Understanding Food Allergy provides an overview of food allergies, including the Big 8 food allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, soy, wheat, and shellfish), food allergy symptoms (including anaphylaxis), avoidance, and management. Understanding Food Allergy also describes how a food allergic reaction differs from a food sensitivity or food intolerance. Additionally, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sulfites, food colors, and other food additives are briefly discussed.
Allergies affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Fresh spring flowers, a friend’s cat or dog, even the presence of dust can make people itch, sneeze, and scratch almost uncontrollably. But what about that seemingly innocent peanut butter sandwich, glass of milk, or fish fillet?
A growing number of Americans have an allergy to these or other foods. Food allergies can be life threatening. Knowledge about food allergies can help save a life.
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