Allergy to one member of a food family can mean allergy to other members of the same botanical family because of shared or cross-reactive allergens. While many people contend that they are allergic to all seafood, fruits, starches, greasy foods, or spices, in reality they are allergic to a particular food family. For example, the following food items are not in the same food families, so an individual could be allergic to one food, but not the other.
Examples of foods that are not in the same food family:
Examples of foods that are in the same food family:
For a downloadable PDF of over 200 foods and their food family classification, click here (opens as a PDF).
For a downloadable PDF of food families and the foods that they contain, click here (opens as a PDF).