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COMPREHENSIVE ALLERGY RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE - THE TOP 14 ALLERGENS AND BEYOND

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OKRA ALLERGY


Key Allergens

Okra (also called ladies' fingers) is a vegetable in the Malvaceae family of plants, this family includes durian fruit and cocoa beans.

There are no recorded allergens for okra 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.


Food Intolerances

Food is medium in lectins Food is high in salicylates Food is high in FODMAP

Okra is high in salicylates. Salicylates have the potential to cause worsening of asthma, swelling, itching and hives as well as food intolerance symptoms in people who are sensitive to salicylates.

Okra contains 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.

Okra is a high FODMAP food. FODMAP stands for Fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. 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.

You can read more about Food Intolerances on the dedicated Food Intolerance Page.


Associated Syndromes

Okra has been linked to occupational contact dermatitis in those who pick, process or cook with okra regularly.

Cross Reactivity

Other plants in the Malvaceae family of plants include durian fruit and cocoa beans.

The food lists are not exhaustive, the most up to date information is on the Cross Reactivity Tool.




Resources

Websites

Science Direct - Okra

ATP Science - Salicylate Foods

Healthline - FODMAP Foods


Articles and Journals

Effects of the fodmap diet in children and adolescents with irritable bowel syndrome - systematic review, 2023

Nutritional management of immediate hypersensitivity to legumes in vegetarians, 2022

Immediate-type allergy related to okra (Hibiscus esculentus Linn) picking and packing, 1993

Occupational dermatoses in farmers growing okra (Hibiscus esculentus Linn), 1989



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