Thursday, March 01, 2007

Cross-reactions and corn

A more detailed article about cross-reactions will be coming soon. Meanwhile, here's just a bit of information about cross-reactivity between corn and other foods.

Sometimes people who are allergic to one food will also react to another food with a similar component.

For instance, the KD-9 lipid-transfer protein that's supposed to be the most common allergen in corn/maize is also found in peaches and rice. Another protein, the trypsin inhibitor in corn, is also found in grass, wheat, barley, and rice.

    According to this page on corn allergy, the following foods are the most likely to have cross-reactivity problems for people allergic to corn:

  • wheat, rye, barley, oats, rice, millet

  • peach, apple, apricot, banana and carrot

  • walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts

  • Also commonly cross-reactive:

  • grass


Jessicavox said...
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Jessicavox said...

This is Interesting. I have allergies to wheat, egg yoke, and latex. I have SEVERE allergy to corn.

I have noticed that I can't handle rye or barley. I haven't really tested oats yet. However, rice and millet are ok. Sorghum is ok, too.

Also, because of my latex allergy i get stomach aches from bananas and I have noticed that apples bother me. However, carrots don't bother me.