Food Allergy Initiative

Food Allergies

It is very important to know the difference between food intolerance’sss and food allergy. The symptoms can be very much alike and hard to tell the difference between the two conditions. The food intolerance’s will allow you to ingest a small amount of the food where as the food allergy will not tolerate any amount of the food with out a allergic reaction.

Food Allergy Diet  Finding Food Allergies

Once a food has been determined to cause a food intolerance or worse a food allergy reaction, it is very important to learn how to avoid this food trigger. While the food intolerance will allow the body to ingest a small amount of the food, a true food allergy will not permit the body to ingest any of that food, no matter how small without the reaction. There are a few different food allergy testing to be done such as the skin or blood tests. To help determine what triggers your food allergy symptoms, it is helpful to keep a food diary for a few weeks. Noting what triggers and what symptoms occur, the physician may ask that you try the elimination diet. This would remove a suspected food for a short time and then re-enter it into the diet to determine the reaction if any. This test can be affected by outside sources is not approved by all physicians.

Once the triggers are determined by your physician, through skin testing or even a blood test, the health provider can provide you with a written plan to help you to study, remember and plan while making the proper choices to avoid the trigger foods. The cookbooks that are very specific to your particular food allergies can help by showing how to cook allergy free foods with out the triggers. They can also be a great source to offer different substitutes to help you to have a better diversified diet while offering different food choices. For example, if your food allergies are from the more common fruits or vegetables, you could find suggestions for the more exotic fruits and vegetables with different ways to prepare and serve them.

Learning how to read the food container labels is important to everyone. But if you are a person with an allergy to milk you will need to learn that the ingredients of casein, sodium casein, nougat and lactoglobulin are alternate names for milk products that you may need to avoid. The same is true for the alternate names of egg whites and albumin for eggs. Learn the alternate names for your food allergies. If you are not sure even after reading the label, try calling the manufacture. It is now up to you not to place your self in danger.

Another way to help protect yourself is to let your loved ones and friends know what foods you have the allergic reactions to. They need to know what foods and what reactions to look out for. Also let them know what to do to help you if a reaction occurs. They need to know what medication and how to use the medication, if it is just antihistamines or the injections with the EpiPens or the Twinject. Consider the medical alert bracelets. Also the Food Allergy Initiative suggest a card with your triggers to give out in the restaurants. It is a good idea to give to either the server, manager or the chef.