Foods that Trigger an Asthma Attack
Peanuts and nuts can trigger an asthma attack.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3 million people in the U.S. have allergies to various foods, including peanuts. Peanut allergies are the most common of the "nut" allergies, even though a peanut is not technically a nut. Peanut allergies can cause serious allergic reactions and even anaphylaxis, a condition that requires emergency medical care.
Asthma can develop not long after eating peanuts or other allergy-causing foods
Allergic responses can happen to anyone at any age, even if you have been eating a certain food for many years. Some of the other foods that may trigger
asthma are milk and other dairy products, eggs, soy and wheat, and seafood. An allergic reaction to eating different types of seafood can also be serious and can cause anaphylatic shock. Seafood allergies can also trigger an asthma attack.
Dairy and eggs are also capable of triggering asthma attacks
Children are most often affected by dairy and egg allergies, but adults can have them as well. Doctors often suggest soy milk if a patient is allergic to
milk and dairy products, but soy is also one of the most common allergy-causing foods. It is highly possible that someone allergic to dairy foods or eggs could have an asthma attack after eating ice cream or another food with a high dairy and/or egg content.
It is just as likely that soy and wheat might cause an asthma attack
Serious allergy attacks do not happen often when a person is allergic to soy or wheat. Asthma attacks are fairly common, though, and can develop after eating soy or wheat. These two foods seldom cause anaphylaxis, the serious allergic reaction that can result in death if not treated with epinephrine immediately.
Some food additives can trigger asthma attacks
Many different food additives can also cause asthma attacks. Food dyes and preservatives such as BHA and BHT have been linked to asthma attacks, but it is
not definite that this is an initial trigger. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame might also cause asthma attacks, but more studies are needed to prove that they trigger asthma attacks.
Other foods that can cause asthma attacks
Processed foods often contain sulfates. Some of these are processed potatoes, dried fruits, vegetables, and pickled foods. Sulfates are also added to lemon juice. When checking a list of ingredients, sulfates may also be listed as potassium metabisulfite, sodium sulfite, sulfur dioxide, and others.