Just 8 foods account for 90% of all food alleriges. They are eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, soya, gluten, peanuts, and tree nuts (e.g. walnuts and almonds). It is typically the protein compounds of a food that are responsible for the allergic response. Always remember to check food labels carefully. The table below outlines foods that commonly contain peanuts, eggs, milk, gluten, soya as ingredients.
|Food||Foods and Ingredients to Avoid||Where Foods Might Be Hidden|
|Peanuts and tree nuts||Peanuts are potentially life threatening for anyone with an allergy to them. Avoid cold-pressed, expelled, or extruded groundnut or peanut oil; peanut butter; peanut flavour; and nut butters. Allergies to tree nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, and almonds, are not usually severe, but avoid all nuts.||Breakfast cereals and cereal bars, biscuits, cakes, and pastries; marzipan; nougat;
sweets; ice cream. Sauces and salad dressings; African, Chinese, Mexican, Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine.
|Eggs and protein||Ablumin, ovalbumin, egg lecithin, mayonnaise, meringue or meringue powder, and surimi.||Pasta and noodles; soups; cakes, pastries, and biscuits, marzipan; nougat. Flu Vaccine may contain egg protein.|
|Milk and dairy||All forms and types of milk, including goat's milk; all butter products and artificial butter flavourings; buttermilk; casein; all cheeses and curds; whey; custard; yoghurt; ghee; all forms and types of cream; sour milk solids; lactoalumin; and lactoalbumin phosphate; lactulose.||Breads, biscuits, cakes and pastries; processed breakfast cereals; instant potato dishes, soups and sauces; salad dressings and dips; margarine; cooked sliced meats. Mousses; custard-type, instant, and other desserts; protein shakes.|
|Gluten||Wheat, spelt, rye, oats, bran, and barley; bread and breadcrumbs; bulgar wheat; couscous; durum; all types of flour; pasta; semolina. Wheat protein may be found starch, hydrolyzed proteins, and natural and artificial flavourings.||Bread, muffins, cakes, and biscuits, cereals; sliced cooked meats; sausages; sauces; soups; noodles; tomato ketchup; soy sauce; pancakes, ice cream, chocolate, sweets.|
|Soya||Soy sauce; soya beans; soya oil; soya flour; tofu; tempeh; miso; textured vegetable protein (TVP); hydrolyzed plant and vegetable proteins.||Baked items; canned tuna in soya oil; cereals; infant formulas; sauces; soups; butter substitutes; peanut butter, frozen pizzas; meat substitutes.|