Healthy Easy Allergy-Free Recipes

What is Food Allergy?

Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body's immune system. Food allergy refers to a particular type of response of the immune system in which the body produces what is called an allergic, or IgE (or immunoglobulin E), antibody to a food.

Allergic Reactions and Symptoms

Food allergens are proteins in the food that enter your bloodstream after the food is digested. From there, they go to target organs and cause allergic reactions. After the food is digested in your stomach, you may have GI (gastrointestinal) symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea or pain. When the food allergens enter and travel through your bloodstream, they may cause your blood pressure to drop. As the allergens reach your skin, they can cause hives or eczema. When the allergens reach your mouth and lungs, they may cause throat tightness and trouble breathing.

What are the Common Food Allergens for Adults and Children?

Food allergy affects up to 6 to 8 percent of children under the age of 3 and close to 4 percent of adults. If you have an unpleasant reaction to something you have eaten, you might wonder if you have a food allergy.

For adults, foods that most often trigger allergic reactions include fish and shellfish (such as shrimp, lobster, crab and and crayfish), peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts) and eggs. For children, common allergens are eggs, cow's milk (especially infants and young children), tree nuts and peanuts.

Adults usually keep their allergies for life, but children sometimes outgrow them. Children are more likely to outgrow allergies to milk, egg, or soy than allergies to peanuts. The foods to which adults or children usually react are those foods they eat often. In Japan, for example, rice allergy is frequent. In Scandinavia, codfish allergy is common.

How to Cope with Food Allergy?

Food allergies and food intolerances can trigger a whole range of unpleasant symptoms. This section includes recipes that help you to avoid some of the more common allergens such as nuts, cow's milk, egg whites, gluten, wheat, berries, soy beans, fish and shellfish. If you suspect that you have a food allergy, it is important that you can use these recipes that tailored to your dietary needs to avoid this particular food.

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