Carob: Alternative for Those with Chocolate Allergy

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Ahe, the sweet, rich taste of chocolate. Millions of people loves the taste of this decadent dessert. Yet, many people can not taste one sip or one bite of this tasting temptation because they are allergic to it.

An allergy reaction to chocolate can show up in many different ways. A person may experience skin problems such as hives and itching. They could experience gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea and vomiting. Continue reading…

Egg Allergy: Adapting to a Life without Eggs

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Can you imagine a life without eggs? Could you imagine the products you wouldn’t be able to eat?

Well, for many people they don’t have to imagine this. They are busy living a life without eggs, not because they don’t necessarily like eggs or their taste, but because their body’s immune system goes on attack each time they ingest a bite of one. To put it in simple terms, they are allergic to eggs. Continue reading…

Allergy to Strawberries

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A red strawberry is allergenic? How about white ones?

Red strawberries cause allergies, but white ones do not… This is the most concrete discovery about strawberry allergies to date which is credited to a group of biochemists at Lund University in Sweden. While examining the proteins in different varieties of strawberries, the group found out that a white strawberry variety called, Sofar, had relatively no traces of the suspected protein allergen. Right now, Swedish breeders are working on making the white strawberry just as flavorful as the red ones. Continue reading…

Weight Gain Due to a Food Allergy

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Depression, anxiety, moodiness, and a tendency to binge and crave for certain foods eventually leads to excessive weight gain, and possible obesity. Have you ever thought that such a condition can be due to a food allergy?

According to a theory, if you eat foods that you are allergic to, instead of using the food as energy, your body will hold onto the calories in these foods for a longer period, and you could develop an addiction to them. Continue reading…

Fish Allergy

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Who wouldn’t love to dine at a seafood restaurant? Well, those who have fish allergies of course. No matter how much they want to enjoy a buttered salmon steak or any other fish dish, they just can’t. There is also a risk in ordering a non-fish dish because the skillet, spatula, or oil used to cook the food may have been used to cook fish. Continue reading…

Food Allergy Testing

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There are several ways to test a person for food allergy: skin tests, elimination-type tests, and the RAST test.

Skin Test

Skin tests are common tests for most allergens, not just food. Continue reading…

Shellfish Allergy

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An allergy to shellfish is a type of seafood allergy. Just like a fish allergy, it is relatively easy to avoid, but unlike fish, if you are allergic to one type of shellfish, you are allergic to all of them.

Once you are diagnosed with a shellfish allergy, you must bid farewell to eating species of crab, lobster, shrimp, prawn, abalone, crawfish, crayfish, oysters, cockle, sea urchin, and all types of mollusks (clams, mussels and scallops). Continue reading…

Fruit Allergy

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Healthy eating has become a trend nowadays. Eating more fresh fruits is desired by most who are concerned about their lifestyle, wellbeing, and overall health. However, this may not be a healthy option for those with allergies to some fruits.

Which fruits cause allergic reactions? How do you know if you have a fruit allergy?

Apricots, bananas, cherries, kiwis, Continue reading…

Living With a Dairy Allergy

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A dairy allergy, or milk allergy, is an allergy to cow’s milk. Babies can be born with an allergy, or a normal adult can develop an allergy for reasons unknown. Most children outgrow their dairy allergy, but others carry their allergy until adulthood. Because cow’s milk is an essential ingredient in processed foods, having a dairy allergy can be quite a hassle even for adults.

What causes allergies in cow’s milk?

The composition of milk includes substances such as water, carbohydrates, lactose (milk sugar), minerals, fats, and several proteins. The casein and whey proteins are known to be allergenic. Continue reading…

Wheat Allergy

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What would you do if you cannot eat bread? How about not being able to eat cereals and waffles, or even noodles or muffins, can you manage all that? Be thankful if you do not have a wheat allergy.

Notice that the foods mentioned above are mostly everyday foods that contain wheat. So why is wheat such a common food allergen if it is found in such common foods? Continue reading…

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