Food Allergic Almanac: Alert Diseases

Lactose digestion was limited to newborns thousands of years ago. As they aged, they lost that capacity. Adults' lactose digestion improved when cows, goats, and sheep became more reliable.

Proteins in egg yolks and whites can cause allergies, although egg white allergies are more prevalent. When an egg allergy sufferer eats eggs, their immune system erroneously attacks particular egg proteins.

Strangely, peanuts aren't nuts. This legume belongs to the bean and lentil family. Peanut allergies are among the most frequent ever. Which makes some peanut usage more risky than ever.

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The biggest difference between tree nuts and peanuts? You guessed! Trees produce nuts! A nut is a shelled plant or tree fruit. Coconuts are tree nuts. 

Soybeans are legumes. Beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts are legumes. Being allergic to soy does not increase your risk of other legume allergies. 

I promised to discuss gluten. Gluten is in wheat, rye, and barley. So while all wheat-containing foods include gluten, not all gluten comes from wheat. 

Fish includes tuna and cod. Fish allergies are different from seafood or shellfish allergies. Fish allergies can occur without shellfish allergies.

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