Most families have a daily or weekly routine when it comes to doing there shopping and choosing food stuffs for their eating habits. Each individual member of the family might have a particular dish they like that is prepared from time to time. Sometimes we mix up and change the ingredients that we put in these dishes as we experiment or look for cheaper alternatives.
Keeping a record of the ingredients that you use in your regular dishes will help you eliminate any food that you are allergic too. If you have experienced symptoms resulting from ingesting a certain ingredient in a dish you can strike off that dish from the menu and replace it with another dish you know that is safe. For example if you have an allergic reaction due to being lactose intolerant (Usually manifested by stomach cramps and the runs) and you know you ate a piece of apple pie with vanilla ice cream, it is more than likely the ice cream is the culprit. The ice cream was probably made with a dairy product containing lactose, such as cows milk.
Always examine food labels to ensure that they do not contain an allergen to which you are allergic. Check the label even if you believe you know what’s in a food. Ingredients are subject to change at anytime and what you thought was once in your favourite cookie for instance could have been substituted.
You can find a variety of test kits on the market like The Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test which assesses your immune system’s reaction to 96 different ingredients. Everlywell also offers an even thorough food sensitivity test that tests over 204 items for $259 USD. Each purchase includes instructions, collecting supplies, prepaid postage, and the choice of digital or printed results.
It should be properly noted however, that like most similar test kits the Everlywell test uses immunoglobulin G (IgG) testing, which specialists typically advise against since it is not scientifically proven and may provide erroneous results for identifying food sensitivities which are not the same as allergies.
There are also many apps available that can help you identify any problem ingredients. The Company ContentChecked for example creates a suite of mobile applications for consumers who want to avoid certain allergies and substances.
This invaluable application scans product barcodes and informs you if the item in question has the allergies you’ve pre-selected, is one of its offerings. The app’s database comprises the great majority of grocery store items and scans them for a variety of allergies, ranging from the “big eight” food allergens to less frequent allergens including celery, mustard, and sulphites. The app costs just $2.99!
On too many occasions we have heard about a family dinner party turning into a tragedy because one of the guests has an allergy that the cook was unaware of. Similarly, you’re constantly risking a chance that you’ll eat something you’re allergic to at restaurants and social events. Many individuals underestimate the severity of an allergic food response and may be unaware that even a little quantity of a rogue substance may induce a severe reaction in certain people even resulting in death.
If you have even the slightest suspicion that a meal may contain anything to which you are allergic, avoid it. Always check with the waiter before you order to make sure you have covered your bases, if the waiter is unsure, ask him to ask the Chef or the Restaurant Manager. Most states require that menus include possible ingredients that may set off an allergic reaction, such as nut oil or soy.