Food Allergies

Food allergies have a number of common symptoms

Any symptom might be caused by a food allergy.

Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • abdominal cramping, anaphylactic shock
  • arthritic type symptoms, canker sores
  • constipation, depression
  • difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping
  • emotional upset, eczema
  • fatigue, hives
  • heartburn, indigestion
  • irritability, itching
  • migraine headaches, nocturnal enuresis
  • red rash around the mouth, reddening or swelling skin
  • rhinitis, stiffness
  • stomach ache, swelling of the joints
  • swelling of the lips and face
  • vomiting, wheezing

By identifying what food(s) are associated with the symptoms, you can reduce or eliminate the symptoms when you avoid the food.

Avoiding foods can be harder than it seems.

So many of today’s foods contain unexpected ingredients.

Foods that may contain milk protein, a common food allergy

  • Batter-fried foods
  • Biscuits
  • Bread
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Cakes
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies
  • 
Cream sauces
  • 
Cream soups
  • Custard
  • Fish in batter
  • Gravies and gravy mixes
  • Ice cream (and “non-milk” fat)
  • Imitation sour cream
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Margarine
  • 
Muesli
  • Muffins
  • Other baked goods
  • Packaged soups
  • Pies
  • Puddings
  • Rusks
  • Sausages
  • Sherbet
  • Soy cheese
  • Soup mixes
  • 
Sweets
  • Canned soups
  • Vegetarian cheese

Foods that may contain soy protein

    • Baby foods
    • Bakery goods*
    • Black pudding
    • Bread (esp. high-protein bread)*
    • Breakfast cereals (some)
    • Burger patties
    • Butter substitutes
    • Cakes
    • Candy
    • Canned meat or fish in sauces*
    • Canned or packaged soups*
    • Canned tuna
    • Cheese (artificial) made from soybeans*
    • Chinese food
    • Chocolates (cream centers)
    • Cookies
    • Cooking oils
    • 
Crackers
    • Desserts
    • Gravy (sauce) powders
    • Hamburger patties
    • Hot dogs
    • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (may be wheat)
    • Ice cream
    • Infant formula (including cow’s milk formula)
    • Liquid meal replacers
    • Margarine 
Meat products (e.g., sausages, pastes. Vienna sausages [wieners])
  • 
Muesli
  • Pies (meat or other)*
  • Powdered meal replacers
  • Salad dressings
  • Sauces (e.g. Worcestershire, sweet and sour, HP,teriyaki)
    • Seasoned salt
    • Shortenings
    • Snack bars
    • Soups
  • 
Soy pasta products
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sprouts (Chinese restaurants)
  • Soybeans
  • Stews (commercial)
  • Stock cubes (bouillon cubes)
  • Tofu
  • Tofutti
  • TV dinners

* May indicate the presence of soy protein or may be manufactured from cassava (tapioca), maize, or rice.
 Sometimes produced from soy or wheat but now mostly by synthetic means.

** May be soy.

Foods that may contain wheat, also a common allergen

    • Alcoholic beverages 
(made from grain alcohol)
    • Ale
    • Beer
    • Wine
    • Bourbon
    • Whiskey
    • Baked goods
    • Biscuits
    • Breads (including rye bread)
    • Cakes
    • Cookies
    • Crackers, etc.
    • Baking mixes
    • Barley bread and drinks
    • Battered foods
    • Bouillon cubes
    • Breaded meats
    • Breaded vegetables
    • Breakfast cereals
    • Candy or chocolate candy
    • Canned processed meat
    • Cereal grains
    • Couscous
    • Gravy
    • 
Hot dogs
    • Ice cream
    • Ice cream cones
    • Luncheon meats
    • Licorice
    • Macaroni
    • Malt 
Malted milks (e.g. Horlicks)
    • Milk shakes
  • Noodle products, 
Pasta (noodles, spaghetti. macaroni)
  • Pepper (compound or powdered flour filler)
  • Pies
  • Processed meats
  • Sausage
  • Semolina
  • Snack foods
  • Spaghetti
  • Soup mixes
  • Soups
  • Soy sauce
  • Tablets (Medicine or supplements in tablet form)

Foods that may contain hidden pork (usually in the form of gelatin) include:

  • Marshmallows
  • Candies
  • Ice cream
  • Jello
  • Vaccines