Here are the three common foods to avoid to help fight your allergies.
Myth: People should start eating more nuts
Nuts can be deadly for those suffering from allergies. Look out for nut butter, pastes, flours and baked goods containing nuts, which can be dangerous too. Nut allergy can come from a variety of tree nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, and Brazil nuts. Mild skin reactions of nut allergies often include hives, rashes, swelling and redness.
Top Tip: If you are looking for a crunch go for substitutes like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, dry roasted soybeans, which are excellent sources for unsaturated fats and proteins.
Myth: Include more wheat in your diet
Gluten is the glue-like property present in wheat, which gives bread the ability to rise when baked. Gluten, one of the wheat proteins, is found in barley, rye, and oats. “Chhachhi informs that wheat allergy can result in digestive distress as people with celiac disease have an immune reaction, which is triggered by eating gluten,” she informs. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, low appetite and feeling full.
Top Tip: Gluten-free foods are the way to go to beat allergies. Natural alternatives to gluten include rice, amaranth, quinoa, soy, sesame and flaxseed.
Myth: Shellfish with its high protein content should be part of your diet
Does your mouth itch every time you eat prawns? Do you get skin rashes after you eat crabs? Shellfish, which is a powerhouse of micronutrients like Selenium and Vitamin B, is a source of allergies for some people. Within the shellfish family, the crustacean group (shrimp, lobster and crab) causes allergic reactions. Symptoms include swollen and itchy lips, mouth, and inside the throat.
Top Tip: Strict avoidance is the only way to get rid of shellfish allergy.
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