May is Allergy Awareness Month, with one week dedicated to Food Allergy Awareness Week. In honor of the occasion, I’ve updated this post with even more information, share-ables and recipes!
Food Allergy, Intolerance, …
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.
…or an Allergy that Behaves Like an 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.
Alisa’s Top 8-Free Recipes
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!
- Strawberry Shortcake Waffles (pictured above)
- Caramel Apple Oat Bars
- Cheesy Broccoli “Nachos”
- Chocolate Chip Muffin Tops
- Banana Cream Pie 4 All
- Cran-Apple Crunch Chicken Salad w/ Creamy Maple Dressing
- Salt ‘n Pepper Sweet Potato Fries
- Chocolate Pudding Ice Cream
- Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
- Southwestern Stovetop Mac and Cheese
- Super Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake
- Banana Oat Trail Mix Muffins
- Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza with Roasted Tomato Sauce
- Double Chocolate Orange Cookies
- Cherry Chocolate Chip Shake
- Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfaits
- Chocolate Pudding with Raspberry Infusion
- Instant Sweetened Condensed Mylk
- Massaged Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Citrus
- Perfect Pumpkin Bread
- Triple Chocolate Granola
- Mini Salted Caramel Cupcakes
- Buttery Scalloped Potato Stacks
- Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
- Cinnamon Buckwheat French Toast
- Healthy Power Muffins
- Fruit ‘n Crème Ice Pops
- Papaya Mango Shake with Fresh Raspberry Puree
- Ice Cream Sandwich Cake with Vanilla Whip and Chocolate Cream Filling
- Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheesy Frosting
- Strawberries ‘n Cream Chocolate Cups
- Cream of Celery Root Soup
- Homemade Peppermint Patties
- Wholesome Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls
- Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie
- Quick Sun-Dried Tomato and Broccoli Penne
- Multi-Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Hot Chocolate Cookies
- Easy Ice Cream Graham-wiches
Visual Guides for Food Allergy Awareness Week
Enjoy and share the infographics, printable posters and bookmarks below for visual awareness!
- Talking Food Allergies – Snappy Comebacks – This quippy printable offers conversation starters and fast responses to the inevitable food allergy doubters.
- Six that Save Lives – An infographic / poster with the critical and life-saving steps to take during a food allergy emergency.
- I am a Child with Food Allergies – Cute printable posters to bolster food allergy awareness – one for a girl and one for a boy (they may take a few seconds to download).
- 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.
- FARE’s Food Allergy Action Month Poster – A colorful comic book-themed design to catch attention.
- Common Symptoms of Anaphylaxis – An at-a-glance poster with action item list.
- 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.