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Common Allergens – Food and Contact Sources

Many of the common allergens appear in food products. Eating substances you are allergic or sensitive to is an avoidable stress that affects not only your digestive and immune systems, but also on your whole body. As an added stressor, allergens in your food can aggravate adrenal fatigue and increase your overall stress load.

Always read the ingredients on a product label to be sure they don’t contain a substance you are allergic or sensitive to. However, sometimes complete ingredients are not available. Use the lists in this section as a general guide to foods most likely to contain one of the five most common food allergens. Click on the substance in blue below to see a list of foods likely to contain that substance.

Corn Allergy
Egg Allergy
Milk Allergy
Soy Allergy
Gluten Allergy

Corn Allergy

Always read the ingredients on a product label to be sure they don’t contain a substance you are allergic or sensitive to. When a complete list of ingredients is not available, you can use the information here as a general guide.

The following is a list of products that may contain corn:

Adhesives (envelopes, labels, stickers, tapes, stamps)
Any products that contain cornmeal, corn flour, corn oil, cornstarch, corn sugar, corn syrup or sorbitol.
Aspirin
Bacon
Baking powder (most)
Bath or body powder
Beer, ale, gin, whisky
Biscuits
Bisquick
Breads (commercial)
Brown sugar
Cake, pancake and pie mixes
Candied fruit
Candy
Canned fruits (sweetened)
Canned or bottled juice drinks
Capsules
Carob (CaraCoa)
Cereals (presweetened)
Coffee (instant)
Coffee Rich
Confectioner’s sugar
Cookies
Corn kernels
Corn cereal
Corn chips
Cornmeal
Corn oil and anything fried in it
Cornstarch
Corn sugar
Corn syrup
Cottage cheese (thickened)
Cranberry juice (some)
Custards
Doughnuts
Dried fruits (sweetened)
Fritos
Frostings
Frozen fruits (sweetened)
Fruit desserts
Graham crackers
Gravies
Ham (cured)
Hominy
Hot dogs
Ice cream
Infant formulas (Enfamil, Similac, Advance, Portagen, Lofenalac, Isomil, Prosobee, Nursoy
Powder [not liquid], Soyalac [not I-Soyalac], Pedialyte, Hydrolyzed casein, Nutramigen, Progestimil
Jellies and gelatin mixes
Luncheon meats
Maize
Milk in paper containers
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Ointments
Oleomargarine
Orange juice (some frozen or sweetened)
Paper cups, cartons, plates and any liquids contained in them
Peanut butter (commercial sweetened)
Pie fillings
Plastic food wrappers (some)
Popcorn
Puddings
Sandwich spreads
Sauces that have been thickened but are transparent (e.g. Chinese style)
Sausages
Sherbet
Sticky portion of envelopes and stamps
Sorbitol
Succotash
Suppositories
Tablets (most medicinal)
Tea (instant)
Toothpastes/powders
Vitamins (some)
Yogurt (thickened or sweetened)
Zest soap (return to top)

A major portion of this list comes from Doris J. Rapp, M.D., Is This Your Child? William Morrow, New York, 1991.

Egg Allergy

Always read the ingredients on a product label to be sure they don’t contain a substance you are allergic or sensitive to. When a complete list of ingredients is not available, you can use the information here as a general guide.

The following is a list of products that may contain eggs.

Albumen
Baked goods (cakes, cookies, muffins, some pies, etc.)
Some bread, candy and coffee
Creamed foods
Croquettes
Crusts (if shiny bread, etc.)
Custards
Egg whites
Powdered or dried egg
French toast
Fritters
Frostings
Ice cream (Bavarian, custard, French vanilla)
Mayonnaise
Meringue
Mousse
Quiche
Root beer
Salad dressing
Sauces (hollandaise)
Sausage
Souffle
Soups (some) (return to top)

A major portion of this list comes from Doris J. Rapp, M.D., Is This Your Child? William Morrow, New York, 1991.

Milk Allergy

Always read the ingredients on a product label to be sure they don’t contain a substance you are allergic or sensitive to. When a complete list of ingredients is not available, you can use the information here as a general guide.

The following is a list of products that may contain milk:

These items or anything made with them: milk that is liquid, dried, powdered, condensed or evaporated: milk that is whole, 2%, 1%, skim or lactase treated; acidophilus milk, buttermilk, whey
Breaded meat, fish or poultry
Butter
Casein or caseinate (milk protein)
Cheese
Cream
Custard
Egg replacers
Half-and-half
High calcium cereals
Hot dogs
Ice cream
Ice milk
Instant cocoa preparations
Lactalbumen
Lactoglobulin
Lactose (milk sugar)
Luncheon meats
Margarines (some)
Mashed, creamed, au gratin or scalloped dishes
“Nondairy” substitutes such as Coffee-Mate, Prem, and Cool Whip contain casein or caseinate
Omelets
Scrambled eggs
Sherbet
Sour cream
Soy cheese (if it contains casein)
Whey
Whipped topping
Whipped cream
Yogurt (return to top)

A major portion of this list comes from Doris J. Rapp, M.D., Is This Your Child? William Morrow, New York, 1991.

Soy Allergy

Always read the ingredients on a product label to be sure they don’t contain a substance you are allergic or sensitive to. When a complete list of ingredients is not available, you can use the information here as a general guide.

The following is a list of products that may contain soy.

Adhesives
Animal fodder
Automobile parts
Blankets
Candles
Celluloid
Cloth
Cosmetics
Crisco
Dog and cat food (some)
Enamel
Fertilizer
Glycerin
Ice cream and ice milk
Infant soy formulas (Soyalac, I- Soyalac, Nursoy, Isomil, and Prosobee)
Infant milk formulas (Enfamil, SMA, Similac, Advance, Portagen, Alimentum, Good Start)
Lecithin
Linoleum
Liquid protein foods
Margarine (Mrs. Filbert’s soft, Land O’Lakes, Imperial, Parkay, Promise, Farmdale, Blue Bonnet, Mazola)
Massage oils and creams
Nondairy products
Oils
Paint
Paper sizing and finishes
Protein bars and powders
Pam Processed cheese
Puritan oil
Sherbet
Soap
Soybeans
Soy oil
Soy sauce
Soy nuts
Soy noodles
Soy protein
Soy sprouts
Soy ice cream
Soy milk
Soy yogurt
Spry Varnish
Tofu

Tempeh (return to top)

A major portion of this list comes from Doris J. Rapp, M.D., Is This Your Child? William Morrow, New York, 1991.

Wheat (Gluten) Allergy

Always read the ingredients on a product label to be sure they don’t contain a substance you are allergic or sensitive to. When a complete list of ingredients is not available, you can use the information here as a general guide.

The following is a list of products that may contain wheat (gluten).

Any products that contain flour, bran, wheat germ, wheat starch or gluten
Baked goods
Bagels
Biscuits
Bread crumbs
Bread
Breakfast cereals
Cakes
Coffee substitutes
Cookies
Cracker meal
Crackers
Deep-fried foods (chicken, fish, vegetables, cheese sticks, etc.)
Dinner rolls
Doughnuts
Dumplings
Ice cream cones and sandwiches
Gravy
Hamburgers
Hot dogs
Luncheon meats
Malt
Muffins
Pancakes
Pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, lasagna, etc.)
Pies
Pizza
Salad dressing
Sauces that have been thickened but are opaque (e.g. cream sauce) (return to top)




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