Beating Food Allergies
Did you know that 1 to 2% of adults and up to 8% of children suffer from food allergies? In recent decades, these percentages have increased dramatically! The causes include industrialization, pollution and the continual addition of preservatives to food. An allergy is an abnormal or exaggerated reaction of the body after ingesting a particular food, ingredient or food additive. Contrary to popular belief, people are not allergic to foods as such, but rather to the protein they contain.
Can you lower the risk of developing allergies?
Breastfeeding is assuredly the best defence against the development of food allergies and can significantly reduce the risk, especially if continued as long as possible (more than six months). Breastfeeding is said to provide infants with antibodies that help boost their immune system.
What are we allergic to?
As few as nine foods are responsible for 90% of serious allergic reactions:
- Tree nuts
- Sesame seeds
- Fish and seafood
Swelling of the eyes and lips, tightness of the throat, a rash and itching are all signs and symptoms that may occur after eating an offending food. They naturally vary from one individual to the next, depending on the type of allergy and the degree of exposure to the allergen.
Allergies should not, however, be confused with intolerance. Unlike an allergy, intolerance is the body's inability to digest a food and causes mainly digestive symptoms.
Great products for you to discover!
Some of you are likely familiar with the young Quebec company Guardian Angel Foods, which has perfected products that contain no eggs, milk, peanuts or tree nuts. You can find these products at Rachelle-Béry. As regards nutrition and taste, Guardian Angel foods are an attractive alternative and, judging from the very short ingredients list, quite similar to homemade foods!
The Rachelle-Béry team of nutritionists