17 May, 2016

Food Allergy Awareness ☤ Alergia Alimentaria


In commemoration of Food Allergy Awareness Week (15-21 of May) I'd like to bring the subject to light and share some facts and tips. In the United States alone, over 15 million people are reported to suffer from food allergies. Within the entire world, the affected (from greatest to least) are Europe/ Nordic, Asia/ Oceania, Americas (including Latin America), Africa, and the Middle East. Young children are the most common cases.

9O% of reported allergens come from eight foods: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy. There is no cure and one can be affected during anytime in life; it does not always unravel in childhood. Chances are higher if a parent suffers from asthma, hay fever, eczema, or food/ environmental allergies.

Early signs/ symptoms to look for after eating are:
1. Hives
2. Dizziness
3. Shock or circulatory collapse
4. Shortness of breath
5. Skin becomes pale or blue
6. Swelling of the tongue
7. Repetitive cough
8. Tight throat
9. Wheezing

If someone suffers from food allergies, it is highly recommended to carry a "chef card" when eating out so that the chef understands and takes extra precautions when preparing food. This includes not using pots or pans that were used to cook any allergen the person may have. Below I provided a pdf printable chef card where you can write down certain food allergens. 
Remember to be safe when eating specific ingredients and help spread the word during Food Allergy Awareness Week by painting one fingernail and speaking to others on ways to know and take care of those with food allergies.
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  1. I am glad I do not have any allergys,,!

  2. I don't think I'm allergic to any foods

  3. Good that you raise awareness about food allergies. It can be life threatening.
    Great post
    Have a nice week.
    Much love,

    1. Thank you very much, Mona.
      Although some people don't suffer from it, it's important to understand because we can help do something about it. :)

  4. Yo soy intolerante a los lacteos ya algun que otro alimento!!!besos

  5. lovely post <3 this subject is soooo important too :)

    I've learned a lot about allergies in the kindergarten when I had to make snacks/breakfast to kids with serious allergies 0.o
    some of them had to have their own butter because even the tiniest crumbs of bread could make the kid's throat swell up ;___; it was scary but I'm so thankful that I learned about it :)

    1. Thank you!!

      Yes! Many people don't understand how serious this actually is, especially for children. I think it's awesome that you have experience in that. :D

  6. It is scary how a small amount of a certain food can cause such a huge reaction! It's definitely something we should all be aware of. Great post!

    1. I know! Always good to keep in mind.
      Thanks, Sarah.

  7. I didn't know about those facts! I'm glad I don't have any allergies
    The Color Palette

    1. Thank you very much, Abril. :)
      Having no allergies is a blessing!

  8. Eating vegan I am always telling the chefs what they should avoid in my food!


    1. It's very important that they know. :)


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