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BetterButter Secrets | Food Allergies to Watch Out For

Sujata Limbu | May 11, 2016

By Sujata Limbu

Ever broken into hives after eating some peanuts? Or have had a case of the runs so bad after eating some prawns that you’ve sworn never to touch shellfish again? Well, then you definitely are having an allergic reaction.

Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs in the human body after eating a certain type of food. You could be eating a piece of chocolate which could cause your throat to become itchy or a bunch of nuts that could possibly make your face swell up. It could quite possibly be anything. Truth is proteins in several different kinds of food also called allergens could easily trigger a reaction.

The best thing to do about allergies is to know what possibly could cause it. In a broader sense, there are eight foods that represent the most common food allergies. Known as the  ‘Big Eight’, this is the list you should absolutely know about.

Eggs: Eggs and any egg containing product such as mayonnaise, ready to eat cakes, etc. Replace this with tofu or mashed avocado/hummus as a spread on sandwiches.

Fish: Almost any type of fish found including tuna, salmon and many more types cause food allergy. Sauces such as Worcestershire sauce and fish sauce are to be avoided in this scenario. This taste can be replaced with canned chicken which is similar to canned tuna.

Shellfish: Shellfishes such as shrimp, crab, lobster, crawfish and more. Note that anything labeled “natural and/or artificial flavorings” may contain fish by-products.

Milk: Milk makes up food products such as butter, cheese, cream, ice cream, cottage cheese, yogurt. Avoid chocolates, commercial breads, salad dressings and mayonnaise as they may contain milk. Replace milk with soymilk or almond milk.

Tree Nuts: Nuts from trees such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts, chestnuts, pine nuts and more. Replace it by making your own nut-free mix that contains ingredients such as cereals, raisins and banana chips.

Peanuts: Peanuts make up food items such as peanut butter, mixed nuts and peanut oil. Many sauces can contain peanuts, thus it’s advisable to read the ingredients label before purchasing such products. You can replace honey with peanut butter as a spread or popcorns for a snack.

Soy: Soymilk makes up products such as tofu, soybeans, soy sauce. They can also be present in other sauces, soups and vegetarian products so be aware of that. Replace this with cow milk or almond milk.

Wheat: Wheat make up products such as pastas, cereals, breads, etc. Also food items such as breadcrumbs, couscous, potato chips, french fries and processed snacks and couscous. Try and experiment with pastas made from corn. Replacing flour with corn works good as well.

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