The most common food allergies are that of nuts, wheat, dairy, soy, fish and shellfish. Did you know that the immune system never recognizes sugar as an allergen? (So very rarely will you find someone allergic to chocolate!) Food allergies can range from mild symptoms to life threatening ones. Symptoms can appear within minutes of eating or can take hours to even notice. Most allergies cause skin symptoms like hives, itchy rashes, redness or swelling. They can also cause digestive systems like stomach pain, nausea, etc. The most severe of all allergies is anaphylaxis – which puts your body into shock and closes up your airway. Most people who are prone to this should carry injectable epinephrine which can stop a reaction immediately. A good way to treat your less harmless food allergies and still enjoy that certain food is to take an anti-histamine like Reactine (although I cannot 100% guarantee it will work, but it works for me).
Here’s a weird fact I learned – apparently if you’re allergic to bananas or have an intolerance, you have a high chance of being allergic to latex as well!
Enjoy your food responsibly!