I'm allergic to latex unfortunately :( , noticed a few members are also. Was wondering what fruits and veggies do not contain latex or the latex protein that bothers us. And to those who are are allergic, what fruits/veggies have not triggered your reactions?
So far my reactions are coming from: Bananas, dates, peaches, apples, and pineapples :(
Sorry to hear you're having problems with this. I'm also allergic to latex and I know how fustrating it is.
I have had problems from a lot of different stuff in the past. I'd say the worst for me are kiwi and avocado, but I've gotten sick from having bananas, papayas, pineapple, passion fruit, melons, mangoes and a lot more in the past.
I've been on this diet for quite a while now and my allergies are getting lots better, so I expect it'll be the same for you. For example, I'm no longer allergic to melons and can eat mangoes just fine if they are properly ripe. That's something to watch for actually, that underipe fruit has a ton more latex than fully ripe fruit does.
Grapes I've found to be really good and pears are low allergenic too. How do you get on with greens like kale/chard? These don't causes me any trouble and help to bulk out your diet at first.
Hope this helps and feel free to ask any more questions you might have.
Good to know your reactions are subsiding! Grapes did wonders for me when I ate them for about a week. All my symptoms disappeared.
What were some other fruits didn't affect you?
I don't eat kale or chard, way too much chewing for me. Been mainly eating all types of lettuces, I seem to be fascinated by lettuce, its kinda weird.
Yeah, grapes are my magic food too...I swear by them.
I found watermelons to be nearly as good as grapes too though and they never gave me any problems. Other melons used to give me allergic reactions but I get on great with those now too. I'd go for the watermelon first though.
I know what you mean about all the chewing but in smoothies I love having greens. Maybe you'd get on with them like that.
About the dates, where are you sourcing them from? I get allergies sometimes from fruits which don't have peel if they have been packaged by people who are wearing latex gloves. it's a pain but something to look out for just in case that's what's causing the reactions rather than the fruit itself. Alternatively, the dates might have been steamed or something. I do eat a lot of dates in winter as there's not much else around where I live but I think the diet's still manageable without them.
Veg wise I have had periods of eating more veggies if I can't get enough fruit but I think fruit is better. Beetroot salads can be good though and didn't give me an allergy, just a bit hard on the old digestion. I did a phase of blended cauliflower too which was ok. Also, I eat loads of cucumbers and have never had an allergy from these. I'd really reccomend cukes actually.
I had to start off with a really limited diet and I thought I'd always be eating like two or three foods but now I can see that everything will work out ok. I'm sure you'll get better really quickly on this diet, but don't get dicouraged if it's a bit slow at first.
Cool, I'm definitely going to add in watermelon and cukes.
Interesting point about the dates. I was ordering my dates from 7hotdates.com. Their so freakin' delicious but they give me a weird rash on my forehead, cheeks, and behind my ears. When I stopped eating them it all went away. Never thought of the latex glove part of it though.
Unfortunately, where I am there are no organic grapes or conventional ones that taste good, just imported conventionals from South America, the taste is lackluster and not sweet at all :( so I've been eating a lot of dry/soaked raisins.
Thanks for all the helpful advice, means a lot!
No problem! Glad to be able to help :)
Maybe give 7hotdates a call and ask about the gloves. I know other people also use The Date People, but I don't know how they pack as I'm not in the US so haven't had to find out for myself.
I haven't had good grapes in a long time either, but hopefully they'll be easier to come by in the summer. There a treat when you get a good batch ;)
Oh and what kind of reactions were you getting? If you don't me asking. My reactions are facial skin rashes, rash on my chest and behind my knees, and runny nose.
Yeah, I've had similar reactions to you with rashes on my cheeks, chest and stomach and a runny nose. I've also had problems breathing and been really faint, really bad headaches, nausea and dizziness. I don't get such bad reactions as I used to now (touch wood) which is a good sign. Take care and have a really good evening, Esperanza xxx