Imagine not being able
to eat certain foods because they might trigger an
allergic reaction which can be very very serious. And
oftentimes your trigger foods may even be hidden. I mean
there’s so much to think about when you have food allergies.
And what exactly is a food allergy. Well here is our
resident allergy expert, Michele Cassalia from the Asthma and
Allergy Foundation of America. Take a look.
MUSIC A food allergy is when ones body
recognizes food with a protein in the food as being harmful.
Many individuals with food allergies have a super sensitive
immune system. Food allergies are generally more common in
children than adults. And while any food can cause an allergic
reaction, there are more common and specific food triggers out
there. The top 8 allergens that are found in food allergies are:
tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, fish, eggs, wheat, milk and soy.
Food allergies can be life threatening and severe.
Especially if one has asthma. And, what about symptoms?
There’s a broad range of symptoms. Some of them may
include hives, vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling of the
tongue. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have a food
allergy, see your doctor. In the meantime, always remember while
dining out at a restaurant or a social function, to ask about
ingredients in the food and how it was prepared. Being alert and
thorough can help keep you at bay from harmful trigger foods.
Get properly diagnosed, learn to read labels, communicate to all
your friends and family exactly what you’re allergic to. And be
prepared. And for more tips and information on food allergies,
visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American at
AAFA.org or go to our website, thebalancingact.com. And
speaking of food allergies, no dairy, no problem. We’ll tell
you about a delicious dairy-free drink. Stay with us.