The Importance of Food Allergies

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Dish Containing Shrimp for consumption

Dish with Shrimp. Shrimp are shellfish, one of the 8 common allergies.

I’m sure we’ve all heard about food allergies, and how they may make us break out or may cause a trip to the hospital. Whether the allergic reactions are minor or major, all food allergies should be taken seriously. Here’s a little background on food allergies and some great knowledge on preventing a reaction.

According to the American College of Allergies, Asthma, and Immunology, Food Allergies are caused when your body’s immune system reacts negatively to a food protein as it would towards harmful pathogens that can make you sick. There are 8 main allergies known to cause 90% of all food allergy reactions. They include:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Tree Nuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

As stated before, symptoms can be minor to major and can include, swelling of lips, difficulty breathing, hives, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and death. If symptoms occur it’s important to initiate treatment such as medication and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Walnuts

Walnuts are considered a tree nut. Along with others like Cashews, Almonds and Hazelnuts, they are a part of the 8 common allergies.

Avoiding symptoms, however, can be done through research of the food allergy and proper food safety. Make sure to read food labels, to identify ingredients that may contain the allergy. Also, be sure to check out the methods of cooking foods and the cleaning protocols of what’s being cooked. It’s always important to be aware of any food allergies a family member, a friend, and even yourself may have. That knowledge can lead you to a safe and healthy life, no matter what allergy you have!

References:

“Take food allergies seriously” – The University of Minnesota Extension

“Food Allergy: Overview” –  American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology