Seriously… Pineapple!?

What did I ever do to you, but love you?!  Seriously, can my daughter be life-threatening allergic to pineapple?!?  Yup.  She is.

My husband and I recently had our daughter allergy skin tested for some additional foods because we were scared to give her any new foods based on kiwi triggering an anaphylactic episode at 11 months old.  (I will be sharing that day with you soon on the blog.)  And boy, were we glad that we did.

Our allergist agreed that it made sense to test all the fruits she has yet to have – at least the ones where skin testing was available.  After the kiwi reaction I did a ton of research to see what other foods she may have an issue with.  People who have a kiwi allergy also often react to substances which contain similar proteins – latex (natural rubber), avocado, papayas, pineapples, bananas, apples, and carrots.  And my daughter seems to be sensitive to some of those and we’ve yet to try papayas and that is one food we are steering clear of (they did not have that fruit to test her for when we where in the office last week,) and it’s an easy one to avoid.

That brings me back to pineapple.  Apparently a pineapple allergy is even rarer than kiwi from what I understand.  I know I ate pineapple while I was pregnant and also while breastfeeding (before I knew my daughter was allergic to it of course.)  So I ask….


Pineapple is my favorite fruit, hands down.  If I had to choose a fruit to take on a deserted island, this would be my choice.  I love it plain, grilled, on a salad, juiced, in a smoothie… I love pineapple.  Ask my husband, ask my family, pineapple is was a staple in my diet.

Although we are both bummed to add another allergen to our list we are very relieved and thankful for the skin testing.  There is a chance of a false positive, as with any allergy skin testing, but given her history with kiwi we were told to strictly avoid in both of our diets, and that would be unlikely.  The results were very high and when we get some additional testing in the Fall we’ll be getting a blood test done too.  Since my daughter is still young there is a chance she may outgrow some of her allergies but we were told kiwi and pineapple were less likely, as with peanuts.

We did have some great news from the testing that helped to ease our minds about some of the other fruits.  She tested negative to 12 other fruits – yay! – including strawberries, peaches, cherries, raspberries… so when I gave her a strawberry over the weekend I was scared but I wasn’t as scared as I would’ve been without the testing.

I am now doing research on what foods pineapple is commonly added to and discovered that both the flesh and the juice of pineapple are used in many cuisines around the world.

PineappleRoadSideWhat comes to my mind were many sweets or desserts like fruit salads, pineapple upside down cake, jams, and yogurt.  Cooking (a image of a pineapple with a cherry in the middle on top of a ham comes to mind,) marinades, as a pizza topping and on a hamburger are other common uses.  The juice of the pineapple is served as a beverage, and is also as a main ingredient in such cocktails as the piña colada.  Also, in many tropical countries, pineapple is prepared, and sold on roadsides as a snack. It is sold whole, or in halves with a stick inserted.

I don’t know what I ever did to pineapple (or kiwi) but I won’t be eating either any longer.  I may try to eat some when I’m away from home and without my daughter in the future, but we won’t be keeping them (or any of her allergens) in the house.  It’s just too risky.

Love, Kate

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