I love Avocados. Growing up I didn’t particularly care for them but as I’ve gotten older, they are my love. I put them on everything. After all, they are heart happy foods right?
You can imagine my disappointment when Dr. Aukerman told me that I not only have a gluten allergy and have celiac, I also suffer from a latex allergy found in foods. He knew immediately from looking at me. He handed me a mirror and pointed out that the whites of my eyes were actually off white or gray and there was swelling around my lips. I also had a latex allergy on my chest – little white lines of allergy horror. I thought it was just my body. There were other things but these were the most obvious. Then he handed me this sheet of paper along with everything else in my packet that day, which also listed the other latex ridddled food I should avoid.
Eating foods that with latex-like proteins exposes people suffering from those allergic to latex. Apparently, our bodies can’t tell the difference between latex found in medical gloves and kiwi. Since I’ve cut out gluten, my body has become much more sensitive to these foods and the effects are more serious each time I eat them. (similar to gluten) Sometimes I just think my body is revolting against me and my brain lives in another world.
You should avoid the following foods if you have a known rubber latex allergy or a latex rash on your chin, cheeks and lines on your neck and chest.
Say Goodbye to avocado, banana, kiwi, chestnut, raw potato, tomato, stone fruits (peach, cherry), hazelnut, melons, celery, carrot, apple, pear, papaya and almond.
Ethylene is a gas used to quicken commercial ripening can increase the reaction in some people so it’s best to buy these items when they are locally grown and in season if you will have them at all. Companies frequently use this gas in bananas.
You never know what is going to go on with your food when it is being processed by large companies. Have you ever seen the lettuce video on YouTube where they actually physically peel plastic layers off the leaves?? Here is the clip – It’s really gross. They spray fruits and vegetables with that stuff so they stay “fresh” and look ripe in the grocery stores. It allows them to last longer than locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables.
I will admit, I’ve been a naughty girl. Since I’ve cut gluten foods from my diet, I’ve been relying more on these forbidden fruits and maybe it’s about time it caught up with me.
It started Friday afternoon on our long drive back from Hilton Head. I thought I was just stiff from being in the car for 12 hours. My back ached liked crazy, I was abnormally sore from my workout the day before and my neck was throbbing with severe tension pain.
My fingers are the first to give way that something is wrong. It’s like they move in slow motion and I can barely type. What the hell is wrong with me (I think to myself), I’m only 30 how could I possible have arthritis like this.
My lips starting tingling too – it’s just from being in the sun I said all week. (knowing very well what Dr. Aukerman said during my first appointment)
I know I ate guacamole at lunch that day. But, I didn’t think I’d pay for it like this.
Fast forward to today. I ate Chipotle and yes, I devoured some guacamole.
My lips are tingling and I can see the red lines around them like that time at Dr. Aukerman’s office.
I can barely type this blog post because my fingers are so stiff and hurt so bad.
Conclusion: I should stop eating avocados.
But why? I love them so much. It just seems like my whole world is crashing down just because of another set-back, another list of foods I can’t eat anymore. It isn’t fair. I want a freaking bagel or a sandwich with everyone else. Why can’t I just have my banana and eat it too?
Have you struggled with these foods?
Do you have a latex food allergy? Leave a comment below and tell us about it….
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