Fortunately, most people can tolerate common food allergies without having a reaction. Some may be sensitive to, or have developed food allergies throughout their life. There are multiple foods that are common and can cause significant allergic reactions when consumed. These 8 foods account for 90% of food allergies that affect most people.
The Most Common Food Based Allergens
There is really no limit to what kind of foods may cause an allergic reaction in an individual. They will most likely be from a specific type of protein that a food contains but can be a combination of other components of the food as well. Studies show that some foods cause an allergic reaction in greater numbers of people and they have been named the most common food allergens. The following are the top 8 common food allergies:
- Peanut – This legume grows underground and is fairly common in most markets around the world. The “nut” is high in oil content and is used to produce many different kinds of products. This makes it dangerous when it comes to allergies as the percentage of products containing peanuts is very high.
- Tree Nut – Tree nuts come in many different varieties and each has the potential to cause severe allergic reactions. Some of the common types are almonds, pecans, walnuts and pine nuts. They may be found on their own or mixed into another food as an ingredient.
- Dairy – Dairy can be any form of dairy product from milk, cheeses and yogurts to ice cream, creamers and as an ingredient in other food products. This can make it difficult to determine if a food contains a dairy ingredient.
- Eggs – Egg allergies will affect children most often and can possibly start off as early as infancy and may occur well into adolescence and adulthood. Egg allergies usually clear up in adolescence for most children but have been observed in some cases to exist far longer than that.
- Wheat – Gluten is a protein found in wheat that can cause some severe reactions in people who have celiac disease. This abnormality in the immune system for these individuals can be extremely uncomfortable and cause a wide number of immune responses in the body.
- Soy – The versatile soybean can be made into hundreds of different foods, refined into oils and used as a substitute for meat. Individuals with soy allergies tend to run into this allergen a lot in modern foods due to how cheap, interchangeable and versatile it is.
- Fish – Fish allergies are fairly common and while most people who have this type of allergy avoid all fish, there are some individuals who may be able to tolerate eating certain types of fish. Fish allergies are generally life-long and are discovered while eating fish for the first time or after a long period of absence from the diet.
- Shellfish – Allergies to shelled marine animals and many types of mollusks such as shrimp, clams and octopus are very common. The extracts of certain animals for flavorings, or even simply touching them may be enough to send someone with the allergic response into an allergic episode.
What Happens When You Have Allergies to Foods?
Having a food allergy will usually produce a physical response to eating, handling or being around certain foods. There are many symptoms of food allergies that you may experience if you happen to interact in some way with a food allergen you are sensitive to:
- Nausea, vomiting or cramps
- Hives or rash
- Breathing difficulty or wheezing
- Swelling of the throat and mouth parts
- Dizziness and or fainting
- A weakened pulse
- Anaphylactic response
Having any of these symptoms or a combination of them may even be life threatening. Understanding the risks for yourself or others can be lifesaving. 360training now offers a comprehensive food allergen course that teaches the basics of how they work and what to watch out for. Enroll today for more information.