According to experts, egg white is the most common allergy in the UK.
It forces many of us to think twice before making fun of our favorite cake.
Tests have shown that nuts and hay fever are the most common triggers.
Cris West of testing company Test Your Intolerance said: “This might come as a surprise to some people.
“We might have expected cow’s milk, shellfish or nuts to be among the top allergens, but they didn’t make the top three.”
The second most common allergen in Britain was wheat, followed by green beans.
The Midlands-based company sells screening tests around the world and found that while Americans are also most likely to have an egg allergy, Australians are the most sensitive to green beans.
The results come from a database of one million customers who bought kits online and sent in fingerprint blood samples for testing.
According to Allergy UK, two thirds of people in the UK – 41 million – suffer from some form of allergy.
Reactions can range from a simple sneeze or itch to a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis, which blocks the airways.
Mr. West added, “Our state-of-the-art laboratories provide the most accurate information available, allowing us to be confident in our results.”
Britain’s top 10 allergies
- Green beans
- egg yolk
- cow milk