seen the funny scenes in movies when somebody eats a peanut and
blows up like a giant red balloon. Needless to say, you don't
want to be that person. Once you are diagnosed with a food allergy,
the most important thing to do is read labels to make sure that
no traces of the harmful ingredient are present in any food you
An allergy is actually a communication problem with your
immune system. It means that your immune system, which usually fights
off harmful substances like germs and viruses, thinks something harmless
and tasty is actually harmful. Imagine you're in your bedroom late
at night and your little sister comes in and spooks you. At first
you might be confused, and think she is someone else. Maybe you will
scream, but eventually you'll recognize your sister and relax. This
is a lot like what happens in your body if you are allergic to something.
The only problem with an allergy is your immune system never recognizes
the harmless substance, AKA "your sister."
Common allergies are to eggs, peanuts and nuts, chocolate, milk
and many other nutritious foods.
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