Food, Nutrition, Recipes

Updated for 2017! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide

Surprising their children with candy-filled Easter baskets is a cherished tradition for many families. Finding candy that is safe for kids with food allergies can be challenging, but there are many allergy-friendly options. Updated for 2017, the Kids With Food Allergies’ Easter candy guide is filled with food allergy-friendly sweets. Even favorites such as chocolate bunnies and jelly beans are included. Please remember to read all labels and make sure the product is right for your family. Of...

New Food Finds: Dairy-Free Milk Alternatives Coming in 2017

Kids With Food Allergies sent a team to check out all the #NewFoodFinds revealed at the 2017 Natural Products Expo West. We shared our findings via Instagram . If you are an Instagram user, click on the on the products below to add your comments and questions (we've tagged the food makers on our posts). Here are new dairy-free milk alternatives coming out this year: Ripple expands their product line of pea-based milk to shelf-stable, 8-ounce kid-friendly packages that will be available at...

Tell the FDA to List Sesame as a Major Food Allergen on Food Labels

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is standing up for people allergic to sesame. We joined with a consumer advocacy group to ask the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to add sesame to the list of ingredients that must be disclosed on food labels. Currently, only eight allergens - milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy - are listed on food labels . Allergens not on that list - such as sesame – are sometimes called non top-8 allergens. AAFA and the...

Updated: I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Products Linked to E. coli Infection

CDC, FDA, and several states are investigating an outbreak of 12 illnesses of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 reported from several states. Epidemiologic information collected to date indicates that I. M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter products might be contaminated with this harmful bacteria and are a likely source of this outbreak. CDC recommends that people not eat or serve these products.

AllergyEats Releases Annual Top 10 List of Allergy-Friendly Restaurants

In-N-Out Burger Joins AllergyEats' Annual Top 10 List of Best Restaurants for People With Food Allergies In-N-Out Burger is the first fast-food restaurant to make the annual top 10 list from AllergyEats, an allergy-friendly dining guide. AllergyEats released its 2017 restaurant list this week. There is another newcomer to the list - a small chain called the Flatbread Company. On AllergyEats, diners can base their ratings on a restaurant's ability to accommodate food allergies. The website...

How to Plan Food Allergy-Friendly Meals for the Whole Family

Do you want to eat healthier and have more time in your day? We have two words to help you as you care for your family with food allergies: menu planning! Menu planning can help you keep your 2017 resolutions to get organized and eat healthily. Some families with multiple food allergies wind up cooking separate meals each night. This can be overwhelming. Instead, try to find foods and preferences everyone has in common. Aim to prepare food for everyone so you don’t have to cook multiple...

Read Candy Labels to Keep Your Sweetheart Safe

Around Valentine's Day, others may offer candy or treats to your child with food allergies. Make sure your child knows not to accept or eat any candy unless a parent or trusted adult has verified that it is safe to eat. Many candies look alike but can have different ingredients and advisory warnings. Many smaller candies are sold in larger packages and do not have an ingredient label on the individual pieces. Remind your child to not eat any candy until you can carefully check the ingredient...

Choose Safe Foods to Avoid Allergens

The only way to prevent allergic reactions is to avoid the foods you (or your child) are allergic to. It is important to know how to identify those foods, as well as to understand how foods are labeled in the U.S. Allergen Avoidance Lists The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food allergen label law requires foods to state if they contain a top 8 food allergen (milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish, crustacean shellfish). Foods that contain these allergens must say so in plain...

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