You might be saddened for what Dr. Aurora A. Saulo, Extension specialist in Food Technology from the University of Hawaii, will said – there is no cure or food allergies.

According to researches, there are approximately 30,000 emergency room visits and 150-200 deaths attributed to food allergies in the USA every year. The key to avoidance, says Dr. Saulo, is to know the sources of the allergies. The most common food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, milk and dairy products, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish, and wheat. These are called The Big 8.

As experts suggested, consumers make take the following steps to reduce the risk of allergic reactions at home or in the work place:

1. If you suspect you may have a food allergy, have your condition tested properly by a medical professional.

2. After proper diagnosis of the food allergy, educate everyone in your home about the allergen. Teach them where the allergen may be found and what to do if allergic reactions occurs.

3. When grocery shopping or dining out, read products labels carefully or ask the wait staff about the ingredients used in the dish that you are about to order.

4. At home, have a list prominently posted in the kitchen for your household to take note of, just in case someone who does not know your family’s sensitivities brings you food.

5. Remember to wash utensils thoroughly after every use. This is just basic safe food practice.

Facts about food sensitives

  • Many people have common misconcepcions about allergies. First and foremost, it is important to understand the facts about food sensitivities.
  • 90% of food allergies come from the major food allergens, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, soy, fish, shellfish and wheat.
  • Food allergies are caused by protein allergens.
  • A food tolerance is not the same as a food allergy.
  • Under rigorously controlled test conditions, no association of MSG has ever been demonstrated as a cause of Chinese Restaurant Syndrome.