Food Allergies

The most common sensitivities

Approximately 2 to 2.5 percent of the general population suffer from a food allergy. According to various medical sources such as the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, there are eight food allergies that account for 90 percent of all food allergies. These eight include peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, soy and wheat.

Some allergies are more severe, or more difficult to deal with:

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Since many allergies are not diagnosed and therefore are not on record, the exact rate of allergic reactions cannot be determined. Studies show that up to 200 people die every year from allergic reactions to food products, but many childhood allergy sufferers will outgrow their condition over time.