Food Families

 
 
A guide on cross reactive food allergens
 

 

Once IgE mediated food allergies are diagnosed either by blood or skin test, we may continue to have reactions, even though we are 100% avoiding those specific foods. Not all testing is 100% accurate, but in addition our immune system may be recognizing other items that have a similar protien as the allergen itself. We call this Cross reactive allergen syndrome. 

 

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.) A certified AllerCoach can also assist you in understanding this chart. 

How it works:

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

Orange

Lemon

Lime

Grapefruit

 

Tangerine

Kumquat

Citron

Citric Acid

Watermelon

Cucumber

Cantaloupe

Pumpkin

Sqaush

Other Melons

 

Sesame seed

Peanut

Rye

Kiwifruit

Poppy seed

Tree nuts (hazelnut, black walnut, cashew, macadamia, pistachio)

Wheat

corn

rice

oats

barley

rye

wild rice

cane

millet

sorghum

bamboo sprouts

grass

Allspice: Allspice, myrtle, guava, clove pimiento

 

Apple: Apple, pear, quince

 

Aster: Lettuce, chicory, endive, escarole, artichoke, 

dandelion, sunflower seeds, tarrago, ragweed, insecticide pyrethrum

 

Avocado: latex, laurel, cinnamon, bay leaves, sassafras

 

Banana: latex, kiwi, avocado, birch, melon

 

Blueberry:  huckleberry, cranberry

 

Buckwheat: Rhubarb, garden sorrel

 

Carrot: Birch, mugwort, mango, cucumber, celery

 

Cashew: pistachio, mango

 

Cat hair: pork

 

Celery: Birch, grasses, grains, mugwort, ragweed, pome fruits, mango, melon, cucumber, carrot, tomato, curry (spice mixture), red pepper, black pepper, cumin, coriander, latex

 

Chocolate: Chocolate, cocoa, cola

 

Cucumber: Melon, carrot, celery

 

Cumin: birch, mugwort, celery

 

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

 

Kiwi: Birch, grasses, grains, mugwort, banana, avocado, any nuts, flours (Rye/wheat, oats), sesame, poppy seeds, latex

 

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

 

Orange: Tangerine, Kumquat, Citron, Citric Acid, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit 

 

Papaya: Latex

 

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: cherry, peach, apricot, nectarine, wild cherry, almond

 

Potato: tomato, eggplant, peppers, green pepper, red pepper, chili pepper, parika, cayenne, capisicum, tobacco, belladonna, stramonium, hyoscamine

 

Sesame Seed: peanut, rye, kiwi fruit, poppy seed, tree nuts (hazelnut, black walnut, cashew, macademia, pistashio) 

 

Shellfish (Crustacean): Crab, lobster, shrimp

 

Strawberry: Rose, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, dewberry, loganberry, youngberry, boysenberry

 

Tomato: birch, grasses, grains, peanut, mugwort, pome fruit, stone fruit, potato, celery, latex

 

Tree Nuts:  Almond, Beech nut, Brazil nut, Butternut, Cashew, Chestnut (Chinese, American,

European, Seguin), Chinquapin, Coconut, Filbert/hazelnut, Ginkgo nut, Hickory nut, Lychee nut, Macadamia nut/Bush nut, Pecan, Pine nut/Pinion nut, Pili nut, Pistachio, Sheanut, Walnut ( English, Persian, Black, Japanese,

California), Heartnut, birch, hazel, mugwort, stone fruits, kiwi, flours, sesame, poppy seeds

 

Walnut: English walnut, black walnut, pecan, hickory nut, butternut

 

Wheat: Wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, rye, wild rice, cane, millet, sorghum, bamboo sprouts, grass

 

If you need assistance with this chart, are going thru an elimination diet or re-introduction, contact a certified AllerCoach at help@allercoach.com. 

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