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Health tipSafety and side effects of Tomatoes

Tomatoes are generally well tolerated and tomato allergy is very rare.


Although tomato allergy is rare, individuals allergic to grass pollen are more likely to be allergic to tomatoes.

This condition is called pollen-food allergy syndrome or oral-allergy syndrome.

In oral-allergy syndrome, your immune system attacks fruit and vegetable proteins that are similar to pollen, which leads to allergic reactions like itching in the mouth, scratchy throat, or swelling of the mouth or throat.

People with latex allergy can also experience cross-reactivity to tomatoes.

SUMMARY: Tomatoes are generally well tolerated but may cause allergic reactions in people allergic to grass pollen.

The bottom line

Tomatoes are juicy and sweet, full of antioxidants, and may help fight several diseases.

They are especially high in lycopene, a plant compound linked to improved heart health, cancer prevention, and protection against sunburns.

Tomatoes can be a valuable part of a healthy diet.