The 5 Most Common Food Allergies That Effect Women

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Did you know that, theoretically, any food could trigger allergic reactions? Because of that, it is no surprise that about two percent of the global population suffers from this issue according to Womens Health Magazine. In simple terms, an allergy is an aggressive reaction of the immune system to a certain protein found in food, sometimes the body really doesn’t need the protein, but sometimes it misinterprets it for something else.

According to Webmd Allergy symptoms vary, but the most common in women include rash and swelling. Some more serious food allergy symptoms include anaphylactic shock, which is life threatening. We live in the 21st centuries and the medicine is at historical peak, but we still haven’t found the cure for allergies. The best thing we can do for women suffering from food allergies is to ease the symptoms and avoid the triggers.

With no real cure in sight, fighting food allergies is not easy. The safest and the most effective way to prevent them, is to avoid foods that can lead to allergies. As we’ve already mentioned, any type of food can potentially be an allergenic. Still, there are a few foods that are the most common causes of allergic reaction in women. In this article, we discuss the top five  allergy’s also recognized by The Food Allergy And Education.


Both fish and shellfish are common allergens. Fish allergy is much more common in adults than in children, and women are affected the same way as men. Once this type of allergy starts, it usually lasts the whole life. Parvalbumin is the name of the protein, which causes it in the majority of cases. Unfortunately, cooking can’t destroy this protein, so the food allergy can occur with any fish product.

When it comes to shellfish, the protein that this type of food contains, which causes allergies is tropomiozin. It often causes allergy reactions and unlike fish and other allergenic foods, shellfish can affect women who didn’t eat it. A person can be affected by it, just by standing close to the food. Luckily, severe reactions are not common and, same as with fish, shellfish allergy reactions include rash and nasal congestion


As many other types of grains, most notably corn and wheat, soy is a food that often causes allergic reactions in women. This allergy is very common among toddlers, but usually goes away after the age of three. However, if this allergy stays, it can make a lot of problems for a person, as soy is one of the most common foods. Almost two-thirds of all processed foods contain soy, so avoiding it might pose a problem.

Luckily, in most cases soy allergy symptoms are mild. Anaphylactic shock cases are close to zero, but some of the most common symptoms of this allergy can be really annoying. For example, the soy allergy can trigger skin reactions, indigestion, mild nausea, etc.

Nuts and Legumes

Although its name suggests otherwise, peanut is actually a legume. This is one of the foods with the highest potential for causing severe allergic reactions, which can lead to anaphylactic shock. Similar is with other nuts and legumes, including walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and Brazil nuts. Still, peanut is the king of allergies – not only does it causes serious reactions; it is also a fairly common allergen.

Peanuts cause allergy in many young girls, but many it goes away in many cases. However, those women that still have the peanut allergy when they grow up, can face some serious issues. As this allergy is potentially deadly, those women need to be very careful about products that contain peanut. Luckily most of the products that contain peanut or traces of it, have warning signs on packaging.


The second most common food allergy among young women is egg allergy. The allergy is very common among young children, but it vanishes in most cases up the age of five. Still, those who don’t lose this allergy will have to avoid products containing eggs, their whole life. Although anaphylactic shock is extremely rare in this case, egg allergy can cause some uncomfortable symptoms. The most common reactions are itchy mouth and throat, skin rash, nausea, asthma, and conjunctivitis.

Egg whites are more likely to trigger allergic reactions than the yolk, which can sometimes be consumed by the person with egg allergy. The proteins that most commonly trigger egg allergy, include ovomucin, ovalbumin, ovotransferin and lizozim, all of which are a part of the egg white. You can’t find these proteins in egg yolk, but it contains some proteins to which certain people are allergic too, although this is very uncommon case.


The most common food allergy in women is the ilk allergy. It is also extremely common among children, who often suffer from allergic reactions to cow milk. There are about twenty different milk proteins that can trigger allergies. Still, the most common allergenic is alfa-s1-kazein, which is abundant in cow milk and its derivatives such as cheese, cream, etc.

Women who suffer from milk allergy need to be very careful as it can trigger all sorts of reactions. To be fair, most of them are pretty mild, but still can be annoying. That’s why it is wise to avoid all foods that contain milk, not only dairy, but also cakes, cookies, shakes and other products that might have traces of milk. Usually, those products will have it written on the declaration.


It seems that the best weapon in the battle with allergies is knowledge. Once you know which food causes it, you’ll be able to avoid it. The scientifically proven fact is that over ninety percent of all food allergies in women are caused by some of these five foods. So, if you’re having any of the symptoms like rash, swelling, itching or something more serious, you should think about removing those foods from your diet. Still, before changing your life completely, it’s wise to visit the doctor and do tests to find out which food is the exact cause of your allergic reaction if you are unsure you can visit the Food and Drug Administration or The Australian Society Of Allergys

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  • Jeremy

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

    I think everyone, not only women, are prone to these food allergies. I don’t see any causes, symptoms, or effects from these allergies that only spesific to women.

  • Aime

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

    The food allergies in the list are not only effect women. Anyone regardless of their genders might have these allergies.

  • Elisha

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

    While I’m sure there are many women they suffer from the listed food allergies, many others have pointed out that they aren’t women specific. I’m sure there are many males, children, and elders that suffer from those allergies as well. The article lists no facts or figures about the number or percent of affected women anywhere in the world, and it doesn’t state why the author chose to focus on women in particular without any mention of female specific ailments, like breast or ovarian cancer, endometriosis, etc.

    • Nina

      Reply Reply May 27, 2016

      I totally agree with you! I think this article summarizes several important points that makes the title relevant to the entire article.

  • Yuen Ling Elaine Au Yeung

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

    “Luckily, in most cases soy allergy symptoms are mild. Anaphylactic shock cases are close to zero, but some of the most common symptoms of this allergy can be really annoying.” I agreed so. What I think that, some people have a red nose, when they got allergy. Especially, during in Spring, allergy make people worse.

  • katherine tilson

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

    I believe the article was trying to point out that women are more likely to have these allergies than men. I think the way the article was written is great for students and people who need to do research on the topic. Although I did find it very repetitive.

  • Carrie

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

    When I was younger, I’ve always had rashes here and there. My mom didn’t think much about it as it didn’t bother me in anything major. When I was in senior high, the rashes became more frequent and would stay longer. So we went to the doctor and found out I was allergic to dairy products. The doctor said my allergic reaction would’ve progressed as I grew older, and that it was a good idea we already knew then that I was allergic to milk and stuff or I could have a very bad case and not knowing how it happened. So…girl power is knowledge! Cheers, ladies!

  • Caitlyn

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

    Seems like the comments here are as interesting as the article. I have no issues with guys writing articles for women. But on the flipside, it is also true that an article directed towards women would be more believable and credible if it was written by a woman.

    If you’ve checked out the podcasts here, you’ll know that Chris is a guy.

    Now on to allergies. Well, we all have it. Men, women, and everybody in between. We all live with it. Regardless of the tone of this article, its message is true for all: knowledge is our best weapon. Knowing what’s good and bad for our body makes life easier.

    • Miranda

      Reply Reply May 27, 2016

      Yes, knowledge is the best weapon. It might seem you might not need the information about allergies right away, but it would come in handy one day for sure.

  • Toni Fontello

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

    Both men and women suffer from these food allergies. It is scary to see someone going into an allergic reaction from eating something they are allergic to–can even be life threatening. Especially important to watch kids with these foods when they are young to keep an eye on any food allergies they may have.

  • Jhei

    Reply Reply May 27, 2016

    Wow! I never would have thought that such common stuff can cause allergies in women. I guess I am fortunate that my wife and daughters aren’t allergic to any of them. Then again, the information her might still come in handy someday. Thanks for the share!

  • Isabel

    Reply Reply May 27, 2016

    I fortunately don’t suffer any allergy with respect to the foods listed. However, I am incredibly sensitive to dust, yeast-based or fermented foods and pollen. I was tested for these substances so there is medical basis. Even inhaling fumes from cleaning agents can trigger allergies. So I suppose the first thing to do is to get tested if you have weird reactions to certain foods and the environment.

  • Sergy

    Reply Reply May 27, 2016

    With all these nice foods what will be left for them to eat?But again you better be safe than sorry.

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