Can only the priority food allergens (like peanuts, tree nuts, milk, sesame, and soy for example) cause allergic reactions?
No. While it’s true that the priority food allergens in Canada are responsible for triggering most food-induced allergic reactions, in fact, any food can trigger a reaction.
For example, it’s possible to be allergic to certain fruits and vegetables, or to spices such as garlic and cinnamon. In other words, when it comes to food allergies, it’s important to never assume that only one of the top allergens can trigger a reaction.
As always, when in doubt about what you or someone you care about is allergic to, seek the expertise of an allergist.
Medical content reviewed by: Dr. Julia Upton, MD, FRCP(C) Clinical Immunology and Allergy
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