Shopping Smart: With food allergies, reading and understanding labels is key

How do you know if a packaged food contains an allergen?
Food allergies can get confusing and complicated. More than 11 million Americans suffer from food allergies; and predictions are that the incidence of food allergies is on the increase.

A recent study in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology showed that seafood allergies are more likely to begin in adulthood, and the Journal estimates that 6.5 million Americans have a seafood allergy today.

Just eight food groups account for 90 percent of allergic reactions. These include peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc.), fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, soy and wheat. There are myriad other things that can cause allergies for some people, including food additives such as aspartame or sulfites.

Click to read more about these food groups and help ordering at a restaurant.



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