Peach Allergy: Important Information You Need to Know

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Originally published on March 14, 2021; Updated and republished on June 29, 2023.

Have you ever suspected that you have a peach allergy? Or, maybe you don’t feel well when you eat this fruit?

In this post, we will discuss what you need to know when you can’t eat this fruit. Our goal is to provide you with important information you need to navigate this dietary condition with confidence.

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What is Peach Allergy

Peach allergy is an adverse immune response which is triggered by the proteins found in peaches. 

Like other food allergies, it occurs when the immune system mistakenly identifies these proteins as harmful invaders. The immune system releases an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE), which initiates a cascade of reactions in the body. 

These reactions cause allergy symptoms. 

Causes and Risk Factors

While the exact cause of food allergies, is not fully understood, several factors can contribute to their development. 

Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to allergies, making them more susceptible. 

Additionally, a history of other food allergies or a family history of allergies may increase the risk of developing a food allergy.

Food Family

Peaches are nutritious fruits filled with nutrients and known for their fuzzy peel. They are commonly eaten fresh or used as an ingredient when baking pies and cobblers.

If you are allergic or sensitive, you may need to avoid other foods that belong to the Rosaceae family.

The following foods are part of the Rosacae Family:

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Cross Reactivity

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

  • Apricot
  • Plum
  • Cherry
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Sensitivity

Peaches may also trigger other immune mediated, non-IgE hypersensitivity reactions. 

Other non-IgE hypersensitivity reactions may also be triggered by peaches. Food sensitivities may play role in many conditions such as:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Colitis
  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • GERD
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Migraine
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Psoriasis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Urticaria (Hives)


If you suspect that you have a food sensitivity, we recommend working with a Certified Leap Therapist who may recommend Mediator Release Testing. 

Food sensitivities can change based on changes in health status, changes in diet, and other factors. 

Intolerance

Food intolerances are generally defined as adverse food reactions that are not due to allergic or immune-mediated changes in the body.

Symptoms of Peach Intolerance may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Gas 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Flatulence 
  • Loose Stools 

These symptoms may be related to the fiber or sugar content of the fruit.

Pollen Fruit Syndrome – Oral Allergy Syndrome

Cross reactive tree pollens in foods and fresh fruits may cause oral allergy syndrome, also called pollen food allergy syndrome. 

Symptoms may range from mild to severe but tend to be less severe than anaphylaxis. Symptoms tend to occur mostly in and around the mouth. Itchy mouth is often the most prominent symptom.

Allergic reactions to peach are associated with Mugwort. If you are reactive to peach or mugwort, you may also experience reactions with the following foods:

  • 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. 

Common Forms

Peach is a popular fruit and is often eaten fresh, especially in summer months.

They are also commonly found as:

  • Canned Fruit Cocktail
  • Canned Peaches – often served in schools, hospitals, and salad bars
  • Fruit Salad
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Peach Pie

Hidden Sources

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

  • Alcoholic beverages such as Peach Schnapps, Peach Margarita, or Sangria 
  • Baked Goods
  • Cereals
  • Cobblers
  • Cosmetic Products such as face scrubs
  • Cookies
  • Dried Fruits
  • Essential oils
  • Fruit Cups / Mixed Fruit
  • Fruit Leather
  • Ice Cream
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Juices
  • Pie
  • Pureed Fruits
  • Salads
  • Sauces
  • Smoothies
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Cross Contamination 

If you have to avoid peaches, be cautious of how foods are prepared. Some examples may include salad bars and bakeries where foods may come in to contact with each other. Practicing good food hygiene may help prevent the risk of cross contamination.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you suspect a peach allergy, it is crucial to consult a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis. They will evaluate your medical history, conduct a physical examination, and may recommend specific allergy tests such as skin prick tests or blood tests.

Currently, there is no cure for food allergies, including peach allergy. However, effective management strategies can help you avoid potential allergens and minimize the risk of reactions. The most common approach is strict avoidance of peaches and peach-derived products. 

In case of accidental exposure or a reaction, your doctor may prescribe antihistamines to relieve mild symptoms. For severe reactions, carrying an epinephrine auto-injector (e.g., EpiPen) is essential, as it can be life-saving until emergency medical help arrives.

We recommend working with an Allergist, Registered Dietitian, Certified Nutrition Specialist, or Certified Leap Therapist to identify which foods are safest for you and which foods you should avoid. Blood and skin test results may be beneficial. 

Living with Peach Allergy

Living with a peach allergy may require some adjustments to your dietary habits and lifestyle. 

Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Learn to read food labels: Familiarize yourself with common ingredient names and look out for peach derivatives such as peach extract, peach flavoring, or peach oil.
  • Communicate your allergy: Inform family, friends, coworkers, and restaurant staff about your peach allergy to prevent accidental exposure.
  • Experiment with alternatives: Explore other fruits and flavors to replace peaches in recipes and enjoy a wide range of allergy-friendly options.
  • Seek support: Join online communities or local support groups to connect with others facing similar challenges. Sharing experiences and knowledge can be invaluable.

Safety – Eating Out – School & Social Settings

If you avoid peaches  or any specific foods, it is good to have a safety plan. The following strategies may be helpful:

  • Always check ingredient lists and read all food labels.
  • Be aware of common ways the trigger food is used.
  • Be aware of possible hidden sources of the trigger food.
  • Ask your doctor if you should carry an EpiPen or other medication in case of accidental ingestion.
  • Have a support system such as friends, family members, school nurse, teachers, coworkers, and your health care providers.
  • Ask questions about how food is prepared and handled.
  • When in doubt, choose safety first. 

Other Reasons to Avoid Peaches

Peaches are nutritious fruits that are generally included in most therapeutic and lifestyle diets.

Diabetes

Peaches are a source of carbohydrates and can be included in diets for diabetes and blood sugar control. However, for some people, the serving size of peaches and other foods that contain carbohydrates may be modified.

Keto 

Peaches and other fruits are generally excluded or limited for most keto diets. 

Low FODMAP

Peaches may be excluded or limited on a Low FODMAP diet. 

Substitutions

If you follow a peach-free diet, you might enjoy these fruits:

  • Blueberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cranberry
  • Date
  • Grape
  • Honeydew
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Watermelon

Alternative Sources of Vitamin C

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

Listed below are some alternatives:

Bottom Line

Peach allergy can be a significant concern for individuals and families managing food allergies. 

By understanding its causes, symptoms, and proper management techniques, you can take control of your health and live confidently with this condition. 

Remember, always consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and personalized advice. 

At SingleIngredientGroceries.com, we’re here to support you on your journey to a safe and fulfilling food experience. Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay healthy!

Final Thoughts

Choosing groceries when you have food allergies can be challenging. This is why we recommend choosing groceries made with a single ingredient and focusing on what you CAN eat, not just what you have to avoid. 

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Authors

  • Dr. Lisa Hugh DHA MSHS RD LDN CLT

    Dr. Lisa Hugh is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Leap Therapist. She is a Doctor of Healthcare Administration and has a Master's of Science in Healthcare Administration. As 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.

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  • Rachelle Paderna

    Rachelle Paderna is a Nutrition Intern at Single Ingredient Groceries.

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