Common question I receive:
I just found out recently that I’m allergic to [insert five to ten common plant foods]. Can I still be vegan?
Whenever I see that someone is allergic to so many different things, it makes me think they probably have leaky gut syndrome which can give the impression on some food allergy tests that someone is allergic to some foods when they actually are not. I hope to eventually write an article on treating a leaky gut, but do not have one at this time.
I would also be skeptical of food allergy tests as they can give false positives. If I really thought I had a food allergy, I’d go to an allopathic doctor and get a referral to someone who can use the most reliable tests for determining allergies. Click here for a decent article on food allergy testing.
In addition to food allergies, there are food intolerances which will not show up on food allergy tests. The best way to deal with these is to do an elimination diet in which you do not eat the offending food for two to four weeks, see if the symptoms abate, and then add the food back in and see if the symptoms return.
The Food Allergy Survival Guide is a book about eating a vegan diet for people with food allergies.