Although an individual could be allergic to any food, the following eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions:
Milk | Egg | Peanut | Tree nut | Fish/Shellfish | Soy | Wheat
A food allergy is an immune system response to a food that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. Once the immune system decides that a particular food is harmful, it creates specific antibodies to it.
The next time the individual eats that food, the immune system releases massive amounts of chemicals, including histamine, in order to protect the body. These chemicals trigger a cascade of allergic symptoms that can affect the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin, or cardiovascular system.