Potato Allergy - the Cinderella Food Intolerance
Potato Allergy - dangerous, unknown and not catered for by the food industry!
I have a weird and unusual allergy to potatoes. In fact I also have a severe and unpleasant reaction to potato starch in manufactured food. Have you ever checked manufactured food labels for potato flour? I have to do it all the time and there's not much safe to eat! You wouldn't believe what products contain potato starch. Do you know someone allergic to potatoes? No? If I am right, this will be new to you and you will probably refuse to believe it. I am writing this page from personal experience. My experience with potato allergy is an unpleasant one and yet it is met with derision at times and disbelief at others. When I dine out and request no chips because I can't eat potatoes the reaction is invariably either "Would you like a salad?" assuming I am on a diet or "Would you like mash (boiled, roast or jacket) potato instead.
Is Potato Allergy a Real Allergy?
Who has heard of potato allergy?
People tell me potatoes are not a "real allergy". I'm afraid they are! When I buy food in store I have to read every single label. Unbelievably, potato flour has replaced corn flour in cold meat packaging, pastry for sweet dessert (such as Apfelstrudel) thickener in virtually every tin or packaged soup, nearly all ready meals, virtually all vegetarian meat substitutes. I could go on, but just take it from someone who has this particular unpleasant food intolerance, it gets worse every time I shop. To this date I have never had anaphylactic shock, but I watch what I eat like a hawk and have experienced dizziness as well as gastro-intestinal problems. For some people potato allergy can be life threatening and yet increasing we are being forced to eat it in "hidden" form. Even packaging can be made from potato flour, some burger rolls contain it too so junk food is particularly unsafe!
Read these pages if you think you might have a problem with potatoes.
Potato Allergy can be life threatening - Information and Advice
- Patatin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Patatin - a chemical in potatoes that causes all the trouble.
- OBITUARY: Dr Richard Mackarness - Obituaries - News - The Independent
Richard Mackarness was a physician of great vision, a man of original mind who, though much frustrated by the sceptics in his own profession, fought with some success for the recognition in Britain of "Clinical Ecology". By his own example and as a d
- Potato Allergy Symptoms: Natural Remedies For Allergic Reactions
Symptoms of allergic reaction to potato though rare, can mimic symptoms of flu and gastric disturbance. Tomato, eggplant, tobacco, paprika, cayenne, red and
- Food Allergies: When Food Becomes the Enemy - Allergy Center: Medical Information on Allergies
Allergy information includes articles on allergies, symptoms, treatment, medications, food allergies, and allergy relief.
- Potato Allergy Symptoms | LIVESTRONG.COM
People who suffer allergic reactions shortly after eating potatoes should take note of their symptoms and pursue a diagnosis for safety reasons. Food allergy symptoms mimic signs of cold or flu but can lead to deadly anaphylactic shock. While many ch
- Allergic to potatoes? | Health24
Potatoes have always been regarded as one of the least allergenic foods at our disposal. It is therefore quite surprising that allergens have now been identified in these veggies.
- Potato Allergy and Intolerance
How I discovered my allergy to potatoes
Curing a chronic ulcer in your twenties!
I don't want to dwell on this too much as it is a tale I have told so many times. My potato allergy was discovered largely by accident. Some allergies are. Sometimes people don't like to call it an allergy because it does not always lead to anaphylactic shock as a nut allergy might, but the symptoms were very unpleasant and I really have to watch what I eat. Like any young person I would eat on the run and in my second job I often used to work in the lunchbreak and snack on coffee and a pack of crisps (chips in the USA). When I had time, I would have a cheese salad and chips (fries in the USA). I started to notice very unpleasant tummy pains in the afternoons. It would pass though. I thought it might be the fat, so I cut the cheese out and had chicken salad instead. No difference....
About a year down the road I would wake up in the night crying with pain in my stomach. My new partner was a vegetarian and his ambition was to live on a vegan diet. He had no clue about balanced nutrition so I cooked for both of us and was, to all intents and purposes, vegan too. We loved Indian food, like samosas, pakoras and various vegetable stews and curries. I had never been a big rice or pasta fan, so we usually had potato in some form, or chapatis, or French bread....
It got so agonising I thought I had cancer. I was scared to visit the doctor, my partner was scared if I didn't, so he threatened to leave me if I didn't get it seen to. The doctor diagnosed an ulcer and prescribed ulcer medication - Zantac at first. This helped for a while. By the time the diagnosis was confirmed by barium meal I was nearly painfree. Three months later it was back. The doctor couldn't understand a chronic ulcer forming in someone in their mid-twenties. Doctor therefore queried my alcohol consumption, smoking habits, diet... then tried me on two antibiotics and a bismuth compound - the standard treatment for Helicobacter Pylorii or ulcer causing bugs. It went, and it returned again... By this time he had me figured either as a secret spirit drinker or an hysteric. I was neither. It was back on the meds again, but I had noticed I was gaining weight.
Gifts for Potato Lovers who can't eat Potatoes! - Safe Uses for Potatoes in Our House!
Here are some fun things that are (relatively) safe uses for potatoes when you can't eat them.
Potato Allergy - could it be Karma?
Just think of all the happy hours we spent sticking things into innocent potatoes. Perhaps potato allergy is karma striking back and punishing potato torturers everywhere?
You want to look like a Potato Head?
OK - well this hat could be just the thing.
Discovering Chemical Allergies and Food Intolerances
A low-carb diet brings a revelation
The only way I can lose weight is on an Atkins style plan. It has always been that way - me and carbs don't get on well - so I went on the classic no bread no potatoes diet. Coincidentally I was also reading a book called, I think, Chemical Victims. After three weeks we were invited to a party and as a reasonable person I don't diet at parties so I indulged in some potato salad - a favorite dish - and I woke up in the night convulsed in pain. For the next three days my belly was swollen but there was no gas, and nothing would move.
A light started to dawn - potato was the only thing I had not eaten for three weeks. If it was an allergy it would have gone in that time from chronic (ulcer forming) to acute (agonising pain and paralysis in the gut). I deliberately tested this by a further three weeks off potatoes and then a portion of chips and the result was equally painful. We had an answer - I eliminated all potatoes from my diet and, as mysteriously as they appeared, the ulcers went. Cue the food industry changes in practice...
Food Allergy and intolerance Resources - But too often not helpful for potato allergies...
ATTENTION FOOD MANUFACTURERS - you Cause Allergies
By trying to stop other allergies....
Now food manufacturers being aware of gluten intolerance are busy removing wheat flour from many of their products. They have a safer alternative, corn flour, which was used back in the 80s when I had my first potato problems.... However, this has become more expensive and they are now using potato flour as a cheaper and "more flavorsome" alternative.
Every time I go to the store I see a new recipe change, a new thing I can no longer eat. Some of these things are really silly, like pre-cooked meat and apple pie. I am writing this page to make the industry aware that an allergy to potatoes does exist. It runs in my family - my mother and two aunts have a problem with pain after eating potatoes. It also coexists with an allergy to nightshades or solanacea....
The huge industry that has arisen out of allergen free cooking takes no account of potato allergy and recommends potato flour wholesale as completely safe. This is an untruth that needs exposing! Please get off the couch and do something to help us!
I hope you found this page interesting and that you can help make food manufacturers aware they are endangering people's lives with indiscriminate adding of potato to all food types, both sweet and savoury. Thank you for reading.
© 2011 Lisa Marie Gabriel