Netherlands: Fresh apples better for allergy sufferers

People with an allergy often can’t just take a bite out of a nice juicy apple. To those suffering from hay fever a piece of fruit can cause severe allergic reactions. The tongue can get swollen, mouth and lips may suffer from a terrible itch. Yet, people afflicted with hay fever too can enjoy apples, obeying a few simple rules. There are a few apples out there that hardly cause any problems at all, at least according to the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF).

Fresh apples contain almost no substances that cause an allergic reaction. These substances however, do increase according to age: a slightly older apple may cause problems.

The variety is also a factor: Boskoop and Gravensteiner are two examples of apple varieties that prove relatively harmless. ECARF adds that red apples are likely better for people with an allergy than green ones.

 

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