• Food Families

    Food Families

    FOOD FAMILIES This list indicates botanical relationships of several foods. Allergic cross reaction within families can occur but is unpredictable, with some groups more likely cross reactive than others. Allergy skin or blood tests help guide what needs to be avoided. APPLE FAMILY: Apple, pear and quince. ASTER FAMILY (composite): Lettuce is most common. Others

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    What is a food allergy? Food allergy is an immune reaction between small proteins in foods, interacting with sensitized cells in the gastrointestinal tract. These very specific reactions may result in mouth or throat swelling, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, hives, or generalized itching. A more severe response is referred to as anaphylaxis, which can

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