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Avocado Allergy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Hey, I just started a 30 day paleo challenge, and I noticed that a huge amount of recipes contain avocado. I used to eat avocado as a child, but over the past few years I noticed that my stomach hurts intensely after eating anything with more than small amounts of avocado. My sister has the same issues with avocado. I am wondering if anyone knows if after eating a primal diet for a while, I may be able to eat avocado? Or is there such thing as an allergy to such a wholesome food?

If so, are there any ingredients that can easily substitute avocado in recipes?

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on August 21, 2013
at 06:11 PM

When I read 'stomach pain' *alone* it didn't make sense but any 'reaction' is a possible symptom -- and it should be tested. The 'avoidance' rec was given if the person was NOT open to testing by a doctor -- since they are claiming it's causing them pain. If they won't seek medical attention, then avoiding something that triggers pain is a fairly good recommendation.

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on July 24, 2013
at 02:23 PM

and avoidance is good so long as you know you are avoiding the right thing. Which requires testing if testing is available. Avoidance for Avoidance sake is a specious argument

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on July 24, 2013
at 02:22 PM

that's a silly thing to say. Of course stomach pains are a symptom of an allergic reaction.

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on July 24, 2013
at 02:19 PM

if it's a drupe allergy, then he is likely to be allergic to bananas as well...

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:47 PM

There is absolutely such thing as an allergy/intolerance to avocado. Lots of people can't eat them. And they are not essential to eating Paleo.

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:47 PM

Before I answer, I'd like to add:

please get tested

Find out if it is actually an avocado allergy. Stomach pain is not typically associated with fruit allergies. However, I have heard of people with latex allergies developing stomach pains from fruit. Many latex allergy sufferers also have adult-onset fruit allergies called latex-fruit syndrome [1]. Stomach pains are seen primarily in the most sever forms of latex allergy sufferers. If you in fact have a latex allergy, it is vitally important that you and your doctor are aware.....

on to the answer....

There is a potential here --- eating a paleo diet may reduce the total systematic inflammation in your system. Lower total inflammation may allow some wiggle room.

I have had allergy-induced asthma my entire life. It got so bad that I was on allergy shots, two nasal sprays, a daily singular, a daily inhaler, and a rescue inhaler.

Since being on a primal diet for 1.5 years or so I have completely off all meds.

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12440950

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on July 24, 2013
at 08:08 PM

Avocado is often used as the fat in recipes. If the avocado is mashed, try paleo mayo instead, maybe with an herb blended in for green color. Where it's just in chunks for texture, if it's savory try chopped tomatoes, if it's sweet try mango, apples, peach in it's place. If you're looking at recipes that use avocado in things like "chocolate pudding", anything with a smooth texture--e.g. coconut milk cream will do.

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67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on July 24, 2013
at 02:18 PM

You can be allergic to anything but stomach PAIN isn't an allergic reaction.

There primary, secondary and tertiary (I have a lot of allergies & intolerances AND I'm Celiac, which is neither of those) allergic reactions.

I have secondary allergic reactions to agave (known this since I was a teen a few decades ago) and 'secondary' sounds like it means less dangerous but in fact, it's a trip to hospital for me.

I can't comment on the latex part above, which is interesting but I've never heard of that apart from people who cannot use latex condoms or gloves.

If you are reacting to only avocado, it may be a good thing to simply avoid. I'm pro-doctor if you've got a good one who understands intolerances, allergies and elimination testing BUT if it's a problem with only one food, the simplest advice may be 'avoid.'

Avocados are heavily consumed because they're extremely good FAT, most people like the flavour and for those trying to add more calories or live a VLC program, it helps greatly as an easily consumable fat. You don't 'need' it.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on July 24, 2013
at 02:22 PM

that's a silly thing to say. Of course stomach pains are a symptom of an allergic reaction.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on July 24, 2013
at 02:23 PM

and avoidance is good so long as you know you are avoiding the right thing. Which requires testing if testing is available. Avoidance for Avoidance sake is a specious argument

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on August 21, 2013
at 06:11 PM

When I read 'stomach pain' *alone* it didn't make sense but any 'reaction' is a possible symptom -- and it should be tested. The 'avoidance' rec was given if the person was NOT open to testing by a doctor -- since they are claiming it's causing them pain. If they won't seek medical attention, then avoiding something that triggers pain is a fairly good recommendation.

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:56 PM

I agree with CD. Just get it checked. But honestly, you may be able to eat it a tad if your overall inflammation goes down. For example, in the past, if I ate a whole kiwi, my tongue would swell up for several hours. But after paleo for two months, I tried it. Holy crap. I was able to eat three kiwis without a problem! O.o Same goes for me and cuttlefish.

Here are some substitutions: Banana. I've seen people use banana and avocado interchangeably, especially in shakes and dessert goodies. Coconut creme: It works. It really does. I was so impressed when I made a casserole with coconut creme instead of avocado (I ran out). Butternut squash: I'm okay with this one. It's pretty good. My friend is also allergic to avocados, so she uses this. I don't think I really tasted a difference in the melt she was making.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on July 24, 2013
at 02:19 PM

if it's a drupe allergy, then he is likely to be allergic to bananas as well...

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