If Your Mouth Feels Weird When You Eat Raw Fruits Or Veggies, Here’s Why

If Your Mouth Feels Weird When You Eat Raw Fruits Or Veggies, Here’s Why

You’ve heard of peanut and wheat allergies, but if you get a weird tingly feeling in your mouth when you eat raw fruit, you may wonder — can a person be allergic to apples? It turns out this is a mostly harmless reaction, called oral allergy syndrome, that happens in people who are allergic to pollen.

Basically, something in the fruit or vegetable that bothers you is similar to the pollen that you’re actually allergic to. NPR’s The Salt has a good explanation of what’s happening, with a breakdown (thanks to National Jewish Health) of which allergies can be triggered by which fruits. For example, if you’re allergic to the pollen birch trees put out in spring, you may react to a similar protein in the skins of apples and peaches.

Cooking the veggies can help: The proteins break down, so you’ll probably be able to eat applesauce or apple pies, even if raw apples make your lips itch. Peeling often helps, too. But if the reaction is anything worse than a tingly mouth — or if it involves nuts or another common food allergen — it’s time to seek medical help.


  • this is amazing, thank you.

    for years ive been allergic to avocados and more recently getting reactions from kiwi and banana (fucking loved bananas, too bad, so sad now though)

    • Me too. Bananas and avocados make me want to rip my own throat out. Never used to be a problem. Two of my favourites and now all I can do is watch the kids enjoy them 🙁

      • yeah i only just started getting in to avocados when i developed an allergy. how are you with Kiwis?

        apparently there is such a thing as a kiwi/banana/avocado allergy too as they all share a common protein. and its an allergy to the particular protein thats the issue.

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