Tapioca Allergy

Tapioca is a starch extracted from cassava root that contains very little protein, fiber or nutrients. It is mostly carbs and is considered as “empty calorie.” Tapioca comes from the plant species Manihot esculenta which is native to South American and West Indian countries such as Brazil, Columbia, and Cuba. It is a dietary staple in most countries including Asia, and Africa.


Tapioca is naturally gluten-free. Some claim it serves many benefits while others say it is harmful.


Some of its benefits include:


  • It is cheap and affordable staple in developing countries.
  • It is a good alternative to wheat and other grains.
  • Tapioca flour can be used in bread recipes but oftentimes combined with other flours.
  • It is used as flatbread in developing countries in which they add toppings, fit for any meal.
  • It is usually sold as flour, flakes or pearls. Pearls are used to make snacks, desserts, puddings, or bubble tea. It is in fact used in beverages and puddings in the United States.
  • It is inexpensive with a neutral flavor and with great thickening power suitable for soups, sauces and gravies.
  • It helps improve texture and moisture content when added to burgers, nuggets and dough.
  • Because it is grain and gluten-free, it serves a good replacement for wheat and corn-based products.
  • Aside from its use in cooking, the pearls are used to starch clothes by boiling them with clothes.


Health Advantages:


  • Because it is made up of carbs, it can provide energy.
  • It is grain and gluten-free, suitable for those who are allergic or intolerant to wheat, grains and gluten.
  • Tapioca is a natural source of resistant starch which functions like fiber in the digestive system.
  • It helps lower blood sugar after meals, improve glucose and insulin metabolism and helps increase fullness.


Disadvantages with the use of Tapioca:


  • Because it is pure starch lacking nutrients, it is inferior as compared other grains and flours.
  • It is mostly carb with negligible amount of protein and nutrients.
  • Poorly processed cassava root can lead to cyanide poisoning which can lead to death.
  • Tapioca is not good for diabetics because of its carb content.
  • People who consume too much cassava or tapioca-based products can acquire deficiencies, goiter, rickets and malnutrition because of its lacking nutritional value.
  • It may cause allergic reactions to people with latex allergy.


Tapioca by nature doesn’t cause allergy but when not prepared properly can cause many reactions. These include:


  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Spasms
  • Sweating and chills




It not very common for people to have tapioca allergy, but if you have reactions to it upon contact or ingestion, seek medical advice.


Avoid or stop using products containing tapioca to prevent further reactions and complications.


Proper preparation, peeling, slicing and thorough cooking tapioca helps remove cyanide risk.


Speak with your doctor if you have allergy to latex or natural rubbers to know possible risks.


In case of severe reactions such as cyanide poisoning, (with symptoms such as headache and dizziness, convulsions or coma) immediately bring the patient to the hospital.




This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be relied as  medical advice. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication or supplements.



Vinegar Allergy

Allergies are a type of “bodily reactivity to an antigen in response to a first exposure,” or an “exaggerated or pathological immunological reaction such as coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, itching or skin rash to substances situations, or physical states.”


In simple terms, allergies are due to hypersensitivity of the immune system that causes damaging responses that affect the whole body. This occurs when the body produces histamine (a component of stomach acid that helps breakdown food) to fight allergens (ex. Pollen, dust, animal fur, bites/stings, molds or some other food). The immune system then reacts by producing immunoglobulin E (antibodies that travel to cells that release chemical causing an allergic reaction) that initiates the allergic symptoms.


Allergic categories include:


  • Seasonal allergies
  • Perennial allergies – reaction to house dust which may contain molds, fungal spores, fiber of fabrics, animal dander, dust mite droppings, and bits of insects.
  • Food allergies – examples are shellfish, food additives
  • Drug/medication allergies
  • Skin/Eye allergies
  • Indoor allergies
  • Pet/Animal allergies
  • Anaphylaxis – severe, potentially life-threating and treated as a medical emergency.


Food Allergy as one of the most common allergy is reported to be experienced by more than 50 million Americans according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allergy to food additives is one of the rarest and one of the most difficult to trace since it has the same symptoms as other allergies.


Vinegar allergy for instance, occurs when the amount of vinegar in your body is out of control. Since vinegar can be made out of anything that can be fermented, people with this kind of allergy should always watch out for food and drinks that contain any kind of vinegar.


Examples of vinegars are:


  • Apple cider
  • Balsamic
  • Beer
  • Cane
  • Coconut
  • East Asian Black
  • Date
  • Honey
  • Fruit
  • Kiwifruit
  • Job’s tears
  • Malt
  • Kombucha
  • Raisin
  • Palm
  • Rice and wine


Vinegar comes in different types though they all share a common process, fermentation through yeast. Fermentation is a metabolic process that consumes sugar in the absence of oxygen with end products such as organic acids, gases and alcohol.


Some of the products containing vinegar include soy sauce, dried fruit, tomato paste, beer, wine, and bread. So it is best to always check food and drink’s tags and labels.


When vinegar allergy occurs, initial symptoms include:


  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Heartburn
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Constipation
  • Skin rash
  • Diarrhea
  • White coated tongue


If you have initially experienced these symptoms upon ingestion of food and drinks containing vinegar, it would be better to avoid them and to always check the ingredients. Conventional treatments are available in case an allergy symptom occurs but it’s always best to check with the doctor for confirmatory labs and tests since this allergy or any kind of allergic symptoms are somewhat the same from all other allergies.





This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be relied as  medical advice. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication or supplements.