The True Facts About Food Allergies?

Donnau1 By Donnau1, 11th May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Health>Diet & Nutrition

The most effective way to prevent a reaction is by avoiding certain foods plain and simple. People often use the term “food allergy” loosely, to excuse an aversion to a particular food (as in, please hold the garlic. Genuine food allergies are quite common, and potentially dangerous.

More than 12 million Americans—3 million of them are children that are believed to have food allergy. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the numbers are rising rapidly.

Allergic reactions

A food allergy is a response by the immune system to a normally harmless protein that your body mistakenly indemnifies as invader. In its role of protecting your body, the immune system produces antibodies to fight the “invader”. The reaction can trigger immediate or delayed symptoms including itchy eyes, hives, eczema, mouth tightness, wheezing, and diarrhea. However, in some cases, the allergic reaction is severe and can be life threatening.
Actually, genes play a part in food allergies. If there are food allergies in your family, you can more than likely to developing an allergy yourself. In fact, the most commonly food allergenic foods are:
 Milk
 Soy
 Eggs
 Wheat
 Tree-nuts
 Shell fish
 Peanuts
However, just as a child out-grow an allergy, it is a fact that an adult can develop one, for an example 2-3% of adults, can develop a allergy of sea foods. In case, you think that you may have develop an allergy please consult a doctor as soon as possible.

**Safety Eating**

Personally, I think that you should learn how to live with your food allergies. On the other hand, some symptoms are serous, so it’s important that you learn how to prevent this reaction from happening. Avoiding certain type of foods may seem straightforward, but it can be very challenging if those foods are in the ingredients of a product if you are dinning out, or when there are different terms for that particular food.

Here are some tips to look out for:

Check all labels of every item every time you go grocery shopping. Check the food manufactures, sometimes they will change their ingredients.

Avoid purchasing bulk bins or anywhere with lose goods cross –contamination could be an issue.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If there are terms you don’t understand, just pick up the phone and call customer service or the manufacturer. You will find their number on the bill receipt.

Having a food allergy may be a hassle but it doesn’t mean that you should give up the delicious and healthy foods that you enjoy eating.

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author avatar Donnau1
Hell I am Donna. I am from the island of Jamaica.My hobbies are collecting stamps & writing (short stories and articles). I like to write about weight loss,making money & relationships.

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