Most Common Food Allergens

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Blanket statements such as whole wheat, milk or soy are "good for you" are commonly accepted. These statements don’t take into account the fact that these are some of the most common food allergens, causing problems among increasing numbers of people today. These foods are certainly not good for those who are allergic or sensitive to them. And whether you currently show signs of being sensitive to them or not, it’s not wise for anyone to consume these common food allergens daily, as doing so can cause intolerances to develop.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of Americans eat the most common food allergens every day—frequently three or more times a day, usually in the form of poor-quality fake-food products. Their digestive and immune systems degenerate as a result and intolerances to these and other foods develop. It’s the body’s way of trying to tell you "I’m sick of this food"—literally!

The most common food allergens include but are not limited to: alcohol, artificial additives (esp. sulfites & MSG), artificial sweeteners, chocolate & cola, citrus (esp. oranges), coffee & caffeine, corn & its derivatives, dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.), eggs, gluten grains (wheat, spelt, oats, etc.), nightshades (eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, etc.), peanuts, preservatives, colorings, sugars (esp. refined), shellfish, soy, strawberries, and yeast.

I cannot stress enough the importance of discovering your specific food sensitivities. A woman once told me that no one in her family had any known food allergies. This same woman listed a slew of symptoms that she and her family had—digestive problems, headaches, joint pain, fatigue, sinus problems, ear infections and more. As I told her, if you’re discounting this information thinking it doesn’t apply to you or your family members, and yet you are experiencing any adverse health conditions, do yourself a big favor—think again! And stay tuned for the next article, Identifying Food Sensitivities.

Kelly Hayford, C.N.C. is the award-winning author of If It’s Not Food Don’t Eat It! As a former chiropractic assistant and junk-food junkie turned nutrition and health coach, Kelly has helped thousands restore their health, energy and natural weight.

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