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By: Amanda Li, Registered Dietician

Nowadays, if you do not have a food allergy or food intolerance, you are the “anomaly.” However, the two diagnoses are very different. Food allergies are sensitivities caused by a reaction of the body’s immune system to specific food proteins in a food and can be fatal. On the contrary, a food intolerance is a food sensitivity that does not involve the individual’s immune system. Unlike food allergies, where a small amount of food can cause a reaction, it generally takes a more normal sized portion to produce symptoms of food intolerance. They are also more likely to originate in the gastrointestinal system and are usually caused by an inability to digest or absorb certain food. An example would be lactose intolerance, which occurs in people who lack an enzyme called lactase, which is needed to digest lactose (a sugar in milk).

Any food can cause an allergy, theoretically, however just a handful of foods cause at least 90% of allergic reactions to food. In preparation of the start of barbecue season and summer outdoor parties, here are some common foods that may contain the Top 10 Priority Food Allergens and substitution ideas to keep all your guests happy and healthy this summer:

 

Food Allergy Month

 

As a first step, try our new gluten free, vegan friendly recipe all your guests will love: Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Pineapple & Avocado Salsa featuring our air-chilled LiberTerre Chicken Breasts!

Until next time, relish every bite.
Amanda

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