South Asian alergies

I’ll have to cross post this with my parent blog and I am writing off the cuff, so excuse any mistakes.
But, I wanted information and I know that I could have went to fb and might, but thought I’d post here.

DH and all of his friends report that their parents have warned them about foods that have “hot properties.” No, we are not talking spicy… which is what I’d be talking about when I say “hot.” But, I have not figured out what “hot properties,” actually means. What I have is a list of foods that have these certain properties. The list includes: eggs, (foremost) nuts and mangos. No one can eat too many of these because they get nose bleeds and/or persistent boils.

My theory is that south Asian mothers feed their children/babies eggs too soon (less than a year) and this creates a food allergy to eggs and foods that have related proteins. This would not explain the “mangos” but would explain the nuts. My theory is not based in any Scientific data at all. It only comes from the fact that his family keeps wondering when I am actually going to feed the baby “real food,” and not steamed and strained fruits and vegetables — of which, actually, they don’t even e Just because eggs are soft does not mean that his digestion system can handle them … .. and, I’m the one who has to clean up after him. So, my feeding regiment stands.
Has anyone else heard of these allergies and might know what might be happening here?


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2 Responses to “South Asian alergies”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Sorry for the late reply, BUT better late than never. I asked hubby if he knows anything about the foods you mentioned having “hot properties”, but it’s the first he’s heard of it. Maybe it’s a regional thing?

  2. д§mд Says:

    Some families in south asian region do tend to get very nosy about which food have hot effects on body and which have cold (garam aur thandi taseer in urdu). According to my knowledge, its history goes back to the time when people used to go to herbalists (hakeem) for their illnesses. Foods that increase the metabolism rate and provide quick rush of energy like dates are considered hot and vice versa are considered cold.

    As for feeding eggs to kids and the allergies, I’ve witnessed very few children from south asian region to have any kind of food allergies at all. On the contrary in europe people are full of lactose, nuts, egg allergies. I havent read any clinically proved theories on it which I’m sure are plenty. My pead consultant here in london advised me to start my baby on egg the day she turned 6 months; since, egg is epitome of nutrients. She took well to it and is going strong 🙂 One of my main reason to feed her 1 egg a day is also the percentage of Vit D in it which is very essential for healthy growth.

    my two cents 🙂

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