/ Food Allergy Training

You know the common food allergens. They’re so common, in fact, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires food manufacturers to include them on labels when they appear on the ingredients list. They’re known as the “Big Eight” are responsible for 90 percent of all food related allergic reactions.

The “Big Eight”



Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)

Crustacean shell fish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp)

Tree Nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)




The FDA has identified more than 170 less common food allergies. Let’s take a look at some of them.


Red Meat

It’s a sad day when carnivores when they find out steak is on their allergy list. In addition to beef, pork, poultry and lamb can cause reactions. Reactions are often triggered by


Sesame Seeds

Only about 0.01 percent of people in the United States are allergic to sesame seeds, but the reactions can be just as severe as those to peanuts. It’s easy to spot these little seeds when they are sprinkled on your food, but oils and extracts are harder to identify — so ask about it before buying bread or other baked goods at your favorite bakery. When sesame oil is refined, the reaction-causing proteins are removed, but it’s still advisable to be cautious.


Step away from the guac.

If you’re allergic to natural rubber latex, chances are likely you’re sensitive to avocados too. Proteins found in both are structurally similar. Pay attention to how you respond to potatoes, tomatoes, papayas, bananas, kiwis and chestnuts if avocados are your food nemesis.

Avocado allergies are especially troublesome for vegans and followers of the paleo diet. Avocados are often used instead of dairy in recipes to add fluffiness and creaminess.


It’s not really the marshmallows, it’s the ingredient gelatin that causes the problem. Gelatin is a protein derived from the boiled connective tissue of animals. It’s also a key ingredient is gummy candy and frosted cereals.

If you struggle with this uncommon allergy, you may want to rethink getting the flu vaccine, because gelatin is used as a stabilizer.


Corn allergies are tough — it’s a component in many foods. (And it’s often used in marshmallows, so double whammy if you have a gelato sensitivity.) The reactions are similar to grain, pollen and seed allergies, so it can be tough to nail down, too. If you suspect you’re allergic to corn, consider a food elimination diet like Whole 30 to determine if corn is the culprit.


Like it’s friend the avocado, manor are often linked to latex allergies. Unlike the avocado, mangos contain urushiol, a compound that is also found in poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac, as well as cashew nutshells. Symptoms include itching, red skin, hives, and blisters that typically begin 1-2 days after exposure.

Hot Dogs

The nitrates in your favorite picnic food ( and salami and bologna) can be a real pain. For some people, they cause headaches and hives. Like all allergies, the severity of reactions vary from individual to individual, but it gets scary when the hives form in the throat, causing breathing problems. If that happens, seek medical attention immediately.

Call the doctor…

…if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

Difficulty breathing

Vomiting and diarrhea


Hives or rash

Swollen lips, tongue, face or throat

Itchy or tingly mouth


Hives or rash


Loss of consciousness

A GREAT link to a super comprehensive site  and deeper information of food allergens:
Resource Guide thanks to Charlotte!