Mah Thung Hutth: Identifying Food Allergens
September 25, 2007 9:50 AM Subscribe
Calling all food chemists: what do walnuts, spinach, and scallops have in common, composition-wise?
posted by shiu mai baby to Science & Nature (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have a mild food allergy to walnuts, spinach, and scallops. If I eat anything more than a few bites, my tongue feels a bit swolen and aches like a mofo for at least 20 minutes or more. The fact that my reaction to each of those items is identical makes me think it's one particular compound that's causing the trouble. While I obviously haven't sampled every edible thing on the planet, I can say I'm a fairly adventurous eater, and as far as I know I'm not allergic to any other fish, shellfish, mollusks, nuts, or greens commonly found in typically American / Western European meals.
I'm not looking to go on a Substance-X-free diet, especially since my reaction is hardly life-threatening; this question is really just academic, serving my own curiosity and love of useless bits of trivia than anything else.