The 8 most common food allergens are milk, peanuts, wheat, soy, tree nuts like almonds and walnuts, eggs, fish, and shellfish like crab and lobster.
They make up for 90% of all the food allergens. That’s why you always see labels in the back of food items saying that “this product was made in a factory contanings nuts, eggs, etc.”
Fish and seafood are the single most common food allergy – they affect more than 7 million people. Milk, egg, wheat allergies are commonly outgrown from childhood, while fish, shellfish and peanut, tree nut allergies remain as lifelong allergens. Peanut allergies receive the most attention since our children so frequently encounter them particularly in school. Even though fish and shellfish allergies affect far more people – it’s easier to avoid and children are generally not unknowingly exposed in schools or other situations.
In addition to the aforementioned foods, seeds (poppy, sunflower, sesame, etc) contain oil that can trigger a serious reaction, including anaphylaxis. Extracts of seeds are used commonly in bread and other baked goods and even some beauty products, specifically hair care products.
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