Food Allergies For Dummies

Food Allergies For Dummies

Robert A. Wood, Joe Kraynak

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 0470095849

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Are you constantly worrying about what you or your loved ones eat? Is every dining experience an episode of anxiety for you? Being allergic to different types of food not only ruins the experience of eating, it can lead to dangerous, sometimes lethal, consequences.

With Food Allergies for Dummies, you can feel safer about what you eat. This concise guide shows you how to identify and avoid food that triggers reactions. This guide covers how to care for a child with food allergies, such as getting involved with his/her school’s allergy policies, packing safe lunches, and empowering him/her to take responsibility for his allergy. You will also discover:

  • The signs and symptoms of food allergies
  • How to determine the severity of your allergy
  • Ways to eat out and travel with allergies
  • How to create your own avoidance diet
  • Ways to enjoy your meal without allergic symptoms
  • How to prevent food allergies from affecting your child
  • The latest research being done to treat food allergies

Food Allergies for Dummies also provides an in-depth chapter on peanut allergy and how to spot traces of peanut in your food. With this book, you will feel safer and more comfortable while you eat. And, with plenty of helpful resources such as Web sites and allergy-friendly recipes, you’ll hardly have to worry about your diet!

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does not list peanut as one of its ingredients. By being a diligent, vigilant label reader, you can consume these candies with a very low risk of reaction. For more about reading labels, see Chapter 6. The most suspect candies fall into one of the following categories: ߜ Candy from smaller manufacturers: Watch out for smaller manufacturers who don’t follow strict labeling guidelines or don’t label their candy. ߜ Unlabeled candies and other goodies: For example, you’d have a tough time finding a

add it to thicken the chili, spice it up with an interesting flavor, or add a little protein in a vegetarian version. The risk of chili became quite well known a number of years ago when a college student at Brown University died after eating chili in a local restaurant. Hidden peanut can, however, show up in a host of other apparently safe foods, including these: ߜ Spaghetti sauce: I had never imagined someone sticking peanut butter in spaghetti sauce until I dined on some spaghetti laced with

no matter what food you’re allergic to. Chapter 11 also includes a restaurant card that can provide the cook with additional details without having to step out of the kitchen during the dinner rush. Chapter 4: Picking On Peanuts: A Potentially Deadly Foe Before placing your order, explain that you have a severe peanut allergy and that even a trace amount could kill you. Then place your order, as in the following examples: ߜ “I would like the house salad and the grilled chicken with a baked

Part II: Progressing from Hives to Hope: Diagnosis and Treatment ߜ You have a small amount of IgE antibody to a food but are not be truly allergic to that food. You can eat the food and experience absolutely no reaction to it. ߜ Some proteins in foods are cross-reactive with similar proteins in other foods or even environmental allergens like pollens. This cross reactivity can lead, for example, to a falsely positive skin test for soy in a person with peanut allergy, or a positive test to wheat

reactions can be severe. Alleviating the symptoms of celiac disease Celiac disease, also known as gluten sensitive enteropathy, is a form of food sensitivity in which people can’t tolerate any form of gluten — a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Symptoms typically include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss (or poor growth in young children). Chapter 7: Making It Stop: Finding Symptomatic Relief Symptoms can be quite severe and appear very early in life or remain

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