The Truth about Fruit Allergies and How to Make them Go Away, for Good. Really!


What’s the deal with fruit allergies?

The whole fruit allergy thing is SO bothersome.  And I’m not talking about just having fruit allergies, which is annoying, to say the least, but I’m also talking about the mystery surrounding where they come from.  There are tons of postings all over the web, but none really point to any quality information about how to rid yourself of those darn allergies!  If you do a search for “Oral Allergy Syndrome,” you’ll end up with lots of posts and articles on the subject.  Pretty much every one of them says that fruit allergies are on the rise, in general, and that the cause isn’t known or understood.  The only suggestion they make is to stop eating the fruits that produce an allergic reaction.  Not too helpful.

I can’t make any promises to you about getting rid of your fruit allergies.  But what I can offer you is the hope of getting rid of them.  I was able to get rid of mine, and it makes me believe that there’s no reason that you can’t get rid of yours.  The hard part, of course, is figuring out how to go about doing it.

A brief background of my history with fruit allergies

Throughout junior high and high school I was one of those kids who took an apple to lunch with me every day.  I loved apples.  I liked other fruits too, but during that period of time, apples were my thing.  One day in high school I began to notice that after eating an apple my throat and mouth would get itchy, and I’d get some bumps and general swelling around and on my lips.  It got progressively worse over time, and I eventually stopped eating apples. The really sad part was that I had to stop eating pears, strawberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and plums too! Some people talk about pesticides as a possible cause for these allergies, but I would react equally to organic fruit, so I don’t think that had anything to do with it.  I should also note that people often tend to associate fruit allergies with people who get spring allergies, and I do deal with allergies in April and May, so that’s certainly a possible link.  However,

The tide eventually turned…

When I was in my mid-twenties I met a super-sweet vegetarian girl who’s diet soon rubbed off on me.  Admittedly I was never much of a red-meat eater.  I typically stuck mostly to chicken, turkey, pork, and fish, until I made a dramatic shift and stopped eating all animal products. After about 6 months of being vegetarian (vegan, technically), I had a piece of an apple and thought to myself that the allergic reaction it produced was much weaker than it used to be.  I didn’t think much of it at the time, but I did make a mental note for future reference.  After about a year of being vegan, the allergy was 90% gone and I was back to eating every fruit that once caused problems for me! It didn’t take too much longer before I was 100% back to normal with no allergic reactions to any fruits.  I can’t tell you how exciting this was, especially since I love fruit and wanted to eat so much more.  After all, I had become a vegan, and I needed to get my nutrition from somewhere!  These days I’m a raw foods enthusiast who eats probably about 50% of my diet as uncooked whole fruits and veggies, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy eating fruits with no itchiness or swelling.

Why I believe my fruit allergies disappeared

First off, let me say that I’m not here to promote vegetarianism.  Really, that’s not my goal.  I can’t even say that I think animal products were necessarily the cause of my allergies.  Animal products might have caused my fruit allergies, or to be more specific, it’s possible that a particular animal product might have caused my fruit allergies.  However, I’m more inclined to think that it was something in one or more of the animal products I was eating.

When I initially shifted to being a vegetarian, the most dramatic change I made in my diet was to eliminate poultry and tuna.  Prior to making the switch, poultry and tuna were the two primary sources of protein in my diet.  I typically had one or the other on any given day.  Admittedly I made other changes during that time, but none was so pronounced.

It seems ironic but it also makes perfect sense that the oral “allergy” that used to be triggered when I ate certain fruits, was actually caused by other foods in my diet.  The problem is I can’t say with 100% certainty, which food was the ultimate cause.  However, I feel extremely confident that it was a result of either the poultry or the tuna that I was eating during that time.  I ate both of them very frequently and in significant quantities during that time period.  I was a young teen, and I had begun to consume a lot more calories at that point in my life, and so tuna sandwiches, ground turkey sloppy joes, burgers, and chili, were pretty much my life-force.

If I had to make one recommendation to a person suffering from fruit allergies…

At this point, I have to say that if I could make one recommendation it would be to begin the journey today toward a diet that is 100% plant-based. I believe that anyone who shifts to a whole-food plant-based diet is likely to see dramatic results within just a few months, not to mention the side-benefit of getting leaner and feeling better. However, I realize the idea of switching from an animal-based to plant-based diet is very difficult. And even though that’s the one way you can pretty much guarantee success in ridding yourself of oral allergies, at the VERY least I would say that if you eat a lot of chicken and ground turkey products or a lot of tuna…  cut it all out of your diet right away.  Ideally I think you should stop eating all non-organic meat, dairy, poultry for a period of 1 year.   If you eat tuna or any other fish, especially high mercury-content fish– you know, fish that are near the top of the food chain– you should stop eating that too.  You should also consider switching to all natural or organic meat and dairy products that contain no hormones, antibiotics, toxic metals or other chemicals.  See if this make an impact.  I was able to notice after only about 6 months that my allergies were going away, so I think 1 year should be sufficient for most people to detect a dramatic change.

Good luck.  I know how much allergies can put a damper on your ability to enjoy nature’s BEST food.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on this one, especially if you make the dietary shift.

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  1. #1 by Leigh on July 15, 2009 - 12:06 pm

    Hi,
    I’ve been researching my really annoying allergies and found your blog. I too have severe fruit allergies, I actually carry an epi-pen as my throat closes up. This allergy has gotten progressively worse over time and I seem to be adding allergens. I also have allergies to cats (i own one), roaches and seasonal allergies (trees, grasses etc.)

    The fruit allergy is the most annoying as I eat a tremendous amount of fruit and as each fruit gets stricken off I feel more and more depressed.

    I do not eat red meat and so get my protein from poultry, dairy and soy products.

    Any advice you can give would be great!
    Thanks, Leigh

    • #2 by OAS Veggie on June 4, 2014 - 8:03 am

      Really fascinatiing.

      I hav had OAS for several years… what’s frustrating is i’ve been a veggie my whole life!….

      i had my first reaction from evil cherries….
      Met two other people who’s OAS kicked off from the mean cherries!
      curious….what’s was your trigger?

      i find organic food has a slighty less reaction… i can have a bite of pear without itching….

      please cure me…. i miss raw fruit and raw carrots….

      • #3 by doug on June 4, 2014 - 12:11 pm

        What about dairy? Eggs? When you say you’re a veggie, are you still eating animal products like cheese? If yes, I would suggest you remove all dairy from your diet immediately. I would also strongly urge you to minimize consumption of processed foods.

  2. #4 by doug on July 15, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    Leigh,

    I’m sorry to hear about your severe allergies… However, there is hope! If I was able to get rid of my fruit allergies completely, I do believe that you can too. There is zero doubt in my mind that my fruit allergies were 100% caused by something in my diet. The hard part is figuring out what specific item(s) caused the allergies.

    As I mentioned in the post, the most dramatic change I made to my diet during the first 6 months of eating vegetarian was to stop eating poultry, but my gut instinct is that poultry in itself was not the cause of the allergies. I think it’s much more likely that something IN the poultry was causing my allergies. Perhaps it was all the antibiotics that are used to keep the animals healthy while they are being raised?

    My recommendation, short of switching to an all-vegan diet, is to switch to an all-organic diet. If all the poultry and dairy you consume from now on is raised without any hormones or antibiotics and is not preserved with any chemicals, I think you’re making a step in the right direction. See if there’s any improvement after 6 to 12 months.

    My diet these days is quite strict by most standards. I eat a very large amount of fresh fruits, veggies, and greens. I eat no dairy, no meat, no poultry, and very small amounts of fish. I eat very little amounts of processed foods, but I do eat a small amount of bread, some tofu and other soy products, as well as some grains and legumes, but not a ton. Overall my goal is to eat as much as possible in its unmodified form. Virtually all my shopping is done in the produce section at the organic market. I buy almost nothing that comes in a box, can, or jar. However, I want you to know that my fruit allergy was long gone before I ever went to such a strict diet. The allergy disappeared simply after stopping eating all meat and poultry. I didn’t really increase my raw/whole foods until well after the food allergy had already disappeared.

    Good luck! Please follow up with me if you have any success with these suggestions or others.

    -Doug

  3. #5 by Cris on August 18, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    I recently became vegetarian and in the few months since giving up poultry (I had been steering clear of red meat for a while), my hay fever and allergy to cat dander has all but disappeared. I’m hoping that it’s a permanent side effect.

    • #6 by doug on August 18, 2009 - 7:00 pm

      Very cool! I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one whose diet has had a positive impact on his allergies. Thanks for sharing, Cris!

  4. #7 by Jigga What on September 11, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    You and Kevin Trudeau should totally be friends. While Doug Zuck’s points and philosophies are both valid and powerful, of course we have to consider the fact that thousands of other factors are involved. I know a guy who has been 100% raw vegan for almost 20 years and is still deathly allergic to strawberries. While I have been veg for 10 yrs and vegan for 3+, my cat and pollen allergies are still present, albeit diminished. Actually, this post makes me want to take the organic level to 100%. C’est la vie.

  5. #8 by Tony on March 18, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    I recently have had symptoms of food allergies. I am a 28 year old male. I have had asthma and “hay fever” all my life however. After having some throat trouble and going to a gastroenterologist to perform an endoscopy, they found Eosinaphilic Esophogitis – due to allergies. I had an allergy test done and the foods I am allergic to are tomatos, potatos, peas, corn, soy, tuna and cod. I had blood tests that indicate tomatos are the only food I should stay away from, and skin or RAST testing ( skin prick test) indicated I should stay away from the rest on the list as well.
    I have had some form of chicken (sandwhich or main dish) every day of my life ever since I can remember. So, my main forms of food were chicken and tuna and pasta with heavy tomato sauce. I am wondering if there is any correlation between the chicken/meat intake and these food allergies. I will be cutting out the meat intake and will also limit it to organic only. Hopefully this works. I will keep updates for anyone who cares.

    • #9 by doug on March 18, 2010 - 1:32 pm

      Please do keep us updated. I’m definitely curious. Thanks for the input.

      -Doug

  6. #10 by Tony on March 22, 2010 - 1:25 pm

    3/19: forgot to avoid chicken – ordered chicken parm at a restaraunt. Its hard to remeber to stay away from the only thing you ever ate before (lots of chicken)!
    3/20 – 3/21: no chicken or beef. stayed away… went to the market and bought organic chicken. Very expensive, but if it clears allergies and othe things, then its worth it. Also bought deli chicken and roast beef…the packages said ” No antibiotics used” – so thats good I would imagine.
    Next post will be on 4/22 – to give a solid month of this non-organic chicken avoidance, unless something comes up before then. During that time the main meals will not consist of chicken or beef…with minimal organic chicken consumption.
    See you on 4/22

  7. #11 by Toby on April 23, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    I too ate a lot of fruit when I was young and my fruit allergies started in my late twenties. Itchy throat and progressive difficulty breathing while eating fruit, but slowly diminishing once I stop (yes, I live life on the edge, but I love my fruit). I’ve had a couple of white wines affect me the same way. I have always had hay fever to weeds and grass mostly.

    I tried organic (avoiding pesticides, etc.) to no avail. My chicken consumption was low and turkey consumption was near non-existent. I had high red meat consumption.

    18 months ago, I got into eating healthier, exercise, and spending more time outdoors. For the most part, eating healthier meant practically cutting out fast food, eating much less fatty foods (not necessarily low-fat stuff, just much less or no fatty foods such as sausages), and eating more of a balanced diet (a good balance of carbs/protein/fat). Interesting enough, this also includes a big increase in eating ground turkey instead of ground beef. So, my poultry consumption has increased and my red meat consumption has decreased. In perspective, I would say my diet is balanced across all the meats as well.

    Exercise is interesting as well since I was fairly active up into my late twenties when I started an office job (and the allergies started). Finally, spending time outdoors in the sun which is known to cause our body to generate Vitamin D.

    My only conclusion is living my life like we should (balanced diet, exercise, outdoor activities) has made me much more energetic, happier, and with no more fruit allergies. The specific contribution to the elimination of my fruit allergies is unknown. However, I hope my experiences help others especially those not keen on becoming a vegan (I love my meat).

  8. #12 by Jo on June 2, 2010 - 10:52 pm

    I used to eat fruit a lot, and then my 8th grade year I got a Hep B and MMR shot and the next week I couldn’t eat fruit without having severe itching, swelling, and almost throwing up. I directly link my allergy to those shots. That summer was the first summer I had seasonal allergies as well.

  9. #13 by Mathew on July 14, 2010 - 5:11 pm

    Interesting. I have a nephew who is allergic to carrots. He is only 12 years old. His parents are avid meat eaters who also get him his routine vaccinations!

  10. #14 by Happy Veg on January 8, 2011 - 7:38 pm

    Thanks! I’ve had the same experience almost exactly. Was an apple person, developed OAS Birch pollen group. Very sad to stop eating fruit, raw carrots, etc.

    Since becoming a vegetarian 5 months ago (still eat dairy and eggs for now), my allergy to carrots has disappeared. I can now eat raw carrots for the first time in 20 years since I was teen. I look forward to trying a piece of apple.

    So many great benefits to the Vegetarian diet. I can never go back now.

    • #15 by doug on January 9, 2011 - 1:32 am

      Very interesting, Happy Veg. Thanks for sharing!

  11. #16 by BeeMcL on January 27, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    My boyfriend and I have recently made the switch to veganism and the past month or so we’ve been having strange allergic reactions to foods we’ve been eating our entire life. Just this morning a pineapple made my boyfriends mouth swell and burn. Could it be our wooden cutting board? We eat organic fruits and veggies and haven’t had chicken or turkey in months. I’m quite confused by this.

    • #17 by doug on January 27, 2011 - 6:38 pm

      This sounds pretty weird. If you’re BOTH having reactions, then I can’t help but wonder if there’s something else that you share or do or touch (perhaps something NON-food related?) that is the source of the problem. Maybe the seeming reaction to Pineapples (and whatever else) is just a symptom of something else? Is there anything new that you’ve introduced over the past month of being vegan that you didn’t eat previously? I’d be trying to examine the things that you’ve added to your lives/diets since becoming vegan, as opposed to the things you’ve eliminated. Keep us posted on your findings. This is definitely weird, to say the least.

      -Doug

    • #18 by HC on April 26, 2013 - 9:29 pm

      Hi Bee,

      Would love to hear an update from you if you’re ever back on here. I have so many issues in my body and every time I try to go on a healthy, strict diet and avoid dairy, sugar, grains, or anything that would feed candida or fungi, I end up becoming alergic to every food I eat. Foods that I normally don’t react to, I am now breaking out in hives from. I just don’t know why this happens or what to do about it. If I add the unhealthy foods back in my diet, the allergic reactions go away but I am unhealthy feeling in so many other ways. Caught in a vicious circle and don’t know a way out.

      • #19 by doug on April 27, 2013 - 3:15 pm

        I’m sorry to hear this. Remember, I’m not a doctor, so this is just my opinion. It might be that you’re actually detoxing when that happens. In your case I personally would recommend a completely raw vegan detox for at least a week. During that week (or longer) you would eat only 100% raw fruits, greens, veggies, nuts, and seeds. The nuts and seeds should be eaten in limited amounts, but you can eat as much fruits and veggies as you want. I would also suggest that you consider getting a colonic enema after a few days on the detox diet. You might find that your body does weird things for the first 3 to 4 days, but after that there’s an extremely good chance that you’ll be at your healthiest. Good luck!

        -Doug

  12. #20 by Samanta on February 27, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    Nice blog,

    I’m really glad for ‘getting over’ your allergies but I can’t say that I am not at least the slightest bit jealous.

    I have never made the connection between eating meat and fruit allergy before but then again I suppose I never would considering that I am and pretty much always have been a vegetarian (absolutely no fish either) with most of the vegetables I eat now being organic.

    If anyone is interested I refer to my allergy as a ‘Citric Acid’ allergy as I have found that products with Citric Acid cause me trouble. I also try not to have anything with Citronellol, Sodium Citrate etc in it either but that is mainly due to me thinking that they might be a problem as opposed to actually knowing that they are.

    So what fruits do people here find that you can actually eat?
    I can eat bananas without any ill effects.

  13. #21 by Maddie on December 15, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    Hi, I found your post while looking for input on my own choice to go vegan and the odds for improving my allergy situation (mostly hay fever, but also some unpleasant tingling in mouth with apples, for example).
    It’s too soon to say if there has been any beneficial effect on my allergies, but I thought I would throw another factor into the mix for those of you interested in expanding your food and nutrition knowledge. We all know about the dangers of pesticides and hormones in our foods, but until recently I was unaware of the “danger” of dairy foods and animal protein in general. Animal protein has been linked in many studies for several decades to any number of diseases in our “civilized” world (check out The China Study for only one example of an exceptionally well-researched work on nutrition). Though this point is not addressed in detail the book, I would not be surprised if the development of many common allergies is also linked to the amount of animal protein is consumed.
    As it’s not my intention to sell books or make good press for any one author or view, I suggest you just look into the subject yourself if you are interested. One really fascinating thing that got me thinking my choice to go vegan was right is that physiologically our intestine is that of a herbivore (plant eater). Meat eaters have shorter colons and the inside is smoother, hence less animal protein is absorbed by their bodies. You can choose to believe it or not, but it’s a very interesting subject, I find.

    • #22 by doug on December 15, 2011 - 6:35 pm

      Thanks, Maddie. If you have any new revelations in the future, please do share with us.

      -Doug

  14. #23 by Pippi777 on January 3, 2012 - 5:07 am

    I am gluten intolerant, dairy effects my asthma when I have too much, Haddock fish, grass, weeds, cottonwood trees, dogs, cats and rabbits. I’ve recently developed allergies to strawberries, raspberries, mangoes, pomegranates, red and purple grapes (green are okay) and either pineapple or cherries (not sure which, it was a dark cherry jam made w/pineapple juice). I’m sorry, but I already can’t eat so many things, I can’t even fathom cutting out all meat, too. I only eat meat 2, sometimes 3, times a week. And it’s usually chicken or turkey. Thus I’m already semi-vegetarian already. The only one I’ve actually been tested for are the pets and outdoor stuff, the rest I’ve found out just by realizing a reaction after eating them. The food stuff is a major trigger for my asthma, as well. They make the inside and outside of my mouth itch and give me a major, nasty, long-lasting rash. Due to the fact that I have no insurance, it’s around $800 dollars to get tested. I’ve already had to cut out so many different foods, that I’m almost scared of food at this point. And since I’m down to so few foods I know I can have, I’m not willing to give up some of the few things I know I can actually have without having a guarantee that it will help.

  15. #24 by Leia on May 5, 2012 - 10:32 pm

    Reading everyone’s experiences on this subject is interesting and gives me a twinge of hope! I am 32 and have had OAS as long as I can remember. I have reactions (hives on lips, horribly itchy gums and throat) to all raw fruit, veggies and nuts. Anything slightly cooked or canned I am ok with though. Nuts I have to buy roasted. I remember being able to eat romaine lettuce and tangerines a few years ago without being bothered, but then they started to and so I stopped eating those.

    I ate meat all of my life, mostly consisting of chicken. I was never big on red, but still ate it occasionally as well as tuna sometimes but no other seafood. About a year ago I decided to go vegetarian. I still have reactions to these foods, but I am still consuming dairy and eggs. I’ve been cutting down on them drastically in the past few weeks though, and considering veganism lately.

    I have always had bad springtime allergies, but by some miracle I haven’t suffered from them this year! (Hope I’m not speaking too soon) Lately I’ve been considering getting my amalgam (mercury!!) fillings out and I’m harboring a secret hope that if and when I do, my body will stop hating nature and I can eat an uncooked apple again. :) One of the many flaws in that theory is the fact that I may have had these allergies before my first filling. I know I was young, but I don’t remember when I got the fillings.

  16. #25 by erock on June 2, 2012 - 12:03 am

    thanks for your advice, i will change my diet. i was a fruit and vegetable lover, until one day i ate an apple and got a really bad itch in my ears and very soon after i vomited. ever since it has gotten worse where now i can’t
    eat any kind of fruits or vegetables, or even drink juice. however, if it’s powder juice or canned fruits i can drink or eat. i will try not to eat them one at a time to see if i could determine which food is it

  17. #26 by kyros on June 2, 2012 - 8:17 pm

    Hey all, love the advice I have read from some of you and have thought about applications to my own situation. I have not always been allergic to fruit as it used to be one of my key sources of nutrition. However, as time went on, I became more and more allergic to it until the point where I am at now where I can have no fruit of any kind, unless it is cooked in some fashion. By this I mean that canned fruit, jam/jelly/etc, and fruit juices.

    Also, for clarification, I have not found a single fruit that I can actually eat. There are also some vegetables that I cannot have under the same conditions as well, such as carrots.

    I first noticed this when I used to play soccer and we would eat oranges at break. I had simply assumed it bothered my throat because of how hard I was breathing, but I am not so sure of that anymore. The only other instance I can think of it becoming prominent was when I ate a piece of Star Fruit that I got from the store, probably a year or two after that incident, and my throat started itching like mad.

    I eat meat a lot, although lately I have been trying to stay away from eating too much of it, and have thought about swapping to organic for awhile now. The odd thing is, my diet has not changed much since I was a child, perhaps having a tiny bit more fast food than usual, and less meat, however that is only something that has happened in the past few years. I am 21, by the way.

    Any other suggestions or advice would be appreciated, and I hope the best of luck to everyone else out there. I know how infuriating things like this can be, and with a bit of determination, I’m sure everyone can better their lives in some fashion. Thanks again.

  18. #27 by Me on August 24, 2012 - 7:49 pm

    Just need to make it clear to everyone. “Organic” means nothing. There is still chemicals in them. It’s a big hoax just to get u to spend more. That said, we are all more then likely just reacting to the pesticides and other chemicals left on the fruits. Sucks ): Fruit and vegetables were made to be healthy. I’ve never in my life heard of fruit and veggie allergies! Those things are vital and meant to be extremely good for u. And it’s only on the rise

    • #28 by doug on August 25, 2012 - 3:06 pm

      Everyone is certainly entitled to an opinion, but if you have ever visited a farm that operates under organic certification then you would know that organic absolutely means something. This isn’t to say that the system is perfect, but it is to say that some options are better than others. In this case, I think organic IS a much better option than conventional. Also, if you had read the post you would know that we are not saying that fruits and veggies are the source of the allergies. Rather, eating fruits and veggies in certain instances can trigger an allergy that is caused by a different source… possibly an environmental source… possibly a different food source, or possibly something else altogether. You should learn to read thoroughly and to write in complete sentences with proper grammar. Only then will someone take you seriously.

      -Doug

  19. #29 by Me on August 25, 2012 - 3:20 pm

    Some organic is better, yes. But still, there can be chemicals in it. Most organic is basically as good as any other healthy non organic option out there, I’m just saying u guys mine as well save ur money. If a person is getting swollen, itchy or a rash around and in their mouth when eating the fruit, it’s definitely something on the fruit, that’s all I’m saying. I’ve tried organic, still the same thing. If ur going organic it has to say 100% certified organic for it to be any better. Even then it’s obviously not 100% organic like they would want u to believe. (: I’m not trying to argue, just sharing the truth is all.

  20. #30 by Me on August 25, 2012 - 7:52 pm

    Also lots of allergies are just symptoms of a chronic yeast infection, like candida for instance, that’s my issue. Depending on the severity of the yeast overgrowth, once u’ve got it back under control by eliminating certain foods and living a healthy lifestyle, ur more then likely to have ur allergies leave. But u got to deal with it before it gets way out of hand because yeast overgrowth causes a lot of different diseases

  21. #31 by JaneyC on September 3, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    Interesting….I am 48 years old and developed allergies to some fruit, some nuts, and a small amount of veggies within the past 8 years or so. I was never one to suffer from spring time allergies but have noticed in the past year or so that I do sneeze a lot and my nose runs constantly…especially if outdoors at the lake. I have also developed some eczema and rosacea in the past year and now am wondering if it’s all related! I am going to greatly reduce, of not eliminate meat and poultry from my diet. I will continue to eat eggs, Greek yogurt and some cheeses as I need the protein at my age. Will keep you posted. Thanks for this information.

    • #32 by doug on September 3, 2012 - 7:14 pm

      Good luck. You might consider at least switching to organic yogurt and cheese if you’re not already eating organic. Also, regarding protein, you’d be surprised at how little protein humans actually need. And it’s certainly the case that you can get high quality protein from non-animal sources, like seeds and nuts, for example. Just a thought. Keep us posted on your progress.

  22. #33 by Alex on September 6, 2012 - 8:47 pm

    Hey guys today for the first time I was able to eat a raw apple with no allergic reaction. In the past my throat would get itchy and swollen I would also get hives. I m not a vegetarian but what I have done over the years is cut out a lot of processed food in my diet lower my red meat in take and rarely eat pork. I drastically raised my daily veggie and fruit intake but not ones that cause me allergies like apples, pears, plums, peaches, and certain raw veggies like carrots. I also had a mild allergic reaction to all raw organic nuts. What I did was start eating small portions of raw organic nuts daily for awhile it did bother me after some time it went completely away. At same time i started adding a little bit of raw carrots to my diet and the same thing happen. After a few years of doing this I decided to try my luck with a raw apple today and I had no allergic reaction to it.

  23. #35 by Jess on September 12, 2012 - 7:55 pm

    Reading these comments gives me hope! =D I LOVE apples, and hate that when I give in and have a bite, my reactions start going crazy! As sad as it is that so many people have this, it’s nice to know I am not the only one! I haven’t met anyone else who suffers from this. It’s a bit hard when staying over at other peoples houses and helping out with dinner, and having to explain why my eyes are getting swollen, read and watery, just from peeling potatoes!! People always give me a hard time like i am “pretending”. Don’t know how you can do that when you can see the reactions happening right in front of you, but I suppose that’s how odd it is. I can’t eat ANY raw veggies, nut and most fruit. (I find if the fruit has a thick skin that you peel, it is generally fine eg oranges, bananas etc). My diet is not the best. My parents aren’t the healthiest, but now that I have moved out, it is a lot easier to learn (I wasn’t allowed to cook at my parents). I’m really keen on a raw food diet. I have been reading all about it and have seen so many yummy looking recipes! I managed to start on one organic, raw food meal a day, which was breakfast. AMAZING! I have had really bad digestion since I was 1yr old. And for the first time, I wasn’t sluggish, bloated or anything bad for that matter, after eating it. That alone is enough to make me want to change over to a 100% raw diet. I am having a little bit of trouble with it though, being limited in what I can eat. If anyone is going through this and would like to talk, let me know =D I don’t know anyone that has even heard of a “raw food diet” so having someone to talk about progress with would be great! I wish you all the best of luck with your journey! And hope it works out for you =D

    • #36 by doug on September 12, 2012 - 8:12 pm

      Hi Jess – good news for you. I’ve been dabbling with raw foods for about 7 years, so I know quite a lot about it. I actually just got back from The Woodstock Fruit Festival, so maybe you want to join us next year! I personally do not subscribe to the belief that a 100% raw foods diet is the best long-term diet, but I do believe that it’s the BEST cleansing diet that exists. Nutrient dense, low calorie foods… your body will love you. You will feel better than you can ever imagine after eating a very good raw diet for a few days. These days I eat a lot of raw foods, but definitely not 100%. The cooked food that I eat is very “clean” … lots of greens, veggies, and other good for you stuff with virtually no processed foods whatsoever.

      Good luck!

      -Doug

  24. #37 by Tahlia on October 16, 2012 - 10:16 am

    See this is all very weird because when I eat fruit my tonsils swell to point of joining together and it stops me from breathing which is very bad for me because I have asthma and hayfever but I can eat anything nothing else happens when I eat red meat (once a while) and we have to make sure it’s good for my family because my dad had bowel cancer but was lucky to not have a bag so anyway we eat lots of veggies but still if I eat fruit or even drink it we have a juicer an my throat still swells so I’m going to the ear and throat specialist to try to get my tonsils removed because when I was younger I used to eat fruit everyday and a lot of it but 1. Day I had a fruit salad with watermelon and pineapple and that’s when it happened I miss eating fruit I would just like this to go away
    So I can eat fruit again

    • #38 by doug on October 16, 2012 - 7:11 pm

      That’s quite a sentence :-)

  25. #39 by Tawanna on November 10, 2012 - 7:54 pm

    I thought that I was completely alone in this matter…It’s mostly citrus that I cannot partake of. But I can’t have sodas either…I hate the aftermath that occurs once I’m tempted to eat fruit. I get this hideous red-ish inflammed face and when its done weeping it leaves one gruesome scaley mess of a mug on my body…I constantly have to put witch hazel, wash it and apply calamine lotion to it! Im really perturbed by this. I love fruit and all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that it aides my body with without having to take so many vitamins or supplemental tablets. HEEELP! I would love to endulge in the essence of my fruit again.

  26. #40 by brenda quilici on January 15, 2013 - 1:31 pm

    I just had the most sever reaction ever…after eating a peeled apple…I get a reaction on occasion to cheeries, watermelon and peaches but NEVER like this..I couldn’t swallow and now hv los my voice and can’t talk As the severity subsides I realize just before the apple I was eating turkey..I almos called 911, this time was scary…lookintinto an epi-pen

  27. #41 by Katarina on January 28, 2013 - 12:53 am

    I thought I was the only person who has this allergy. I thought I was allergic to the seeds in the fruit but now i’m considering that there may be a different cause to my allergies. I too used to love eating apples, I packed myself one eevery single day for my lucnh from the time I satrted school until one day I noticed a strange feeling in my throat and swelling of my lips. Shortly after it started happening with every fruit I ate. I was in grade 4 when that happened, I am not 18 and havent eaten an apple, strawberry, plum, peach, qiwi, pineapple or nectarine since then. I’m not going to try changing my diet and see what happens because i do love fruits. I think your story is going to be very helpful for many people, it has been helpful to me and thank you for sharing.

    • #42 by doug on January 28, 2013 - 8:39 pm

      Good luck! Please post here if you learn anything new or you have success/failure etc.

      -Doug

  28. #43 by Safa on January 29, 2013 - 12:50 am

    My theory is that its not true allergies – its sensitivities due to digestive enzymes (amylase, I think) in your saliva that are supposed to decrease the acidity of fruits before you swallow them so they don’t irritate your throat. If you drink water or eat something directly before eating fruit, a large portion of those enzymes get swallowed and there are less in your mouth (you have limits to how quickly you can produce saliva). So its best to not eat fruits in combination with anything and wait 10-15 minutes after eating/drinking before eating more acidic fruits – like the ones you mentioned.

  29. #44 by Jon on February 10, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    Hallelujah..finally I’ve found something I can at least try to overcome my food allergies.
    Like many of you I used to enjoy apples and pears etc. as a kid. Somewhere around the early ’90’s I bought a juicer and I was going to become super healthy. To my dismay after juicing a carrot my throat got itchy and started to swell. Same thing happened when I tried to juice apples. I soon discovered I was allergic to apples, pears, apricots, plums, carrots, celery and a few others. I was told there was nothing I could do about it. I tried organic, I tried peeling the skin. Nothing worked. So I just stopped eating these foods.
    Fast forward to 2012..I became determined to try and beat this somehow. Allergists have nothing useful or hopeful to tell me. But I did learn that all of my food allergies were foods from BIRCH TREE POLLEN family. Interesting to note, the early ’90’s, when my food allergies began, is when Monsanto started to really take a hold of the seed industry.
    I’ve been thinking about becoming a vegan a lot lately so I guess I’ll try it and see if it works for me. At the very least I’ll be eating healthy. I’ll check back and let you guys know how it goes.

    • #45 by doug on February 10, 2013 - 8:33 pm

      Good luck! Please keep us posted. Here I am about 8 years after becoming a vegan, and I have not noticed even a drop of a reaction to any fruits in 7 years. Furthermore, I eat a TON of fruit. I’m into the raw foods world, and I continue to make fruit a focal point of my diet, with no limitations.

      -Doug

      • #46 by Keith on March 15, 2013 - 12:33 pm

        It’s too bad we don’t all have 1 quick fix. I bought a juicer 2 months ago and am used to experiencing bad seasonal allergies… was even beginning to react to garlic, onions, and avacados. Now stuff is in full bloom here and I’m feeling great. It’s a strange sensation for me, but I am led to believe that the everyday routine of downing my green juice is having a homeopathic effect on my system.

  30. #47 by Chin on March 8, 2013 - 11:00 pm

    So, for as long as I can remember, I always was allergic to citrus fruit. I would eat an orange and the space from my lip to my chin would itch intensely and I would scratch it until I broke skin, wait for it to heal, then eat fruit again. I didn’t really believe in fruit allergies, plus fruit was my favorite food, so I continued. Throughout this entire time period, I had INTENSE spring allergies whereby four adults had to hold me down, so I didn’t scratch my eyes out (all jokes aside, I was a strong child).

    As I got older, the back of my throat, deep inside of my ears and the unreachable part of my nose would itch intensely all at the SAME TIME for ALL fresh fruits and vegetables, though I could still eat processed or cooked (but not dried) fruits and vegetables. Later, I discovered that drinking milk (especially almond milk but not soy milk because I’m allergic to that also), which helps to clear the palette in your mouth, prevented me from experiencing the itchiness, so I devoured fruit with a handy cup of milk nearby.

    In addition to being stubborn, I continued eating fruit because the reactions were inconsistent. I wouldn’t have a reaction when I ate fruit from certain places like catered meeting food at my job or one specific farmer’s market (but not other ones). Then, I would have a reaction to fruit purchased from Shoprite or even organic fruit. After a while, the allergies worsened and I started to get headaches whenever I ate fruit and the cup of milk was deemed useless. I reduced the amount I ate fruit, but still experimented like it was Russian Roulette since headaches just end my entire day and I just have to go to sleep whenever they strike.

    One day, I started to feel like my throat was closing whenever i ate any fruit, so I decided to go and get an allergy test done, which was a complete waste of time since I had to pay $1,000 after insurance just to get stuck by 60,000 needles and for them to say I’m allergic to everything except water essentially.

    Then, I was eating ceviche (one of my favorite foods) at a restaurant and my throat started to close. I don’t know what the heck they put in there, but I don’t have time to be allergic to seafood as well. I threw back some hot green tea to scorch my throat back open since I had a comedy show to see later that I wasn’t going to miss due to some food allergy.

    Now, to the point of the story, I just ate a bag of grapes, NO ALLERGIC REACTION! I did get them from that specific farmer’s market and washed them in hot water then lime juice and water. But, after reading everyone’s entries, I re everyone’s posts, I realized that it could be linked to the fact that I gave up meat and fast food/eating out for Lent this year. I think that meat isn’t the issue since others mentioned still eating it, but rather eating processed foods. Perhaps, our body gets so used to processing processed foods that it can’t handle real food. Just my two cents :)

  31. #48 by Keith on March 15, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    Thanks for the post, Doug. Since I moved to California when I was 8 yr-old, I’ve suffered bad seasonal allergies… mostly to grasses and weeds. Later on in my 20’s I started reacting to onions, garlic, and even avocados. I have either organic beef or chicken for dinner almost every night. I typically also have steamed broccoli or corn on the side… or maybe grilled asparagus if I’m feeling fancy.

    At age 34 I was beginning to pop claritin every other day or so to address the food and seasonal allergies. What finally seemed to make a difference for me was when I started making fresh juice in the mornings (after watching “fat, sick, and nearly dead”). My intent was just to be a little healthier and replace breakfast with fresh home-made juice. The surprising part has been the all-but disappearance of my sinus congestion brought on by allergic reactions. Have you considered that having meat in your diet may not have been the problem, but maybe it was the lack of enough raw vegetables? I’m thinking the raw ingredients (kale, celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon, apples) in my juice is having a homeopathic effect on my system. Stuff is in bloom here and I should have itchy eyes and be sneezing… feel great, however.

    • #49 by doug on March 15, 2013 - 7:08 pm

      Thanks, Keith, for sharing your experience. It’s certainly possible that addition of certain foods, rather than the elimination of others, might have actually been the reason. I personally don’t feel that’s likely in my case, but I can’t rule it out either. I think everyone probably has to find what works for them. Hopefully, at the very least, people who come across this posting will realize that there’s hope for them and it’s not just a lost cause.

      -Doug

  32. #50 by Sioux on March 27, 2013 - 7:57 am

    Very interesting. Although I seem to be the opposite to most here. My whole life I’ve been u able to eat Apples Pears Peaches and hazelnuts (plus a few other things). I’m 41 and ate my first whole apple yesterday with no tongue/gum/lip swelling. I still eat meat. In fact I haven’t changed my lifestyle (although I’ve cut down on bread the last 2 week’s to lose a little weight). To me it’s miraculous. But I’ve always expected to ‘grow out of it’. So it could be a positive subconscious effect.
    I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try everything on my allergy list yet but I was curious to know if it’s a common chemical change ( either in the person or the food, lol). Oh and I interestingly I have slowly developed early spring hayfever over the years – in fact normally this time of year if it wasn’t so wintery right now, end of March – but I never had it as a kid.
    So it’s as if the environmental allergy is replacing the food Allergy.
    (Sorry for any autocorrects from my phone)

  33. #51 by Lia on March 30, 2013 - 6:23 pm

    This was an interesting post – glad I stumbled upon it! I started developing my OAS around the same time I moved up to New England in 2008 – it got progressively worse as I lived up there. At it’s height, I couldn’t eat raw apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, strawberries, almonds or hazelnuts. I tried slicing the skin off and they would still give me reactions. Only thing I could do was cook them! I moved back to NY around 2011 and still had the allergies. Recently I’ve been on a diet for healthier foods and cut out almost all red meat (save for an occasional burger or small piece of steak) but have mostly chicken, turkey and fish (not much tuna), probably for about 6 months. A few weeks ago, I started having strawberries, rinsed well – no reaction at all. At my worst, they made my tongue/mouth itch for about 10 minutes. A few days ago, I tried a Bacio chocolate with chopped up hazelnuts (used to make my mouth itch like crazy) but didn’t eat the whole hazelnut on top – and I ZERO reaction. I thought I was dreaming! I had another one– nothing happened! Today I had the Ferrero Rocher chocolates, with the hazelnuts (also used to make my mouth itch for 20 minutes) – still nothing! I’ve had a total of about 6 or 7 chocolates over the last three days and have had no irritation at all. My conclusions so far: (1) I thought it was mostly attributed to my geographic change – which I’m still kind of leaning towards as the main reason for the change; but after reading this (2) I definitely have had a change in my diet, which revolves largely around the types and quality of meats I’ve been eating. I have also heard that allergies can come in phases, hoping maybe this one is cycling out. I’m going to try some more fruits this week – fingers crossed!!

    • #52 by doug on March 31, 2013 - 5:07 pm

      Good luck, Lia! Thanks for your comment.

      -Doug

  34. #53 by DM on April 23, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    I am so glad to have found this post!

    Last spring I developed fruit allergies overnight. I have yet to find a single fruit that does not make me really sick. My ears start burning and I immediately feel incredibly nauseous. I very much miss fruit.

    I bought a juicer last month and was enjoying it, until about a week ago when I started to react to vegetables, as well. I am devastated about this, as I am trying to clean up my diet to fix my allergies.

    I want to try vegan or vegetarian, but am not sure how to start since I have a severe nut allergy, a recent all fruit allergy and now a seeming allergy to vegetables. I do try to buy organic as much as possible lately when finances permit.

    Any suggestions on where to go from here? I am running out of food to eat and feel so very unhealthy and frustrated!

    Thanks.

    • #54 by doug on April 23, 2013 - 6:51 pm

      That’s tough, Dawn. I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Did you ever try to do a sort-of “forensic” analysis of your life and diet? Like for example did you change your laundry detergent or some other soap or body lotion or makeup when your allergy started? Did you move to a new home? Did you start or stop eating anything in particular? etc etc. Did you start or stop any medications? If I were you I would avoid any such products as a start. Might even considering fasting for a day immediately upon removing all these possible toxins from your existence, just to kick-start a brand new living. I realize this is NOT easy to do. Good luck with whatever you try. Let us know what happens.

      -Doug

  35. #55 by dan on May 25, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    this doug guy dont know anything about fruits and whats going on . first you must detox the toxins out of your body , then all allergic reactions will be gone , alkaline detox . go on dr sebis website , its really not that hard. to much listening to tv and media , all controlled by the government , they wont tell u real deep knowledge , stuff thats actually important , like awakening the lightbody, carbon666, sun gazing, alkaline detoxes, hybrid fRUITS AND HERBS , ALSO THERE ARE ALOT OF HYBRID FRUITS OUT THERE WHICH ARE NOT NATURAL AND MAN MADE IN THE ACTIENT TIMES . just like wheat, the real wheat is called ‘SPELT’ wheat is the man made form , why do you think so many people have allergic reactions to it? seriously if i told u what i know it would take hours, basiclly ive just saved all your lifes lol. so remember do your research on them things i listed , ALSO i wont be back on this site again so blessings to everyone , 1 word 1 love.

  36. #56 by dan on May 25, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Crossbreeding and hybridizing was started in the ancient world. This is the practice of creating a new plant or animal from two or more different wild species. The new species has the characteristics of its dissimilar parents but is also unique. This became a way of creating domestic plants and animals that could be cultivated or controlled. The new species can survive in places and under conditions that the parents could not. Modern day wheat was created this way, people began to live in cities and the original plant didn’t yield enough to feed large populations. This plant was crossed with another and the end product yielded lots of grain. The new plants were also bred so they could resist certain pests and could be planted all over the world. The original grain that it was made from was not high in starch. By changing the genetic order the new plant is high in starch which is corrosive to human tissues. There are many people who are allergic to wheat and are not aware of these facts. Changing the genetic order of wild life forms and creates genetic mineral and chemical imbalances and mutations in the new species and all that eats it. This new creature can also be very destructive to the environment like dairy cows crossed from buffalo and oxen. Cows can not digest food well, they create methane gas and is the number one polluters of air in the USA.
    Modern Corn crops are very hybridized and pull all the minerals out of the soil and nothing else will grow. This created the mid-western dust bowl. Corn is also high in starch or carbonic acid. One way to tell a hybrid plant is if it does not make a seed that can be germinated it has a high probability of being a hybrid. If its an animal and does not procreate on it’s own without mans intervention, and does not live wild in nature the probability is high of being a crossbreed.
    These sciences may not be considered gene splicing but it is genetic manipulation, now that gene splicing is the norm we are creating.
    “Franken-foods” which is now in the dictionary. Many modern diseases came about after we began to play with the natural order of plant and animal life. There is always a down side for tampering with Mother Nature, especially for pure profit and greed. It is because of mutation factors and blood borne disease that commercial flesh products are not recommended at all, yes not even the so-called organic meats. Organic plants are not suppose to be genetically altered some are because the genetic structure was changed long ago. Even though some are not the original plants, organic is still the best choice for balanced nutrition. It is up to each one of us to make educated choices when it comes to our wellness, we must be more conscious and respectful of the natural order of things.

    Did you know the domestic pig is unnatural, it is a product of science. The modern pig or swine are known to have been developed by the great scientist named Imhotep AKA Aesculapius the father of science and medicine. He crossbred the animal for king Zoser in KMT AKA Egypt to eat the garbage and the dead bodies after wars. The Garlic was produced also by the Egyptian for embleming the mummies. It is known that the pig is crossed with an African dog, cat and a wild African rat and does its job well. It eats everything and anything including feces. It has no sweat glands or conventional circulatory system so it is always in a state of disease. Worms like the trichinous or Trichinella make there home in the pig, this unnatural animal is unfit to eat. Some of the parasites and their eggs found in swine are not killed by cooking. Some parasites can withstand temperatures up to 1500 degrees. Throughout ancient Egypt the pig was known as a transmitter of Leprosy. Moses declared the animal unclean. (Leviticus 11:7-8) it was not even to be touched. By far the greatest variety of parasites afflicting the present population of the Western world comes from animal foods. Almost every variely of commercial meat available is loaded with parasites of one form or another. Also parasites are present in tainted water sources.

    What are hybrid foods?
    Hybrid foods will not grow in nature. They are crossbreed food which must be nurtured and protected by humans or else they will be overcome by birds, insects worms, fungi and bacteria. Some common hybrid fruits are: seedless apples, several date varieties like kiwis, seedless pineapples, seedless citrus fruit, seedless grapes, seedless persimmons, seedless watermelons. Common hybrid vegetables include: beets, carrots, corn, potatoes, celery, and cauliflower. Common hybrid nuts, seeds and beans include: cashews, oats, rice, wheat, wheat grass, soy, legumes, and most beans. Common bybrid herbs include: Goldenseal, Ginseng, Echinacea, Chamomile, DonQuay, Aloe Vera, Nut Meg, Comfrey, Garlic.
    Hybrid foods are “missing vital electrics, they are unnatural and high in both sugar and starch. They are devoid of proper mineral balance that all wild foods contain. So when we eat a lot of bybrid fruit and vegetables that lead to mineral deficiencies, they cause the body to bring heavy minerals from the bones into the blood to buffer the sugar. This hybrid sugar is not completely recognized by the liver and pancreas. The minerals and sugar are then spilled off into the urine. Hybrid sweet fruit and sweet starchy vegetales can over stimulate you and cause you to lose minerals.

    Hybrid foods are taken out of their natural content and will not assimilate in the body completely, and instead store as a toxin. They will also damage the mucus membranes.
    Hybrid foods can feed fungal conditions like Candida whereas non-hybrid or wild fruit will not lead to such a condition.
    99% of the food available to us today are hybrid , high in starch and sugar and carry traces of cyanide poison. 50% of these hybrids are more detrimental than others, see the acid/alkaline chart for a complete nutritianal guide of the foods that are less harmful and detrimental to the body.

    Resources for Hybrids and Crossbreeding can be found by Dr. B. Sirius and David Wolfe’s new book called SunFood Diet for the success system.

  37. #57 by KW on May 29, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    I had a similar experience. I had oral allergy syndrome my whole life to stone fruits (cherries, plums, etc.), apples, pears, and tree nuts. I’ve slowly cleaned up my diet and mental health (stress) over the past 7 years and now, after 20 years of not eating any of those fruits or nuts, I’m slowly reintroducing them into my diet and finding that I have little to no reaction to them. Tree nuts are fine now. Apples are mostly okay. Plums are fine. It’s very exciting!

    I eat mostly whole foods and no dairy. I’ve been lessening my meat (beef, poultry, egg, fish) consumption over the past year and now eat about 70% plant based. I’ve dealt with emotional issues and manage my stress. I contribute my lessened seasonal and oral allergies to an overall decrease in bodily inflammation due to these changes.

  38. #58 by SJ on June 8, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    I have been eating mostly organic veggies, organic poultry and natural red meats for several years. I am allergic to every fruit except apples and grapes. I reintroduced organic blueberries into my diet after about 20 years, and was fine for about a year. Very scary reaction that came on suddenly after having blueberries in my cereal – shortness of breath. I am also allergic to all nuts. Needless to say, I flood my body with organic veggies, cooked and raw. So, perhaps for me it is not the poultry. I can’t eat sweets, and I’m hypoglycemic. Any suggestions?

    • #59 by doug on June 9, 2013 - 5:55 pm

      At this point I honestly say that for anyone who is truly interested in optimum health, with the least likelihood of encountering disease or allergies, a whole-foods plant-based diet is the *only* option. You eliminate (or at least dramatically limit) all processed foods to focus on organic produce– lots of fruits, veggies, and greens, along with small amounts of nuts and seeds. No wheat, no dairy, no meat. I believe that this is your best shot at getting back to “normal.” I’d imagine that within 6 months (probably less) you’ll notice a significant improvement.

      Needless to say but I’ll say it anyway, I am not a doctor. My advice and recommendations should not be construed as any sort of professional guidance.

      Good luck! Please report back.

      -Doug

  39. #60 by LP on July 19, 2013 - 7:11 pm

    Hi, thank you for sharing you’re story on here. I really did think I was the only one with these severe fruit allergies. When I was young I used to enjoy all types of fruits. Now i’m only restricted to some. Unfortunately i’m allergic to bananas, avocados, mangos, and watermelon. Basically anything raw. I’ve noticed that if the fruit is cooked or steamed it won’t swell up my throat. Even raw almonds have to be roasted or else they will cause my throat to swell. For a while I actually thought it was all in my head but i’m glad to see I’m not the only one!

  40. #61 by Kelly on July 30, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    Great discussion. I developed OAS in my 30’s (around 2002). I thought I was going crazy and it was all in my head! However, in the last year, I have been able to eat many more fresh fruits and vegetables since I have been eating “cleaner”. After reading these posts, I realize it must be related to the fact that I have pretty much cut chicken and red meat out of my diet (developed an aversion to many meats recently). For those who you who are discouraged with juice, would you be able to nuke the fruit and veggies for 5-10 sec before juicing? I used to be able to eat them after heating them up like that.

  41. #62 by Aria on July 31, 2013 - 4:54 pm

    This was very interesting to read. Both my dad and brother have fruit allergies. Or at least my brother used to have fruit allergies. He went to German for two years, and during that time he mentioned his fruit allergies began to lighten up. Now he says that his allergies towards a lot of fruits is completely gone. This makes me think that a diet change could have been a possibility for him. I’ll probably ask him about it later.

    Anywho. I actually come across this by trying to look up information about being allergic to carrots and cantaloupe. Though, with your post, I’m finding my situation to be somewhat odd. I hadn’t discovered that I was allergic to carrots and cantaloupe until this year, but my diet has changed significantly.

    I haven’t necessarily cut out all animal products entirely, though, I rarely consume them. Ever since I learned that I love to eat raw fruits and vegetables earlier this year, I have been avoiding eating large amounts of meat when I do have some. I’m actually finding meat to be less appetizing now that I’m eating more plant-based foods. I have also almost entirely cut out processed foods from my diet(most of those foods are hardly even healthy anyway, due to certain additives) and I very rarely ever go out to eat at restaurants, or never do at all if it means a fast food restaurant(greasy food has not been appetizing to me for the past couple of years).

    So, even though my diet has changed a lot for the better near the start of this year, but still needs a little more work, it wasn’t until then that I noticed I was allergic to carrots and cantaloupe. Though, I never ate those two much throughout the years, so maybe I just haven’t really noticed that I was allergic. It’s possible that I only need to give my diet more improvement and time before I’ll see if my allergies will get any better. I’d really like to eat carrots, which I love, more often(I’m still not a big fan of cantaloupe though, lol).

    Also, another interesting thing. I’m finding it very odd that I mostly have an allergic reaction to the large raw carrots(which I wash and skin before I eat) rather than the mini shaved down carrots you can buy at the store… This makes absolutely no sense to me.

    • #63 by doug on July 31, 2013 - 5:16 pm

      Interesting, indeed. Please keep us posted on your findings / results. Thanks for sharing.

      -Doug

  42. #64 by Alex on August 14, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    I just wanted to leave my input on the way I can attenuate the fruit to react with my mouth.
    I tried many things, but the one that stood out was to cut slices with a knife and eat those slices, instead of simply biting in the fruit. The contact between the gum/lips and the fruit is way less aggressive and for me, it works well. I can attenuate at least 90% of the symptoms.
    I am actually eating a plum right now… it started to itch on my gum and throat after 2 minutes, then some bumps came up inside my lower lip… then the itch went away, but the bumps take a little longer do disapear. So while the bumps were still there, I used a knife to eat slices and I am still great, the bumps are actually disapearing as I am continuing to eat the plum in slices, using the back of the mouth and molars, instead of the front and canines.

    I knew about my condition, so it’s nothing new. Plums, peaches/nectarines, cherries… and some nuts too (walnuts, hazelnuts).

  43. #65 by Steven on August 14, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    I watched a programme recently in relation to ph levels in your mouth. (sorry can not remember exactly what it was)

    Eating foods which can change the ph balance in your mouth and give you irritation try eating cheese afterwards.

    Cheese helps you produce Saliva quicker which acts as a natural way to re-balance your ph levels.

    Try it – its certainly helped with the irritations I get when eating foods

  44. #66 by Trill on September 7, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    I’m 30 yrs old and been a vegetarian all my life (I eat dairy but no eggs, except in cakes) . In the last 10 years I’ve developed fruit allergies . Dies this mean I need to try being vegan to get rid of the allergies .

    I never used to have any allergies but now I have hayfever, dust allergies , allergic to pets , nuts and most fruits .

    • #67 by doug on September 7, 2013 - 4:47 pm

      Hey Trill – thanks for the comment.

      I think the first question is really what is the nature of your allergy? What specific fruits cause problems for you and how do those problems manifest?

      In my personal opinion, your best bet is to a couple things. First, eliminate all dairy. I honestly believe that dairy is the single most unhealthy thing that humans consume. Second, eliminate or minimize the processed food in your diet while dramatically increasing the unprocessed whole foods… so, lots of fresh fruit, veggies, and greens. For cooking, the cleanest method is always steaming. And of course, definitely stick with as much organic as you can get your hands on. Lastly, examine your life. What are the environmental toxins that you encounter on a daily basis? Do you use a lot of creams and lotions or do you take prescription or non-prescription drugs? Do you use a clothing or bedding detergent that your body is reacting to? Or maybe a soap, shampoo, or deodorant? Most of us encounter plenty of smog and ozone and various other particulates in the air, but perhaps there is something worse about your particular location or your particular occupation? These are, of course, just a few thoughts off the top of my head. What about your body weight? Do you have a significant layer of fat on your body? Fat is known to store toxins, so that’s another possible vector.

      Good luck. Please keep us posted on your findings.

      -Doug

  45. #68 by Kat Bel on October 24, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Hi,
    When I was young, the only allergies I had were seasonal sniffles from pollen. In my 20’s, I started having oral allergies to peaches and plums (itchy lips & mouth, bump on lips). Now, in my 30’s it happens with apples, sometimes nuts and other raw fruits on occasion. The odd thing is that I can put whole organic apple, skins and all, through the juicer and drink it just fine. But if I eat them outright (crunch crunch crunch) I have an allergic reaction. Any ideas why this might be?

    • #69 by doug on October 24, 2013 - 3:25 pm

      Sounds identical to my issue. I know it’s a huge change, but I feel extremely confident that shifting to a 100% whole-foods, plant-based diet will solve your problem (and most other people who have commented on this forum). Good luck! Report back with any news.

      -Doug

  46. #70 by Mary on December 6, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    Hi,
    I just wanted to leave a note about something that my allergist informed me of. I had been diagnosed with an egg allergy, however I could have 2, but no more than 2 eggs and be ok. I didn’t understand how this could be. My allergist explained this as a threshold of tolerance in the body. My threshold was at 2 eggs and no more than that. Chances are, that threshold may change and I cannot have more than 1 egg.

    This also goes for my recent allergy to honeydew. This allergy is only during the pollen season when my body is already fighting off those allergens. The pollen I’m allergic to is linked to honeydew, so during the season the pollen is at its worst, having a honeydew melon would put me over the threshold and I’d have a reaction.

    I’m mentioning this because perhaps you have a threshold of tolerance as well. If your tuna/poultry had something in it that you were allergic to, it’s possible that the combination of fruit on top of that put you over your limit. Just a thought. I’m glad that you were able to bring back your fruit intake, as that would be more than annoying!

    M

  47. #71 by Briana on January 2, 2014 - 5:58 am

    Hi Doug,
    I am so thankful for finding your thread. It gives me hope that maybe one day I might be able to enjoy fruit and vegetables again. I developed a severe silver-birch allergy about 8 years ago and am unable to eat any foods associated with it (ie apples, pears, peaches, cherries). I actually didn’t think twice about eating a white fig a couple years ago and landed myself a fun trip to the ER after going into anaphylactic shock. I am so sensitive, even changing the protein in these foods by cooking, canning, or processing them still make me itchy. The ER visit was enough of a scare that I stear clear completely. I was wondering what your diet looked like when you went vegan? With so many food limitations, what did you eat everyday? Did you happen to keep a food diary during that time? If so, seeing a sample would be very helpful.
    Thank you in advance!

    As a side note for people who don’t feel cutting meat out of their diet is the answer, the only other advice I have ever read that seems to make sense for overcoming food allergies was to cure the “leaky gut syndrome”. A paleo or caveman diet is usually recommended.

    • #72 by doug on January 2, 2014 - 12:53 pm

      Hi Briana – I have been vegan for about 8 years now, and I’ve learned a LOT about nutrition over the years. My initial reason for going vegan had nothing to do with my allergies and it also had nothing to do with how I felt about animals. I was just kind-of grossed about the concept of meat and dairy. Working with raw chicken, for example, is disgusting. Now and again I would bite into a piece of gristle or something else that would just make my stomach turn in disgust. Dairy products always grossed me out, conceptually. I never understood why we, as adult humans, would eat so much dairy, which so clearly was intended for baby cows. Furthermore, the meat and dairy farms in America and the world are such abominable health nightmares, and I just didn’t want to be part of that anymore. I had no idea that a vegan diet would cure my allergies, so when my fruit allergy disappeared, at the time it just seemed like a wonderful side-benefit of being vegan. However, over the past 8 years I’ve gone on a nutritional journey of sorts, and now I can’t believe I ever dared eat animal products. I know that sounds a bit crazy or extreme to anyone who currently eats a typical American diet. One of the toughest things about veganism is the sort-of religious zeal that animal-eaters take on against the whole concept of veganism. People generally believe something along the lines of “We evolved eating animal products, and so that’s what we should continue doing.” Fruit has been unfairly villainized, in particular, mostly by the Atkins and Paleo supporters, who seem to have successfully indoctrinated most of America about what is and isn’t healthy for us. Unfortunately, I believe the Atkins and Paleo folks have no true concept for what is really healthy.

      Frankly, if we really look at evolution, it’s undeniable that our physiology was designed for primarily fruits. I’m not going to get into a ton of detail on this topic right now because it deserves much more space than a comment on a blog, but let me just say this. Millions and millions of years of evolution went into our design as fruit eaters. Humans and pre-humans have only been eating more significant amounts of meat for thousands of years, not millions. Our bodies have not evolved or adapted, physically, for animal consumption. Meat and dairy, however, were likely fantastic survival foods for us during the paleolithic era, and eating animals likely had a lot to do with us leaving jungle and moving out of the tropics. However, meat and dairy was/is a *survival* food. It’s not a food that we *thrive* on or that is *optimal* for our health. Animal products are *sufficient* foods to get us to reproductive age, and to keep us alive so that we can raise children. Speaking in evolutionary terms, however, there would be no evolutionary reason for us to physically adapt to eating animal products since they are sufficient for reproduction and survival. Furthermore, scientists agree that it generally takes millions, not thousands of years for physical adaptations to develop. So nowadays when we are capable of living to 100 years old, we finally see the effects of lifelong animal consumption. And it doesn’t look good. Also note that the level of animal consumption has risen dramatically in the past 50 years, and also in the previous 150 years before that.

      America, on the whole, is fat and sick. The reason is because we eat a ton of processed crap, meat, and dairy. It’s as simple as that. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and virtually every modern disease is linked to the crap we put in our bodies. Allergies are no exception. Anyone who is seeking true health… anyone who wants to get off medications and stop worrying about having to go to the doctor all the time… anyone who doesn’t want to be sick and diseased, especially as they age… anyone who wants clearer skin, a cure for digestive disorders like leaky gut syndrome or irritable bowel syndrome… anyone who wants to prevent kidney stones or osteoporosis… the list goes on. The answer is to eat a low fat, whole-foods, plant-based diet. And for those seeking absolutely optimal physical performance and health, then the diet should have a very strong focus on raw fruits, in particular.

      To answer your question, Briana, initially when I went vegan I wasn’t a “healthy” vegan. I ate a mix of healthy and unhealthy vegan foods. I started by simply eliminating all animal products from my diet. That wasn’t very difficult actually, but I did still crave “meaty” things and so I ate plenty of processed fake meat products and tofu, along with lots of fruit and vegetables. If I were going to recommend to someone how to start switching to a vegan diet I would suggest the following:

      1. Banana-based smoothies and green smoothies. Make sure the bananas are nice and ripe and spotted. We should never be eating unripe bananas. They will clog you up and mess with your digestion. Spotty, ripe bananas, however, are great for digestion. Blend several bananas with a handful of frozen mixed berries and some fresh squeezed juice… or blend several frozen bananas with fresh squeezed juice… add baby greens to make it even more nutritious. You won’t taste the greens. Smoothies like this are the easiest ways to get healthy calories. You can literally eat these morning, noon, and night if you want.

      2. I ate a lot of vegetable “stir-fries” though these days I would recommend vegetable “steam-fries” instead. There is simply no reason to use any oil at all. It doesn’t make the food taste better, it doesn’t make it easier to cook, and it doesn’t make it healthier. In fact, heated oils are carcinogenic. Additionally, fat sludges up our blood, and it blocks insulin from carrying glucose into our cells, thereby slowing down our metabolism. Fat is the reason that people have blood sugar problems and diabetes. Blood sugar is not an issue when the fat is removed and blood sugar is once again able to be processed/metabolized normally and rapidly. These days a vegetable “steam-fry” would be a LOT of raw and/or frozen vegetables gently steamed for a few minutes. If using frozen veggies, I like to put them in water to defrost them, then strain/drain them before steaming gently. Mix with a low sodium sauce (yes, you can use a bottled sauce, but homemade is healthiest) and serve over a bed of quinoa or brown rice.

      3. Quinoa and bean salads. It’s easy to make a lot and bring for lunch during the week. There are a ton of great quinoa bean salads on the web.

      4. Hummus sandwiches with shredded carrot, cucumbers, tomato, and fresh basil. When I first transitioned, I was used to eating lots of deli meat sandwiches. Hummus sandwiches gave me what I desired to still be able to eat sandwiches and satisfy that craving, but in a much healthier way. Look for the lowest fat, lowest sodium hummus you can find. Or better yet, make your own because it’s SUPER easy. This way you can control what’s in it.

      5. Back when I first transitioned I did still eat a lot of mock meat products from the frozen section. I ate frozen vegan pizzas, pastas, breads, tofu products, tempeh products… the list goes on. These days I barely eat any of that stuff since it’s not really food, but for people who first transition from eating meat, these products can help a lot.

      6. Fruit, fruit, and more fruit. Do not be afraid to just sit and eat TONS of fruit. Always have lots of bananas around. Eat them when they’re ripe or freeze them in zip lock bags. Find the best produce store in your area and experiment with new fruits you haven’t tried yet. Find papayas and mangoes, buy them in bulk and enjoy them! But of course in your case you will need to avoid any fruits that trigger your allergy. Given the severity of your case, you will clearly need to be very careful about how and when you attempt to re-incorporate the foods that trigger your allergy. And of course I’m not a doctor and I can’t give you medical advice.

      I would strongly encourage you to read Doug Graham’s 80/10/10 book (linked below) because he addresses toxicity and diet. I believe that our allergies are essentially reactions to toxins in our bodies, and his 80/10/10 plan is the most direct path to true health and detoxification. Many people would consider it extreme, but if we talk about extreme things, I’d say anaphylactic shock from eating a piece of fruit is also pretty extreme. It’s also extreme for Americans to continue eating themselves to death with very little concern for health. It’s extreme to be obese. It’s extreme to live with diabetes. It’s extreme to have bypass surgery for heart problems. It’s extreme to undergo chemotherapy for cancer. You get the point. :)

      These days I eat a diet that emphasizes raw fruits, baby greens, and vegetables. I eat minimal processed foods. But I’m NOT perfect, by any means. I’m not 100% anything ever. I believe that if it’s something that we would not enjoy in its raw state, then we were probably not designed to be eating it, and so we should make an effort to not eat it. Each person shall go at his/her own pace. Anyone who follows this plan, I believe, will have the best possible chance to rid him/herself of allergies and many health problems, while at the same time shedding excess weight. I’ll say it one more time, just to be clear. If you want to live with optimal health, if you want to avoid virtually every known disease or condition from indigestion to heart disease to diabetes to cancers, if you want to be thin without having to restrict your calories, then the answer is to eat a LOW-FAT, WHOLE-FOODS, PLANT-BASED diet. It’s as simple as that. That is your safest bet in the direction of personal health. No processed foods. No oils and virtually no nuts and seeds. Focus on fruits and vegetables. And while they are probably not absolutely ideal for optimal health, many healthy vegans choose to eat plenty of legumes and whole grain products, along with tubers and similar starchy vegetables. Everyone must embark on his/her own journey. The universal starting point begins with eliminating animals and processed foods from your diet. Everything else will follow naturally from there. The health benefits that you start experiencing will keep you motivated to continue progressing toward true health.

      A couple of books to whet your appetite with some fantastic information….

      The China Study illustrates the true relationship of animal products and all the diseases we experience on this planet. It’s a must-read:
      http://www.amazon.com/The-China-Study-Comprehensive-Implications/dp/1932100660

      The 80/10/10 Diet, by Doug Graham, has tons of great info on nutrition for humans and I highly recommend it:
      http://www.amazon.com/The-80-10-Diet/dp/1893831248

  48. #73 by Lisu on January 27, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    I ate LFHC for a while. I dont any more, but my fruit allergies are all gone. I have no clue what happened.

  49. #74 by Ellen on April 3, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    Thank you SO much for writing this blog. I’m 24 years old and I’ve always been allergic to a ton of things (food and non-food). I had to cut out fruits a couple years ago as well as diary, glutten,… Little by little I started to react more to vegetables as well, even though I was eating organic.
    Things got so bad last august I’ve been eating just rice and water for a couple of months now since I’m reacting to everything possible as well as herbs, nuts,… I got really really sick, had to quit my school and everything else in my life.

    I recently learned about the rawfooddiet. I’m absolutely sure this is what I need to do now and I’m trying to figure out a way to get there so I’ll (finally!) be able to eat vegetables and fruits again and get healthy.
    This gives me so much hope that I’m on the right track and maybe in a couple of months I’ll be able to start eating some vegetables and eventually be eating mainly rawfood.

    Excuse my bad English, I’m from Belgium. Rawfood is still very little heard of. I’ve been looking into rawfood and how to start, there’s a lot of (English) information. But so far I haven’t been able to find any information about getting past the allergies and intolerance so I’ll be able to make this switch.

    Are there any more tips or things you’ve learned so far? What where the best things for you to start eating again without getting a reaction? Is there anything else I can do to speed up this process? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    Ellen

    • #75 by doug on April 3, 2014 - 11:02 pm

      Hi Ellen – I’m been vegan for 10 years, and it was one of the best life decisions I ever made. Bottom line is that our physiology is evolved for plant consumption, not animal products. Not processed crap. Yes, humans and pre-humans have eaten animals for thousands of years. It was a survival food. Our bodies never adapted to it (remember pre-humans have been eating plant foods for *millions* of years, and that is what our bodies are evolutionarily designed for), and it turns out when we eat excess animal products with excess processed food our bodies respond by getting fat and/or getting sick. My main recommendation to you would be eat LOTS of fruit. Organic fruit. Never be afraid to just eat tons of fruit, as a meal. My personal favorite is a great big old green smoothie to start every day, in addition to plenty of other fruit ’round the clock as well. My favorite smoothie is maybe 5 frozen bananas, the juice of 4 oranges, several ounces of baby greens (optional flax seed). I like to eat mostly fruit until dinner, at which point I frequently things like cooked vegetables with tomatoes. So maybe broccoli, green beans, snap peas, brussels sprouts and whatever I can find- frozen work great! I’ll have those green veggies and green leaves along with lots of steamed/mashed sweet potatoes and regular potatoes. No oil, no salt. You can also do soups and stews, similarly with lots of vegetables and greens. I cook more in the winter and eat more raw in the summer. My recommendation to you would be that you don’t necessarily need to eat 100% raw. You just need to eat lots of fruits and vegetables and if you want grains that’s fine too. Just stick with organic. The idea is to eat real food. No processed crap. No animal products. No over fat products or oils. Either eat *no* nuts and seeds or just very minimal amounts. That’s it. If you DO decide to go 100% raw, just always remember to eat more fruit. It can be very easy to not eat enough calories on a 100% raw diet, so you need to make sure to eat lots of sweet fruits. For a lot of people it works well to focus on mostly raw fruits during the day, and then at dinner time get plenty of vegetables and greens with potatoes or rice or quinoa or beans NOT from a can, if possible. Everything always NOT processed as much as possible. And nothing cooked in oil.

      Now, in your particular case, it sounds VERY severe. I am not a nutritionist. I am just a regular guy, so I cannot diagnose you or treat you. However, if I were you, I would be trying to find any toxins in your life, whether they be in your food or in your environment. Do you use any body lotions or chemical shampoos or soaps or sunscreens? Anything that you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. Do you drink filtered water? What about chlorine filters in the shower? There is so much toxicity in our environments, so it could be a combination of factors for you. I don’t know what your situation is like, but do your best to remove EVERY chemical from you home and your life.

      As for your decision to eat just rice and water for a few months…. While that sounds nutritionally empty, does that at least work for you to prevent allergic reactions? Have you tried to taste any fruits or veggies in the past few months? I would definitely see if you can start incorporating anything else without having a reaction. Try every fruit and every veggie you can find uncooked and cooked and see if you can eat any of them. Eat the ones that you can eat in the preparation that you can eat them. So if a certain fruit bothers you when its raw, try it cooked and see if it’s any better. If it’s better, then it’s worth cooking until the raw version no longer produces a reaction. Avoid the fruits/veggies that you can’t eat at all. Then try again in 3 months to see if the ones you were reacting to before have stopped producing a reaction in your body.

      Good luck. I hope you find some success.

      -Doug

  50. #76 by Ellen on April 4, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    Thanks for taking the time and effort, I really appreciate it. I’m well aware you’re not a nutritionist and I’m happy you’re just a regular guy. At this point I’m so fed up with all the doctors and nutritionist.
    Every time the lab results came back, they kept saying everything was fine. I went to the hospital because I was having a non-stop fever& diarrhea for over 2 months (back in august) and they told me “it just happens” People who suffer from this need to see their doctor once a week as a checkup to make sure everything is alright and don’t bother about the fever. Are you kidding me -_- They also told me my intestines where a bit red, but I shouldn’t worry.
    I went to a ton of regular doctors & hospitals, to acupuncture, homeopathic doctors, healings channelings and everything possible in between.

    I completely agree with what you said about our bodies evolving, that is why I’m so sure this rawfood is what I need to do. It’s the whole way of thinking behind it as well. I always felt alone and I just found out there is this whole community of likeminded people. It’s amazing.

    About the toxins, I already cut out all make up, lotions,… Last week I ordered all the stuff I need to make my own soap, shampoo and laundry detergent. I’m already using more natural soaps,… but definitely can get rid of some more toxins.
    I’m drinking bottle water so far and I’ve been waiting for the water filter system to arrive that I’ve ordered a couple weeks ago.
    I have been looking into shower filters, but I didn’t buy any yet, I did that today. I already had cut out a lot of chemicals, but I need to be even more thorough.
    I also build my own tower garden ( a 55 gallon barrel that will hold +- 50 plants) so I’ll be able to try some of my own vegetables. I got a ton of seeds from lots of different vegetables, so I’m curious how this will turn out.
    It wasn’t really a conscious decision to eat nothing but rice, it came up to a point where I was having trouble keeping just the water in. For a while I was eating rice and carrots, until I couldn’t eat those either, so rice was the only thing left. It worked for me, because I finally grew stronger, baby steps at a time. My vitamin levels kept normal this entire time. I didn’t take any vitamin supplements, just spirulina and probiotics.

    I tried adding vegetables a little at a time. The past weeks I’ve been able to eat cooked peas, but only the ones I buy in a can from the store. I don’t want all the toxins in there so tried eating (a little bit) of fresh, cooked peas and I got sick for the next 5 days. At the moment I’m wondering if it is better to eat those peas or to remove them again from my diet so I won’t have to eat all the additives in there as well.
    I tried some grapes Wednesday (3 in the morning, 3 for lunch and 3 in the evening) and ended up with laryngitis.
    I definitely start off by steaming the vegetables instead of eating them raw and work my way up slowly to rawfood. Fruit will be the last thing I’ll add since I’ve been having the most severe reactions to fruit.
    Still got a long way to go, but it feels amazing to finally know where I’m going with all this.

  51. #77 by doug on April 5, 2014 - 11:02 am

    I have never heard of such a severe case, but I wish you the best of luck. It sounds like you are finally moving in the right direction. Please keep me posted on your progress.

    -Doug

  52. #78 by Alanna on April 6, 2014 - 1:45 am

    I have suffered from allergies since I was a child. Spring is my foe – hayfever is like getting the flu. I ache all over and I’m out for at least 2 weeks. I’ve always had oral allergies to practically everything – avocado, apples, oranges, melons, tomato, pineapple, bananas, mango, and so many more I can’t even think of them all! I was always told it was the pollen associated with the fruit hence I’m allergic to birch pollen so I’m allergic to apples; ragweed and bananas. Eating these delicious items catches up with me in the end. My allergic reaction to eating either fruit is never consistent and that worries me. One day I might get itchy lips and the next day my sinuses are draining and I break out with a rash from touching to fruit.

    I agree with you though, it is something in the meats. I was a heavy meat eater. I LOVED meat, especially barbecued. About two months ago I started on my journey to be meat and seafood free – completely. I have theorized that it could possibly be a parasite causing the allergies. Getting parasites from meat and seafood is so easy to do. So when you mentioned that it isn’t the meat itself, but something in it my first thought was a parasite!

    I have been trying oil pulling in the mornings and I notice that my allergy symptoms dissipate after using the coconut oil. I also put it in my eye because eye washes for allergies burn like Hades has touched me in the eye himself! Coconut oil instantly cools my eye and stops the itchy immediately! I use it in my ears as well.

    I am going to continue on this new healthful journey and hope that it works for a lot of the things I experience – not just allergies to yummy foods. I work at Whole Foods so I have easy access to a lot more organic options.

    Thank You for your advice.

    • #79 by doug on April 6, 2014 - 11:39 am

      It is my opinion that there are probably SOME allergies that are not related to what we eat that could be related to environmental factors or something else altogether. However, I believe that a LOT of allergies we experience are directly related to the foods we consume and perhaps the toxicity that builds up in us from those foods. I won’t comment on oil pulling because I’ve never tried it and find myself very skeptical of it, but I feel very confident that if you switch to an organic, whole-foods, plant-based diet that is high in fruit and very low in fat, you will soon see that your allergies start to dissipate. Good luck to you, Alanna! Please report back here with any updates as you continue on your journey.

      Thanks,
      Doug

  53. #80 by Virginie on May 12, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    Hi !

    I’m happy to see that I’m not the only one with this problem.

    For me, it all started when I was about 15. I started to get an itchy mouth after eating apples. About 3 years later I couldn’t eat all raw vegetable or fruit. I am also reacting to nuts, soy and legumes.

    Then, when I was 22 I had nausea and acid reflux to the point where I couldn’t sleep and I had to walk everywhere because my nausea was getting too bad. I went to see about 6 different doctors and specialists that passed me all kind of tests. All my blood tests and my coloscopy were normal so they told me that I was too stressed and that I needed to do some yoga and stress management. I told them that I though milk was making me sick and none of them believed me because they said only babies were allergic to milk … I had to force an allergist to test me for milk allergy. The test was positive. One week after stopping milk, cheese, beef, etc … my life changed !!!

    But now I am 31 and I think guten is my new allergy/intolerance. I have feeling very bad for the past 5 months. I have bloating, nausea, migraines, weight loss, pain in my legs and arms, I’m tired all the time and I have all kind of neurological problems. I’m going to see my family doctor next week, I’ll have her test me for a gluten intolerance and I will see the allergist in july to see if I could be allergic to something else. I am also scheduled to see a neurologist but I bet he will not find anything.

    I really don’t know what’s wrong with me. I am affraid that I won’t be able to eat anything soon.

    Since I am allergic to all raw fruits and vegetables, all nuts and legumes … I’m starting a diet with only cooked vegetable and fruits, rice, quinoa, organic pork and fish.

    I’ll also ask the allergist if I could be allergic to dogs. I always had dogs since I am 5 years old. Last time I went to the vet, I had trouble breathing.

    I hope that if I eliminate all my true allergies, my allergy to raw fruits and vegetable will go away. We are also thinking of moving to the country, maybe all the city pollution and dust is not good for me.

    Thank you for this blog, it gives me hope !

    Virginie

    • #81 by doug on May 12, 2014 - 9:03 pm

      Virginie – I would VERY STRONGLY recommend to you to eat a 100% fruits, vegetables, greens, brown rice, potatoes, quinoa, and that sorta thing. Cooked or raw, focus on whole plant foods like these. DO NOT eat ANY pork or fish! Stay away from all animal products. Avoid processed foods.

  54. #82 by qariz on May 18, 2014 - 6:58 am

    M a vegetarian but still my mouth itch when I eat fruits….

  55. #83 by Cindy on July 17, 2014 - 1:42 pm

    hello, i’ve been looking for years for ways to eat fruit again. i never had this issue as a child and it was really annoying when i was trying to feed my children fruit and i couldn’t share it with them. i wanted them to eat healthy and luckily they love fruit. i don’t mind not eating pork, but do i have to get rid of my chicken and beef? i don’t want to choose between fruits or meats but i love to eat fruits again. thanks for posting, it may help my allergies but i don’t know if i can give up my meat!

  56. #84 by bob on August 2, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    With respect… allergies can increase and decrease in severity over anyone’s lifetime. It has nothing to do with being vegeterians, unless you’re claiming to be allergic to meat.

    I have allergies and I eat fruits all the time by cooking them in the microwave. Talk with your doctor, and see if it could work for you.

    Getting any allergy “curing” advise online is a bad idea.

  57. #85 by kevin on August 18, 2014 - 11:06 am

    Hello,

    I am in my early 20’s and have not been able to eat fruits or vegetables in over four years. Currently my diet consists of meats, grains, and starch. I see an allergist, but the more I visit the office, the less foods I eat.

    I have had reactions in the past after eating the following bananas, apples, green beans, asparagus, corn (on and off), and a salad. My mouth itches very badly and my chest burns for 20-40 minutes after swallowing the food.

    My skin tests show reactions to strawberry, celery, oranges, tomato, peach, apple, peanut, banana, sweet potato, watermelon, grapefruit, grape, and raspberry.

    My blood test have been positive for asparagus, green bean, strawberry, spinach, corn, carrot, potato, celery, lettuce, orange, parsley, tomato, and banana. (All levels 1-3 on the RAST scale).

    Is this OAS or true food allergies? The more I visit my allergist, the less I eat because of paranoia of having an unpleasant reaction. Although I’ve never had to use my epi-pen I am afraid to leave the house without it.

    I have always had seasonal allergies, they were worst when I was younger and are easily managed by Zyretec.

    What can I do about this? Please someone help!

    • #86 by doug on August 18, 2014 - 11:53 am

      Hi Kevin – I’m sorry to hear about your issue, but I do believe you can cure yourself. The question about OAS vs “true food allergies” is an interesting one. It seems to me that in the very large majority of cases, allergies that develop during our lives are essentially reactions to toxicity in our bodies and in our environment, and so in a certain sense there is no real difference between OAS or “true food allergies.” Do you find that you are able to eat the cooked versions of these fruits? That would be an interesting question to answer since virtually everyone I know or have to spoken to who has experienced OAS has only had an issue with the raw version of the fruit. Once cooked, the allergic reaction seems to dissipate or disappear for most people. Regardless, at this point in my life I believe the only path to true health and true detox is a diet consisting of 100% plant foods with 0% animal products. You have nothing to lose by removing all animal products from your life for a period of 1 year. I believe doing this will give you the best possible chance to rid yourself of these allergies, and I think you’ll probably find success. Focus your diet on high carbohydrate, low fat, plant-based foods, such as grains, potatoes, legumes, and any fruits that are still on your “safe” list plus any green veggies/leaves that are still on your “safe” list. Also, I think it’s extremely wise to avoid putting any creams or lotions on your body and to avoid any/all medications/pills/injections etc because any of these things could be producing toxicity in your body, which in turn could be causing your allergies. Additionally, switch to the most “natural” laundry detergent that you can find, switch to the most “natural” soap that you can find (I recommend Dr Bronner’s), and get a chlorine filter for your shower. All that said, I am not a doctor nor a certified nutritionist, and my advice should not be considered professional advice in any way. My suggestions are only based on my own personal experience with myself and many people who have contacted me or who I have met over the years. Obviously if you are taking any prescription medications it is up to you to consult with your doctor about those if you want to get off of them. Remember, ANYTHING that touches your body or that you put in your body is absorbed by your body, including something like Zyrtec.

      Good luck.

      • #87 by kevin on August 18, 2014 - 4:51 pm

        Hi Doug,

        Thanks for the quick response. I travel quite often so its very difficult to determine the type of detergent is being used at hotels. And its especially difficult to pack lunches since I usually do not have access to fridges or storage. Any advice on this?

        Also, I forgot to mention some items. Diary is a big part of my diet (cheeses and milk). What is your stance on diary?

        Also, one good example you might be interested in hearing…although my skin and blood test show a reaction to tomato, I eat quite a lot of pasta covered in cooked tomato sauce. What are your thoughts?

        • #88 by doug on August 18, 2014 - 5:06 pm

          Hey Kevin – I am actually working on a big pamphlet/small book on all of these topics to address them in more detail, but I don’t know when that will all be done. In the meantime, here is what I think. Dairy is basically poison for humans. People are so conditioned to continue eating the things they were raised eating, despite how unbelievable detrimental to health these things are. Dairy is no exception. Same goes for meat. Both meat and dairy should be considered survival foods only. Our bodies DO NOT thrive on either of them. Pre-humans spent millions of years eating mostly fruit and ZERO animal products. Humans have only been eating animal products for thousands of years, and our bodies are not physiologically adapted to thrive on these foods. Cow’s milk was designed for calves, not for humans. It contains way too much fat and protein for us. Additionally, all of the hormones (not just added hormones but naturally occurring ones too) create havoc with the our immune systems. Dairy consumption creates tons of inflammation in the body as well as tons of excess mucous. There are about a million reasons to NOT eat dairy, but I’ll save the rest for now. The bottom line is that if you want to pursue TRUE health, and you want to have any chance of ridding yourself of these allergies, you need to drop ALL animal products out of your diet asap. And once your allergies begin to subside you’ll want to increase your fruit intake as much as possible.

          Good luck.
          -Doug

  58. #89 by Alyssa on August 19, 2014 - 12:31 am

    I just read on another site that if I peeled the apple I could eat it without the allergic reaction. Hoping it would be better than the nectarine I tried to eat the other day. So I peeled one of my kids apples, got the tiniest bit of juice in my eye well doing it, and took a bit. My reaction was worse than usual and now my eye is swollen as well.

    There was one post that stuck out for me, they also tried to eat a peeled apple and had said they had eaten turkey just before and had the worst reaction they have ever had. So, I thought about this. You see, I was starting to see some improvement with foods that trigger OAR. I ate celery fine, carrots with minimal symtoms, and I ever ate an apple, yes an apple! But last week at the grocery store I bought a pound of deli turkey. It had been a while, now that I think about it, since I had turkey prior to this. This also made me remember the day after last thanksgiving. I bought some roasted almonds on my way home from my parents. Almonds would sometimes mildly irritate my mouth, but usually only if they were raw. After eating a few almonds, I knew it was going to be a bad one. I started wheezing and pulled over. I grabbed my water, rinsed out my mouth a few times and was considering calling 911.
    Turkey…it just maybe the darn turkey.

    I have had OAR since I had my son 9 years ago. I had a theory it had something to due with the antibiotics they gave me after the c-section. I have read that it is a reation to the enzymes in the food, thus if it is cooked or frozen, the enzymes are destroyed. I have gluten intolerance to the point that it was crippling me (not exaggerating) before I figured it out. I have had reactions to soy, corn, strawberries ( the first one, but now I eat without problem), apples, celery, carrots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, almonds, peanuts and peanut butter, raw potatoes, peapods, sprouts, concord grapes, lactose free milk (they put an enzyme in it), plums, and pears. Spring alergies as well.

    • #90 by doug on August 19, 2014 - 8:01 am

      Hi Alyssa – Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Of course I recommend the same thing to you that I recommend to everyone else, which is to remove all animal products from your diet (and ideally all processed foods, chemical lotions, sunblocks, detergents etc). For me, when I stopped eating animal products it took only 6 months for my OAS reaction to noticeably improve, and then after another 6 months (1 year total) my OAS was 95% GONE. After a year I was back to eating ALL of the foods that I hadn’t been able to eat in many years. I believe 99% of people with similar allergies can get rid of them simply through modifying their diets. The side benefit is that removing animal products from one’s diet will dramatically improve one’s health, will help save animals (did you know that in America alone there are 60 billion -YES BILLION- land animals killed each year for food? and let’s not forget about sea animals, which is prob closer to a TRILLION), and will help the environment (the environmental cost of animal production for food is extreme). Good luck! Keep us posted on your progress.

      -Doug

  59. #91 by shar on September 10, 2014 - 12:52 am

    Good discussions! I haven’t read all comments, but most of them I relate to. For so long I’ve felt led to try vegan lifestyle, but I haven’t disciplined myself yet, but this inspires me. Has anyone experienced the nausea that’s so severe it makes you stand perfectly still until it passes or until you pass it? I experience that with apples and almonds especially! Someone may have mentioned it already! PS don’t forget how effective water is. Water I find will help flush whatever’s causing my itchiness and the more I drink regularly the less I have an episode!

  60. #92 by Shahna on September 23, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    Mr. Doug, First off thank you for all the info posted about fruit allergies. I do have another question for you. I feel like I have a clear understanding of how to take care of issues I have with fruits that cause Oral Allergy Syndrome. But will all the info you given also help with fruits that cause stomach cramps. Its interesting for myself pineapple, bananas and watermelon make my stomach hurt but don’t make my throat, ears and mouth itch. But when I eat apples, plums, cherries and peaches it makes my mouth, throat and ears itch. Each group had separate reaction and don’t collide. Its either the itching or stomach pain. Would you have any personal info or experience on this. I am also currently doing my own investigating on the issues. And I think with the stomach issue giving fruits it may be a enzyme problem, but I am not positive. Thanks for your help in advance.

    -Shahna

    • #93 by doug on September 23, 2014 - 9:12 pm

      Hi Shahna – Regarding your stomach pain, I do have a few thoughts. First, there is a phenomenon that’s quite well known in the raw-vegan community. Many of us who eat large quantities of fruit experience what is typically called “melon belly.” If you google “melon belly” I’m sure you’ll find plenty of thoughts on the topic. In particular, it’s associated with fruits like watermelons, but other fruits can have the same effect. Different people describe the phenomenon differently, but here is my own personal experience with melon belly, which I encounter regularly. About 20 to 30 minutes after eating a large quantity of certain fruits (usually watermelon or mango but can also happen with other fruits), my stomach begins to “hurt” in a strange way. I put “hurt” in quotes because it’s not really pain as much as it is discomfort– almost a slight “burn” for lack of a better description. When this happens I don’t like to move much until it passes, which usually takes another 20 minutes or so. It’s just a strange, general discomfort. It’s not indigestion. Some folks believe this is caused by an inadequate supply of chromium and they suggest trying to supplement with it. However, I’m not sure what the cause really is. I simply pay attention to my body and am careful when eating large quantities of fruits, though I don’t let it stop me. I just deal with the melon belly when it happens. Pineapple does sometimes cause this too, so perhaps that is what you’re experiencing with pineapple and watermelon. I can’t say since I don’t really know what your symptoms are. Also note that anything when eaten in certain combinations can upset a person’s stomach, so you should pay attention to the combinations of foods/fruits that you eat. It might be that a certain combination of fruits triggers your pain. As for bananas, 99.9% of the time if your stomach hurts after eating bananas it’s because they are not ripe. Bananas are ripe when they are nicely spotted brown. If they are still yellow or green they are simply not ripe enough to eat. Wait until they are nice and spotted and sweet before you eat them. Yellow and/or green bananas contain too much starch and will cause havoc on your digestion. Not only will bananas in this state upset your stomach, but they will also tend to cause significant constipation, especially if you eat more than one or two.

      I hope this helps! Good luck to you.

      -Doug

  61. #94 by Kelly on December 19, 2014 - 2:50 am

    I thought I was going crazy when I first started having severe reactions to fruits. I stopped eating all fresh fruits and many raw vegetables for about 10 years. When my body starting having averse reactions to meat (beef, poultry, pork), I didn’t become a full vegetarian, but I did cut back on meat in a big way. I slowly began introducing foods back into my diet and I am now able to eat almost all of the fruits and vegetables I couldn’t before. There IS a link between all the food we consume. Anyone with OAS should consider monitoring their meat consumption in order to treat the symptoms they present.

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