So far, I have found that food families make very little difference for me. My intolerances are all over the board wherein I’m intolerant of one food in every family! Many of the intolerant foods are things I ate all the time, but many are not.
Sadly, this leaves me nothing to go on when trying to add back in foods for which I was not tested.
Back to my original topic food families topic:
Citrus: Angostura bitters; Citrange; Citron; Grapefruit; Kumquat; Lemon; Lime; Orange; Tangerine
I was tested for lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange. I am mildly intolerant to orange, which means I’m not eating it right now. I have tested angostura bitters on my own (which are chock full of allspice and gentian too) and they don’t seem to cause any trouble for me at all.
I’m good with cashews and here’s it’s family:
Cashew: Cashew, Mango, Pistachio
I will do a more careful test with mango and pistachio, but I’m pretty sure already that they are OK.
But then there’s the cereal group. I know not all of these are “cereals” from a paleo point of view – this is their allergen family.
Cereals: Bamboo Shoots; Barley; Barley, Malt; Bran (wheat); Cane sugar; Cane Molasses; Chestnut, Water; Chestnut, Ling nut; Chestnut, Singhara nut; Corn ; Corn Meal ; Corn Starch ; Corn Oil ; Corn Sugar; Corn syrup; Corn dextrose; Corn glucose ; Corn cerelose; Farina (wheat); Graham flour (wheat) ; Gluten flour (wheat) ; Millet; Patent Flour (wheat); Oats; Pumpernickel; Rice; Rye; Sorghum; Wheat; Wheat flour; Wheat Germ; Wheat (whole) flour; Wild Rice.
I tested clean for rice, cane sugar and millet. I have some sensitivity beyond gluten to wheat and oats. I have violent reactions to barley malt that required no blood tests to discover. I’m mildly intolerant of corn. Basically, this group is useless. Then, there’s crustaceans.
Crustaceans: Crab; Crayfish; Lobster; Prawns; Shrimp.
Crab is a minor problem, lobster and shrimp are fine and I don’t know about the others.
I tested green for all the nightshades on the list, so are paprika, jalepenos and chipotles OK? So where does this leave me? Hell, I don’t know.