avoid most nuts, but perhaps you could try almond. The bad news is... let's just say you had an Orange allergy, you will likely have to avoid all forms of citrus.
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