Many people are poisoning themselves with their food and don’t even realize it. 95% of people are eating foods that cause inflammation. How does this happen? People are very familiar with IgE allergies because the reaction is immediate, but they aren’t as familiar with IgG food allergies. What they don’t know is IgG allergies account for 70% of the immune response which can cause a wide range of problems and, as we mentioned, they are extremely common. People are often surprised when they find out they have one or more of the most common food allergies because they are foods that they are probably eating every day!
That’s why a food allergy test is often one of the first tests that is recommended to many of the patients that come into any of our clinics across the United States. Unknown allergies can lead to chronic inflammation. That’s bad news! Chronic inflammation is a common factor in illnesses like Alzheimer’s Disease, autoimmune, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and many other chronic diseases. The foods you are eating now can impact your health for years down the road.
Some signs of food allergies and hidden inflammation are:
- Mood Swings (Anxiety, Aggressiveness, Irritability)
- Dark Circles Under Eyes
- Canker Sores
- Sinus Problems
- Brain Fog
- Bloating, Excess Weight
When our doctors and nutritionists consult with patients, they find there are a few foods that more commonly show up on their food allergy tests. These foods are not only common food allergies but they are also very common in the standard diet so it can seem tricky to avoid them. Here’s our list of the most common allergens people don’t know they have.
Most Common Food Allergies People Don’t Know They Have
1 – Milk
Milk and other dairy products are very inflammatory foods and common allergens that everyone should avoid. Cheese, yogurt, sour cream, and creams are obvious and easy to avoid. The problem is milk infiltrates many processed foods, so you have to be very careful with this allergy. You should avoid all boxed foods because milk hides under names like artificial butter, casein, caseinates, lactalbumin, whey, lactoglobulin, and others. These can be found in guacamole and ranch powder mixes, salad dressings, soups, cereals, and even ramen noodles. We wouldn’t recommend ramen noodles, and other processed foods, but who would have thought some of these would be hiding milk?
2 – Baker’s Yeast and/or Brewer’s Yeast
This is an ingredient that many people don’t even think about, but we see it as a very common food allergy. Baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast both come from different strains of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae fungus. It’s very common that if you are allergic to one you are probably allergic to the other. Baker’s yeast is found in breads and baked goods along with soy sauce, miso, and MSG. Brewer’s yeast is found in alcohol, beer, and wine. It’s also in vinegars (except white and ACV), tamari sauce, ciders, and dried fruits.
3 – Wheat
Wheat is another very inflammatory food and common allergen that should be avoided by everyone. It can be hard to avoid because it is in so many of our foods like breads, pizza crust, crackers, noodles, pretzels, cereals, rolls, cookies, and cakes. It also hides in foods like salad dressings, soups, seasonings, lunch meats, soy sauce, and more. Beer is another tough one for people who have a wheat allergy. We shared some of our favorite gluten-free beers in our Cleaner Drinking article.
4 – Eggs
Eggs are good for you unless you are allergic to them! Eggs get a bad rep, but the cholesterol isn’t harmful. Keep on eating them unless you find out you have an egg allergy. If it turns out you do then avoid eggs and foods that may contain eggs like baked goods, mayonnaise, pasta, pretzels, marshmallows, battered foods, and even some wines. Yes, eggs are sometimes used in the wine-making process. So, if you are allergic to eggs, you want to switch to a vegan wine.
5 – Black/White Pepper
This is one of the most common food allergies and one of the hardest to avoid. Black/white pepper is in virtually all processed foods and it is hard to avoid when eating out. When reading the labels on packaged foods you will often see pepper. If you don’t see pepper you will probably see seasoning and you can be sure that includes pepper.
First Step to Avoid Food Allergies and Improve Your Health
The most important step in avoiding your food allergies is to get properly tested. You could be eating foods that are considered very healthy, but your organic salad could be making you very sick. Allergies could be contributing to your hidden inflammation. You can’t avoid them unless you know what they are. Take the first step by getting your allergies properly tested. If you have one or a few of the most common food allergies, you’ll know you are not alone! The good news is you are taking steps to improve your health when you avoid your food allergies.