NutriPro Food Allergens - There are around 170 known food allergens but eight foods cause the majority of allergic reactions

Friday, March 16, 2018

Common culprits: today’s top food allergens

Allergies can be caused by up to 170 different foods, but most of them are linked to a much smaller group of foods. Some countries recognize “The Big 8,”1 while others expand the list to up to 14-food allergens.2

Check labels for phrases like “may contain...” or “made in a facility that processes...” to alert you of other sources for allergens.

The top 14 food allergens:

- Eggs
- Milk
- Fish
- Crustaceans
- Mollusks
- Celery
- Lupin
- Peanuts
- Tree nuts
- Sesame seeds
- Soy
- Mustard
- Gluten Based Cereals


1. FARRP, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2018)  “The Big 8.”
2. EUFIC (2018) “Food Allergens”