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The Top 8 Foods People Are Most Sensitive To -- Without Even Knowing It!

by Vesanto Melina, MS, RD, and Jo Stepaniak, MSEd for

Do you:

  • Experience occasional or frequent indigestion?
  • Feel gassy or bloated during meals or shortly after?
  • Get migraines or other types of headaches?
  • Frequently have nasal congestion, or intermittent joint pain?
  • Have periodic or seemingly random bouts of anxiety, insomnia, or fatigue?
  • Does your mind sometimes seem foggy?

Jo Stepaniak, MSEd, Co-Author of The Food Allergy Survival Guide

Countless people are plagued by these symptoms as well as and an assortment of other ailments that often are misdiagnosed, misunderstood, or brushed off by conventional health care practitioners, leaving us with more questions and confusion than explanations.

Surprisingly for many individuals, these common complaints may often be linked with a single cause: food sensitivities.

"Food sensitivities" is a broad category that covers both food allergy and food intolerance.

Food allergy is the reaction of the body's immune system to a food or food ingredient that it recognizes as "foreign."

Food intolerance is an adverse reaction to a food, food ingredient, or additive that does not involve the immune system; it typically involves the digestive system.

Symptoms for both allergies and intolerances can be similar, involving the skin (e.g. hives or eczema), respiratory system (e.g. asthma), nervous system (e.g. headaches or depression), or digestive tract (e.g. indigestion or bloating).

While almost any food or ingredient might be a trigger for reactions in a few individuals, the eight culprits responsible for 90 percent of food reactions are:

  1. Milk and Milk Products
  2. Eggs
  3. Fish
  4. Shellfish
  5. Soy
  6. Wheat and Gluten
  7. Peanuts
  8. Tree Nuts (such as Almonds and Walnuts)

Although avoiding a particular food culprit may seem relatively simple, there are many ways we can be exposed to it unknowingly. If we are unusually sensitive, even food particles carried through the air or that come in contact with our skin may stimulate a reaction. For example (though this situation is rare), peanut aromas have been known to induce a life-threatening response in highly peanut-allergic children.

Cross-contamination-a process whereby particles from a trigger food are introduced to a safe food-is a common occurrence. Cross-contamination can occur during product manufacturing when several foods are processed on the same factory line, in restaurants when various foods are prepared or served simultaneously, or at home when the same utensil is used to dole out different dishes.

Derivatives from foods we are sensitive to may be "hidden" in prepared products because we may not be familiar with how they are listed on package labels. Or perhaps we just might not be aware of the types of ingredients and food additives that could be causing us difficulty, so we don't know what to be on the lookout for. Sometimes the solution to a perplexing ailment is as simple as avoiding a single ingredient, or adjusting our buying, eating, and kitchen habits to avoid cross-contamination.

Food Allergy Survival GuideIf you experience any of these nine health conditions that can be dramatically affected by what you eat, you'll find The Food Allergy Survival Guide to be an indispensable guide!

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Candida
  • Dermatitis
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Migraines and other headaches


For a complete guide on how to eat if you have food allergies and intolerances, we hope you will consider our new book, Food Allergy Survival Guide, which has been highly recommended and is now offered by! You'll learn:

  • How to avoid the foods and ingredients that trigger reactions and how to substitute healthful ingredients for those that trigger allergic responses

  • How to meet recommended nutrient intakes while avoiding trigger foods such as dairy products, eggs, gluten-containing grains such as wheat, or other food culprits

  • How food sensitivity may lead to certain ailments such as arthritis, asthma, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Candida, celiac disease, dermatitis, depression, digestive disorders, fatigue, migraines, and other conditions

  • How to determine which food(s) may be triggers for your symptoms

Furthermore, the "Food Allergy Survival Guide" provides 180 pages of delicious recipes that are free of all of the top 8 allergens. Read more about the Food Allergy Survival Guide now - it is currently available at an exceptionally low price!


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