a traveling Wife: Food Allergies & Latex-Fruit Syndrome

Food Allergies & Latex-Fruit Syndrome

Friday, February 26, 2016

What do a banana, kiwi, avocado, and latex have to do with each other? Keep reading and find out why I become envious of food posts on Instagram

Have you ever heard of Latex-Fruit Syndrome? It is an allergy or immune system reaction to the proteins of latex - more specifically chitinases and hevein-like proteins. What does this mean for people that have a latex allergy or intolerance? It typically means that they need to avoid particular foods that also contain proteins found in latex. Symptoms can vary from a severe allergic reaction to a simple sensitivity or intolerance to the proteins.
Click to tweet: What do banana, kiwi, avocado, and latex have in common?
A little unknown fact about me, I am a victim of Latex-Fruit Syndrome. It all started years ago with a reaction to bananas. I would eat fruit and yogurt parfaits every morning and top the yogurt with berries and bananas. I kept getting severe stomach pains and thought I might have a lactose issue. Upon removing lactose from my diet, but still eating the same fruits, I was having the same issues.

I changed up the way I was eating and would make eggs each morning. Go figure, the same stomach pain occurred. It was immobilizing and frustrating. Being a 20 year-old, why was I in so much pain?!

After doing a bit of research, I had anything from appendicitis to cancer. << More the reason to never research symptoms via Google.

It appeared when I avoided certain foods I was just fine so I opted not to seek professional advice. Let's face it, I didn't want to be tested and poked and prodded only to find no answer. Perhaps I didn't have much faith in medical advice based on past experiences.

Then one day I started my day with a plain old banana. I thought I was going to die, or that my insides were going to explode, or that someone was twisting my organs like they were wringing out a towel. I laid in fetal position for hours researching banana reactions. Then I remembered when A proposed and we celebrated with guacamole, like one does after getting engaged. I felt the same pain.

Everything was adding up and that is when I knew I suffered from a Latex-type allergy or intolerance - Latex-Fruit Syndrome. Bananas, avocados, eggs, etc were all causing the same pain with different severities.

There are a ton of latex cross-reactive foods, these are just a few: banana, avocado, kiwi, mango, papaya, mushrooms, mustard, bamboo shoot, apricot, eggs, and many, many more.  *I am not a medical professional or dietician. If you feel you suffer from similar symptoms, seek professional advice.*

This brings me to Instagram. Because I cannot eat two of the most photographed food items, banana and avocado, I despise browsing through Instagram - my favorite social media outlet. Everyone is eating avocado toast with a side of oatmeal topped with bananas. Or a smoothie bowl made with bananas, topped with bananas. Or 'nice cream' made with blended bananas. See, it's impossible to scroll through all my friends without some sort of envy.

This makes me think about all those individuals that choose to follow a particular diet either because they need to for their health or just because they want to. I want to be more sensitive to other's views on food and share well rounded meals and recipes. Some people choose to eat vegan, some choose to eat gluten-free, and others HAVE to eat that way. My only hope is that you too can see how food creates certain emotions for someone else and their first response might not be, 'Oh, that looks so GOOD!'
Click to tweet: Become more sensitive with the types of food photos you post on social media. See why.
Do you know anyone that has a latex allergy or suffers from Latex-Fruit Syndrome?
Have you ever had an allergic reaction to a particular type of food?
What are your favorite photos to see on Instagram? What don't you like seeing on Instagram?


  1. I also have latex fruit syndrome. However, mine is a bit different. I mainly get OAS (Oral Allergy Syndrome), hay fever, and an asthma attack. The last time I had strawberries I had to use my nebulizer every 4 hours for 2 days, along with benadryl every 6 hours. My OAS rashes usually last about a week. Sometimes it's from eating food that did not contain any latex fruit but was cross contaminated (usually with avocado at a Mexican restaurant).

  2. I also suffer from latex food allergy. Avocado is what clued me in! I also have problems with anything in the squash family but I can eat bananas! It's all so confusing and new to me. How did you change your diet and include enough fruits while handling this allergy? Any input would be amazing!


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