Did you know that food allergies were on the rise in Canada? Unfortunately, many children and adults must avoid eating or drinking the food they are allergic to because they are dangerous for their health. Here are the 8 most frequent food allergies in the country.
Cow milk allergy is often confused with lactose intolerance, but these two conditions are different. Cow milk allergy sufferers must avoid yogurt, cheese and ice cream, and they must be careful because milk is used as an ingredient in many recipes.
Peanut allergy is a common food allergy that is often life-threatening. Children and adults who suffer from a peanut allergy must stay away from peanuts and peanut butter, but they must also avoid any meal or dessert that contains peanuts.
3. Tree nuts
Tree nuts, which include cashews, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans and macadamia nuts, are nuts that grow in trees. People who suffer from a tree nut allergy must be careful, as tree nuts can be found in salads, chocolate bars, baked goods, and flavored coffee.
Sesame seeds are tiny, but they can be deadly for anyone who suffers from a sesame seed allergy. These seeds can be found on the top of hamburger buns, but also in sauces, dressings, and dips.
Fortunately, many children who suffer from an egg allergy will grow out of it. Those who don’t will have to make sure that the cakes, cookies, pancakes, muffins, sauces and pasta they want to eat don’t contain any eggs.
Some people who have a seafood allergy can eat some type of seafood but not the others, while other people simply can’t eat any fish, shellfish or crustacean. These people have to avoid certain sauces, salad dressings, and pizza toppings as well.
Soy allergy is more frequent among children than among adults. Most children will outgrow their soy allergy, but until they do, their parents have to read ingredient labels carefully because soy is used in baby formula, hot chocolate, candy, tofu, and more.
Wheat allergy is another example of food allergy that many children will outgrow eventually. Wheat can be very difficult to avoid, because it will be found in bread, baked goods, pasta, cereals, crackers, and even in some types of ice cream.