Common Food Allergies:
Every country in the world has their own list of the most common food allergies. The main reason is because of the differences in the regional diets from one country to the next. While many countries have dairy or wheat products ranking high in incidence, other countries show rice and fish as their predominant allergen.
The Top Eight In The Westernized Diet
In almost every industrialized country of the world which consumes the westernized diet, each country shows approximately 90% of the reported allergies to be from Dairy, Egg, Gluten(wheat), Peanut, Fish, Shellfish, Soy or Tree Nut allergies. Some countries do show a high incidence of corn, sesame seed and latex also.
Sensitivities to each of these can vary greatly though from person to person. Peanuts, shellfish and tree nut allergens do seem to generate the most severe allergic reactions.
What Is Common By Age Groups
In small children, the most common food allergies include milk, egg and soy. Each of these though are commonly out-grown
as the child's digestive system matures with age. Often, if your young child starts to show sensitivities
to other allergens during the toddler years, many times these will be a life-long allergy. It is possible symptoms may come and go in the future but never will the child be completely free of the sensitivity. It is generally recommended they avoid this item for life.
Older children and adults though are more susceptible to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. Each of these are usually a life-long allergy. There is very few reported cases of older kids to adults having the opportunity to say they have lost their allergy.
So what may be common food allergies in the United States (wheat and corn) will be very unusual in China (fish and rice). Many doctors and much research suggests that what is consumed very frequently in our everyday diet has a tendency for a much greater chance of us having a reaction to these types of foods.
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