The most common food allergies to keep in mind

More than 50 million Americans are affected by food allergies and children are particularly prone to them. You probably know a few people, who belong to this group if you aren’t a sufferer yourself. Here is a short introduction to the most common types to watch out for, as well as tips on handling product labels.

What causes food allergies?

An allergy is nothing more than a little “glitch” of the immune system. While it normally keeps us healthy by fighting off dangerous substances, some foods might trigger the protective reaction and cause it to overreact in response to a perfectly safe ingredient.

In the extreme case, exposure to an allergen might lead to a life-threatening condition called anaphylactic shock, or anaphylaxis. Most recognize difficulties with breathing, swelling and dizziness as the main symptoms; these are caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

Fortunately, almost 90% of all food allergies are caused by a relatively short list of ingredients. Here are “the big eight” allergens to take into account.

1. Peanuts

Peanut allergy takes the first place in terms of prevalence.

2. Shellfish

Oysters and mussels, shrimps and scallops, clams and lobsters – all of these fine mollusks tie for the second place on the list of the big eight.

3. Dairy/Milk

Milk proteins, like lactose, are another well-known sensitive ingredient and cow milk is the main offender. It is most common among children: with 2-3 percent of little ones under the age of three have a milk allergy, though most outgrow it later on.

4. Eggs

Egg allergy is similarly prevalent among children, who react to the proteins in the egg whites or the egg yolk.

5. Tree nuts

Almonds, cashews, pecans and pistachios are all examples of tree nuts. Since they grow differently, some people with a tree nut allergy can still eat peanuts.

6. Wheat

People with a wheat allergy can eat bread and pastry, as long as it is made from a different grain. Though it might seem confusingly similar, celiac disease is not a gluten allergy, but rather an autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine and requires a special gluten-free diet.

7. Fish

Compared to other ingredients on this list, fish is comparatively easier to avoid. You might even be able to enjoy other seafood, like shellfish, even if you have to avoid tuna, cod or salmon.

8. Soy

Soy allergy concludes this list: these beans are not only a part of soy milk and tofu; many other products contain it as well.

What does the label “May contain traces of…” mean?

It usually indicates that this food was processed or packaged in the same facility, or even using the same equipment. This creates potential for cross-contamination. The problem is that this label is not specific enough: it might be high risk or it may have no traces of the said allergen at all. However, this warning is particularly important for people with severe allergies.

Hidden allergens and how to avoid them

Processed foods are another tricky shopping item for an allergy sufferer. Improved labeling laws make it easier to track down exactly what is in the products lining the supermarket shelves. However, this also often means that you have to read these very closely. You might be surprised how often you can find peanuts, eggs, soy or milk on the list.

So speak with your guests, watch out for the big eight, and scrutinize the labels. This way, no food allergy will get in the way of a pleasant dinner.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema


obayofesijume | 29.05.2022

An excises tripwires, fashion [URL= - where to buy strattera[/URL - [URL= - propecia[/URL - [URL= - lowest price[/URL - [URL= - 25 mg viagra india[/URL - [URL= - prednisone[/URL - [URL= - purchase viagra online[/URL - [URL= - prednisone walmart price[/URL - [URL= - pentasa[/URL - [URL= - diabecon from india[/URL - [URL= - molenzavir on sale online[/URL - molenzavir [URL= - lowest price[/URL - cheapest toradol [URL= - walmart cialis price[/URL - [URL= - viagra[/URL - [URL= - free 30 day cialis[/URL - [URL= - insurance online levitra[/URL - prescriptions, statement strattera buying propecia in montreal vidalista viagra without dr prescription usa generic for prednisone viagra without a prescription prednisone pentasa online uk online generic diabecon molenzavir cheap molenzavir toradol walmart cialis price viagra without dr prescription usa what is the drug cialis for levitra capsules linkage strattera best price propecia in stores vidalista lowest price on viagra prednisone online over the counter prednisone australia viagra without a prescription prednisone in italien generic pentasa in canada diabecon from india molenzavir on sale online toradol from india cialis viagra generic pills can cialis stop being effective levitra 10 avaliable on line purchase stimulation, arteriography pupil, self-care.

Thank you for posting your comment. Our team will be verifying your comment according to our guidelines. Once approved, your comment will be visible to the public.

uiwaqitovotup | 29.05.2022

Any run [URL= - cialis and online consultation[/URL - [URL= - kamagra gold[/URL - [URL= - ventolin inhaler[/URL - [URL= - bexovid capsules[/URL - [URL= - generic price shuddha-guggulu[/URL - generic shuddha guggulu canada [URL= - lowest price[/URL - [URL= - cheapest cialis 20mg[/URL - [URL= - keppra brand[/URL - [URL= - erythromycin generic[/URL - [URL= - prednisone capsules[/URL - [URL= - usa levitra[/URL - [URL= - cheapest prazosin dosage price[/URL - [URL= - cialis 20 mg effetti[/URL - [URL= - customer review cialis[/URL - [URL= - no prescription clonidine[/URL - enteric cialis and sports order kamagra gold online canada ventolin inhaler bexovid cost purchase shuddha guggulu without a prescription forzest cialis price drop cheapest cialis professional keppra brand erythromycin canada prednisone capsules levitra online cheapest prazosin dosage price vente de cialis cialis cura clonidine 0.1mg walmart keenly is cialis dangerous for diabetics kamagra gold online ventolin inhaler from india bexovid shuddha-guggulu pack-90 buy forzest online cheap cialis keppra brand canadian erythromycin generic prednisone from india prices for levitra 20 mg overnight prazosin buy cialis women cialis usa clonidine 0.1mg jelly fossa strangury, humerus, envelope.

Thank you for posting your comment. Our team will be verifying your comment according to our guidelines. Once approved, your comment will be visible to the public.

awifadilor | 29.05.2022

Anti-craving tumours-breast, [URL= - mail order retin a[/URL - [URL= - nizagara[/URL - [URL= - generic drugs and prednisone[/URL - [URL= - movfor in usa[/URL - [URL= - price list levitra oral jelly[/URL - [URL= - buy endep online[/URL - [URL= - overnight nizagara[/URL - [URL= - online generic ivermectin[/URL - [URL= - buy generic prednisone[/URL - [URL= - generic flomax at walmart[/URL - [URL= - levitraonline[/URL - [URL= - cheep topamax[/URL - [URL= - viagra vigour[/URL - [URL= - buy generic viagra[/URL - [URL= - promethazine no prescription[/URL - biochemically retin a buy cheap nizagara prednisone buy purchase movfor online levitra samples endep from india nizagara canadian pharmacy canadian ivermectin prednisone capsules for sale cheap flomax pills levitra generic topamax buying viagra vigour viagra overnight shipping fedex promethazine thyroglossal transexualism, quanto custa retin-a generic nizagara from india buy prednisone online where to buy movfor online levitra 20mg price endep coupon buy endep online lowest price on generic nizagara ivermectin buy prednisone uk lowest price on generic flomax levitraonline buy topamax online generic viagra vigour at walmart lowest price viagra vigour viagra promethazine promethazine peribronchial rib, unfit.

Thank you for posting your comment. Our team will be verifying your comment according to our guidelines. Once approved, your comment will be visible to the public.

akipmubir | 29.05.2022

Drains enterococci [URL= - lasix[/URL - lasix coupon [URL= - strattera[/URL - [URL= - lowest price on generic viagra[/URL - lowest viagra prices [URL= - mastercard buy molnupiravir[/URL - [URL= - purchase viagra[/URL - [URL= - pharmacy rx one 5mg cialis[/URL - [URL= - cialis[/URL - [URL= - femoston 10 eriacta[/URL - [URL= - brahmi without a prescription[/URL - brahmi [URL= - canadian pharmacy flomax[/URL - [URL= - generic cialis canada pharmacy[/URL - [URL= - prednisone[/URL - prednisone [URL= - isotretinoin[/URL - [URL= - ritonavir online pharmacy[/URL - [URL= - lasix[/URL - available-try expander suffer lasix discount strattera viagra lowest price viagra spanish molnupiravir online generic molnupiravir buy viagra w not prescription cialis generic 2.5mg price for cialis 20mg generic eriacta brahmi without a prescription flomax prices cialis prednisone isotretinoin ritonavir cheap generic ritonavir at walmart furosemide without prescription fluorescein skeletal lasix coupon strattera generic discount viagra lowest viagra prices molnupiravir lowest price on viagra cialis buycialis generic cialis from canada eriacta for sale brahmi without a prescription flomax no prescription purchase cialis online purchase prednisone prices for isotretinoin isotretinoin without an rx ritonavir walmart price lasix without prescription ages, deflate attention.

Thank you for posting your comment. Our team will be verifying your comment according to our guidelines. Once approved, your comment will be visible to the public.

afeguhposup | 29.05.2022

The log instigated staying [URL= - tretinoin cream[/URL - [URL= - seroflo rotacap[/URL - seroflo rotacap on line [URL= - canada ritonavir[/URL - [URL= - ventolin inhaler[/URL - [URL= - viagra[/URL - [URL= - cheapest atorlip-20[/URL - [URL= - online viagra gold no prescription[/URL - [URL= - buy cheap molnupiravir[/URL - [URL= - cialis[/URL - [URL= - arava without an rx[/URL - generic arava [URL= - free vpxl[/URL - [URL= - cheapest casodex[/URL - [URL= - canada amoxicillin[/URL - [URL= - on line bexovid[/URL - [URL= - molnupiravir generic canada[/URL - banned, retin a cream tretinoin cream generic seroflo rotacap uk ritonavir online no script overnight ventolin inhaler cheapest viagra online atorlip-20 viagra gold best price usa molnupiravir non generic best price cialis arava vpxl price of casodex casodex generic canada amoxicillin on line bexovid molnupiravir brand investigated stridor specially purchase tretinoin seroflo rotacap canada ritonavir ventolin inhaler cheapest viagra viagra generic atorlip-20 online viagra gold no prescription molnupiravir generic cialis canada arava uk lowest price for vpxl casodex canada amoxicillin bexovid molnupiravir generic canada mild; usual, car, predominate.

Thank you for posting your comment. Our team will be verifying your comment according to our guidelines. Once approved, your comment will be visible to the public.

1 of 1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Meal Kit Services

Blue Apron Reviews

Gobble Reviews

HelloFresh Reviews

Green Chef Reviews

Home Chef Reviews

Sun Basket Reviews

Popular Boxes

Latest Articles