I've recently started including raw vegetables in my diet, up from next to nothing in the past. I was surprised to find that consuming sizeable quantities of raw veggies is actually quite easy and not unenjoyable with each meal. I hate cooked vegetables, and also hate cooking them, so I was rather excited about my 'discovery'.
Unfortunately, it seems, I am allergic to just about every vegetable worth eating raw. I have seasonal pollen allergies, and already have experienced reactions to raw apples, pears, peaches, nuts, and cherries. Now it seems carrots, tomatoes, and even spinach is off the list. Apparently this is caused by a condition called oral allergy syndrome: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_allergy_syndrome
I was eating raw spinach all week with no problems, but apparently I have reached some sort of threshold, as my throat is itchy now. I've taken some Benadryl, and will no doubt be forced to nap shortly.
Thank god for Superfood.
Anyone else share my pain?