True food allergies involve the body's immune system. Whereas a food intolerance originates in the gastrointestinal system and involves an inability to digest or absorb certain substances.
Almost any food can provoke an allergic reaction. The following is a list of eight foods that account for 90 percent of allergic reactions.
|Food Types||Main Foods||Hidden Sources|
|Milk and Milk products||Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, ice cream, cream soups and certain baked goods and desserts.||Deli meats cut on same slicer as cheese, some canned tuna, nondairy products and prepared meats.|
|Eggs (especially egg whites)||Cakes, mousses, ice cream, sherbets and other desserts, mayonnaise, salad dressings, French toast, waffles and pancakes.||Toppings on specially desserts, some egg substitutes, processed cooked pasta.|
|Soy and Soy products||Soy, soybeans, tofu, textured vegetable protein, hydrolyzed protein, miso, soy sauce, tamari, tempeh, natural and artificial flavours, vegetable broth and vegetable starch.||Major ingredient in processed foods.|
|Wheat and Wheat products||Cereals, bread or bread related products, dry soup mixes, cakes, pasta, gravies, dumplings, products containing flour; beer and ale.||Some hot dogs, ice cream, imitation crab and imitation meats.|
|Peanuts||Peanuts and peanut oil, peanut butter, peanut flour, baked goods and candy with nuts, natural flavoring. Wise to avoid all nuts.||Many candies, sunflower seeds, African, Chinese, Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese food.|
|Tree nuts||Candy and baked goods with pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and pistachios; oils from nuts.||Natural and artificial flavours, barbeque sauce, some cereals, crackers and ice cream.|
|Fish||Fresh, canned, smoked or pickled fish, fish-liver oils, caviar, foods containing fish, such as bisques, broths and stews.||Caesar salad dressings and imitation crab.|
|Shellfish||Crustaceans such as shrimp, crab, lobster and crayfish; mollusks such as clams, oysters and scallops; and seafood dishes.||Caesar salad dressings and imitation crab.|
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