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I have a few friends who say "oh, I can't eat all that fruit because I have reactions to them". They said that some of it could be reactions to the pesticides but some fruits just make their throat feel weird or break out in a rash or something. This is very strange to me since I believe that almost all fruit should be safe to eat for everyone. 

From what I've heard, allergic reactions like this can happen when actual proteins are absorbed into the blood stream due to things like leaky gut. The body produces an immune response to combat these foreign proteins and can mistakenly attack other healthy cells. Is this corect? 

I guess my overarching question is, what is the true cause of allergies and can people legitimately be allergic to a banana or a mango?

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I have a friend who is allergic to all fruit, including those like tomatoes, cucumber etc. The only way he can eat fruit is if it has been marinated in an alcoholic drink, so it's not all bad news for him :-) Seriously, I'm not joking, he has real reaction if there is even a tiny bit of fruit in a dish. I think I read somewhere recently that fruit allergy could be not so much allergy to fruit, as fat or something, triggered by the fruit?

Tomato allergy may be caused because it's a nightshade? http://www.nightshadefree.com/

Kelly, so you used to be allergic and now you aren't? Does this mean that most people who say that they allergic to a a fruit just need to clean their diet/lifestyle up and they will fix many of their allergies?

I have had issues with apples and cherries too. So glad I'm not alone.

Some interesting info I came across:

The number of people who are allergic to fruit and vegetables is soaring and could already surpass the number of people suffering from peanut allergies, according to experts.

The charity Allergy UK told FoodNavigator.com that they are seeing more cases of oral allergy syndrome (OAS), which is an allergic reaction to food limited to the lips, mouth and throat.

Fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts are common causes and foods that are more likely to trigger it include celery, carrots, tomatoes, apples, peaches, pears and hazelnuts.

The syndrome is linked to hayfever, which affects two in every 10 people in the UK. Meanwhile recent figures show peanut allergies affects one in 50 young people in the UK.

This means that OAS is likely to be more prevalent than peanut allergies, which are far less common, according to Allergy UK spokeswoman Lindsey McManus.

The syndrome is linked to hayfever because pollens from trees (especially Birch), grasses and weeds contain proteins of similar structure to those present in certain fruit, vegetables, nuts and spices.

These proteins are recognised by the immune system of a hayfever sufferer and can trigger an allergic reaction when they eat a food that shares the same protein as the pollen.

McManus said the body sees it as being the same allergen and added: “When people eat apples, particularly at the birch pollen time, or some stone fruits the allergen in them causes a reaction.”

Source: http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science-Nutrition/Fruit-and-veg-allerg...


I also came across a guy's blog and he provides some interesting thoughts: http://dougzuck.com/the-truth-about-fruit-allergies-and-how-to-make...

What’s the deal with fruit allergies?
The whole fruit allergy thing is SO bothersome. And I’m not talking about just having fruit allergies, which is annoying, to say the least, but I’m also talking about the mystery surrounding where they come from. There are tons of postings all over the web, but none really point to any quality information about how to rid yourself of those darn allergies! If you do a search for “Oral Allergy Syndrome,” you’ll end up with lots of posts and articles on the subject. Pretty much every one of them says that fruit allergies are on the rise, in general, and that the cause isn’t known or understood. The only suggestion they make is to stop eating the fruits that produce an allergic reaction. Not too helpful.

I can’t make any promises to you about getting rid of your fruit allergies. But what I can offer you is the hope of getting rid of them. I was able to get rid of mine, and it makes me believe that there’s no reason that you can’t get rid of yours. The hard part, of course, is figuring out how to go about doing it.

A brief background of my history with fruit allergies
Throughout junior high and high school I was one of those kids who took an apple to lunch with me every day. I loved apples. I liked other fruits too, but during that period of time, apples were my thing. One day in high school I began to notice that after eating an apple my throat and mouth would get itchy, and I’d get some bumps and general swelling around and on my lips. It got progressively worse over time, and I eventually stopped eating apples. The really sad part was that I had to stop eating pears, strawberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and plums too! Some people talk about pesticides as a possible cause for these allergies, but I would react equally to organic fruit, so I don’t think that had anything to do with it. I should also note that people often tend to associate fruit allergies with people who get spring allergies, and I do deal with allergies in April and May, so that’s certainly a possible link. However,

The tide eventually turned…
When I was in my mid-twenties I met a super-sweet vegetarian girl who’s diet soon rubbed off on me. Admittedly I was never much of a red-meat eater. I typically stuck mostly to chicken, turkey, pork, and fish, until I made a dramatic shift and stopped eating all animal products. After about 6 months of being vegetarian (vegan, technically), I had a piece of an apple and thought to myself that the allergic reaction it produced was much weaker than it used to be. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but I did make a mental note for future reference. After about a year of being vegan, the allergy was 90% gone and I was back to eating every fruit that once caused problems for me! It didn’t take too much longer before I was 100% back to normal with no allergic reactions to any fruits. I can’t tell you how exciting this was, especially since I love fruit and wanted to eat so much more. After all, I had become a vegan, and I needed to get my nutrition from somewhere! These days I’m a raw foods enthusiast who eats probably about 50% of my diet as uncooked whole fruits and veggies, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy eating fruits with no itchiness or swelling.

Why I believe my fruit allergies disappeared
First off, let me say that I’m not here to promote vegetarianism. Really, that’s not my goal. I can’t even say that I think animal products were necessarily the cause of my allergies. Animal products might have caused my fruit allergies, or to be more specific, it’s possible that a particular animal product might have caused my fruit allergies. However, I’m more inclined to think that it was something in one or more of the animal products I was eating.

When I initially shifted to being a vegetarian, the most dramatic change I made in my diet was to eliminate poultry and tuna. Prior to making the switch, poultry was the one thing I ate virtually every day, and tuna was something that I ate quite regularly as well. Admittedly I made other changes during that time, but none was so pronounced. It was already the case that I barely ate any dairy (I hated dairy ever since I was a kid), so I don’t think it was related to that. I switched to eating organic during that time period too, but that was a gradual shift, and my gut instinct is that it wasn’t related to the fruit allergies because even today I still eat plenty of non-organic foods. I think the fruit allergies had begun to disappear before I really started focusing on the switch to organic foods anyway.

Every time I think about the possible causes, I always fall back on the poultry. Something about the poultry had to be causing my allergies! I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 5 years pondering the possible causes of my fruit allergy. While I admit that it’s impossible to say with absolute certainty what the cause was, I feel quite sure that it was the ground turkey in my diet (or perhaps more specifically it was the anti-biotics in the ground turkey). When I was in high school ground turkey became a very popular as a low fat, low cholesterol alternative to ground beef. I started making ground turkey chili, turkey burgers, and ground turkey sloppy joes ALL the time. It was in high school that I also started having an allergic reaction to fruit.
I breakout with very bad acne after eating oranges and pomegranates. I also have a reaction with strawberries and tomatoes that's not severe but I do get a small amount of itchy bumps on my jawline, neck and chest. I don't think the acne is a typical allergy response but it's soooooooo depressing to me because I love citrus and miss it very much. I avoided it for over 10 years and tried it again last year and my skin was a mess. I would give anything to overcome it.

Stawberries give me a sore mouth and throat.

Question for anyone who got rid of their allergic reactions : How long did it take with a vegan diet to get rid of allergic reactions?
My wife is allergic to Avocado (skin goes bright red within minutes of even a mouthful), Kiwi (less red, slower) - and possibly to Canteloupe (but only slightly). First time the Avocado one happened was really scary!
wow

once I had globe grapes and I broke out in hives. I was dehydrated though and came off a plane

My mouth gets sore with avocado. I cannot eat kiwi either: I get a sore mouth and throat and nausea—unfortunate because most of my life I lived in New Zealand. Canteloupe problematic too, never eaten and organic (pesticide free) one though.

I have noticed more and more over the last five years or so that apples make me nauseated—even local organic ones. Anyone have any idea why? Granny smith is worse than say, braeburn. Some people I know struggle to believe I am allergic to the "humble" apple. I know commercial apples are one of the most—if not the most—heavily pesicide/fumigated fruits.

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