Did you know that Celery is a major allergen within Europe and the UK? It is actually listed as one of the top 14 allergens and must be included on food packaging whenever used, in any level in pre packaged foods.
It might come as a surprise but celery is also a known allergen that can cause anaphylactic shock comparable to peanuts and is as common an allergy in Eastern Europe and the UK as peanut allergies are in North America.
"The most common type of celery allergy in the is caused by a condition known as pollen food syndrome. Pollen food syndrome usually occurs in people who are already allergic to pollens and have hayfever. The proteins in these pollens are similar to those in certain raw fresh fruits and raw vegetables. This similarity means that the person’s immune system mistakes the food for pollen. This is what causes the reaction to the food. If the food has been cooked, a reaction is unlikely".
"For most people, the symptoms caused by pollen food syndrome are not serious. There may be an itchy feeling or tingling in the mouth, throat or lips, or perhaps a slight swelling. Usually the symptoms remain mild and do not progress to other parts of the body. However, we advise anyone affected to seek medical advice to ensure they are not one of those people who are at risk of a more serious reaction".
Information in this post is taken directly from the Anaphylaxis Campaign 2018. For more information click here.
Click here to read an article written by Mary Leah de Zwart, PhD – Home Economist / BC.