Today at Foodfacts.com we read about a mom whose little one seems to have a reaction/allergy to eggplant. We wondered how many people are aware of eggplant as a possible food allergen wondered why we didn’t have a note that eggplant might be a possible allergen. Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family and thus, an allergen.
Eggplant is not a known high allergen and we therefore don’t usually do very much to avoid it. The diet and nutrition media also reports that an eggplant allergy is very rare. It appears that the first study to ascertain allergy/sensitivity to eggplant was not undertaken until 2004. This study seems to have focused on persons of Indian descent as the eggplant/brinjal might be a staple in their diets.
As a member of the nightshade family (which includes Peppers, Potato, Tobacco, Tomato) eggplant may be more “allergenic” when consumed raw. A skin reaction may occur when various parts of the body come into contact with the skin/peel of the eggplant. Think of how raw tomatoes may give little ones a rash around the mouth.
Again, this type of reaction to eggplant is considered rare. It is also a reaction that may “strike” at any age. Do a search on Google about eggplant allergies and you will find many who speak to being older when they first reacted to eggplant.
Do you have an allergy to eggplant? Do you think your little one might? Please let us know in our comments section.