Why you shouldn’t eat cicadas if you are allergic to seafood

The FDA, the US drug agency, is worried about the consumption trend of cicadas. She recalls that these can cause allergies in people who cannot stand seafood.

In the spring, a certain type of cicadas emerges in the United States, in 15 states according to the USA Today website. They are called “cicadas” and have the particularity of spending 17 years underground to develop before coming out and only living for a few weeks, the time to reproduce. As temperatures rise across the Atlantic, the famous cicadas are present, in very large numbers. And it seems that it cooks very well … In fact, Americans consume them under various recipes, this tradition would come from Indian populations. But the US Medicines Agency (FDA) posted a prevention message on Twitter.

Common origins with shrimp and lobster

As unusual as it may sound, the FDA has made it clear that these cicadas are not to be eaten by everyone. People with allergies to seafood should avoid eating them. If the two species do not look similar, they would have common origins, especially with shrimp and lobster. In fact, cicadas could cause the same type of allergic reaction.

In a guide relayed by the tweet, FDA recalled signs of food allergy : redness, swelling of the tongue or cheeks, itching inside of the mouth or throat, abdominal cramps, vomiting or diarrhea, feeling light-headed, difficulty in breathing, loss of consciousness.

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