What is Legume Allergy and Intolerance to Legumes?
A legume is the plant or its fruit or seeds of members of the family Fabaceae. This includes peas, lentils, beans, peanuts, soybeans to name a few. An allergy to legumes is becoming increasingly common amongst newborns. Most commonly, these allergy sufferers react most strongly to the soybean and peanut. It’s also common for a tree nut allergy to parallel a legume allergy.
A true legume allergy will make consumers of these foods experience swelling of the face, mouth, throat or airways. In some cases, it could be fatal if your allergy is severe. In this case, it would always be best to try to avoid legumes completely to avoid causing unnecessary inflammation in your body.
If you have an intolerance to legumes, on the other hand, you may be able to treat the cause of immune sensitivity so that you can consume these foods again for their unique nutritional value.
Having a legume intolerance means that when you consume lentils, beans, peas, etc., you will have:
- Minor swelling of the face, mostly lips
- Legume intolerance gas is the most bothersome complaint
- Possible swelling of the airways
- Itching throat and neck
- Oral allergy syndrome symptoms
- Itchy rash
- Cystic acne
- Dry skin and hair with possible hair loss
- Dry eyes and mouth
- Insomnia, trouble concentrating, irritability
- Increased histamine levels
These symptoms should not interfere with your ability to live, which differentiates legume intolerance from an allergy to legumes.
Is there a huge list of legumes so we know exactly what to avoid?
If you have severe reactions to legumes or you are looking to heal your food sensitivities to legumes, you should start by avoiding them completely. Your immune system will love the break from constantly causing inflammation on the site of small legume particles in your body. Therefore, I thought it would help you all if I made an extensive compiled list of hidden and apparent legumes in ingredients that you could find on the food labels of stuff you get at the store.
I personally follow this list myself because I have a moderate legume intolerance. Whenever I eat any of these foods, I get a swollen lip, rashy face and itchy throat. So here’s a legume food list if you need to avoid them:
- Acacia: Gum foods like Berbera gum, cape gum, gum arabic, Indian gum, Senegal gum
- Astragalus: Goat’s thorn, milkvetch
- Beans: Bean sprouts and all bean foods
- Carob: Locust bean gum, St. John’s Bread, carob fruit
- Cassia: Senna, coffee weed, coffee pod, coffee bean, arsenic weed, cinnamon
- Garbanzo ingredients
- Green beans
- Guar gum
- Locust tree products
- String beans
I could go into a bit more detail, but these are the most common ingredients that you could start to avoid if you didn’t know they were legumes.
Natural Treatments for Legume Intolerance
Legume food intolerance is a different condition than a sensitivity to specific foods like chickpeas and beans. However, I think that they can be treated all the same.
I used to have a debilitating intolerance to all legumes and tree nuts, but I highly considered that this wasn’t normal or natural, so I considered something was causing an overreaction of my immune system. I had tried a few unconventional things that really worked for me and now I can safely consume all legumes, even soy, with minimal to no symptoms.
What I first had to do was change my perspective on my health. I considered the things that I can uncertain about, like the nutrient quality of today’s food. It’s important to consider that soil quality is degrading for our non-organic foods because of the way we abuse the fertile soils and spray pesticides like it’s plant candy. There’s evidence to prove that some of the substances that factory farmers spray can cause minerals like sulfur and silica to become bio-unavailable for plants and human absorption.
After considering that nutrients may be lacking in today’s food, you should think about the specific problems you deal with in your health and determine if you could be deficient in something specific.
Sulfur Deficiency May Cause Food Intolerance
For my case, I thought about consumption of sulfur and magnesium, which are important for immune system and brain health. Perhaps a widespread common deficiency of minerals like these are causing the exponential increase in numbers of newborns with life-suppressing allergies and other conditions.
I highly recommend the one cheap and effective supplement that worked for my food intolerances, which was bioavailable sulfur in the form of organic MSM crystals. These tiny and inexpensive crystals will give you an immediate dose of fresh sulfur, which is a common deficiency for people that don’t eat an organic diet. I try to eat organic, but I don’t think it’s ever enough.
After just one dose of this sulfur supplement, you will feel an immediate burst of energy that comes naturally, rather than from the stimulation of a drug. You’ll experience the wonderful life-changing benefits of curing your sulfur deficiency from beauty benefits to nervous system healing.
Controlled Fasting as a Food Intolerance Treatment
I discuss in detail here how fasting can treat allergies and food intolerances and describe how calorie restriction can allow your immune system to function way better by increasing white blood cell count. This may be what your body needs to heal the way it functions so that you don’t overreact to harmless substances.
My theory is that fasting is a very healthy practice for humans to follow because it helps negate the effects of our unnatural eating and fitness patterns. We generally sit down all day and have a feast 3 times a day, consuming stimulants along the way and then barely sleep during the night. Perhaps the health benefits of fasting come from giving your body time to relax internally.
I think that spiritual champions like monks have the right idea in that calorie restriction can increase longevity and mental awareness, the perception of pleasure, and stuff like that. A habit of fasting, whether it be water fasting, coffee fasting, intermittent fasting, alternate day, or your own derivative can improve your health tremendously.
I also believe that nobody else on the internet is going to recommend that you fast because it doesn’t give them any money if you’re not consuming anything. But a habit of fasting twice a month has done wonders for healing my widespread food intolerances.
If you have a question or something personal to add about legume intolerance, please leave me a comment!
Talk to you soon,