Is it possible to have an allergy to grapes?
It is possible to have an allergy to just about anything, so the answer is yes.
There are several special problems about grapes worth noting:
- They are heavily sprayed with pesticides, making them the most toxic fruit you can buy.
- Grapes naturally grow yeast on their skin.
- Like any fruit, mold can grow on grapes.
According to the book “Diet for a Poisoned Planet“, grapes are sprayed with so many chemicals that they are extremely toxic. Unless they are organic, grapes are an example of unhealthy food.
The answer is to buy organic grapes.
Grapes and Yeast
If you have a yeast allergy, you must reduce grape consumption, or stop eating grapes altogether. Unless you are eating organic grapes, it is a good idea to cut them out of your diet anyhow, allergic or not.
Grapes and Mold
Mold can grow on grapes. If the grapes look to be in good shape, inspect where the stems join the fruit. This is one place that mold sometimes grows in otherwise healthy-looking grapes.
Grapes and Sulfites
Grape products can have sulfites added to them. This includes fresh grapes and various forms of processed grapes including juices, raisins etc.
Which Allergy Is It?
If you react to grapes, but not organic grapes, you are probably allergic to the pesticides. This may also indicate an allergy to sulfites.
If you have the patience to peal the grapes and eat only the inside, and this is OK, and assuming that eating organic grapes did not help, suspect a yeast allergy.
Grape Allergy and Wine
If you are allergic to grapes, the chances are you are allergic to wine also.
But what if it is not the grapes, but the other possibilities mentioned above?
Mold can be a problem with wine. More research is required, and when I find the answers, I will write an article about it.
Organic wine is ideal, as this will reduce your pesticide intake.
Grape Allergy and Vinegar
Wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar are made from grapes and so should be avoided if you have a grape allergy.