A bit of an odd one for you here;
I love humus but I seem to be terribly allergic to it. Whenever I eat it (within seconds) my tongue breaks out in painful red lumps and my tongue swells up. Once I stop eating and have a cool drink the breakout settles down and within an hour or two it is as though it never happened. I know I am silly and should just accept that there is something in humus that doesn't agree with me but as I said I do like it very much. I wonder if it could be the chickpeas that I am allergic to? I eat garlic, olive oil etc. in plenty other dishes and it doesn't effect me.
Dear gillygob, I don’t think you’re silly at all! Allergic reactions to any food can make you feel lousy at best and as you will have read in my latest Gransnet blog, can be life threatening. You’re completely right to question what it is in hummus that could be causing the issue. It could be the tahini, which is a sesame-seed paste, as seeds can be a very common allergen, but it could also be the oil used in the hummus. You could try making your own, hummus-like spread without adding the tahini – take the chickpeas and garlic, then just use olive oil and some natural yoghurt to make it all creamy. Try a small amount to see if you react to it, then experiment with different variations. Or make a salad with chickpeas and see if they are the culprits. You could use butter beans as an alternative to make a hummus-like spread, or try my recipe for broad bean and carrot hummus. As your reaction seems quite severe, you may like to discuss with your doctor if you should carry an Epipen around with you.