Food Families/ Cross Reactive Foods

Foods that may cross react with allergens to cause other reactions



Food Allergics must also be mindful of what as known as, Food Families.


How this chart works:                                          


If you are allergic to ________then be careful of or avoid____________ because it could cross react with the actual food allergen. 




The only way to know for sure if one of these is also causing a cross reactive action is to avoid all foods in the food family for at least 30 days- some doctors recommend up to 6 months and then begin a reintroduction process,  one food at a time. (According the Southern California Asthma, Allergy & Immunology Clinic) Food reintroduction process should be done with doctor's permission and never alone. 

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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


Blueberry: Blueberry, huckleberry, cranberry

Buckwheat: Buckwheat, Rhubarb, garden sorrel

Cashew: Cashew, pistachio, mango

Chocolate: Chocolate, cocoa, cola


Citrus: Orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime, tangerine, kumquat, citron, citric acid

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






Food Allergy Gal is a certified Food Allergy Consultant to commercial kitchens and food providers, a food allergic, foodie with 12 years of experience with food allergies and food service. 





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7 comments:

  1. om goodness, just recently found out that I am allergic to tuna, lamb, sweet potato, potatoes, wheat rye barley, malt, ginger , string beans navy beans cranberry, pear, grapes ,cherry, honeydew, plum , casein , dairy and pea. Any suggestions on what to eat?

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    1. Elizabeth,
      So sorry you are having to go thru this pain. It's a life changing experience. I've gone thru it myself as an adult and live it every day. I've now trained and certified Food Allergy Consults across the United States that are the best resources with real tools to help navigate life with multiple food allergies. You can find a certified food allergy consultant who can work with you 1:1 to build a customized map inclusive of meal planning, dining out cards, in home meal instruction and much more. AllerCoach.com.

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  2. My kids and I have been allergic to pepper and peppers for years. This is a major reason that I home schooled them. Recently, my medical needs have increased. I have been trying to enroll them in to a local Montessori school. The big problem is those allergies are airborne! The school district nurse stated that the kids would be stuck in one room all day. That it would be miserable for them. Yet, she said to have their allergist write letters stating the severity of the allergies, the kids medicine needs, etc. Them they will go from there. Help! This has become so relentlessly overwhelming! I'm a single mom striving to do the best for each of us and as a family. I can't find a local support group for these allergies. Does a public school have to try to accommodate our needs? It's already scary going out. But trusting lay people, no nurse to realize if/when my kids will have an allergic reaction and asthma attack. They aren't allowed to carry their medications either. Plus, we've all just be diagnosed with more, new allergies restricting what we eat. Any help out there?

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  3. My 5yo just recently started having reactions to Cinnamon... I did not see a food family for cinnamon. Should I avoid as many spices as possible?

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  4. My 5yo just recently started having reactions to Cinnamon... I did not see a food family for cinnamon. Should I avoid as many spices as possible?

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  5. I am recently diagnosed allergic to beef, pork, yeast, mold, and lots of environmentals as well. What foods do you recommend for my nutrition. I am having a very hard time trying to find an app or website that covers all my allergies to help me shop and plan meals

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  6. I am recently diagnosed allergic to beef, pork, yeast, mold, and lots of environmentals as well. What foods do you recommend for my nutrition. I am having a very hard time trying to find an app or website that covers all my allergies to help me shop and plan meals

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