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Bananas and Latex?

Postby vivian maxine on January 16th, 2016, 3:51 pm 

What is the connection between bananas and latex? A friend was told that she cannot have bananas. Why? "Because you are allergic to latex". That's all she was told. What pray tell is the connection. I'm allergic to latex and I eat bananas all the time. One of my favorite foods.
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Re: Bananas and Latex?

Postby Watson on January 16th, 2016, 4:58 pm 

If you are allergic to latex, but not bananas, you may be allergic to a different food, or one you don't know about because you don't eat them. There does seem to be a link, because latex is after all vegetation before it gets processed.

http://latexallergyresources.org/cross-reactive-food
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Re: Bananas and Latex?

Postby vivian maxine on January 16th, 2016, 5:27 pm 

Watson » January 16th, 2016, 3:58 pm wrote:If you are allergic to latex, but not bananas, you may be allergic to a different food, or one you don't know about because you don't eat them. There does seem to be a link, because latex is after all vegetation before it gets processed.

http://latexallergyresources.org/cross-reactive-food


Thank you, Watson. That explains it. She is allergic to tomatoes and soybean products. Says she's never had problems with bananas but those other two put a load on.
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Re: Bananas and Latex?

Postby zetreque on January 17th, 2016, 1:06 am 

It sounds like someone is trying to pull one over on you.

I would go so far as to guess that this is one of those non-scientific rumors that got started like

"masturbating too much will make you blind"

Because if you think about it. Condoms = latex and women have been known to use vegetables and fruits for pleasure (and I don't mean eating pleasure).

Sounds like someone made a joke about it once and then it just spread as rumor and got misinterpreted over time.

Some basis could be that if certain proteins of foods or materials get into your blood stream then your body can build an antibody immune response to it and you become allergic. I imagine that either bananas or latex or both could find their way into the blood stream if used in a certain way....

Maybe a good late night G rated commercial for safe-sex.
If you are allergic to latex you can't have bananas unless...
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Re: Bananas and Latex?

Postby vivian maxine on January 17th, 2016, 7:47 am 

No, zetreque. This is my friend's doctor - a cardiac specialist. We can be pretty certain he is on the level. She has used him for years and been helped through a lot of difficult problems by him.

That said, I do know what you mean. There is a lot of that going around. But it doesn't apply in this case.
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Re: Bananas and Latex?

Postby zetreque on January 17th, 2016, 2:40 pm 

So a doctor that specializes in hearts? Doctors are so specialized these days he probably knows nothing else and is just repeating a rumor that started out as a joke. haha I've dealt with my fair share of doctors.


demand an answer from him/her and if he can't come up with it, sue him/her for sexual innuendo.


Watson did have something. Sometimes molecules can be similar so you can he allergic to groups of things, but molecules are so specific with chirality and such that it seems like a stretch sometimes.
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