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Food allergies are a common cause of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, and are a significant health problem. A 2011 study found that 8% of children in the U.S. – approximately one in 13 – suffer from a food allergy. Of those children affected, more than 38% have experienced anaphylaxis, while 30% have allergies to multiple foods.
The most common food allergens, accounting for 90% of all food allergy reactions in the U.S., include: