Food Allergy Diet
Easy Guidelines on Fighting Food Allergy through
Some people are not aware that they have food allergy. It can be
difficult to diagnose especially if allergic reactions are not apparent
before. Symptoms of food allergy only appear if you exceed the
tolerable amount of foods you are allergic to.
Food allergy lets your body react as if some foods are harmful. The
immune system of the body then creates antibodies for fighting back
food allergens which triggers the food allergy. Once the person eats
the food, touches the food, or even inhales its particles, chemicals
including histamine are released by the body to protect it from
allergens. Allergic symptoms can affect your cardiovascular system,
skin, gastrointestinal tract, or respiratory system. Food allergy
symptoms are characterized by wheezing, abdominal pain, swelling,
itchiness in the throat, tongue, or lips, itchy skin rashes, and runny
Food allergies need to follow special diets. These diets do not contain
food allergens as much as possible. It is advised to consult your
doctor or dietitian especially if you want to eliminate some types of
food from your original diet or begin a specialized diet. It is because
you might need some adjustments on the new meal plan or replace any
lost nutrients by taking nutritional supplements.
1. Milk allergy diets. You need to eliminate milk and dairy products
containing milk. These are good sources of Vitamin D and calcium. So it
is necessary to replace it with other kinds of food such as soy
products, spinach, and broccoli, also enriched with these nutrients.
The labeled ingredients of the products must be always checked. You can
also use almond, rice, or soy milk, instead of cow's milk. Non-dairy
goods which include some margarines, cheese, yogurt, chocolate, and ice
2. Egg allergy diets. Young children, adults, and infants are more
prone to egg allergies. Elimination of eggs and other products with egg
contents is needed. Also check labels carefully because some egg
alternatives has egg white contents.
3. Peanut allergy diets. Peanut allergies are one of the most fatal and
are potentially serious among all types of food allergies. It contains
food allergens most common for triggering allergic reactions. Most
commercial foods such as ethnic foods, candy, and baked foods contain
peanuts, especially if prepared only by one manufacturer.
4. Tree nuts allergy diets. All products with tree nuts ingredients
must be totally avoided even though only one nut triggers your allergic
reactions. Some shampoos and lotions also contain tree nuts. Carefully
check the product labels.
5. Fish allergy diet. Fish have different species but contains similar
proteins. You need to eliminate all kinds of fish from your diet,
except if your allergist has already determined the specie that
triggers your food allergy. It is also advisable not to visit seafood
6. Shellfish allergy diets. Shellfish have different species but
contains similar proteins. You need to eliminate all kinds of shellfish
from your diet, except if your allergist has already determined the
specie that triggers your food allergy.
7. Soy allergy diets. Soybeans are considered legumes which include
kidney beans, navy beans, black beans, string beans, chickpeas, pinto
beans, peanuts, carob, licorice, and lentils. This is widely used for
processing foods, so make sure to avoid such products.
8. Wheat allergy diets. Wheat proteins are called gluten and wheat made
foods are considered as American diet staples, which you need to avoid.
Read the labels of the products carefully.
Never forget these diet guidelines to fight food allergies
successfully. After all nothing beats caution and preparedness.