Allergy Resources

Cassava Allergy


Key Allergens

Man e 5 is the main protein in cassava that causes allergic reactions.

This is a Glutamic acid rich protein, similar in structure to hevein.


Syndromes

Cassava allergy can be linked to Latex Food Syndrome as the main allergen is similar in structure to hevein, which can cause problems in people with a latex allergy.


Cross Reactivity

Those with a sensitivity to hevein or chitinase may have linked allergies to foods which contain high levels of chitinase, like avocado, banana, chestnuts, corn (maize), kiwi, papaya, pomegranate and tomatoes.

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