The UK’s most common allergy revealed – and it’s not nuts, shellfish or dairy

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.

Egg white, a key baking ingredient, is the most common allergy in the UK


Egg white, a key baking ingredient, is the most common allergy in the UKPhoto credit: StockFood – Getty

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

  1. protein
  2. Wheat
  3. Green beans
  4. rye
  5. almond
  6. egg yolk
  7. Spelt
  8. peanut
  9. soy
  10. cow milk

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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