Food Allergies

Food Allergies

What are Food Allergies?

Individuals with food allergies have an immune reaction to certain foods when ingested. The body’s immune system essentially attacks the offending protein. This reaction involves the release of histamine and can result in a variety of symptoms, including hives, rash, itching, swelling, problems breathing and anaphylactic shock.

The eight most common allergens:

  • peanuts
  • tree nuts
  • milk
  • eggs
  • fish
  • shellfish
  • soy
  • wheat

*These eight allergens account for about 90% of all food allergies.

Resources On Campus

Labeling in Residential Dining Halls - The Healthy for Life printed signs or digital signage will note whether an item contains one of the eight most common allergens.

Sun Devil Dining Services Staff Members – The staff can always take questions regarding allergens in the foods and if they are unable to answer the question, they can find someone to help you. If you are ever unsure if a food contains an allergen, please ask someone to assist you.

Markets On Campus- There are several products that are marked clearly as to whether they contain common food allergens allowing for easy access to safe products within the markets.

Please contact the ASU Dining Services Nutritionist with any specific questions, concerns, or information regarding food allergies on campus.

Helpful Links and Articles:
Food Allergies 101