Restaurants and Food Allergies

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We were recently in a restaurant where items that had anything to do with the big allergens were marked and a note at the bottom said something to the effect of “If you have food allergies, please let our staff know.” Very assuring that the awareness is spreading. Continue reading…

A Good Look at the Difference a Food Allergy and a Food Intolerance

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Apparently, there is a large number of people who report being allergic to certain foods when actually they are intolerant. But what really is the difference? Is it important to know the distinction between the two? Here are a few FAQ to help determine the differences. Continue reading…

Big 8 Allergies

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I came across a great piece the other day with a thorough breakdown of the big 8 allergies. We know them as wheat, soybeans, fish, shellfish, eggs, cow’s milk, peanuts and tree nuts, and these 8 foods cause 90% of food allergic reactions. That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of other foods that cause allergies (kiwi and avocados some big ones), but these are the major ones. These are the ones you read about and see postings for in restaurants and on ingredient lists. Continue reading…

Eating Your Way to Allergy Ease

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I always think what we put in our bodies is as important as what we keep out. We work hard to make sure certain allergens don’t get in, but it also helpful to ensure that enough healthy and helpful foods get in. Eating the right things can help out with combatting environmental allergens and keeping us healthy so our resistance stays strong. Continue reading…

Vacations and Dining Out With Allergies

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We just returned from a few days away and, as usual, spent a lot of our time exploring which in turn means dining out for us. We did stay with some friends so we knew there would be no allergy instances (or at least felt pretty sure there wouldn’t be), but whenever you dine out and you have allergies, you wonder. Continue reading…

Kiwi – Healthy or Dangerous?

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I’ve noticed over the years one food that makes my mouth itch – kiwi. This one makes my husband’s mouth itch, too, but so do other fruits like peaches and plums. Whereas we’ve always contributed it to oral allergy syndrome, especially with him because of seasonal allergies, research shows that kiwis are pretty high allergy inducing foods. Continue reading…

Peanut Allergies are Real

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As seen in recent news, peanut allergies are real. They are scary and can cause death – they are real. For those with severe allergies, foods can be life threatening, and unfortunately, treatment does not always come in time. Other times, a first reaction can be an eye opener and let the family know to be ever vigilant. Continue reading…

Substitutions for Creating Allergy Safe Foods

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With the Holidays upon us, many hours will be spent in the kitchen, whether you are cooking for your family and friends to entertain, baking treats to give as gifts, or trying to put together a week night family dinner in the midst of a hectic season. Many of us want to try a new recipe or two, but ingredients can scare us if someone in our family is allergic to it. However, most of the high allergen foods have simple substitutions which barely change the integrity of the dish and make it safe to it. Continue reading…

Confusing Allergies (Again!)

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As has been said so many times before, food allergy diagnosis is really a complicated and confusing issue. Not only is the diagnosis itself confusing, but so is what you are supposed to do next, and also what everyone is supposed to do. Continue reading…

Overly Restrictive Diets

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There has been recent research to show that many people who have been told they have food allergies are on overly restrictive diets to avoid all substances that they are allergic to. However, with blood tests, as well as skin tests, often the results show false positives. When this becomes a problem is when people avoid food that they aren’t really allergic to and poor weight gain, even malnutrition ensues. Continue reading…

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