Ask The Allergista: I've been diagnosed with a gallate allergy. What now?

Q:

I just found your website and am very excited. I just found out last week I am allergic to Gallates, now what! I am finding it very difficult to find a list of foods to avoid! Brand names are even harder to find.

Any help is much appreciated! Thanks.

A:

Thanks for writing me :-) Sorry to hear about your gallate allergy diagnosis. Is that the only allergy you have? What made you go get tested? Also, is this something you think you recently developed?

I agree that there doesn't seem to be that much information about gallates out there. This is what I've found out so far:

You should avoid

  • hydrogenated oil (frying oil, margarine, etc.)
  • wine
  • tea
  • berries
  • aloe
  • papaya
  • flaxseed
  • blueberry
  • watercress
  • apples
  • vinegar
  • walnuts
  • and more.
  • You should also avoid witch hazel, which is a skin cleanser.

What are gallates? Gallates are salts and esters of gallic acid. Read more about gallic acid on another post I did here.

Please come back and share if you get some new info somewhere :-)

Sincerely,

The Allergista

P.S.  Also make it a habit to read the ingredient labels on EVERYTHING.

Sources:

http://recent-science.com/index.php/rrst/article/viewFile/7487/3834

http://www.phytochemicals.info/phytochemicals/gallic-acid.php

http://www.livestrong.com/article/496550-gallic-acid-its-uses/