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Chickpea Allergy Test

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About Our Chickpea Allergy Test

This IgE antibody allergy test uses a blood sample to determine if you are allergic to chickpeas (Garbanzo beans).

Chickpea seeds are eaten fresh as green vegetables; parched, fried, roasted, and boiled; and as a snack food, sweet and condiment. Hummus is an especially popular chickpea recipe. Seeds are roasted and ground and the flour can be used in soup, as dhal (which has a number of uses as an ingredient), and to make bread.

Chickpea allergies are prevalent in both children and adults. Most chickpea reactions involve skin based irritations including:

  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Redness
  • Inflammation

A more severe reaction could involve anaphylactic shock which could include the following:

  • A drop in blood pressure
  • Difficulty remaining conscious
  • Difficulty breathing

If you experience anaphylaxis symptoms, you should seek medical help immediately. 

An allergic reaction to chickpeas is caused by an immune system response to proteins that the body mistakenly identifies as harmful. For chickpeas, these proteins may include globulin, prolamin, or albumin, all of which remain in the chickpea whether consumed raw or cooked.

Chickpea intolerance is increasingly common. There is a difference in a chickpea allergy and a chickpea intolerance. An intolerance does not cause an immune reaction, and HealthLabs.com is not able to test for an intolerance. A chickpea intolerance may cause brain fog or an upset stomach. If you feel that you may be intolerant, you should seek out a specialist.

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