Taking a Look at Food Allergies

Of all the food allergies that people usually suffer from, it is mostly eight different foods that cause around 50% – 90% of all allergic reactions. They are soy, milk, shellfish, peanuts, eggs, tree nuts, fish and wheat. These are quite common and it’s always a good idea to know if you are allergic to one of these foods.

Food Allergies


In the U.S., a very common allergic reaction in kids is from cow’s milk. However, this is not such a major cause of allergies in adults. When someone is allergic to milk, it is in fact an immune reaction by the body, responding to milk proteins; this happen when you do not have the enzyme that is required for milk sugars to be digested.


This allergy is often more severe and goes along with reactions that are more serious than wheat, milk or eggs in children. Children are often allergic to peanuts and their teachers and friends should be notified of this to be able to react in an emergency situation.


Shellfish is among the more common and severe allergies in grown-ups.Typical symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, rashes and swelling of the airways. This allergy can be an extremely severe, lifelong allergy; people are often allergic to foods like shrimp, lobster and craw fish, as well as oysters and mussels.

Tree Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts)

It is estimated that around 1% of children are allergic to tree nuts, while around 0.5% of adults have this allergy. An allergy to tree nuts tends to be permanent and they can also cause more serious allergic reactions than wheat, eggs or milk. Only a few children typically outgrow their allergies to nuts.


Fish allergies often develop in adulthood and they are often quite severe too. If you eat fish that is not fresh you might be prone to more allergies as they contain high amounts of histamine. These symptoms are often similar to other food allergies, which is why you should avoid raw fish if possible.


0.4 percent of American children is allergic to soy but is not a major cause of allergies in adults. However, almost 50% of children will outgrow these allergies when they reach the age of seven.


It is estimated that around 0.4 % of children in the U.S have a wheat allergy. However, the majority of them will outgrow this before they are 7 years of age.

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