What are the most common food allergies?

See list below. The most common food allergens are egg, milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish. Keep in mind that this does not mean other foods can be the cause of food allergies. For example, over the past few years it has become clear that some individuals can be allergic to meats.
Milk, eggs. For young children the most common food allergies are milk and eggs. Soy and wheat are also common. As children get older, peanuts and tree nuts become more common and are often more severe. And as they become older still, fish, shellfish and seeds become common as well.
Protein. Very common meat allergies are to seafoods, while a common plant protein allergen is the peanut.
A few additions. Most common: milk & dairy (including goat's milk), egg, wheat (white flour), peanut, tree nuts, fish, crustaceans (shrimp, crab, lobster, prawn, crayfish), soy, corn. With changing american cuisine sesame has emerged as number 9. Raw fruits & vegetables (apple, carrot, citrus, peach, melon, etc) are often implicated as triggers of oral allergy syndrome in those allergic to birch & ragweed pollen.
Well Documented. The most common food allergies are well documented by previous responses. While true food allergy reactions are growing exponentially with new diagnoses of peanut allergy every day also on the rise are cases of oral allergy syndrome. This involves symptoms of mouth itching, rash around the mouth and in some cases burning of the mouth due to foods which cross react with allergenic pollens.
The "big 8" Only 6 to 8% of children have a true food allergy, and many will outgrow them. About 80% of food allergies are to the following eight foods: milk, egg, soy, wheat (all of which are commonly eventually outgrown) and peanut, tree nut, fish, and shellfish (all of which are usually not outgrown).
Milk and Eggs. Allergy to milk is most common in children. Along with milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut and tree nuts represents 90% of all food allergies in children. Fish and shellfish are also common, but usually more common in adults.

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What is the most common food allergy?

There are 8. Between 50% and 90% of all severe allergic reactions to foods are caused by only eight foods. The most common food allergies are: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. . Read more...