Food Allergies are among the most common types of allergies. It’s estimated that over 12 million Americans have some degree of intolerance to certain foods. Most symptoms are mild, but around 30,000 visits to the emergency room are reported each year because of the reactions. As many as 200 deaths each year are attributed to food allergies.
Studies report up to 8 percent of children have an allergy to some type of food. The numbers are slightly smaller for adults, only around 4 percent.
Many children will outgrow their food allergy, but some will carry these allergies into adulthood and suffer from them their entire lives.
Eating prepackaged foods, out in restaurants or even friends homes can cause problems. It’s often hard to tell what’s added to the foods we eat.
In the U.S. the following foods are referred to as “the big eight” as over 90% of Food Allergies consist of these foods.
Food Allergies – The Big Eight
* Milk Allergy *
Being allergic to cow’s milk isn’t the same as being lactose intolerant.
* Eggs *
You can be allergic to either the whites of the yolk. This type of food allergy is more prevalent in children, but does affect some adults.
* Peanut Allergy *
Most people, adults and children with food allergies, are allergic to peanuts too.
* Tree nut *
More children have nut allergies than adults. The symptoms of nut and peanut allergies are the same, but being allergic to one doesn’t necessarily mean you’re allergic to the other.
* Seafood *
This is more common in, but not limited, to children. The fish allergens can be passed through the air by people eating or cooking fish near you.
* Shellfish *
Similar to seafood allergies. But having one doesn’t mean being allergic to the other.
* Soy Allergy *
People allergic to soy need to be especially careful when eating Asian foods or using Asian sauces.
* Wheat *
This is most commonly a food allergy, but can also be a respiratory contact allergy.
Do you often suffer from strange symptoms after eating certain types of foods? Do you get itchy, break out in hives, swell up or actually vomit? You could be suffering from one of the above common food allergies.