Top 8 Food Allergies Summary

There are many food allergies that are common issues for people.  The top eight food allergies are: Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, Soy, and Wheat.  Many of these foods can be hidden ingredients in foods or other recipes that you might not expect.  This is why it is important to read nutrition labels of a new food before you eat it, if you have any food allergy not just the ones listed.

Thankfully many of these food allergies can be outgrown.  However it is important to only try foods that you have previously been allergic to under close medical supervision.  This is because many people who have these food allergies can have severe reactions that can cause bodily damage or even death.

For example I had an anaphylactic shock reaction to shellfish when I was two years old.  Ever since I have made sure not to have any shellfish or even fish, to prevent another reaction.  Thankfully I have not had a single reaction since, so I am wondering if I might have outgrown my allergy.

Milk

Milk is a white liquid that is produced by mammals to feed their young.  The milk that we drink is mostly from cows.  If it is from another animal it is named after that animal for example goat milk.

Milk is mostly fat and carbohydrates, but this can vary depending on the type of milk.  Skim milk or fat-free milk has the least amount of fat at 0 to .5%.  Then 1% milk of course has around 1% of fat and 2% has around 2%.  Whole milk is around 3% fat, then after that is things like Half and Half and cream.  Milk is mostly found in cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and butter.

Eggs

Eggs are produced from female chickens called hens.  Most chicken eggs are either white or brown colored, but some are even blue or green.  Eggs are mostly protein.  Eggs are found in omelettes and hidden in many recipes for foods that you might not expect.  There are eggs substitutes that can be used instead for these recipes.

Peanuts

Peanuts are grown in soil and are mostly fat and protein.  They are found in peanut oil, peanut butter, and many desserts.  This is one of the most common allergies that I have seen in people.

Tree Nuts

Many people with an allergy to peanuts also are allergic to tree nuts.  Tree nuts include: cashews, almonds, pecans, and walnuts.  Just like peanuts they are often found in desserts.  These foods are mostly fat, but vary depending on the nut.

Fish

Fish are high in protein and fat, but this of course depends on which type of fish.  Besides people who are allergic to food, fish can cause harm to anyone over time.  That is because fish contain mercury which can cause mercury poisoning.  Especially larger fish like swordfish.

Shellfish

Shellfish are mostly protein and are low in carbohydrates and fat.  This is the second most common allergy that I have seen after Peanuts.

Soy

Soy comes from soybean plants and is mostly protein and carbohydrates.  It is often hidden in many recipes.

Wheat

Wheat is grown in fields and is mostly carbohydrates.  People who later avoid gluten sometimes start out just avoiding wheat.  That is because wheat is one of the grains that contains gluten.

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