Food Allergy Substitutes | HealthiNation

Uploaded by HealthiNation on 13.07.2012

If you or someone in your family has a food allergy, it’s something you need to think
about at every meal. But, it doesn’t mean the party’s over. So, let’s forget what
mom says and start with dessert.
I love ice cream, which is a dairy product. And, dairy products are some of the most common
allergens. But, there are many milk options that don’t come from animals, and they come
in ice cream products, too! This soy ice cream is just one example. Another thing to keep
in mind with dessert – sorbet is dairy free, but some sherberts are made with milk. And,
if you really have a sweet tooth, try dark chocolate which is made without milk.
For alternatives to animal milk, try soy, almond, and rice milks. It’s also important
to think about what nutrients you’re losing when cutting out a certain food product. Fortunately,
all of these milk alternatives have nearly the same amount of calcium as dairy milk.
Almond milk is a great source of calcium, and soy & rice milks are almost always fortified
with calcium. Soy milk also comes with an additional punch of protein. So, you’ll
have a healthy start to your day by using any of these milks with your favorite low-sugar
If someone in your family has a peanut allergy, it’s important to pay close attention to
the labels of what’s in your pantry. Some people can have a peanut allergy so sensitive
that even foods processed in a plant that handles peanuts can trigger a reaction. For
more obvious problem foods, like peanut butter, it’s easier than ever today to find alternatives
like almond, cashew, and even sunflower butter if you’re allergic to all tree nuts.
People with seafood allergies may need to stay away from just shellfish, or in some
cases all varieties of fish. If you’re extra sensitive to fish, be careful when eating
out because the kitchen will often prepare dishes on the same surfaces that were used
for fish dishes. Also, vitamins sometimes contain fish oils and other fish products,
so make sure to read those labels. When cooking at home, substitute a lean meat like chicken
in a fish dish. You’ll be losing heart-healthy fats called omega-3’s and vitamin-B by cutting
fish out of your diet, so grab these vitamin supplements so you’re not missing out.
A wheat, or gluten, allergy means that grains like barley, wheat, and oats are off-limits.
So, for a recipe that calls for these, substitute with rice or corn. You’ll need to be careful
with Gluten. It can be hidden in many foods like soy sauce and salad dressings. I checked
the labels at the supermarket and picked out this salad dressing which is gluten-free More
products are beginning to advertise with a gluten-free label to make it easier for you
to make safe choices, so keep your eye out.
Living with a food allergy can be a good thing. It’ll make you pay attention to what’s
going onto the dinner plate, and where nutrients are coming from. With some experimentation,
you’ll discover a whole new world of safe, delicious ingredient alternatives and recipes.
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