Common Food Allergies List

By Adriane Marie •  Updated: 02/19/22 •  14 min read

Most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms but some food allergies can cause severe reactions and even be life threatening. Be aware of which ingredients may pose a threat and be dangerous to yourself or others. Over 160 foods may cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies! Here are the 8 most common allergenic food categories and ingredients that may cause life-threatening situations.
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Milk Allergens Include:

“MILK IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON FOOD ALLERGIES IN CHILDREN. COW’S MILK IS THE USUAL CAUSE, BUT MILK FROM SHEEP, GOATS, BUFFALO AND OTHER MAMMALS ALSO CAN CAUSE A REACTION.”
– The MAYO Clinic, “Milk Allergy

Milk is one of the Big 8 most common food allergens.

Egg Allergens Include:

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Eggs are a common food allergen.

Eggs are one of the Big 8 most common food allergens.

Fish Allergens Include:

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Fish is a common food allergen.

Fish are one of the Big 8 most common food allergens.

Crustacean Shellfish Allergens Include:

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CRUSTACEAN SHELLFISH ARE A COMMON FOOD ALLERGEN

Crustacean Shellfish are one of the Big 8 most common food allergens.

Tree Nut Allergens Include:

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TREE NUTS ARE A COMMON FOOD ALLERGEN

Tree nuts are one of the Big 8 most common food allergens.

Peanut Allergens Include:

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PEANUTS ARE A COMMON FOOD ALLERGEN

Peanuts are one of the Big 8 most common food allergens.

Wheat Allergens Include:

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WHEAT IS A COMMON FOOD ALLERGEN

Wheat is one of the Big 8 most common food allergens.

Soy Allergens Include:

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SOYBEANS ARE A COMMON FOOD ALLERGEN

Soy is one of the Big 8 most common food allergens.

Sources:

Food allergies: Understanding food labels – Mayo Clinic
Food Allergies | Food Safety and Inspection Service
The BIG 8 – School Nutrition Association
Food Allergen Labeling & Consumer Protection Act

Adriane Marie

As an educator, author and conscious consumer advocate, I study and organize ethical info for you to quickly see how our purchases impact animals, people and the planet. I hope you find this HEALabel knowledge useful and can apply it to your life for personal and societal improvement and empowerment.