I am the 30%

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A few years ago the New York Times came out with an article stating that 30% of people who believe they have food allergies actually do not. Back in high school I had mild allergic reactions to cherries and peaches. It wasn’t anything serious; however, it wasn’t too enjoyable having a tingling, itchy mouth, tongue, and lips. I chalked it up to an allergy and ceased eating these fruits.

When I was in Croatia and visited the outdoor market, I decided to try a cherry. Knowing my reactions in the past weren’t severe, I wasn’t terribly concerned about what might happen. After one cherry and no reaction, I went on to eat about a pound of cherries over the course of my trip. Today I had a delicious peach from the Farmer’s Market and again, no adverse reaction! I have either outgrown my allergy or it never existed in the first place.

People can outgrow food allergies they had as children and can even develop allergies as adults. Some mild reactions to certain foods (fruits especially) can be more related to where and how the fruit was grown as opposed to the fruit itself. On a side note, if you have a diagnosed allergy or had severe reactions, I don’t recommend doing what I did.

So if you have any peach or cherry recipes you think I should try, send them my way! I need to make up for some missed opportunities.