Avoiding Allergens in Food

avoiding-allergiesAllergic reactions triggered by some of the allergens contained in a number of the products we consume can be life threatening, especially to children. There are a number of steps that we can take to minimize the risk of triggering allergic reactions.

First, there are a number of allergens out there in the market, but there are a few that are considered priority allergens since the reactions they are associated with are severe. These include peanuts, soy, eggs, milk, sulphites, sesame, seafood and tree nuts. The major effective step is to ensure that one does not ingest the products and there are some general tips to this effect. While purchasing products it is important that one reads the labels very carefully to ensure that the allergens or even others similar to it are not included.

Next, it would be important that one pay close attention where cross-contamination is implied. A product may be labeled ‘May Contain A’ where A is any of the allergens. Usually this points to the possibility that the allergen may have been included in the manufacturing process accidentally. Also, be very wary of precautionary statements on the labels, since they show that the product may not be 100% safe to people who are allergic to some of the ingredients.

Although it may be obvious, it is important that one does not eat foods, in which the allergens or their derivatives could be present. Avoid products when ingredients have not been labeled. As a precautionary measure, if it has been prescribed, always carry an adrenaline auto-injector with you and be sure about how to use it. In addition, it is advisable that one wears a MedicAlert identifier so that should a reaction occurs, it may be easier for others to help you.