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How to Identify Unfamiliar Names for Food Allergens

Jill Castle, MS, RDN
January 3, 2019 . 2 min read

1. Hidden ingredients

The eight most popular allergens have to be identified on food products, according to the Food and Drug Administration. But they sometimes lurk in unfamiliar names. Here are the names that these allergies might be identified as.

2. Milk

There are many ingredients that indicate the presence of milk, including cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, casein, ghee, lactate solids, lactose, and whey.

3. Soy

Many ingredients indicate the presence of soy including bean curd, beans, edamame, soy beans, miso, soy sauce, tempeh, and tofu.

4. Eggs

Common ingredient names include albumin, egg wash, ovalbumin, Simplesse and vitellin. Also watch out for a connection to eczema.

5. Peanuts

Artificial nuts, beer nuts, earth nuts, mandelonas, and hydrolyzed vegetable protein are just some of the ingredients and foods that may include a source of peanuts.

6. Tree Nuts

Watch out for Nutella, marzipan and pesto, as well as other foods that contain tree nuts.

7. Wheat

Ingredients that indicate the presence of wheat include gluten, flour, wheat germ, bran, graham, and more. This is not to be confused with celiac disease.

8. Fish

Many Asian foods contain a source of fish. But other foods may contain fish ingredients too, such as barbecue sauce, fish sauce, bouillabaisse, Caesar salad, caviar and more.

9. Shellfish

Like fish, shellfish is found in ethnic and Asian foods. Be sure to check the ingredients label or ask your server about the presence of shellfish.

Sources:

  • Food Allergies.
    The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.
    Sicherer S
  • Food Allergies: A Complete Guide to Eating When Your Life Depends on It.
    Joneja JV
  • The Health Professional’s Guide to Food Allergies and Intolerances.

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