Peach Allergy Guide: What Is It and How to Avoid Symptoms

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Peaches are nutritious fruits filled with nutrients and known for their fuzzy peel. Peaches are commonly eaten fresh or used as an ingredient when baking pies and cobblers. However, have you ever suspected that you are sensitive or allergic to peaches? This in-depth guide will help you identify the peach allergy signs and reactions and what foods to avoid cross reactivity.

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Peach Food Family

If you are allergic or sensitive peaches, you may need to avoid other foods that belong to the Rosaceae family, as peaches are also a part of it. The following foods are part of the Rosacae Family (source):

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
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Peach Cross Reactivitiy

People who can not eat peaches may be especially sensitive to foods from the same botanical sub family of Prunoideae: (source):

  • Apricot
  • Plum
  • Cherry
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Peaches and Pollen Fruit Syndrome – Oral Allergy Syndrome

Cross reactive pollen in foods and plants may cause oral allergy syndrome, also known as pollen fruit syndrome. Reactions to Peach as associated with Mugwart. If you are reactive to peach or mugwart, you may also experience reactions with the following foods (source):

  • Apple
  • Cherry
  • Mellon

Cross reactions to peaches are also associated with Birch pollen allergy. This may be more common in European countries. Foods associated with peach and birch pollen include:

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Cherry
  • Melon
  • Nuts, including hazelnut
  • Pear

Some people with oral allergy syndrome can safely eat cooked versions of reactive foods. To learn more, we recommend consulting an allergist so that you can receive very personalized instructions. 

Hidden Sources of Peaches

Peaches are often used as an ingredient in desserts and other dishes. Please exercise caution with the following foods:

  • Baked Goods
  • Cereals
  • Cobblers
  • Cookies
  • Dried Fruits
  • Fruit Cups / Mixed Fruit
  • Fruit Leather
  • Ice Cream
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Juices
  • Pie
  • Pureed Fruits
  • Salads
  • Smoothies
peach cobbler

Signs and Symptoms of Peach Allergy

The following may be associated with peach allergy (source):

  • Hives around the mouth area
  • Itching of throat
  • Itching of the mouth
  • Throat tightness
  • Swelling and redness of lips

Symptoms of classic food allergies and oral allergy syndrome reactions may differ.

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Alternative Sources of Vitamin C

Peaches contain vitamin C, but there are alternatives that you can enjoy. 

Listed below are some alternatives (source):

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Potatoes
brussel sprouts sautéed in a pan

Bottom Line

The best cure is prevention, but it is also good to know how to treat adverse food reactions. Working with an allergist, dietitian and Certified Leap Therapist can help you plan a safe and nourishing diet. 

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Authors

  • Lisa Hugh is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Leap Therapist. She has a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration. As a a Food Sensitivity Expert, her passion is helping people with complex medical and nutrition needs find food and groceries that are safe and enjoyable. Lisa enjoys helping clients in her private practice.

  • Rachelle Paderna is a Nutrition Intern at Single Ingredient Groceries.

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