If you have a food allergy, like an allergy to peanuts or other legumes, you may experience symptoms like:
If you have an intolerance to legumes, you might experience:
Legumes are a large family of plants that include beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts. One possibly surprising plant of the legume family is the herb fenugreek.
Sometimes legumes are called ‘pulses’. The term ‘pulse’ refers to the legume seeds that have been dried. This is often the case when you buy raw chickpeas and lentils. Pulses include green peas, kidney beans, tamarind, and other dried peas and beans.
If you have an allergy or intolerance to legumes, you may react to any of the legumes. The most common legumes to cause an allergic reaction are peanuts, soybean, lentils, chickpeas, peas, mung bean, and red gram. If you have an allergy to one legume, such as peanuts, you may also react to another legume.
The legumes that you can be allergic to or intolerant to include:
If you think you may be allergic or intolerant to legumes, then it’s important to test for it. Knowing what legumes you are reacting to is essential for managing your reactions and getting the help you need to reduce your reactivity.
To test for an allergy, you need to see a doctor or allergy specialist (called an allergist or immunologist) who will organise allergy testing for you. Allergy testing includes either a blood test, skin prick test, or both.
To test for intolerance, you need to do a food intolerance test. You can test for legume or bean intolerance through our food intolerance test, which can be ordered online HERE. Our food intolerance test looks at over 350 different foods, and the results can take as little as three days from when our lab receives your sample.
Today we took a good look at legumes – the beans, peas, and ‘pulses’ – that can cause our gut and immune system to react. We looked at how legumes can cause an allergic reaction and what symptoms you might expect if you have a legume or bean allergy. Then, we compared a bean allergy with an intolerance.We learnt that an allergy involves an immune reaction, while intolerance is an unpleasant response to poorly digested legumes. Expanding on this, we discovered that an allergy is a reaction to the food protein, and legume intolerance is a reaction to the fibre (or starches). We explored all the legumes that can cause an allergy or intolerance and then looked at what testing you can do to find out which legumes you are reacting to. We learnt that an allergy test can be done through a blood or skin prick test, and a food intolerance test can be ordered through our lab online HERE.