5 Allergen Spiked Foods That May Be Ruining Your Health

Jessica Thomas

With a passion for all things involving health, wellness, and improvement - you’ll find Jessica Thomas, MPH either covering need-to-know health care topics or creating process strategies for small businesses with Kombucha within arms reach.

Through her writing, she hopes to enlighten and educate individuals on how they can take charge of their health and enhance their wellness, naturally.

I've always had an interest in health and pursued an education in it (e.g. health administration and public health).

A lot of people think that their health is a result of genetics (a small percentage actually is), but it's truly their lifestyle.

I followed a plant-based diet for 8 months, but have slowly introduced chicken and certain types of fish back into my diet.

I still shy away from products that include egg and milk.

I used to suffer from terrible acid reflux and realized that the symptoms significantly decreased when I removed what were likely allergens for me.

I don't do a ton of cardio as I'm already lean. I like to focus on basic strength training.

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Allergen Foods

Finding a diet for good health can be tricky at times.

We learn new things about the food we eat everyday, whether it be on a website or the way our body reacts after we eat a certain food.

So what do we do when the food we love and think is healthy may actually be doing us harm?

Some foods contain allergens which make us feel lethargic and ill even though they taste so good.

We’ve decided to keep it simple, and give you a list of 5 common allergen spiked foods that may be ruining your health.

Some of these foods may be surprising, but some you may be agreeing with from personal experience.

Chances are, if you find yourself feeling not your best after eating a certain food, it’s not a food you should be implementing into your diet.

Here are 5 of the most common allergen spiked foods:

#1 Not So Eggs-Cellent

Did you know eggs are one of the most common food allergies in children, second only to the milk allergy?

The proteins that cause allergy are located in the egg whites, so it is best to avoid both the whites and yolks in an egg, due to constant cross-contact.

Eggs are found in a variety of foods, from mayonnaise, to ice cream, to commercially made cooked pastas (also prepared foods, like soup).

If you find that your body is not agreeing with eggs or egg-containing products, then consider this the culprit and cut eggs out.

#2 Got Milk? There’s Something About Dairy

As previously mentioned, dairy is the leading food allergen.

And much like eggs, dairy can be found in a variety of foods, from yogurt, to some baked goods, and so on.

If you eat dairy and you’ve got an upset stomach and gas/diarrhea, then this might signal intolerance.

Though not related to dairy allergy, intolerance is another reason many people cut dairy from their diet.

If you eat cheese or an ice cream scoop and find your body is just not reacting well, consider eliminating this food from your diet and keep track of how you feel afterward.

#3 Tree Nuts (Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans)

Tree nuts are another major food allergen found in individuals today.

This term encompasses;

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Cashews

If you eat something with tree nuts and find yourself with a tingling reaction in the mouth, abdominal cramps, and dizziness, then you’ve got an allergy to this food.

Avoid it completely!

#4 Take Me Out To The Ball Game…Without Peanuts

I know what you’re wondering… why don’t peanuts and tree nuts fall in the same category?

Well, peanuts are considered a legume, as they grow underground.

They’re in the same family as lentils and beans.

Peanuts are also a leading food allergy.

Of course, they’re found in a variety of foods, even the ones you don’t consider, like alternative nut butters (almond/hazelnut/etc.) some chilis and glazes, and chocolate candy, among others.

If you eat any sort of peanut containing foods and you’re body is just not agreeing, then consider cutting out these legumes.  

#5 Fishy Business

Fish is one of the eight major allergens that must be listed on packaged foods sold in the United States.

Though not as heard of as peanuts or dairy, fish is a common cause for allergy in a variety of people.

If you’re allergic to one type of fish then chances are, you’re allergic to other types.

In order to avoid any severe reactions, don’t even go near seafood restaurants, in order to avoid cross-contact.

More Allergen Foods And What To Do Next..

Here are some more allergen spiked foods:

Though said many times, what we eat is truly key to better health.

What are the most common allergen foods?

Here are the most common foods that contain allergens:

  1. Molluscs
  2. Soy
  3. Nuts
  4. Mushrooms
  5. Fish
  6. Gluten
  7. Eggs
  8. Mustard
  9. Celery
  10. GMO
  11. Milk
  12. Dairy
  13. Sugar
  14. Peanuts
  15. Shellfish
  16. Alcohol
  17. Sulphites
  18. Meat
  19. Corn
  20. Trans fats
  21. Sesame
  22. Beans
  23. Pork Meat
  24. Potatoes
  25. Peaches

So it should come to no surprise that the foods that may end up jeopardizing our health should have absolutely no place in our everyday diet.

Luckily, there is now countless research that lets us replace foods that may not do us good.

There are also new products constantly being released to replace foods we may not be keen on eating, such as egg substitutes, and non-dairy milk/yogurt options.

You may find that the foods you ‘need’ for good health are not the ones that do you good.

What to do if you think you may have a food allergy?

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which foods you’re reacting badly to.

If you’re eating some of these foods and finding you’re not feeling so good after eating then the best thing to do is eliminate them from your diet and then try introducing them slowing one by one to see how you react and find out which one your body doesn’t like.

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