Surprising foods to avoid if you have a seafood allergy

According to a five-year study conducted in 2007 and published in the Journal of Investigational Allergy and Clinical Immunology, hidden allergens are responsible for approximately 22% of allergic reactions. The same source reports that 35% of people with a fish allergy have adverse effects from consuming hidden fish allergens in everyday foods. Unfortunately, many food products can contain hidden allergens and put your health at risk.

If you are allergic to fish or shellfish, think twice before ordering Asian dishes or ground meat dishes like meatballs, meatloaf or burgers, warns Southwest Allergy and Asthma Clinic. Several sauces, including Worcestershire and some varieties of BBQ sauce, can also cause allergic reactions as they may contain traces of seafood due to cross-contamination. simply put, they can be processed or cooked in facilities that handle fish or shellfish, depending on allergic life. You should also be wary of foods that often contain hidden fish or shellfish such as bouillabaisse, chowder, certain vinaigrettes, imitation crab, certain types of pizza and spring rolls.

Allergic Living also points out that some cosmetics and skincare products may not be safe either. Likewise, some dietary supplements, including glucosamine and omega-3s, may contain fish-derived ingredients. Be careful and check the ingredient list before trying new products. When eating out, ask the server what ingredients are in your meal or call the restaurant ahead to discuss your dietary needs.

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