Symptoms of a food allergy can appear almost immediately or up to two hours after the food has been eaten. Symptoms include a tingling sensation of the mouth, swelling of the tongue and throat, hives, vomiting, abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, a drop in blood pressure, and loss of consciousness. Severe allergy reactions called Anaphylaxis, can result in death. Over 160 foods can cause allergic reactions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list just eight foods that cause 90 percent of these reactions. The eight foods included in food allergy labeling account for an estimated 90 percent of allergic reactions are as follows: –
- Milk and Milk Products. These can trigger Allergy including Butter, Cheese, Cottage cheese, Pudding or custard, Ice cream, sherbet, Milk, cream and half-and-half, including sheep and goat milk, Margarine, Sour cream and Yogurt. Those with a milk allergy can experience severe, even life-threatening reactions after consuming just a sip or two of milk.
- Eggs. Some people are so sensitive to egg proteins that cooking fumes can stoke an allergic reaction. Some of the hidden sources of Egg Based Allergy are Ice creams, egg substitutes, pastas, candies, hot dogs, meatballs, breads, rolls and other baked goods, mayonnaise, meringues, marshmallows, nougat and marzipan.
Tree Nuts. Persons usually allergic to peanuts are also allergic to tree nuts and vice versa, however,this phenomenon is not universally correct. Tree Nuts that could trigger allergy are Cashews, Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds, Lotion, shampoo, cosmetics, creams and other beauty products, Pine nuts, Hickory nuts, Macadamia nuts, Chestnuts, Nut butter, nut paste, nut extract
- Fish. Fish that can trigger Allergy include tuna, salmon, catfish and more. Common hidden sources of Fish Allergy are Caesar salad dressings (many contain anchovy paste), Worcestershire sauce, fish sauce, caponata, imitation crab meat.
Shellfish. Shrimp, crab, lobster, craw-fish can also cause Allergy. One can also get Allergy by eating Fish stocks, Crustaceans, Abalone, clams, mussels, sea urchins, Squid, Snails or escargot, Octopus, Oysters, Cockles and flavorings.
Soy Allergies normally appear during childhood, but adult soy allergies are also possible. foods that could trigger allergy symptoms are Soy milk, tofu, tempeh, edamame, soybeans, soy protein isolate, soy sauce, soy nuts, TVP or textured vegetable protein, tamari, miso. Other hidden sources that can trigger Soy Allergy are tuna, deli meats, hot dogs, vegetable broth, vegetable starch, textured vegetable protein, cereals, infant formulas, sauces, soups and many vegetarian products.
Wheat. A person can get Allergy by eatingwheat-based pastas, cereals, breads, bran; wheat germ, wheat berries, semolina (a type of wheat used to make pasta), kamut (used in cereals, crackers and pasta), bulgur and seitan.
Other foods commonly associated with allergic reactions include:
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