Ariana Grande Has a Tomato Allergy: Here’s What to Know

Ariana Grande has a Tomato Allergy: Here’s What to Know?

By Erika Sánchez

The singer Ariana Grande was diagnosed with food allergies at age 13. She had been eating foods containing plants such as tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and onions since childhood.

Her parents were concerned when she developed skin rashes and other symptoms during her teenage years. They took her to the doctor, who prescribed antihistamines. When they saw no improvement, they consulted another specialist who suggested that she undergo allergy testing. After allergen testing, she was found to have a severe reaction to bananas.

Grande underwent treatment for three months and then stopped taking medication altogether because it made her feel “too tired.” A few weeks later, she suffered a setback and experienced a flare up of her condition.

She continued to suffer from hives, swelling and itching throughout the rest of 2011. Her father told People magazine that she would go into convulsions if she ate anything with eggplant or onion.

In 2012, after undergoing several rounds of allergy tests, doctors confirmed that Grande was suffering from anaphylaxis (an extreme allergic reaction) to bananas. She was also allergic to several other foods, including:

Tomatoes

Peppers (all kinds)

Eggplants

Potatoes

Onions

Grande told People that she tried different types of hypoallergenic diets but felt like she was “nourishing her body with nothing.” She took medication to prevent reactions and “felt safer” eating a bland diet.

In 2013, Grande developed a new food allergy: milk. The singer told People magazine that she is now “extremely selective” about what she eats.

She sticks to plain food such as turkey and vegetables when she eats out.

She also revealed that a concert in 2013 nearly became her last when she suffered an allergic reaction to bananas and nearly died because of it.

However, in 2015, Grande launched a line of hair bows in collaboration with Hairbows-Glow. The company was so impressed with her business savvy that they gave her an ownership stake in the company.

The singer has become a role model for young women, proving that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. She has worked hard to overcome her food allergies and banish the disease from her life.

In 2016, she launched her first fragrance, called Ari. She told Women’s Wear Daily that she wanted it to be “perfect for everyday.”

Her third studio album, Dangerous Woman was released in 2016 and won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

In addition to her music career, she is also an actress. In 2017, she starred as Eddi in the musical movie, Baby Driver.

The movie was a box office hit, grossing $99 million in the U.S. and $226 million worldwide. Her acting debut was well-received by both critics and fans.

Grande is one of the top-selling artists in the world and continues to produce music, act and inspire young people around the globe. She lives a healthy lifestyle for the most part, sticking to a normal diet and avoiding foods that cause her allergies.

She manages her condition with medication and plans to continue working hard at her various careers.

“I think I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” she told Fast Company magazine in 2016. “I don’t shy away from things that are scary or look like a huge challenge.”

Today, Ariana Grande is one of the most influential women in the entertainment industry. She has achieved great personal and professional success.

All of it is due to her hard work and dedication.

But perhaps the greatest achievement of her career is that she has managed to raise awareness about food allergies and inspired people worldwide to seek out treatment options. Studies estimate that only 1 in 13 people with life-threatening allergies receive proper care.

Grande’s story shows that even a person with serious food allergies can achieve their dreams if they don’t let their condition hold them back.

“I’m fortunate enough to be in a position to turn my dreams into reality and I want everyone to feel that way,” she told Ozy magazine in 2016.

We at Food Allergy Research & Education are proud to recognize Ariana Grande as our 2017 Everyday Hero.

To learn more about our work, visit our website: FARE.org

Thank you for reading!

Would you like to learn more about food allergies?

Check out the food allergy section of our website!

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You are really bored.

Seemingly out of nowhere, a giant monster suddenly appears! It stands several times larger than even the largest buildings you have seen, and you can only liken it to a cross between an abomination and an ogre.

As you stand staring in awe of its truly horrendous appearance, you realize that it’s stomping straight towards you.

Do you:

Pray for the Emperor’s aid, or simply try to reason with the creature?

RUN!

That monster is many times larger than you. You’d never be able to fight it.

Your only hope is to get away.

The world goes black and you…

Are eaten by the monster.

Yay! You’re dead!

Time to reload and try again.

Wait!

What’s this?

You see something… a small flash of light, deep within the belly of the beast! Perhaps it has room to reason with you after all.

You call out to it as it swallows you.

“Oh no! Not again.” It says in surprise, backing up slightly and opening its mouth, but unwilling to let you go.

“When I woke up this morning, I didn’t expect to eat another human.”

“Please!” You say.

“I was trying to escape from the mine! I don’t want to be eaten!”

Well what do you expect me to do?”

The monster says, confused. “I’m a monster, that’s what monsters do!”

Can’t you try something else?

I mean… there has to be some other way you can go about this.

You are intelligent, right? Can’t you apply that intelligence to a different way of life?

Can’t… can’t you at least try to be good?”

The monster lets out a hearty laugh. “Well that’s certainly a new one.

Humans always presume that they’re the only intelligent beings in the world. I suppose if you really want to convince me, you’ll have to up your game. I’m going to give you three reasons why I should stay my hungry hands. First, I’ll humor you and tell you that what you’re asking for is impossible. Second, I’ll tell you why it’s simply not in my nature. And third, I’ll give you a real reason, a reason that even you should understand.”

The monster sits down on its large behind and motions for you to do the same. You obey nervously.

“So here we go,” The monster says cheerfully. “Number one: what you’re asking for is impossible.”

The monster takes a deep breath and prepares to lecture.

“Number two: it’s not in my nature. And three: you humans don’t understand the value of a good meal!”

The monster pauses once again to see if you have any questions. You don’t, so it begins its lecture.

“Impossible,” It says. “I could spend the next few days explaining to you why your request is impossible, but I’m a busy monster and don’t have time to explain everything.

Instead, I’ll give you a quick analogy.

Do you know what a map is?”

You nod. Of course you know what a map is. Everyone knows what a map is.

“Of course you do,” The monster says. “

But do you know what a map is?”

You have no idea what the monster is getting at.

The monster takes on a professorial tone. “Let’s say you’re a stupid human and I decide to eat you.

Just as I’m about to eat you, I feel like being generous, so I spare your life and take you back to the surface. In this metaphor, the underground is a hostile place, where I have complete control. The surface, however, is much more hostile. It’s a nice place, but I have no control there. In fact, it’s so hostile that it’s kill or be killed out there.

You with me?

Good. Now, you’ve been living in my safe place, but you want to go to the surface.

Why is that?”

You stutter out an answer. “Be- because the sun… and the trees… and the flowers…”

“Stop. Stop.” The monster says, annoyed.

“I’m asking the questions here!

Now, why do you want to go to the surface?”

You don’t know, you never thought about it before. “Eh… there’s no more food down here… and I’m… hungry?”

The monster shakes its head in disappointment. “That answer’s no good!” It yells.

“You’re going to have to try harder than that!”

You rack your brain to think of a proper answer, but you just can’t think of one. You’ve never thought about this before.

You want to go the surface because… “I don’t know. Please, I’m really hungry.

Can’t we just eat?

I need to go… outside…”

The monster sighs in frustration. “You don’t know why you want to go outside, because you’ve never been outside!

Do you think I went through the trouble of making a huge underground paradise so that I could spend the rest of my life underground?

No way! I wanted to see the surface! I wanted to roam the surface! I wanted to explore all of the wonderful things up there! So that’s what I did. I explored the entire planet, and discovered every wonder that it had to offer. After I was satisfied, I came back down here and made my home. But the whole time I was exploring, I was also hungry. HUNGRY for discovery.

Do you understand?

That’s my nature. That’s our nature. We crave discovery. It’s why we’re called ‘monsters’, because we’re so strange in our ways.”

You think about what the monster said. The creature has a point.

But you still don’t understand.

“So…”

You say slowly, “That means you’ll help me?”

“Hell no! I’m not helping you!” The monster yells again, and begins pacing in the room.

Why?

!” You say, exasperated. “You said this is a lesson.

If you won’t help me then teach me, what is this supposed to be?”

The monster turns around to face you once again. “This,” It says slowly, “Is to make you think.” It walks over to you and stares at you with its cold, dead eyes. “To make you think, I had to give you what you wanted.

Do you know how I knew what you wanted?”

The monster continues, unfazed by your silence. “Because I’m inside your head. You think the same things I do, you just act on them. You wanted to explore. You wanted to go out and see things. That’s how we get them, you know.”

Get what?”

You ask, still confused.

The monster gives an evil grin. “You’ll find out soon enough.” It walks over to door and stops, one hand on the door knob.

“Think about what I said. This was our world once the humans left it.

Do you think you can really take it from us?

We were meant to rule, and you know it. You ARE a monster. That’s what you are. That’s what you do.” With that, the monster disappears through the door, leaving you alone in the dark once again.

The monster’s words ring in your ears as you try to fall asleep.

“You are a monster…

that’s what you do… that’s what you are… you’re a monster… monster… monster… monster…”

You awake once again in pitch darkness, the room now illuminated by four torches. You can’t see anything else different, save for yourself.

You body has… changed. It’s still the same, yet it’s different. You feel stronger, faster. Ready to take on the world.

“Finally up,” The monster from before says, strolling out of the shadows, “I was getting worried about you.”

What did you do to me? And why can’t I remember anything?”

You stand up and move away from the wall.

“I woke your inner monster, honing your abilities. And you can’t remember anything because I erased your memories.

In fact, your past is gone. The only thing you remember is what I told you yesterday.”

Why would you do that?”

You ask angrily, “I had a life before this!”

The monster laughs in your face. “

You call that a life?

You were a wimp. A monster in a cage. You weren’t even alive. You do what I say now. You are mine.”

“Never!”

The monster’s face becomes deadly serious once again. “We’ll see about that.” He says, “Well then, now that you’re up, let’s begin your training.”

What type of training?”

You ask, curious despite yourself.

“Whatever type of training you want! This is your training room.

I’m your trainer. You can train however you want.”

Why would I want to train?”

The monster looks shocked that you would ask such a ridiculous question. “

How can you ask such a dumb question?

Training is what leads to strength. Strength is power. If you’re strong, you can do whatever you want.”

“I suppose that makes sense,” You admit, “But it also depends on what you want.

What do you want?”

The monster looks at the walls, pondering your question. “I want to be free.”

Then why are you training me?”

You ask, confused.

“Because in order to be free, I need strength. Strength that can only be gained by power.”

What does power have to do with it?”

The monster looks at you as if you’re an idiot. “Everything.”

You can see this conversation heading towards a bad end, so you decide to change the topic. “

So, you’re going to help me get stronger?”

“Yes.”

And in exchange, I have to do what you say?”

“Correct.”

“I’m not going into that circle.” You say, crossing your arms.

“Don’t worry about that. We’ll get to it eventually.

For now, just train. I have a few ideas of what we should work on first.”

An hour later, you and the monster are finished talking. The monster heads into the shadows, and you return to your room.

You think about what you should do to train.

What should you do?

~

You could meditate, like your instructor taught you. Concentrating and focusing, honing your mind and your inner strength.

In the morning, you head to the training room. You know the monster is watching, as he does every night.

Despite this knowledge, you put on a good show. You are exhausted by the time you finish, but your show is excellent. No one could tell that you’re struggling to hold back tears, and struggling to keep your eyes open.

The next night, the monster calls for you. “

I believe it’s time for your circle,” He says, “Are you ready?”

“I suppose,” You say, trying to sound as unenthusiastic as possible.

“Let’s do it then.” He pulls you in front of the large, metal circle.

It’s about 10 feet in diameter. The lines are drawn in chalk, and the inside is painted with various circles and symbols. In the center is a single stick figure, representing you. “Get in the circle.” You obey, standing in the center of it.

Now what?”

You ask.

“We wait.” You stare at him, waiting for more.

He stares back, his head never moving. Suddenly, you feel yourself get dizzy. The room is spinning. You fall to the floor and close your eyes.

You wake up an unknown amount of time later. Your head is pounding.

For a second, you think you’re blind, but when you touch your face, you can feel your eyes just fine. It’s dark around you, so you open your eyes. Everything is blurry and out of focus, but you can tell you’re not in the training room anymore. In fact, you’re not even in the mansion anymore. You must be somewhere else in the cave, wherever that is.

You try to get up, but the pounding in your head stops you. It feels like a thousand tiny needles are stabbing your brain.

You fall back and gasp in pain, waiting for the pain to subside. It takes about a minute, but eventually the pain does start to let up. You try to think back to what happened before you woke up. You remember the monster and his creepy little girl leading you to the room. After that, you remember falling and then… Nothing. You must’ve passed out.

You can’t be in the mansion anymore. The cave is damp and cold, and you’re surrounded by stone and earth.

Your only light comes from a small opening in the ceiling, which streams in a ray of sunlight. You stand up slowly, ready to fall back to your knees if the pain returns, but it doesn’t. Your vision is still a little blurry, but you’re able to make out your surroundings. You’re in a small tunnel. It’s just one, narrow path that you can walk down.

Suddenly, you hear a voice echo from the tunnel. “

Hello?”

it whispers. You don’t answer, and the voice speaks again. “Welcome, Ken, to my humble dwelling.” Your blood turns cold. That voice was unmistakable. It was the voice of the monster.

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