Gooseberries are in the Grossulariaceae
family of plants. This group of foods also include redcurrants and various uncommon currants.
Gooseberry is different from Chinese Gooseberry, which is another name for kiwi
Indian Gooseberry is again in a different family of plants, the Phyllanthaceae
There is a study showing redcurrants containing Lipid Transfer Proteins
, so it is likely that gooseberries and blackcurrants also contain these proteins as they are so closely related.
Gooseberries are a low FODMAP food. FODMAP
stands for F
olyols. Foods high in FODMAPs can cause symptoms of food intolerance, affecting the gastro intestinal system and this can be mistaken for a true IgE food allergy.
Gooseberries are one of the few fruits to contain a moderate amount of lectins
, another cause of food intolerance. Cooking foods with lectins makes them more digestible and can reduce the symptoms of food intolerance.
Gooseberries are a food high in salicylates
, so has the potential to cause gastrointestinal food intolerance symptoms in people who are sensitive to salicylates.
You can read more about Food Intolerances
on the dedicated Food Intolerance Page.
As they may contain Lipid Transfer Proteins, blackcurrants may be linked to LTP Syndrome
, which is where you suffer from allergic reactions to most foods which contain LTP Proteins.
There is a possibility of cross reactivity with other currants in the Grossulariaceae
family of plants.
Other foods which contain LTPs include almond, apple, blueberry, brocolli, cabbage, goji berry, kiwi, lemon, lettuce, orange, pea, peach, peanut, plums, raspberries, walnuts and wheat.
Please note that this food list is not exhaustive, please visit the Cross Reactivity tool page for the most up to date information about food allergens.
Science Direct - Gooseberry
Wild Food UK - Wild Gooseberry
Pollen Library - Ribes
Articles and Journals
Bioactive Phytochemicals from Berries Seed Oil Processing By-products, 2023
Geographic Variability of Berry Phytochemicals with Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Properties, 2022
Genus Ribes Linn. (Grossulariaceae): A comprehensive review of traditional uses, phytochemistry, pharmacology and clinical applications, 2021
Contribution of phenolic compounds, ascorbic acid and vitamin E to antioxidant activity of currant (Ribes L.) and gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa L.) fruits, 2019
Phenolics from the Patagonian currants Ribes spp.: Isolation, characterization and cytoprotective effect in human AGS cells, 2016
Analysis and Sensory Evaluation of Gooseberry (Ribes uva crispa L.) Volatiles, 2013
Anthocyanins in Berries of Ribes Including Gooseberry Cultivars with a High Content of Acylated Pigments, 2007
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