Legume Allergy

Legume Allergy. Common Allergies And Symptoms Of A Food Allergy In Children And Adults.

Specifically, the definition of legume is a seed/dry fruit contained within a shed or pod and is the Fabaceae (or Leguminosae) family. The most well-known legumes are peanuts, peas, beans, lentils, and alfalfa. They are harvested for their seed and consumed by both humans and animals.


Some people choose to not eat legumes because of Phytates. These presummably bind up certain minerals in food such as iron, zinc, and calcium, thereby slowing their absorption and preventing your body from utilizing them. Foods are not digested and can cause inflammation, bloating, and indigestion. 

Some studies suggest that legumes don’t tend to have an overall nutritional value and are higher in carbohydrate content, with the exception of higher amounts of protein. Parents of allergic children should take this into consideration when offering legumes to their children and watch for food allergy symptoms. Cooking legumes may not decrease allergic reactions.

What Is A Food Allergy?

Some people can have an allergic reaction or intolerance to legumes which causes unwanted reactions. Symptoms happen because your body reacts to the legume as an invader.

Chemicals are released into your system and they manifest themselves as allergic reactions. Symptoms of a food allergy vary from person to person and can display themselves in a variety of ways. 

Allergic reactions in children and adults can manifest themselves within a few minutes (most of the time) to a few hours after eating legumes. Here's a list of common food allergies from legumes to get you pointed in the right direction:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen lips and tongue
  • Skin itch 
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling and inflammation of other parts of the body
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever

In severe cases the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. 

It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen. This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.
  • Stomach pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Facial flush

Legume Allergy List Of Foods

List of Legumes Which Includes A Variety Of Beans

  • Alfalfa
  • Asparagus bean
  • Asparagus pea
  • Lima bean
  • Black bean
  • Black-eyed pea
  • Black turtle bean
  • Boston bean  and Boston navy bean
  • Cannellini bean
  • Chickpeas
  • Chili bean
  • Cranberry bean
  • Dwarf bean
  • Egyptian bean (all kinds)
  • Fava bean
  • Fava coceira
  • Field pea
  • French green bean
  • Frijol (bola roja and negro)
  • Great northern bean
  • Green bean
  • Peas (green and yellow)
  • Kidney bean
  • Lentils
  • Lespedeza
  • Licorice
  • Lima bean
  • Madagascar bean
  • Mexican bean (black and red)
  • Molasses face bean
  • Mung bean
  • Mung pea
  • Mungo bean
  • Navy bean
  • Pea bean
  • Peanut
  • Peruvian bean
  • Pinto bean
  • Red bean
  • Red clover
  • Red eye bean
  • Red kidney bean
  • Rice bean
  • Runner bean (also Scarlet) 
  • Small red bean
  • Snow pea
  • Southern pea
  • Sugar snap pea
  • Soybean
  • Wax bean
  • White kidney bean
  • White pea bean

If you think you have a legume allergy, an intolerance or other symptoms of a food allergy, it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing.

Allergy prevention is key. These kinds of food allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly. 

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