Food Allergies & Food Intolerance
An allergy to peanuts, shellfish, eggs, soy or wheat triggers symptoms similar to those for an intolerance to certain foods, like dairy products. Food allergies occur when the body attacks a food it mistakes as harmful, causing symptoms such as nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, shortness of breath or hives. With food intolerance, the digestive system alone rejects the food, finding it difficult to digest properly. This can result in nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, heartburn, headaches or gas.
1 AnswerEating out can be a challenge with a soy allergy. Many restaurants use soy either as a main ingredient or added to plain foods. Vegetarian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and other Asian-type meals probably have soy products in them. Fast food and other commercial products often contain soy protein and flour extenders or expanders. Check with the restaurant or the company's web site to find out if there is soy in their food.
1 AnswerCheck the food ingredient list for soy on all products you buy. All the things below contain soy:
- Beans, fermented
- Bean sprouts from soy
- Edamame (soybeans in pods)
- Glycine max
- Lecithin, soy
- Kyodufu (freeze-dried tofu)
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Natto (fermented soy paste)
- Okara (soy pulp)
- Shoyu sauce
- Soy cheese
- Soy grits
- Soy milk
- Soy nuts
- Soy protein isolate
- Soy sauce
- Soy oil
- Soy flour
- Tamari (soy granules)
- Textured vegetable protein
- Yogurt from soy
1 AnswerFoods that may have hidden soy in them include: baby food, baked goods, cereals, coffee replacements, commercial vegetarian meats, vegetarian products, chocolate, candy, cheese substitutes, margarine, non-dairy creamers or dairy substitutes, processed meats, protein powders and supplements, sauces, condiments and spice mixes.
1 AnswerLabels on foods must indicate if the food has soy in it. However, you still need to know how to read labels. Check each food's ingredient label for soy products. Look for the following words that mean "soy": soy, soya, soybean, soymilk, tofu, or bean curd. Soy may be hard to identify on some labels. If you are not sure about an ingredient, contact the manufacturer.
2 AnswersIn addition to teaching your child what foods to avoid, you should also teach your child the following:
- Not to trade food with others
- Not to eat anything with unknown ingredients
- Be involved in the care of the food allergy and its reaction
- Know that it is OK to ask people what ingredients are in the food they are served
- Even if you haven’t had an allergic reaction in a long time, don’t experiment with foods outside of your doctor’s office
- Tell an adult right away if he or she ate something that contained the allergic food
3 AnswersAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics answeredIf you have a peanut allergy, there are other nut butters that you can try. Just about any type of nut can be made into a nut butter. It's as simple as grinding nuts in a food processor until they form a paste. Some nut butters will be creamy, others somewhat grainy. Higher-fat nuts, such as macadamia, will make a smoother but thinner butter. Almond and cashew butters work well for sandwiches or spread on apple slices.
Homemade nut butters have a short self-life, so make them in small batches. One cup of nuts will make about 1/2 cup nut butter. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a month.
1 AnswerWhen you eliminate a group from your diet via a food-elimination test, you'll notice different things about the way you feel. For instance, you may have more energy when you eliminate the aging fats (saturated fat and trans fat) from your diet, and that'll help you stick to a diet low in saturated fat because you'll notice -- and like -- the changes.
It's all about awareness -- being in tune to which foods make you feel crummy and which make you want to sprint to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. A three-day food elimination plan is especially a good test because you may be able to identify subtle food allergies through this method.
Although some food allergies may be as obvious as a botched hair transplant, others may not be so clear. Low-grade food allergies can make you feel as if you have a touch of the flu -- with a runny nose and headache. Through the food-elimination test, you can help make a diagnosis and avoid some of the foods that don't make you feel well.
Best of all, this experiment trains you to do something that's good not only for your digestive system but also for your overall health and youth. It teaches you to eat smaller meals by restricting some of the usual foods that you would toss in your mouth by habit. And that's good for everyone.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
1 AnswerPatsy Catsos, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredHereditary fructose intolerance (HFI) is an inborn error of metabolism, and individuals with this disorder cannot and should not consume any fructose at all, no matter how small the amount. Many individuals with HFI are diagnosed in infancy or childhood, when caregivers note the child is violently ill after ingesting anything containing fructose, such as table sugar or honey. Some adults have undiagnosed HFI; they have an absolute aversion to sweets of any kind, going back to childhood. This "dislike" of sweets may run in the family.
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1 AnswerDuring an oral food challenge, the food in question is given orally at specific intervals and in gradually increasing amounts. Food challenges start with small quantities that are unlikely to trigger a severe reaction. If there any sign of a reaction developing the challenge is stopped. An oral food challenge is a helpful tool in giving an initial diagnosis as well as determining if a food allergy has resolved.
1 AnswerWhen you are dealing with a gluten and sugar allergy, the idea of baked goods to celebrate a birthday may seem impossible. Luckily, there are many stores and online companies that sell gluten free baking mixes. You can find everything from gluten free all purpose baking flour to gluten free brownie mixes that don’t include sugar. You can also try alternative sweeteners such as raw honey for his sugar allergy. Raw honey is a rich source of nutrients but should not be consumed by infants.