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Video: 8 Foods That Cause Allergies
A food allergy is a condition where certain foods trigger an abnormal immune response. That is, the body classifies certain proteins in food as harmful and takes a number of protective measures. Symptoms can appear within a few minutes or in the next couple of days. The safest (but still very unpleasant) are itching and rashes. If the reaction is strong, it can lead to much more serious consequences for the body. Below are the eight most potent food allergens. It is important to understand that an allergic reaction is an individual phenomenon and you should not refuse products from the list if your body reacts normally to them.
1. Cow's milk
Milk allergy is more common in young children, but not all of them get rid of it once they reach adulthood. The only way to treat allergies is to avoid cow's milk products. The exception is kefir. The fact is that lactose (it is she who is an allergen) in the process of making kefir breaks down into other substances that will no longer cause an allergic reaction. In addition, kefir has an impressive amount of useful properties - a real must-have of your diet.
The second most common food allergen is eggs, or rather egg white (there are practically no potentially dangerous substances in the yolk). Allergies can manifest themselves both in the form of itching and in more serious forms. Numerous studies have confirmed that in eggs added to baked goods or other dishes subjected to prolonged heat treatment, the structure of the protein changes under the influence of temperature and the allergenic components are destroyed. However, if you are allergic to eggs, it is best to check with your doctor before eating something like this.
Nut allergies are also one of the most common. The most "dangerous" nuts are almonds, cashews and macadamia. The allergen contained in vegetable nut protein is so strong that even a very small amount of the product can cause a reaction. For example, desserts or sauces, which can contain literally a few grams of nuts.
Peanuts are taken out in a separate item, because they are not a nut at all and the allergen is completely different there. Therefore, in people who are allergic to nuts, peanuts may not cause any reaction, and vice versa. People suffering from this allergy should also avoid even the smallest amount of this product, because the consequences can be very serious.
Proteins found in crustaceans and shellfish are a strong and very common allergen. If you get a rash after eating pasta with seafood for dinner, you should pay attention to this. Allergy to shellfish is interesting because it does not always manifest itself immediately, that is, if you used to calmly eat shrimp and mussels, and then suddenly you felt bad, do not leave it unattended. Be sure to contact an allergist and do a special allergy test.
Wheat is also a very dangerous product for allergy sufferers. Don't confuse wheat allergy with gluten intolerance. In the first case, it will be enough to give up only wheat, and other cereals with gluten in the composition will not bring any harm to the body. People who are allergic to wheat should not only control their diet, but also carefully read the composition of cosmetics: this cereal has many beneficial properties and is often used as an ingredient in "care" cosmetics.
The protein in soybeans is a common cause of allergic reactions. This type of allergy is more typical for children, however, as in the case of milk, not all of them outgrow it. The only advice is to carefully monitor the composition of the products you buy, because soy often ends up in places where we would not expect to see it.
Similar to seafood allergies, fish allergies can occur at any age, so be careful at all times. Oddly enough, fish and shellfish contain completely different allergens, and if you are allergic to one, you can often safely eat another.
These 8 allergens are the most common, but far from the only ones. Common food allergens also include sesame, peach, banana, avocado, kiwi, passionfruit, garlic and almost all citrus fruits. In fact, 100% hypoallergenic foods do not exist and any of them can easily cause allergies. In order not to be afraid in vain and not to expose your health to unnecessary risks, just do a full test for allergens with a doctor so that you know exactly what you can and what should be discarded.