Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

What food allergies are more prevalent than others?

There are more than 160 foods that can cause people to have an allergic reaction, and everyone with food allergies can react differently, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Off Site Icon.

Of those foods, however, there are eight foods that have been identified by the U.S. Congress in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA)Off Site Icon as “major food allergens,” according to the FDA.

Those eight foods are:

  • Crustacean shellfish (such as crab, lobster and shrimp)
  • Eggs
  • Fish (such as bass, cod and flounder)
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Tree nuts
  • Wheat

The FALCPA requires that these eight foods – and any ingredients created from them – be listed on food labels, according to the FDA.

Food allergies can be dangerous to people’s health if not managed carefully or if people are unaware certain ingredients are contained in the foods they eat, according to the FDA, which is why it is so important to label all foods.

For more information about common food allergies, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine