F is for Food Allergies



F | Food Allergies

by Lindsey Herr, Dietetic Intern

Allergies, and awareness of them, are on the rise in the last couple of decades. Allergies affect about 50 million Americans - adults and children, alike. An allergic reaction happens when your body treats a safe food substance like a foreign and dangerous invader. Your immune system overreacts and can cause symptoms from small itches to anaphylaxis - a reaction causing your heart rate to slow, drop in blood pressure, and can affect your breathing.

Most reactions from food occur within two hours of consumption. Many children are able to outgrow egg and milk allergies at a young age. However, if outgrowth does not happen, the most effective treatment is just to avoid the food or ingredient.  

To clear the air, gluten is safe for most people. Gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease affect a small portion of the population. For these people, consumption of gluten causes GI tract discomfort and even damage. If you think you may have trouble digesting gluten, talk to your doctor before removing it from your diet.

List of Top 8 Allergens:

  • Soy
  • Shellfish
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Wheat

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