When it comes to allergies, food is one of the triggers. The allergies can go from mild to threatening. It is therefore important to know what to eat and what to avoid.
1.PEANUTS AND TREE NUTS
This tops the list. Approximately one percent of the world has a deadly nut allergy. Being the most common cause of food allergy deaths, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, it’s important that many people are aware of the foods they eat and how to treat a potential allergy outbreak. In the U.S. alone, around three million people report allergies to peanuts and tree nuts, and about every year around 150 to 200 people die. Fifty percent to 62 percent of those deaths can be attributed to peanuts.
This is most common among young children who develop it within the first six months of their lives. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America finds that two to five percent of babies develop a milk allergy within the first year of their life. Milk allergies are three times as common as peanut allergies, but children will lose their hypersensitivity to milk by the time they are 3 years old.
As much as all health experts approve the eating of white meat which is mainly fish and chicken, there is need to look out. Sea food can also trigger dangerous allergies. So if you love shrimp or lobster, it is important to ensure that your body is okay with it.
Crustaceans such as crab, lobster, and shrimp contain a compound called tropomyosin, which often triggers severe reactions. Shellfish allergies tend to develop in adulthood. Interestingly, some of these adults may have been exposed to cockroaches as children. Doctors suspect many people develop cross-reactivity to cockroaches and shellfish—when being allergic to one thing increases your risk for a reaction to another allergen.
As more people worldwide add fish to their diets, the number of people with allergic reactions has increased. Fish with fins—including salmon, tuna and cod—contain allergens such as parvalbumin. In addition, fish that isn’t refrigerated properly can cause an allergy-like reaction called histamine toxicity.
For you to be able to live life when having dangerous food allergies, you need to pay attention to what you eat. When shopping for groceries, read the labels. If you are invited out for a meal ensure the person inviting you knows your special needs.
Avoiding food allergens can be difficult if you don’t prepare everything you eat yourself. When at a restaurant, ask detailed questions about ingredients in the food. Don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions. When buying packaged food, read labels carefully. Most packaged foods now carry warnings on the label if they contain common allergens. When eating at a friend’s house, be sure to tell them about any food allergies ahead of time.