May is Allergy Awareness Month, but one week of it is dedicated to Food Allergy Awareness Week. I’ve got some fun stuff in store, including this great post full of info and recipes!
Below is a cool diagram that outlines at a glance the differences between what we think of as a classic food allergy and food intolerance.
But this simple assessment is not the end all be all of possible food reaction issues. Lying somewhere in the middle ground is Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) – a condition that hits home for my family – and Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES). Both are immune system reactions to food (like classic food allergies addressed above) but occur specifically in the gastrointestinal tract (like food intolerance). Both EoE and FPIES are typically classified by the medical community as food allergies, but the reaction times may be more delayed and they can onset later in life.
As you may have guessed, milk is a top trigger in all four of the aforementioned food reaction types. For those without an IgE-mediated food allergy reaction (a.k.a. that classic food allergy diagnosis), but who are certain they are reacting to the protein in dairy, not the lactose, EoE and FPIES might be worth looking into. They are both cell-mediated reactions, so traditional IgE testing may not be enough to uncover the issue.
What would Food Allergy Awareness Week be without amazing food? Following are some allergy-friendly and gluten-free recipes that we have enjoyed in my home. All are free of the Top 8 Food Allergens (dairy, egg, wheat / gluten, soy, peanut, tree nut, fish, and shellfish) and for the most are free of the Canadian Top 11 Food Allergens, too!
More infographics, printable posters and bookmarks to get the point across in pictures!
Six that Save Lives – An infographic / poster with the critical and life-saving steps to take during a food allergy emergency.
Food Allergies in the U.S. – An infographic that displays the stats on food allergies in America.
FARE’s Allergy Awareness Week Poster – How many kids have food allergies? An amazing comparison in this poster.
Food Allergy Awareness Bookmarks – So cute!
More Food Allergy Posters – An assortment from Allergy Home (all free!).
How to Read a Label for Food Allergies – Pictures by me!
The above post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or sway you toward any type of diet. If you believe you have any type of food reaction, consult your physician.