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CAROB BEAN ALLERGY


Key Allergens

Carob is a plant in the Fabaceae family of plants, it is classified as a legume, other members of this plant family include peanuts, chickpeas, soya beans and mung beans.

Carob pods grow in trees and are dried and roasted before being ground into powder. It is often used as a chocolate substitute for people with dairy allergies and for people looking for a lower calorie alternative.

Locust bean gum is produced from carob seeds and is used as a thickening agent in a variety of food products.

Carob beans are rarely linked to food allergy, to date there are no recorded allergens for carob beans by the World Health Organization (WHO), because there have not been enough study into allergic effects from this food. If you are interested in what is needed by the WHO before they add an allergen to their allergen database you can check that out HERE.

Carob bean is mostly linked to occupational allergy (those who process carob beans), but is occasionally linked to a food allergy. The allergenic proteins in carob bean have not yet been characterised, but have shown to be denatured by heating.


Associated Syndromes

Allergy to carob beans or locust bean gum is not currently associated with any allergic syndromes.

Cross Reactivity

There are very few studies regarding cross reactivity with carob bean allergy, but it has been linked to other legume allergies like soya and peanut.


Resources

Websites

Allergen Encyclopedia - Carob Bean Gum

Science Direct - Carob

Science Direct - Locust Bean Gum

Foods Matter - Dealing with less common legume allergies

Healthline - What Is Locust Bean Gum, and Is It Vegan?


Articles and Journals

Occupational Rhinitis Due to Inhaled Locust Bean Gum: Cross-Reactivity With Legumes and Nuts, 2020

Re-evaluation of locust bean gum (E 410) as a food additive, 2017

Carob is not allergenic in peanut-allergic subjects, 1999

Allergy to Carob Gum in an Infant, 1999



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