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Common food allergies

There are eight common food allergies. The most common food allergies are milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, seafood, shellfish, soy, and wheat. You will find that the degrees of food allergies between individuals is going to vary. In fact the degrees of the food allergies can vary between families. You may have a mother who is severely allergic to peanuts, but the child is going to have a mild allergic reaction. Common food allergies have been named because the percentage of the population that suffer from these allergies is higher than the other food allergies that exist.

Since there are several common food allergies it is important to note that many restaurants have begun to offer menus that allow for a variety of food allergy free items. There will be menu items that clearly state the food was not made with any wheat, egg, dairy, or peanut product. This helps those with common food allergies find menu items that they can truly eat. In certain restaurants like Chinese or Teriyaki places you will find that peanut oil is extremely popular to cook their meats and vegetables in. In fact many restaurants have used peanut oil for several years as vegetable oil tends to have a fishy taste, as well as the fact that it doesn’t hold up very well.

Restaurants that cater to common food allergies will have plaques displayed to help you find a place that you can eat. It used to be that someone with a food allergy had to eat at home or be extremely difficult at the table when ordering, and in some cases they would still wind up having an allergic reaction to the food. This is one of the reasons that many restaurants have begun to cater to common food allergies in their menus. You will even find that McDonalds has a statement about which foods have peanuts.

Most of the restaurants that cater to common food allergies mark the menu items or at least give an indication that their food is made with certain allergens. This enables you to ask if they have specialty items made without a certain product or to know that you don’t want to go to this restaurant. Keep in mind that there are eight common food allergies, and this means that not all restaurants will break them down. In some cases you may find that the restaurant only caters to those with wheat or peanut allergies, but when asked can offer a few items without egg or dairy.

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February 21, 2008 - Posted by | Blogroll, Food allergy

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