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Food Allergies

Jan Mayrhofer By Jan Mayrhofer on
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Did you know that millions of people in America today have food allergies? The immune system determines a food to be a harmful substance and the body responds. Sometimes allergies are mild, sometimes severe. Some people cannot eat peanuts or tree nuts for fear of death! Allergies can be lethal. Avoiding peanuts can be tricky, though, because many nuts and seeds are processed in the factory on the same equipment and can contain some peanut substances. Check labels on your foods for added tree nuts.

If milk is what you are allergic to, there are many substitutes readily available as near as your local grocer. Almond, rice, and soy milk are some examples.

An allergy to eggs is difficult because so many recipes call for them. To substitute for one egg, use a tablespoon of liquid, a tablespoon of vinegar, and a teaspoon of baking powder all mixed together. This can take the place of one egg.

If wheat is your particular food allergy, don't feel all alone! These days, many have found that gluten free diet is helping them to feel better. In fact, there are so many now that have discovered an allergy to wheat products that there are many books available to give council, recipes, and advice to those that find themselves among others that are gluten intolerant. Also, there are a lot of online support groups and forums. It is easier than you might think to cook your favorite dishes for your family with gluten free products. Grocery stores are stocking many of the items you will need in response to the new gluten intolerant population.

Food allergies are no fun, but with self education, there are many ways to manage your diet to keep you free from the discomfort of your immune system's response to them.