I absolutely LOVE fresh cherries. I have been snacking on them a lot lately, and I have noticed that my mouth has been irritated. I have had problems in the past with mouth irritation due to the Sodium Laurel Sulfate(SLS) in toothpaste or when I eat too many nuts. It started several years ago out of the blue. I resolved the problem with the toothpaste by switching to Rembrant for sensitive teeth or the one for cancer sore sufferers. Neither one of these have SLS in them. And if I limit the amount of nuts I eat in a week, I usually don't have a problem.
Lately I have noticed a similar irritation when eating cherries. How sad for me. I was so bugged by it that I searched online for some clues as to what could be going on. I found out some interesting information.
In the world of food allergies, there is something called Cross-reactivity which is when people are allergic to foods the are similar or somehow related. A type of cross-reactivity is Oral allergy syndrome. This is when people who have pollen allergies (such as a ragweed allergy) may develop swelling, itching and redness of lips and mouth when they eat fruits or veggies that contain a protein that reacts with the pollen. Weird! Who would have thunk it?
This is a diagram from the website that I got the information from...
If you are allergic to:
You may have a reaction when you eat:
|Ragweed||Bananas or melons such as watermelon and cantaloupe|
|Birch||Almonds, apples, apricots, carrots, celery, cherries, hazelnuts, kiwis, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, or potatoes|
|Mugwort||Avocados, bananas, carrots, celery, chestnuts, or kiwis|
In my case, I am supposedly allergic to Birch. I never knew about this allergy, but it seems to make sense because Almonds, Hazelnuts and Cherries are all listed. I'm not sure why I have'nt noticed a reaction to the other foods listed, unless you could have the reaction to some but not necessarily all.
It's all quite confusing. All I know is, it stinks. Why could'nt the reaction happen with something I don't like. As I said, "If life is like a bowl of cherries, I'm stuck with the pits!"
By the way, for those of you who don't have a problem eating cherries, you should eat them more often. Besides containing great levels of antioxidents, they also have a reputation for reducing inflammation. According to the USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS), and I'm quoting right from their website, "Results of a preliminary study by ARS scientists and their university colleagues suggest that some natural compounds in plump, juicy Bing cherries may reduce painful arthritic inflammation. Eating cherries may also help lessen the severity of other inflammatory conditions, such as cardiovascular disease or cancer."
Plus, you can eat to your hearts content because there are only 65 calories in a 1 cup serving!
Does anyone else out there have an allergy like this?