Quinoa allergy symptoms

Quinoa is not a grass, but its seeds have been...

Quinoa is not a grass, but its seeds have been eaten for 6000 years. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quinoa is crop which is grown primarily for its edible seeds. Quinoa is highly appreciated for its nutritional value. It is widely called a “Super-food” which is a great source of complete protein. It is commonly used as ingredient, flour and a side dish in many parts of the world. It is recommended and essential that if you have had allergies to other grain products, then utmost care should be taken in trying out Quinoa. Although generally, quinoa is not considered to be a highly allergy causing food, but any food new to the body can cause allergic reactions. It is highly recommended for those diagnosed of celiac disease or some kind of gluten allergy. Due to the nutritional value, Quinoa is considered better than other grains that are gluten free.


Most food allergies trigger similar reactions in the body. However the following symptoms are associated with Quinoa allergy. Any chemical substances created could sometimes lead to skin inflammation, and other complications in the digestive tract, lungs and sinuses.

  • Symptoms such as coughing, tightness of the chest, difficulties in breathing and wheezing are associated when the patient’s lungs become swollen.
  • When sinuses are swollen, you can develop sinus headaches, congestion, postnasal drip and sinus pressure.
  • Eczema, skin rashes, overall swelling and itches.
    • Gastrointestinal reactions mostly include stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea.


All food items containing protein could cause a reaction in the body if the immune system is not functioning properly. Your immune system could mistake the proteins in the food for a potential danger to your body and so in trying to fight against the harm, it secretes chemicals to protect itself from danger and get rid of the proteins.


Severe allergy may probably arise when the body reacts badly to the quinoa grain which causes the body to go into a state of shock. In case this happens, you need to as a matter of urgency call for immediate medical attention, as this could be fatal. Some of the symptoms associated with such severe reactions are:

  • Inability to inhale and exhale.
  • A heightened heartbeat that is faint.
  • A decline in blood pressure.
  • Facial swelling and pale skin.


 Slight allergic reaction could react to oral anti-histamine, whilst severe cases might need an epinephrine injection. Talk with your allergist to help you determine whether or not you may develop allergic reaction. Immediately you observe in anyway, common allergy symptoms, stop eating quinoa until you can be seen by your healthcare provider


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Tapioca allergy

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Tapioca 木薯 – Saigon Fresh AUD4.99 per kg (Photo credit: avlxyz)

Tapioca is gotten from the roots of a plant called cassava. The tubers when taken in its raw form, causes great damage to the human system which can lead to death if sufficient quantities are eaten. But they are edible after boiling. Tapioca predominantly consists of carbohydrates. Its flour or starch has always served as an alternative for people suffering from wheat allergies, but a recent research by Medical professionals revealed that the tuber has cyanide – which is known to cause certain reactions in the human system. However these allergy reactions are rare, but caution ought to be taken when using tapioca especially for the first time.

Tapioca allergy is due to the violent reaction of the body of those allergic to it when it encounters the Tapioca protein. Histamine is then secreted as the body tissues tries to get rid of the harmful allergen. An anti-body known as IgE binds to the body and this causes complications as the allergen is eliminated.


The symptoms of Tapioca allergy ranges from minor to severe complications. It could be as severe as causing the patient to be unconscious and in a state that could be considered to be life threatening. Such severe conditions are usually found in patients who are also allergic to latex.  The following are symptoms that could be noticed when the reaction triggers;

  • Shortness of breath/ Breathing difficulty
  • Rashes on the patient’s skin
  • Itching/Redness of skin
  • Excitement and depression
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Common cold
  • Swelling of the facial tissues.
  • Persistent sneezing and coughs are sometimes associated with it



Once diagnosed with the condition, the following should be done:

  • Total abstinence from all forms of Tapioca, whether flour, sauces or gravies is mandatory.
  • Anti-histamine shots should be used in order to minimize the cold and the breathing difficulties symptoms.
  • When the reactions are severe, please be quick to seek immediate medical attention, and you will be advised to carry an epi-pen for self-administration of epinephrine if you also have latex allergy.

It is essential to consult an Expert if you experience any discomfort on consuming the starchy root in order to take effective precautions in a timely manner, as in some cases patients are unable to detect for themselves, which could further lead to more severe complications.


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Truffle Allergy

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Truffles are a type of fungus that grows underground near trees.  Like other types of fungus, a truffle needs the nutrients, air and water supplied by a close association with trees or other plants to grow.  Because of their subterranean nature and difficulty in harvesting, truffles can sell for extremely high prices.

To find truffles, a truffle hunter takes a pig, dog or other type of fungivore into an area where truffles are known to grow.  The fungivore exhibits a behavior when it picks up the scent of truffle and the truffle hunter knows it’s time to dig.  Once the truffles have been extracted from the ground, they are cleaned and are ready to be used in cooking.

Truffles have a distinct flavor and it takes very little shavings to add their distinct flavor to a dish.  Many high end restaurants use truffles in their entrees and truffle oil is becoming widely available at local supermarkets.  With the growing dominance of truffles in designer cuisine, it’s important for those with allergies to recognize the symptoms and take action before suffering an allergic episode. Continue reading

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