You can be allergic to any food but some allergies are more common. By law, food packaging and restaurant menus must highlight these major allergens if they are an ingredient.
There are eight on the list: fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, wheat and soybean. Sesame will join them in 2023.
People with pollen allergy may find that eating some fruit, veg, spices, legumes (peanuts and soybeans) and nuts gives them a tingly mouth. For instance, if you’re allergic to birch pollen and eat an apple. For instance if you’re allergic to ragweed and eat honeydew, cantaloupe or water melon. It happens because the food and your trigger pollen contain similar proteins. These cross-reactions are known as pollen food syndrome or oral allergy syndrome and are usually mild.