Adulthood is weird. Sure, you were prepared to deal with the major headaches such as taxes and loan payments. But what happens when you're suddenly experiencing an allergic reaction to a food you've eaten your entire life? Adult-onset food allergies are a real pain for many people. That's why it's smart to know the food intolerances you can develop over time, and what to look out for so you can identify them.
Although the majority of food allergies start in childhood, some adults may experience allergic symptoms to plenty of foods that were previously tolerated. To make matters more confusing, there is not yet clear evidence on the causes of these adult-onset food allergies, as noted in the Mayo Clinic. It may just be your unlucky day the next time you order Oysters Rockefeller.
With that said, there are some foods that are more likely to cause adult allergic reactions than others. In fact, more than half of seafood allergies may develop in adulthood, as explained in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Seafood may be the most common culprit for the post-18 set, but potentially any food allergen can have its start later in life. Given this information, it's smart to be aware of the more common foods that trigger adult onset food allergies, as well as the best ways to protect yourself against these allergy attacks. In the meantime, hopefully all of your future meals will be delicious and free from the threat of anaphylactic shock.