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Fava Bean Allergy

Fava Beans
Fava Bean Allergies?

Definition:

A fava bean allergy is due to an immune system reaction after contact with or ingestion of fava beans which are in the legume family.

Favism results from a deficiency of an enzyme, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. It is a very serious genetic disorder that is potentially fatal.

What is a fava bean?

A fava bean is a bean that is large, flat, white or pale green. Fava beans are also called: broad bean, butter bean, pigeon bean, horse bean, tick bean, field bean, English bean, Windsor bean, or Boere bean.

Are there any other products that contain fava?

Yes, there may be flours, bread mixes, and bakery products. Be sure to consult with your baker and read labels to help you avoid fava products.

If you suspect you have food allergies, see your doctor or allergist for testing and diagnosis. Knowing what foods to avoid and carrying emergency medicine like epinephrine, if needed, can save your life if you have a serious allergy.

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