Do you think you might be allergic to flour due to rashes indigestion or other allergic reactions? If you have indigestion, bloating, rashes, and or diarrhea these can be symptoms or food sensitive or allergy. You should definitely go to your doctor and check. Check your flour see if it has any of the common allergens that might be producing these reactions such as wheat, nuts, dairy, eggs which are the more common ones. In 2006, Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) took effect. Since then FDA regulated foods domestic and imported including convectional foods, dietary supplements, infant formula, and medical foods are required to identify if they have the eight most common allergens which are found to be responsible for 90% of food allergies.
*Information provided below is as per laws in USA
8 Most Common Allergens in USA :
The major food allergens in USA that are required to be identified by FALCPA, as found in the food or if an ingredient contains protein deprived from are:
Fish : Bass, Flounder, Cod
Crustacean Shellfish : Crab, Lobster, Shrimp
Tree Nuts : Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts
Gluten Allergy Information
Gluten Allergy or Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, 1 in 100 of people worldwide are affected. It is genetic and occurs to people that are predisposed. The small intestine is damaged when protein, in wheat, rye, and barely cause a reaction that leads to the immune system to attack and damage the lining called the villi.
Long term effects:
Diabetes, multiple sclerosis, anemia, migraines, heart disease intestinal cancers, neurological conditions, osteoporosis, infertility and miscarriage, herpetiformis (itchy rash)
Symptoms are difficult to diagnose due to there being over 200 known symptoms. It can develop in children or later in adults.
According to the Celiac Disease Foundation these are some Symptoms in children:
- abdominal bloating and pain
- chronic diarrhea
- pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
- iron-deficiency anemia
- weight loss
- irritability and behavioral issues
- dental enamel defects of the permanent teeth
- delayed growth and puberty
- short stature
- failure to thrive
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Adults are less probable to have digestive issues but are more likely to experience:
- unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
- bone or joint pain
- osteoporosis or osteopenia (bone loss)
- liver and biliary tract disorders (transaminitis, fatty liver, primary sclerosing cholangitis, etc.)
- depression or anxiety
- peripheral neuropathy (tingling, numbness or pain in the hands and feet)
- seizures or migraines
- missed menstrual periods
- infertility or recurrent miscarriage
- canker sores inside the mouth
- dermatitis herpetiformis (itchy skin rash)
Books to Watch For
If you would like to read more, here is a few books that you will go into more detail about celiac disease I will provide a link below. As well as some cook books that can be useful if you are newly diagnosed or just want to try the gluten free lifestyle.
People with nut allergies can have a range of symptoms that range from itching or tingling of the mouth to anaphylaxis.
- Intense itching
- Digestive symptoms
- Difficulty swallowing
- Shortness of breath
- Nasal congestion or a runny nose
- Itching of the mouth, throat, eyes, skin or any other area
The most common types of tree nuts:
- Brazil nuts
- Hazelnuts (including filberts, a type of hazelnut)
- Pine nuts
If you are searching for good options to Nut-free flours or a good allergy free recipe book I will have links below to some options
Most of the other allergens found in flour are due to mixed blends such as pancake mix, bread mix, that may have eggs, milk, soy, or peanuts or produced in facilities where they might have been in contact with other allergens. The good news is that you can find the major ones on the food label.
The best way to know if you are allergic is to go to a doctor and get tested for allergies. They will usually take away the primary causes of allergies and slowly reintroduce foods into the diet to see they are the culprits.
What To Do:
Doctor is always the best option, if you are having mild symptoms they can mean there is an underlying illness. It is a good option to keep a food journal to see if there is a link to your intake and your symptoms.
If you think that flour in your home is still the reason for your reaction and have a known allergy that is not among the top 8, make sure you know all the names it can be put under. You can know an of the common name but it might be imported and the ingredient might be under a different name, making you allergic to flour that is found in your home.
Information for consumers Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 : questions and answers. (Updated July 18, 2006.). (2006). U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Thompson, K. (2006). Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 in Effect. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 106(11), 1742–1744. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jada.2006.08.010
Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) (2020) About Celiac Disease https://celiac.org/faqs/
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (2020) Tree Nut Allergy ; Allergy Insider https://www.thermofisher.com/diagnostic-education/patient/us/en/allergy-types/food-allergies/seed-nut-allergy.html?cid=idd_Components19_Treenut_adwords_