It’s possible to be allergic to just about anything that you eat or drink. But there are 8 foods that are more likely than any others to cause a reaction.
8 foods cause 90% of all food allergic reactions:
6. Tree nuts
People with severe allergies are at risk and have to be careful all the time.
If you have a food allergy: Do you know how to make sure that you’re safe? What if you just have an intolerance? Do you know how to eat healthy despite it?
Start by reading labels.
U.S. law makes food manufacturers state if a food contains any of these 8 foods. Reading labels can save you a lot of time and trouble.
In the U.S., food labels list all allergens in plain English next to any ingredient that contains them.
Many labels also list allergens at the end of their ingredient list as an extra precaution.
Of course, that does not protect against raw ingredients that you are allergic to. And there is always a risk that your food may be touched by something that you will react to.
Cooking for someone with a food allergy?
You need to keep the allergen from touching any food that the person will eat. You also need to keep it off of cooking surfaces.
Every spoon, knife and cooking tool needs to be cleaned after touching an allergen. You also need to wash your hands thoroughly after handling it.
Allergy VS Intolernace
A food allergy is caused by your immune system reacting to food. A food intolerance is something else. It can make you feel bad, but isn’t as dangerous.
If you have a food intolerance, your reaction to eating a food will be less severe. Food intolerance may be caused by the body having a tough time breaking a food down. It may be caused by a molecule in the food, or an additive.
A lot of times sensitivities don’t show up right after eating a food. You may react 2 days later.
If you're suffering from bloating, rashes, joint pain, fatigue or asthma, it may be caused by what you’re eating.
How to Identify an Allergy or Intolerance
Doctors suggest that you keep a list of your symptoms and track your food in a food journal. Remove any food you think might be causing you to feel sick.
They also say to eat more low allergy foods, such as pears, apples, and vegetables. Brown rice is a great addition to an allergy avoidance diet.
Once you figure out the foods that are making you feel sick, you need to avoid them.
If it's eggs and dairy you're sensitive to try these tips.
Boost Your Immune System
To make sure you are eating healthy and decreasing exposure to chemical allergens, add more organic foods.
Many food sensitivities are caused by additives, pesticides and preservatives.Tweet
You should also do what you can to support your digestive system. It's responsible for 80% of your immune system and when you have food sensitivities, boosting it can help.
Eating more fresh pineapple or papaya can boost the enzymes that grow in your gut naturally. And get plenty of good probiotics from foods like kefir and Greek yogurt.
Finally, stay away from anything that can weaken your digestive tract. Start by cutting out alcohol and anti-inflammatories like aspirin.
Learn to focus on the foods your body does love and it will thank you.
Yours in health,
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