8 Essential Resources for Those With Food Allergies
Being allergic to a certain food can make going out to eat a risky endeavor, especially if you're sensitive to multiple common allergens. Luckily, there are plenty of resources out there that can help those with food allergies to cook delicious food, find brands and restaurants that cater to their needs, and learn more about how to live a happy and healthy life. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
Helpful Resources For Food-Allergic People
|AllergyEats||Guide for food-allergic people looking for places to eat out|
|Food Allergy Buzz||Blog that discusses topics relevant to food allergies|
|Cybele Pascal||Allergy-friendly cook who shares recipes and tips|
|Kyle Dine||Performer who spreads allergy awareness through speeches and song|
|The FPIES Foundation||Nonprofit that empowers, supports, and educates those living with Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome|
|Delicious Obsessions||Website that provides easy recipes and health advice|
|gfJules||Company that makes gluten-free products|
|Free From Fairy||Site that specializes in food free from gluten, dairy, egg, nut, soya, and refined sugar|
8 Of The Most Common Food Allergies
- Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)
- Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp)
- Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)
Symptoms Of Allergic Reactions
Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to 2 hours after a person has eaten the food to which they are allergic. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about food allergies.
- Flushed skin or rash
- Tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth
- Face, tongue, or lip swelling
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Abdominal cramps
- Coughing or wheezing
- Dizziness and/or lightheadedness
- Swelling of the throat and vocal cords
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of consciousness
Why Are So Many People Allergic To Food?
Good nutrition is vital for everyone, but some people have limited choices due to allergies. While some food allergens are more common than others, each one makes eating potentially dangerous. Here, in no particular order, are eight informative resources for those with restricted diets. Whether you're looking for recipes, places to eat out, or advice from fellow food-allergic people, you're sure to find something helpful.
First up, at #1, is AllergyEats. This site works as a guide for diners, letting community members provide input on restaurants that are willing to accommodate people with food allergies and intolerance. It considers the most common allergens and recommends local spots for dining out based on selected foods. In addition to this directory, its blog posts provide rankings for both chain and independent restaurants, allergy-friendly states, and sweets shops.
Finding a place to eat out is difficult for people whose allergies limit their choice of cuisine. This site allows them to make informed and safe decisions. It includes lists of restaurants across the country, as well as guides for popular tourist destinations like Disney World and New York City.
This site allows them to make informed and safe decisions.
Next, in the #2 spot, is Food Allergy Buzz. This award-winning blog discusses topics such as labeling and regulations, airborne exposure, and tips for air travel. It sees the community of food-allergy sufferers as a unique group of consumers. It is dedicated to finding and sharing ways to continue enjoying life allergen-free.
This site is an informational hub for food allergic people. It not only shares valuable insight and developments, but also provides a sense of community for those affected by allergies. Featured in numerous publications, it has a wide platform to spread awareness about safe food and allergen choices.
Coming in at #3 is Cybele Pascal. As an allergy-friendly cook and food-allergic person, Cybele is working to make the world safer and more delicious for eaters everywhere. She has published multiple books with recipes free from the eight most common allergens. These include a baker's handbook, a 30-minute meals collection, and a cookbook featuring 200 gourmet and homestyle choices.
These include a baker's handbook, a 30-minute meals collection, and a cookbook featuring 200 gourmet and homestyle choices.
Featured on her site are selected recipes that appeal to home cooks catering to restricted diets. Dishes like stuffed mushrooms, panzanella salad, and strawberry tart have been adapted to be free from gluten and all top allergens. There are also lists of ingredient substitutions for those who want to modify their own recipes.
#4 is Kyle Dine, who is spreading awareness about food allergies through music. He gives community workshops and keynote speeches to educate and motivate people to create change. As a food-allergic person, Kyle knows what it's like to grow up with this health condition. He helps children learn about a serious topic in a fun and engaging way.
Kyle uses puppets, songs, and stories to engage kids in the topic of food allergies, empowering them to do their part in maintaining a safe environment. His site store includes informational products like posters, DVDs, and bracelets. The educational and fun music he shares in his performances and workshops is available on CD, as well.
The educational and fun music he shares in his performances and workshops is available on CD, as well.
Next, at #5, is The FPIES Foundation. It is a nonprofit that empowers, supports, and educates those living with Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome, a type of food allergy that affects the gastrointestinal tract. This group informs people of symptoms, common triggers, and helpful resources.
It encourages people to spread awareness of this health problem through conversation. Resources specifically targeted to children are provided to help them cope with their condition. Those interested in furthering this organization's mission can volunteer in numerous ways. It also has FPIES Awareness Gear available for purchase.
#6 on our list is Delicious Obsessions, a website created by Jessica Espinoza. This site's philosophy is based on eating real food. It provides nutritious and easy recipes, as well as natural living advice. Visitors to this site can also find additional recommended resources and health products.
It provides nutritious and easy recipes, as well as natural living advice.
Books and courses are available from Delicious Obsessions, including an Eat The Rainbow course and a guide to Herbal Coffee Substitutes. There are dairy-free and gluten-free recipes for those looking for allergen-friendly options. Helpful information on digestive and immune health, gardening, and sustainable living is also provided.
#7 is gfJules, which makes gluten-free products. Consistently voted the best of its kind, this company makes flour, as well as bread, pizza, and pancake mixes. In addition to offering packaged ingredients for consumers, it also has recipe books.
The site also features blogs on topics like lunchbox ideas, bread machine reviews, and a gluten-free diet for athletes. The founder of the company, Jules Shepard, offers cooking classes, advocates for labeling regulations, and provides consultations with companies to educate them on manufacturing, production, and market research.
The founder of the company, Jules Shepard, offers cooking classes, advocates for labeling regulations, and provides consultations with companies to educate them on manufacturing, production, and market research.
Finally, at #8, is Free From Fairy. Created by Vicki Montague, a scientist and recipe developer, it specializes in food free from gluten, dairy, egg, nut, soya, and refined sugar. It is dedicated to inspiring people to live a wholesome life with nutrition and clean eating.
The site has many recipes, which can be sorted by allergen or sensitivity. It also has an online shop where you can purchase Free From Fairy's flour and one-on-one cookery classes, given via video call. A free e-course is available for people new to this restricted diet.