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Grape Allergy, Symptoms, and How to Treat It?

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Grape Allergy Information


If you have had a negative reaction to grapes in the past, it is possible that you are allergic or sensitive to them.

Grapes, wine, and other related foods can sometimes trigger symptoms in people with these conditions. It is important to be aware of all potential sources of grape exposure, as some reactions can be dangerous.

This article will provide more information on grapes and related foods that may cause problems for those with Grape allergies or sensitivities.

Grape Allergy Causes

Vitaceae is the family of foods that includes grapes.

There are several foods that you may be allergic to or sensitive to if you are allergic to grapes:

  • Grape Leaves (Dolmades)
  • Currants
  • Dried Currants
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Grape Flour
  • Wine
  • Raisins
  • Grapes and grape products mentioned above only cause allergic reactions in some people.
  • Balsamic vinegar and white balsamic vinegar are examples of red wine vinegar
  • Grape Juice
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Grape Sensitivity

Some people, however, react to grapes, wine, and other fermented products when they have food sensitivities or intolerances relating to other components of these foods.

It is possible to be allergic to yeast, pollen, tannins, nitrites, and nitrates as well as other types of adverse reactions as a result of eating certain foods. 

A cross-reactivity between grapes and the Rosaceae family of foods

There is a possibility that grape allergy sufferers can also experience allergic reactions to foods within the Rosacae Food Family.

There are many foods in the Rosacae (Rose) family, including:

  • Strawberry
  • Youngberry
  • Loganberry
  • Rosehip
  • Longberry
  • Blackberry
  • Raspberry
  • Boysenberry
  • Dewberry

In people with grape allergy, many foods may trigger an allergic reaction due to specific proteins in grapes. Depending on the product, reactions may vary widely or may not occur at all. The identification of triggers and safe foods sometimes requires the assistance of a professional.

Grape Allergy Symptoms

An allergic reaction to grapes may result in a slight cough, runny nose, and or hives. 

Grape Allergy Cross Reaction

The grape allergy may be cross-reactive with other foods

Foods that may cause cross-reactivity with Grape Allergy include:

  • Lupin
  • Fig
  • Asparagus
  • Tomato
  • Mulberry
  • Chestnut
  • Cabbage
  • Beer
  • Cucumber
  • Maize
  • Celery (Don’t worry! Although this ingredient is quite common, there are many ways to replace celery.)
  • Tree Nuts
  • Orange
  • Peanuts
  • Cherry
  • Eggplant
  • Date
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Lettuce
  • Mellon
  • Mustard
  • Fennel

There is a possibility that grape allergy sufferers may be susceptible to vine pollen, so olive oil and olives may be triggering to them.

Hidden causes Of Grapes Allergy

There is a chance that you will see grapes in foods that contain raisins, which are dried grapes, especially when you eat foods such as:

  • Wine
  • Flavored Water
  • Fermented breads, such as Sourdough, which begin with a fermentation process.
  • Juice-based or naturally sweetened smoothies
  • Cereals
  • Candy
  • Fruit Bars
  • Dried Fruits
  • Trail Mix
  • Raisins
  • Granola
  • Fruit Preserves
  • Fermented Foods
  • Vinegar
  • Baked Goods
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Juices and juice blends

Alternatives with Grape Allergy

If you are looking for foods to substitute for grapes in a recipe, consider the purpose of the grapes. Many dishes benefit from the color, sweetness, texture, and acidity of grapes.

Identifying alternatives to grapes and grape products is easy with this quick guide.

If you are looking for an alternative to Fresh Grapes, try these:

  • Orange
  • Fresh Cranberry
  • Peach
  • Mango
  • Blueberry
  • Plum
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Papaya
  • Grapefruit
  • Pear

You might also want to consider the following alternatives to Grape Juice:

Our recommendation is to consume 100% organic juice made from a single fruit in order to lessen the possibility of hidden ingredients such as other juices, sweeteners, preservatives, and pesticides.

  • Cranberry Juice (Not Cranberry Juice Cocktail)
  • Apple Juice
  • Grape Leaves (Dolmades) – Choose from the following if you prefer Grape Leaves:
  • Papaya Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Blueberry Juice
  • Turnip Greens
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale Leaves
  • Mango Juice

A healthy alternative to Raisins & Currants can be found in one or more of the following:

You should read labels carefully when purchasing raisins and dried cranberries. Some contain added sugars, are sweetened with other juices, or are packed in bags lined with vegetable oils.

  • Dried Apricot
  • Dried Mango
  • Dried Papaya
  • Dried Apple

Wine – If you prefer a beverage other than wine, consider one of the following:

  • Liquor (tolerance depends on a number of factors, such as alcohol tolerance and histamine tolerance, along with the ingredients in the liquor).
  • Lemon Juice (for cooking purposes if used as an acid.)

Hard Cider (alcoholic)

  • Sparkling Apple Cider (non alcoholic)
  • White Vinegar (in case it is being used in cooking to add acid.)

You can substitute red wine vinegar with any of the following alternatives:

  • White Vinegar
  • Lime Juice
  • Lemon Juice

Cream of Tartar Alternatives

Pick one or more of the following as alternatives to Cream of Tartar:

  • Baking Powder
  • Yogurt
  • Lemon Juice
  • White Vinegar
  • Buttermilk

Grape Seed Oil Alternatives 

 If you are looking for alternatives to Grape Seed Oil, try one or more of the following:

  • Canola Oil
  • Tallow
  • Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Flax Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Lard
  • Peanut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Soy Bean Oil
  • Peanut Oil

The possibility of identifying trigger foods may be challenging with grape allergy since it is overall a rare condition.

For identifying which foods are safest and which foods to avoid, you should work with an Allergist, Registered Dietitian or Certified Leap Therapist.

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