*For my Writing for Interactive Media Class I picked Food Allergies as my topic. I’ll be re-posting my assignments here for your enjoyment. I’m not an expert, this is just me trying to learn more and share what I learn. Here’s a fun syndrome*
A few weeks ago two of my friends came over to my place. We were in for a weekend of movies, cooking, and hanging out. When I broke out the hummus and carrots, one of my friends asked if she could use the microwave. Of course I said that she could (I’m not evil!) but I did ask why.
Her reasoning? She has an allergic reaction to certain foods, like carrots, when they’re raw. However if she cooks them a little bit she’s fine.
My response: You’re kidding, right? That can’t be real.
She shrugged and said that it works for her.
I couldn’t just let something like that go. After they left I decided to look into it. Would you believe that she was right?
It’s known as Oral Allergy Syndrome. This isn’t necessarily a food allergy, but more of a pollen allergy. With this type of allergy people tend to experience itching, irritation, swelling, and other less-than-fun symptoms. This happens after eating certain types of raw fruits and vegetables. Fortunately these symptoms tend to disappear rather quickly after the person stops eating them, with only a low percentage of people experiencing more serious problems.
How can people who experience Oral Allergy Syndrome avoid unpleasantness? Well, it’s just like my friend told me. Cook the food. That might be all you need to do.
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