This is something I have dealt with most my life. And I'm not talking like an annoying ache. I mean full on, screaming, ripping-your-guts kind of pain.
I don't eat them so no need to tell me that part, heheh.
But I've always wondered why these particular foods cause such distress? Is it a particular protein that connects them all? Most health professionals I have asked in the past have given me the "I-dunno" shrug time and time again. One doctor did suggest some issue in relation to latex, but I'm not allergic to latex.
Anyway, I trust the knowledge and scientific fervor of this community, so I figured why not ask here? Does anyone else have this problem?
I also found myself getting very ill from Avocados and I know that you can be allergic to them. I did a little research and found a perfect answer for you!
Avocado allergy can take two different forms: one associated with allergy to tree pollen, such as birch, and another type associated with latex allergy. People with birch-pollen allergy can develop symptoms either immediately or up to 1 hour after eating fresh avocado or an avocado-containing food. Symptoms comprise local reactions in the mouth and throat with itching and inflammation (called oral allergy syndrome, OAS).
Others develop an avocado allergy because of the similarity between the allergens in avocado and natural rubber latex (e.g. gloves, condoms, balloons) a condition known as the latex-fruit syndrome. Symptoms developed by these individuals comprise generalised urticaria, abdominal pain, vomiting and sometimes life-threatening symptoms. These individuals may also develop adverse reactions to chestnut, banana, mango and kiwi.
I can eat mangos, kiwi, and banana just fine, though I have never eaten a ton of those fruits. If I have guac on my chipotle I feel like I'm going to implode.
About 3 or 4 years ago I found myself getting severe abdominal pains on a daily basis. It got so bad one day that I actually found myself passing out and my right arm and hand had unbelievable pins and needles. I thought I was having a stroke. I went to my doctor and she ran all kinds of tests, including an abdominal ultrasound, but couldn't find anything wrong. At the time, although I didn't put it together, I was eating avocado every day. After much internet research I found several people who seemed to have the same symptoms I was getting, and the common denominator was avocado. I stopped eating it immediately and within a few days the pains went away.
Fast forward to this year, I had decided I was going to have a cobb salad, which includes avocado, at a restaurant. There were no adverse affects so I thought the problem was solved. Unfortunately a couple of weeks later, I had another dish which had avocado, and within an hour or so those same pains were back again. They weren't as bad as before, but enough for me to realize that I had to stay away from avocado altogether.
Dawn, I'm having the same reaction from a single bite of broccoli at lunch – after not having it for YEARS, because I know it does this to me! But it smelled so good, I thought I'd try again. Argh.
Try some very strong mint herbal tea, or a few drops of bitters, if you have them. Sip it, don't chug it. It's not an instant fix but it usually helps me!
Good luck & feel better!
I'm online seeking information because the last 3 times I've eaten avacado I suffered tremendously from stomach pain. The first time there was some avacado in sushi, the second time I ate 3/4 of an avacado (something I'd done a few times before without problems) and just the other night I ate about 1/4 cup of a spread that included cubed avacado. Each time my stomach pain has been worse with this week's being almost unbearable for 4 to 5 hours. In reflecting I also think that the last time I had a migraine (2 years ago) was probably the last time i ate avacado before the three times I' ve mentioned here. i also struggle with bananas and almonds. Sometimes I can eat these without a problem but usually I get pain somewhere in the range of terrible gassy-bloating to outright having to cancel plans because it hurts so much ( that day I had eaten a banana and almonds as a snack when I was super duper hungry.) after the reading I've done here I'm onvinced that my recent problems were caused by the avacado and I will no longer eat it. Thanks to others for doing the painful experimenting because that's what I was going to do but your posts have convinced me I don't have to I'll just avoid avacado.
Okay you guys. I can't believe nobody here has figured this out. First of all, DOCTORS ARE IDIOTS and they know little-to-nothing about nutrition.
There is a common connection between bananas, avocados, mushrooms, kiwi, tomatoes, and MUCH more, even alcohol (especially red wine). The answer is HISTAMINE. They all contain high amounts of histamine and you are reacting to it. Yes there is an enzyme that addresses this, though my experience with it has not been great. It is called Diamine Oxidase, expensive and often hard to find.
My suggestion is to google the keywords "histamine intolerance" to learn all about it. I can pretty much guarantee that you will see foods here on the no-no list that you have difficulty digesting or reacted to in the past in some way. Histamine intolerance manifests in many ways so no two people have the exact same symptoms.
You have Histamine Intolerance which is a little different than an allergy. Now go tell your doctor to go jump in a lake. You can thank me later.
I too experience horrible gut pains shortly after eating avocados. As a kid I had no problem but now as an adult I have to be really careful I personally believe this to be a genetic predisposition because both my mom and brother have the same avocado allergy.
Several years ago I started having severe stomach pains and vomiting whenever I ate bananas. Recently I started having the same pains every time I ate an avocado. This really sucks because I love them both. I know they are in the same family as latex and as I am a nurse I am really hoping I don't develop an allergy to it as well.
Thanks for that link! I get the same reaction from both bananas and avocado. It took some experimenting to figure it out...painful experimenting...but at least now I know to avoid them both. I'm glad to hear it's not just me. People look at me funny when I say that I'm allergic to them. :S It's strange though, as a kid, I ate bananas very frequently and never had any reaction. It's only since I was about 25 that I noticed the symptoms. Avocados however, I never tried until around the same time. I'm still experimenting with garlic too. It might have given me the same reaction, but I wasn't keeping track carefully enough. Typically I just try to avoid large amounts of it to be on the safe side.
Probably coming in very late here but maybe this will help someone. I started eating avocados as a very young child-they were my mom
s favorite so we all grew up on them. Never had a problem. Then at age 22,when pregnant with my second child,I starte getting horrible stomach pains any time we ate at our favorite Mexican restaurant. I thought it was the salsa,the beans or something-anything but the guacamole. But I finally tried eliminating that and no problem. So I would ask for "no guacamole" but sometimes they would forget and put it on anyway. No big deal,I can just scrape it off. But I soon found that that didnt work-just the tiniest speck of it would put me in agony for 3-4 hours.Every couple of years I would try again and pay the price so I gave up. Then,after 20 years,I gave it a try and wow! No problem. I have been eating it since with never a problem. Until tonight. Hubby made guacomole,I had some with chips and BAM. I was in bed for four hours in terrible pain. This is after 20 years of eating it without a single problem. I am pretty sure I will never try it again. But how weird is it that this seems to be something that changes with me every 20 years? By the way,have never had a problem with any other foods or latex,although bananas did one time bother me just a tiny bit. I have never been big on bananas though so maybe I just never ate them enough to develop the allergy to them. I was a Phlebotomist for a time and so wore latex gloves every day but never a problem. Such a baffling allergy.
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