MUNG BEAN ALLERGY
Mung beans (also known as green gram) are most commonly eaten in Asia, but they are becoming more popular worldwide as Western countries move towards eating meat free protein sources. Bean sprouts which are eaten as part of salads and garnishes are mung beans which have been left to sprout.
Mung beans contain 6 allergenic proteins. Most of these are associated with legume and nut allergies.
Vig r 1 and Vig r 6 are Bet v 1 proteins
, these are common proteins which can cause oral allergy type symptoms across multiple groups of foods.
Vig r 2 is a a vicilin protein. Vicilin
proteins are commonly found in nuts and seeds and are also known as 7S seed storage proteins.
Mung bean allergy has been associated with Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome
due to the Bet v 1 like protein. You may have Pollen-Food Allergy Syndrome if you suffer from mung bean allergy with oral allergy symptoms to 3 or more of the foods mentioned in cross reactivity section.
If sensitised to birch pollen
you may have Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome and may also react to kiwi, pear, peach, plum, nectarine, apricots, cherries, tomato, celery, crrot, potato, parsnip, pepper, dill, cumin, peas, coriander, fennel, hazelnut, walnut, almonds, peanuts, lentils and apples.
Other foods containing 7S seed storage proteins are peanuts, cashews, pecan, hazelnut, soya beans, walnut, pistachio, macadamia nuts, sesame, lupin, coconut, mung beans and peas. 7S seed storage proteins are also found in buckwheat and lentils.
Science Direct - Oral Allergy Syndrome
Science Direct - Vicilin
Anaphylaxis Campaign - Legume & Pulses Allergy
Foods Matter - Dealing with less common legume allergies
Articles and Journals
Germination reduces black gram (Vigna mungo) and mung bean (Vigna radiata) vicilin immunoreactivity, 2021
Anti‐allergic activity of mung bean (Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek) protein hydrolysates produced by enzymatic hydrolysis using non‐gastrointestinal and gastrointestinal enzymes, 2018
Vig r 6, the cytokinin-specific binding protein from mung bean (Vigna radiata) sprouts, cross-reacts with Bet v 1-related allergens and binds IgE from birch pollen allergic patients' sera, 2014
Potential allergens of green gram (Vigna radiata L. Millsp) identified as members of cupin superfamily and seed albumin, 2011
Birch pollen-related food allergy to legumes: identification and characterization of the Bet v 1 homologue in mungbean (Vigna radiata), Vig r 1, 2005
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