Identifying Food Allergies

Dealing with food allergies can be difficult for those who have become accustomed to sticking with a set grocery list. However, when allergic reactions, especially in children, are present there are certain adjustments to the grocery list that can easily be made with the right information. When a parent or doctor becomes suspect that an allergic reaction is being caused by a food, one of the most common solutions is to use trial and error to eliminate the culprit.
Common food allergies include eggs, soy, wheat, fish, nuts, and cow’s milk. Eggs, fish, nuts and soy can be staples as a source of protein in a healthy vegetarian diet, so making sure that these items are replaced with another source of protein is highly important. Substituting tofu and seitan is one way to ensure that there is no depletion in protein consumption. Protein powders can be added to shakes and smoothies as well. Cow’s milk is easily substituted with goat’s milk, or a variety of lactose free milk substitutes. Gluten-free diets have become popular over the last few years, providing excellent wheat-free options for those of us who cannot imagine life without bread.

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