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Tapioca is a starch that came out as a product of processed cassava root or Manihot Esculenta. The cassava plant is indigenous to the northeast region of Brazil, but its use has gained some popularity around South America. Explorers from Spain and Portugal introduced it across the countries of Asia and Africa.


Tropical countries have made tapioca their staple food. People by the millions consume it on a daily basis. Tapioca is considered an empty-calorie food, since it is pure carbohydrates. It contains no significant vitamins, essential minerals, and protein.


The food industry is the one that has benefited the most from using tapioca. Food manufacturers in many countries have used tapioca as a thickening agent. Tapioca pearls are now a common sight in bubble teas as well as slushes and taho. It is also being used as an alternative or substitute for wheat and other flours. Bakeries have been using it to make flatbreads, puddings and other desserts.


With the increasing need to get rid of plastics because of the harm it creates to the environment, biodegradable bags manufactured from tapioca have become increasingly popular. Since it is biodegradable, it can be composted. It is also recyclable, sustainable and renewable. Starching of garments is also one of the uses of tapioca.


Although tapioca has a lot of uses and benefits, it also has its downside. Some people have developed allergies to tapioca. Tapioca allergy is not common and only a few studies have been conducted. People who have experienced allergies a few minutes after consuming tapioca have shown symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, chills, sweating, skin rashes and itching, abdominal pains, diarrhea, spasms, vomiting, easily irritated, swelling of the face, pupils are dilated, cold and cough, dizziness, and nausea.


People who are allergic to latex may discover that they are also allergic to tapioca due to a reaction called cross-reactivity where the human body reacts to similar proteins found in two different substances.


The cassava root, from which tapioca came from, naturally produces cyanide. Cyanide is a chemical compound that is poisonous to the human body. Early symptoms of cyanide poisoning are fast beating of the heart, and symptoms that are similar to those seen in tapioca allergy. More worrying reactions may follow like seizures, loss of consciousness, low blood pressure and even cardiac arrest. If not treated immediately, it could result in the loss of life.


It is vital that one should seek medical help immediately once allergic reactions are experienced a few minutes after consuming products that contain tapioca. One has to be sure if what they have is tapioca allergy or cyanide poisoning or allergy from another substance. Do not self-medicate because you could do more harm than good to your body. Once the doctor confirms that you do have tapioca allergy, it is best to avoid it altogether.





This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be relied as  medical advice. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication or supplements.




For thousands of years, vinegar has been an integral part of our society. Its wide variety of uses in the domestic, medical and industrial fields has made it a common household name. From ancient beverages to modern food preparation and preservation, from folk medicine to current diet techniques, from pest control to household hacks, there is virtually a lot that vinegar has to offer.


Vinegar, also called acetic acid or ethanoic acid, is produced through the fermentation of certain fruit juices, spirits, grains or other materials that are fermentable. They can come from different fermentation processes, produce different colors, and yield their own unique taste and aroma. There is an abundance of vinegar types out there, depending from which they came from; common among them are apple, tomato, grape, kiwi, dates, nipa palm, coconut water, sugarcane, rice, wheat, malt and distilled alcohol.


Development of allergies to vinegar is uncommon, and not much research had been done pertaining to it. Vinegar allergies may be triggered through too much consumption or skin contact with this, or of any products that may contain them. Since vinegar is present in many of the food that we buy nowadays, those who have developed hypersensitivity to this sour-tasting liquid must always be keen to examine first the labels of grocery items before purchasing them. You can’t be too careful when your health is on the line.


It would be beneficial if we are aware of the usual symptoms of vinegar allergy. Below is a list of allergic reactions that may occur if someone with vinegar allergy has accidentally consumed vinegar:

• Headache
• Migraine
• Eye irritation
• Itchy nose
• Runny nose
• Nasal congestion
• Wheezing
• Sore throat
• Heart burn
• Cough
• White-coated tongue
• Diarrhea
• Constipation
• Skin rash
• Fatigue


Looking at the list, vinegar allergy can be quite difficult to diagnose for the obvious reason that its symptoms are similar to other diseases. One can determine whether they have vinegar allergy or not is if any of the following symptoms mentioned above are experienced a few minutes after consuming vinegar or any product that has vinegar content. It is then best to see a doctor as soon as allergic reactions manifest so that he/she can prescribe medicine/s or run further tests, because the results may show that is not actually vinegar allergy that you have but another form of illness. Individuals who confirm that they have this type of allergy should immediately steer clear from any products with vinegar in it.


To better help you in avoiding the foods that has vinegar content, below is a list of general items that people with vinegar allergy should be cautious with or totally consider as off limits. This is not a perfect list but it should already guide you on your next visit to the grocery store. If unsure of the product that you’re going to take, again, check the product label.

• Mayonnaise
• Most sauces
• Mustard
• Tomato sauce
• Certain bread crumbs
• Fruit cakes
• Some pastries
• Olives
• Pickle
• Most sun dried products
• Marzipan
• Sausages
• Some chips
• Lots of curries
• Commercial gravies
• Commercial icings
• Marinades
• Fish batter
• Certain cheese
• Some household cleaning spray




This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be relied as medical advice. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication or supplements.

Truffle Allergy

There’s nothing like enjoying a good bite of delectable treats, unless food allergies prevent you from doing so. An allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to what most people consider as harmless stuff. People who have certain food allergies must be very careful with what they eat, or else they suffer from skin rashes, itchiness or swelling, abdominal pains, vomiting, diarrhea and at times, even asthma attacks. While most food allergies are common, ranging from the puny peanut to the common chicken, there is also the not so usual type of food allergy that the majority of people who have it are not even aware of; one of them is truffle allergy.


Truffles are highly prized mushrooms that are widely used by world-renowned chefs in creating their delicious dishes. It is even considered as “the diamond in the kitchen.” These mushrooms are exorbitantly priced because of its unique taste. There is no need to add some flavor to it. Some chocolate brands even contain truffles.


Only a small amount of truffles is used in food preparations because of its distinct odor and expensive cost. In order to make good use of the ingredient, restaurants leave the skin on when shaving or dicing truffles. Fried eggs and salads are best served with raw white truffles shaved over them. Meats go well with thinly sliced white or black truffles. Black truffles are more delicate and have a milder aroma than the black ones.


Symptoms of truffle allergy are most of the time similar to the symptoms of other food allergies. Different allergic reactions may occur between people with this type of allergy because sensitivity levels for each one vary from the other.


Extra caution must be taken by people who have a history of allergies. An individual who has truffle allergy must stay away from foods containing the ingredient. When going to a restaurant to dine, see if the menu includes the list of ingredients in each dish. If not, ask the waiter which of the food choices has truffles in it, and then you can decide which ones to order.


In case of accidental consumption, anti-allergy drugs can be taken. For emergency purposes, it would be a great idea to have such medicine in one’s bag or purse at all times. Before going to the nearest drugstore and buying one, it would be best to consult a physician first. He or she would know the best drug for your condition and might even run some tests on you to determine your level of sensitivity to truffles.




This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be relied as  medical advice. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication or supplements.








Truffle Allergy

Truffles are mushrooms which grow in trees. They are used by popular chefs for preparing a variety of delicious delicacies. Truffles are really expensive and are popularly referred to by french cooks as “the diamond of the kitchen”. They are used in Italian, Asian, Spanish, and Greek cuisines.

Truffle allergies range from mild to the severe. It might either be a case of breathing difficulties, vomiting, little discomfort, or even death. If you eat outside most times and are allergic to truffles, make sure that you carry Epi-Pen at all times incase of any eventualities that may occur.

If you always attend family reunions, it is pertinent that you attend gatherings where you go with your own dish. This will ensure that are aware of what you are eating and you would not unintentionally fix a mushroom in between your teeth and begin to convulse.

Truffle allergy symptoms basically are similar with allergy symptoms of other foods and it depends on the level of sensitivity of different individuals. The basic symptoms include stomach pain, numbness, blemishes throughout the entire body which are discomforting and warm, skin itch and redness. Some persons tolerate truffle allergies more than others. Some persons might have difficulty in breathing as a result of loss of oxygen, excessive pain and other reactions that can worsen a patient’s health condition.

For this reason, persons with history of allergies need to be very careful about what they eat. If you have truffle allergy or you have allergies for some foods, you need to avoid meals that contain such ingredients. There are anti-allergy drugs available which you must carry along with you anytime you want to eat dishes which you are allergic to.
Not all persons with allergies can control their allergies by using anti-allergy drugs. It is advisable that you inqire from your doctor concerning your health condition. If the symptoms persist, do well to see your doctor in time.

Quinoa allergy

English: cooked red quinoa

English: cooked red quinoa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quinoa is a crop that primarily grown for its seeds which are edible in nature. The crop is highly popular and appreciated for its nutritional value. It is often called as ‘’super food because it provides all types of proteins for your body.

Apart from its good aspect regarding the nutritional value, it is advised that, if you are suffering from allergies from grain products then utmost care should be taken in trying out Quinoa. Generally it is not regarded to be highly allergic food, but it may possible that a new food to your body may cause allergy. Besides these, due to its high nutritional value, it is better than other grains that are gluten free and hence highly recommended to the people suffering from celiac disease or Gluten allergy.

Symptoms of Quinoa Allergy

Most of the allergies lead to trigger similar reaction in your body. Some of the possible symptoms of Quinoa allergy are associated with the skin inflammation and other complications such as sinuses, digestive tract and lungs.

Symptoms such as tightness of chest, difficulty in breathing and wheezing along with swollen of lungs are also the possible symptoms seen in patient having allergy to quinoa.

When the sinuses increase it may possible that you will also experience sinus headache, congestion and sinus pressure.

Quinoa can also lead to gastrointestinal reactions like stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea.

Severe complications of Quinoa allergy

Severe allergy may probably arise when Quinoa reacts badly with your immune system and in these conditions you should immediately seek medical attention as these could be fatal. Some of the severe complications include:


  • Inability or inhale and exhale
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Pale skin and facial swelling
  • Heightened heartbeat

Treatment of Quinoa allergy

While slight allergy to Quinoa can be treated by oral anti-histamine while severe complication needs an epinephrine injection. It is better to seek advice from your allergist for more detail because almost all allergies have similar reaction and its need not that you are suffering from the Quinoa allergy.



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Kale allergy

English: Photo of skin test about 15 minutes a...

English: Photo of skin test about 15 minutes after the application of allergens and the scratching. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kale allergy is a rare but one of the important allergic symptoms to be discussed. Kale allergy is due to the a vegetable called as kale, which is green and leafy vegetable also known in some places as ‘BROCOLE’. Allergy happens due to the response of our immune system towards something we eat, smell or feel. The kale allergic after having the meal often feel uncomfortable, which is the reaction of kale on the immune system.

There are various symptoms of the kale allergy so in order to be confirmed that you have kale allergy you can look after them. The symptom can be a feeling of itchiness near to the mouth area, swelling of the face, skin rashes, throat infection, vomiting, wheezing and coughing, Diarrhea and abdominal cramps.If you are experiencing any of the symptoms from above then you can be the victim of kale allergy.

If you have kale allergy then it is always a better option to stop eating kale. Kale is basically not for the people who are allergic to proteins. The allergy can cause you other problems if not treated quickly. You may have the problem of constipation. There are also cases which show some additional problems caused by kale allergy such as joint pain, fatigue, heartburns, etc. Like any other allergy kale allergy can also lead you to temporary acne.

There is still research going on to figure out more relevant causes of the kale allergy. Kale allergy is slowly becoming more common in our society so it is better to acknowledge them before they can cause serious problem in your body. There are home remedies for the allergy, like: you can have turmeric with hot milk or garlic tea for eliminating the effect of allergy.

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