Proteins in food typically cause an immune reaction because the body regards them as foreign invaders. In some cases (about 2.5% of the population) a person’s immune system mistakenly reacts to a protein contained in food to which they have developed an allergy.
People with food allergies often experience uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous symptoms when they eat certain foods. If you have been diagnosed with a food allergy, your best bet is to avoid those foods and find substitutes that are safe for you.
When a certain food enters the stomach, the stomach will release hormones called gastric juices which will help in digesting the food. The content of these juices is acidic which helps break down proteins in the food. If a person is allergic to a particular food, like peanuts, their stomach might not produce enough gastric juice to break down the peanut protein and this can cause serious reactions in the body.
The most common symptoms of an allergy are skin reactions like rashes and hives as well as nasal congestion or sneezing. More serious complications that could arise include swelling of throat tissues and difficulty breathing. If not treated immediately, an allergic reaction can be fatal.
In some cases, people develop a tolerance to allergens after eating them for so many years but this is very rare and it depends
People with food allergies often have to be very careful about what they eat, as there is always a risk that the food could contain ingredients that cause a negative reaction.
The symptoms of a food allergy are usually not life threatening, but there are some exceptions to the rule — when it comes to these life-threatening reactions the culprit is usually soybean. In fact, soybean is one of the most common allergens in adults and children (with peanuts being another culprit).
Food Allergy is a hypersensitivity to specific foods where the immune system reacts to proteins in the food, triggering various symptoms. A few of these symptoms may be: skin rash, itchy mouth and throat, swelling at the site of contact or the whole body, nausea and vomiting, stomach ache or diarrhoea.
Common causes of food allergy are milk (lactose), eggs (albumin), peanuts and nuts, soybeans, fish and shellfish.
It is important to know this condition because it has a high prevalence rate among children and adults. It can also cause life-threatening reactions including anaphylactic shock which requires immediate medical treatment.
Introduce the topic of food allergies and the problem that people with allergies are facing.
It is a type of allergy that can be caused by eating certain foods. The most common food allergies are peanuts, soy, eggs, tree nuts, wheat and shellfish.
There are many types of food allergies. Some people are allergic to just one type of food such as peanuts or shrimp while others might be allergic to more than one type of food.