What Are The Top Eight Food Allergens?

While I've somehow managed to avoid having all top eight food allergies, I know that many of you haven't. Personally, I'm allergic to a bunch of the garbage chemicals found in processed food. Food allergies, though? They are incredibly common these days.

In fact, it's estimated that there are up to 15 million Americans affected by food allergies. 

Food allergies have been on the rise for years and they can be deadly. With about two children in each classroom having them... we need to stand up and pay attention! Allergies are no joke!

Many people will say that food allergies are aaaall in our head and we're really "just fine" and people actually had these issues in the past, but weren't so sensitive about it, pffft.

Uh uh - NOT TRUE.

The CDC did a study on and food allergies in children HAVE approximately doubled since 1997. While the reason for the increase isn't quite clear, facts are facts and people need to respect that. People also need to respect the well being of others.

Peanut allergy seems to be the one everybody talks about the most, but there are seven more. These were dubbed the "top 8" by the powers that be because:

These eight food allergies account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions to food!


The allergens that made this list are those you'll find listed in the allergen statement after ingredient lists as so many people react to them.

Here they are - the top 8 food allergies:

  1. egg
  2. fish
  3. milk
  4. peanut
  5. soy
  6. shellfish
  7. tree nuts
  8. wheat

Do you have any of these allergies?

Got any tips for the newbies? Post up in the comments!

If you're a newbie or are looking for more information, check out the "Resources For The Newly Diagnosed" by F.A.R.E. by clicking here.


Source: F.A.R.E., CDC 1, CDC 2