Latex Sensitivity

Love banana, mango, kiwi, papaya or guava?  Don’t we all. But for some, eating these super foods may be unknowingly undermining their health.

What is latex?

According to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, latex is the protein found in the sap of the Brazilian rubber tree  It can also refers to “natural rubber products” made from the sap and include:

    • Balloons
    • Rubber bands
    • Condoms and diaphragms
    • Rubber household gloves
    • Rubber balls
    • Bandages
    • And more

What are latex cross reactive foods?

Some foods have proteins that are very close in structure to those found in the rubber tree sap.

According to the American Latex Allergy Association, “The association between latex sensitivity and food allergy is often referred to as the latex-fruit syndrome, although many vegetable foods have also been identified as possessing clinical and/or immunologic cross-reactivities with latex proteins.”

Latex reactive foods include nuts and fruit, particularly:

  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Chestnut
  • Kiwi
  • Apple
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Papaya
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Melons

How does latex affect our health?

Immediate immune response

Latex mimicking foods has been shown to initiate an immune response in sensitive individuals. Note that only 20% to 60% of latex-allergic patients show an immediate immune reaction to these foods.

The foods shown in the chart from the Internet Symposium on Food Allergens from 2000, have been linked this allergenic response to latex in published reports. They believe that it is likely that other foods not yet identified here may also have some allergenic similarities to latex.

I Frequent and significant associations Banana, avocado, kiwi, chestnut
II Significant associations, but only described in certain studies Potato, shellfish
III Common associations, but the number of cases is not enough to reach significant levels Papaya, tomato, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, fig, nuts (almond, hazelnut), stone fruits (peach, cherry, apricot), melon, apple
IV Less common associations Guava, fish, carrot, pear, strawberry, peanut, pepper, grape
V Reported associations Coconut, oregano, sage, dill, condurango bark, milk, spinach, beet, loquat
Delayed immune response

For some, the immune response may be delayed. This is referred to as an immune sensitivity. It  still imitates an immune response but it may be more mild and longer lasting, keeping the immune system upregulated. The buzz now is the link between the consumption of these foods and the increase in autoimmune issues

What is the best way to test for latex issues?

The most effective method is a 1-2 month elimination diet to calm down the immune system.  Food then can be reintroduced to determine if it still a problem for you. 

Other methods include Cocoa pulse testing and advanced food sensitivity testing through Cyrex Labs. This lab looks at the food in its raw and cooked forms as well combined with other foods.

Getting help shouldn’t be difficult!

Contact us for your free 15 minute consultation.

We have put together a comprehensive paper on Coronavirus, including ways to improve your immune system and stay healthy.

Stay Home & Stay Healthy