What are gallates?

gallates You know, I still don't know how to pronounce that word. I even used an online word pronouncer, but I still don't trust it.

So, when I found out that I'm allergic to a bunch of common chemicals, I was also told that I'm allergic to gallates. I was told that they're in hydrogenated oil, so to stay away from that and only consume extra virgin or expeller pressed oils. After that, I eliminated hydrogenated oils from my diet and didn't think much about it again.

However, I decided I should do some research recently and stumbled across some interesting stuff!

So, what are gallates, anyways? They are salts and esters of gallic acid.

This led me to research what gallic acid is.

It's been around for hundreds of years and back in the 1800's, it was used for developing photography. These days, it's used in the pharmaceutical industry for testing analytes for phenol content (a type of acid) and it can be used to create mescaline, which is a psychedelic like LSD.

Gallic acid DOES have some beneficial qualities such as being anti-fungal, anti-viral, being an antioxidant and it's also used with various medical issues such as cancer and diabetes.

Here are some foods that contain gallic acid:

  • areca nut
  • bearberry
  • bergenia
  • blackberry
  • hot chocolate
  • walnuts
  • mango peels and leaves
  • indian gooseberry
  • raspberry
  • cloves
  • vinegar
  • wine
  • white tea
  • pomegranate extract
  • grape seed extract
  • rooibos tea extract
  • genetically modified crops (used for the anti-fungal quality)
  • witch hazel

This explains why my face would get splotchy after using 100% witch hazel! I never understood that until now. Definitely makes me go "WOW"

I haven't spoken with anyone else who has this allergy and I'd love to know of more items to avoid, so post some insight in the comments if you have any!

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallic_acid

http://herbs.maxforum.org/2011/11/17/gallic-acid-sources-that-are-food-grade/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/535607-foods-with-gallic-acid/