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Come March, there’s a lot of awareness about the Big Ten, but when it comes to food, do you know the stats on the Big 8? In the Big 8 scenario, it’s not about the individuals making up the teams, but rather the foods most likely to cause an allergic reaction when eaten or inhaled. When it comes time to eat, this is one bracket you don’t want to leave to chance.

The Big 8 Allergens include milk, eggs, fish, wheat, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and soya (soybeans). The Big 8 account for 90% of all food allergies in the U.S., according to the USA food allergen labeling act.

Below is a snapshot of four allergens that could cause a reaction:


  • Intolerance to metabolize lactose, a milk sugar
  • Most often-cited food allergy in young children
  • Allergy results in skin rashes/hives, gastrointestinal system problems/discomfort and restriction of the airways


  • Intolerance of proteins in egg whites
  • Common allergy in children, often outgrown after age 5
  • Allergy results in digestive problems



  • Intolerance to Vicilin and legumin storage proteins in the seeds and can be a cross-reaction with other legumes, including peanuts
  • Allergy affects people of all ages
  • Allergy results in wide range of symptoms include itching and swelling, gastrointestinal, respiratory, skin problems and anaphylactic shock


Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Allergy Research and Resource Program

Which of these foods are you allergic to?

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