What Are Hypoallergenic Foods? An Overview of Low Allergenicity Foods
"Hypo" simply means "less", and hypoallergenic foods refer to foods that are least likely to cause allergic reactions in humans. Hypoallergenic foods are also known as low allergenicity foods. These foods are typically recommended as first foods for babies, but they are also used in the so-called elimination diets which are designed to narrow down specific foods that may be causing food allergies. An elimination diets involves removing any food or substance that is suspected of causing an allergy or intolerance from diet for a period of up to two to four weeks. If, after the elimination period, symptoms have cleared or improved significantly, the suspected foods and substances can be re-introduced to the diet, one food or substance at a time (the so-called "challenge" phase of the elimination diet). During this phase, the dieter systematically goes through all the suspected allergens, one by one, by consuming a suspect food or substance several times a day and then returning to the elimination diet for a few days. If his or her allergic reactions get worse during these days, the dieter may be allergic to the food or chemical that was re-introduced. Although an elimination diet is fairly simple to complete, the whole process can take several months. An alternative way to go about finding out which foods may trigger hives is to have an allergy test performed.
Common hypoallergenic foods
Below you find a list of foods that are generally considered hypoallergenic / have a low allergenity rating. The foods are listed by food type.
Broccoli Brussels sprouts
Fruits and berries:
Bananas (that are not treated with ripening chemicals)
Grains and cereal:|
Organic red meat
Brown rice syrup