New food allergies
My husband and I have been primal since January, and in the past month by trial and error we've discovered he is allergic to celery. Wouldn't you know they put celery juice and powder in the vast majority of bacon and preserved meat. Then he just texted me to say he had the same reaction to something he ate for breakfast, and the only thing different was Tabasco sauce. I'm thinking its the red pepper maybe?
So, now, he reacts to celery, and we think carrots (raw), and possibly red pepper of some kind. Has anyone else experienced this? Right now this seems to be a progression, i.e. he's becoming allergic to more and more foods as time goes on. Thoughts?
On a side note, this has actually helped us eat cleaner than ever. We have found a bacon at Whole Foods with no celery, and a genoa salami by Applegate that he can eat. But, we're basically staying away from all processed foods, which is a good thing.
As far as the carrot thing, carrots are botanically related to celery - they are all part of the "Apiaceae" family, aka "Umbelliferae". If you google around, you will find that this family is a large botanical family and contains (among others) carrot/parsley/dill/celery/parsnip/chervil/fennel/dill (and more).
It is a halfway-known thing in allergy that if you are allergic to one member of a particular botanical family, you need to be careful with the other plant members of that family.
Hot peppers are nightshades, though - that is the tomato/potato/sweet and hot pepper/eggplant (and others) family.
I recommend doing a little research on the botanical families that your hubby seems sensitive to - if the troublesome plants turn out to be all in two families, there you go.
Celery allergy is actually really prevalent in Europe - like peanut allergy is here, so don't feel weird. And you have the right attitude - I have a few kids in the house with wicked food issues, and we have chosen to look at it as a blessing of sorts instead of a curse, as it keeps us on the really straight and narrow, too. You avoid a lot of SAD and crappy food choices that way.
Thanks for the info! I had heard about celery allergy in Europe and both of his parents are from Holland, so that makes sense.
I'm really hoping he is not developing an allergy/sensitivity to nightshades now. Ugh.
Celery being in preserved meat - wow. How did you discover the allergy?
I am actually surprised it is used so often in cooking to add depth of flavor - celery doesn' seem to have much flavor at all.
It is apparently used as a preservative in many foods, which seems like a better choice than a chemical preservative...unless you have an allergy to it!
We discovered it because he was looking for more veggies to eat at work and bought a bunch of celery and carrots to munch on there. I absolutely detest celery and don't really like carrots, so these are things we didn't have regularly. For a couple days in a row he had to come home from work due to severe brain fog and a feeling he describes as "wonky." So, we looked for what was different and pinpointed the veggies. The next day he just had carrots and didn't get wonky. Unfortunately, the wonky feeling started happening every morning after breakfast, which was when I read the bacon label and discovered it. Not only that, but we use the bacon grease in other cooking as well, so he was getting a steady intake of celery throughout the day. Then we read every single label in the house, got rid of those foods, and the brain fog and weird feelings went away immediately. Benadryl helps, if he accidentally eats celery, but he's becoming more and more sensitive to it, so we're just eliminating it. Between being primal and having food allergies, it really limits the amount we can eat out, so that's probably a good thing
It does seem to be a thing that if you completely remove something from your diet for awhile you then become hypersensitive to it when you put it back into your diet.
Is that a case of discovering an allergy - or creating one?
I dunno but I've decided not to experiment in that way...
Really good point. So far, my thought has been that when I have taken things out of my diet, like grains, and then become sensitive to them, it is a good thing. I shouldn't be eating them anyway, and my body is reacting properly to them. I also recently became allergic to lavender because I way overused it. It was in everything I used. So, I definitely created that allergy.
This celery allergy I think is more linked to genetic makeup, and then discovering it by overusing it, probably. Whatever it is, it has gotten progressively worse and I hope it stops with celery and carrots.
Celery is in preserved meat because it acts as a food-based nitrate. Chris Kresser had an article about this recently.
Sweet potatoes are not considered a nightshade.
I'd get blood work and a full food allergy test done by a trusted naturopathic doc. I did, and I'm glad I did.
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