Although an individual could be allergic to any food, such as fruits, vegetables, and meats, the following eight foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions:
Peanuts Fish (bass, flounder, cod, etc.)
Tree nuts (walnuts, pecans,
almonds, cashews, hazelnuts/
filberts, macadamia nuts,
pistachio nuts, etc.)
Shellfish (shrimp, crab,
Peanuts, however, are the leading cause of severe allergic reactions, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts, and eggs. Some experts recommend that peanut-allergic patients avoid tree nuts, and vice versa, as an extra precaution.
• Food allergies affect close to 4% of the general population, or approximately 11 million Americans.
• Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions.
• There is no cure for food allergy; strict avoidance of the allergy-causing food is the key to preventing allergic reactions.
• Severe or life-threatening reactions are called “anaphylaxis.”
• It is estimated that food allergy-induced reactions cause 30,000 emergency room visits and as many as 150 to 200 deaths each year.
• Minute or trace amounts of a food can cause a reaction in a highly sensitive patient.