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Food allergy VS sensitivity. Stock UR home with sensible foods for UR family

Veena Reddy

MS, RD, LD ( Dietitian)

3 min read

 

Imagine gorging on delicious dishes and enjoying the best of foods without a worry. Well, this can be a blessing for some and a curse for a few who have food allergies or intolerances. Even though having or dealing food allergies is considered normal, there are still a few setbacks like not knowing safe food substitutes. What if you could indulge in your favorite dishes and not be troubled by UR allergies. Here is a fab list of food substitutes which can help you beat food allergy woes. 

 

What Is A Food Allergy? 

 

There is a distinction between food intolerance and food allergy. Food sensitivity (bloat, nausea, stomach cramps) is an uncomfortable symptom of food. Nevertheless, the immune system is not active in this case. 

 

The difference between food allergies and food sensitivity or intolerance is the way UR body reacts to the allergens. Food allergy is when UR immune system causes the reaction. Ex Hives, anaphylaxis. Food sensitivity or Intolerance: Is triggered by the digestive system. Ex Nausea, vomiting, gas, stomach cramps, diarrhea.  Food allergy reactions can vary from being extreme or mild. Most Importantly, “Listen to your Body”.

 

When & How Do Allergies Set-In?

 

Allergies can set in within a few minutes or two hours post ingestion and it also varies on the individuals immune system. If they have strong immunity, then they have more chances of warding off any infection or disease. But if you have strong immunity but if you are allergic to a specific food, then the severity and approach may vary. 

Signs & Symptoms

  • Tingling
  • Hives 
  • Swelling of lips, tongue and throat can lead to choking due to an airway blockage. The individual requires immediate medical attention if they are experiencing anaphylaxis.
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy skin or rashes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Throat tightness

GI (Gastrointestinal) SYSTEM: Nausea vomiting, diarrhea. Cramps. Inflammation of the gut for example, Celiac and Crohn’s disease.

 

How Is A Food Allergy Diagnosed

  • Allergy skin test
  • Blood test—Ige antibody test for specific food allergen
  • Spirometry—Lung function test

 

Safe Substitutes For Different Food Allergens

 

Allergens Substitutes
Cow or buffalo milk Coconut milk, rice milk, cashew milk oat milk, or Almond Milk. Read the labels for hidden ingredients in small print.
Eggs in baking Applesauce, baking powder, bananas and  ground flax.
Nuts/peanuts  Toasted oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Whole wheat flour Coconut flour and spelt flour
Flour (Maida) Rice flour, almond flour and quinoa flour.
Soya Ricotta cheese or Paneer
Peanuts Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
Citrus Applesauce and acidic  white wine.

 

 

Proteins That May Cause Food Allergies

Protein  Food Source
Gliadin Component of gluten/wheat
Glutenin Wheat protein
Lactose Milk protein therefore lactose-free milk is available.
Conalbumin Present in egg whites
Calcium Caseinate Milk protein additive
Arginine Kinase Enzyme
Lectin Lentils and legumes.

 

 

Things to Keep In Mind If You Have Food Allergies

 

  • Always read the ingredient list on the food label.
  • Maintain a food diary.
  • Eliminate one food item in the diet.                                                                                                                                                                        
  • If no signs of allergies. May conclude that particular food may be the cause for the allergy.
  • Don’t miss UR doctor’s appointments, whenever you have a doubt make sure to clear it with the help of a certified and trusted medical professional. 
  • Ask UR doctor and or Registered and Licensed Dietitian the right questions, starting from your daily food choices and lifestyle to get the best diet plan or food substitutes for you. 

Even though this method takes time, it is one of the most effective and can help you overcome food allergy woes. Lastly listen to your body’s response to allergic reactions. 

 

Imagine gorging on delicious dishes and enjoying the best of foods without a worry. Well, this can be a blessing for some and a curse for a few who have food allergies or intolerances.

Even though having or dealing food allergies is considered normal, there are still a few setbacks like not knowing safe food substitutes. What if you could indulge in your favorite dishes and not be troubled by UR allergies! Here is a fab list of food substitutes which can help you beat food allergy woes.

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What Is A Food Allergy?

There is a distinction between food intolerance and food allergy. Food sensitivity symptoms include bloating, nausea, stomach cramps which can be extremely uncomfortable. Nevertheless, the immune system is not active in this case.

The difference between food allergies and food sensitivity or intolerance is the way UR body reacts to the allergens. Food allergy is when UR immune system causes the reaction. Ex Hives, anaphylaxis.

Food sensitivity or Intolerance: Is triggered by the digestive system. Ex Nausea, vomiting, gas, stomach cramps, diarrhea.  Food allergy reactions can vary from being extreme or mild.

Most Importantly, “Listen to your Body”.

When & How Do Allergies Set-In?

Allergies can set in within a few minutes or two hours post ingestion, it varies on the individual’s immune system. If a person has a strong immunity, the chances of warding off any infection or disease are higher. Even though immunity is strong, and you are allergic to a specific food, the severity and approach may vary. Let UR nutritionist take this call for you. Please do not ignore symptoms.

Did you know there are more than 160 foods that cause allergic reactions, only 8 key ones are identified by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to be the most common food allergens? Seafood and peanut allergies top the list as the most prevalent.

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Signs & Symptoms of Food Allergies

  • Tingling
  • Hives
  • Swelling of lips, tongue and throat can lead to choking due to an airway blockage. The individual requires immediate medical attention if they are experiencing anaphylaxis.
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy skin or rashes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Throat tightness

GI (Gastrointestinal) SYSTEM: Nausea vomiting, diarrhea. Cramps. Inflammation of the gut for example, Celiac and Crohn’s disease.

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Safe Substitutes For Different Food Allergens

Allergens Substitutes
Cow or buffalo milk Coconut milk, rice milk, cashew milk oat milk, or Almond Milk. Read the labels for hidden ingredients in small print.
Eggs in baking Applesauce, baking powder, bananas and  ground flax.
Nuts/peanuts  Toasted oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Whole wheat flour Coconut flour and spelt flour
Flour (Maida) Rice flour, almond flour and quinoa flour.
Soya Ricotta cheese or Paneer
Peanuts Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
Citrus Applesauce and acidic white wine

Proteins That May Cause Food Allergies

Protein  Food Source
Gliadin Component of gluten/wheat
Glutenin Wheat protein
Lactose Milk protein therefore lactose-free milk is available.
Conalbumin Present in egg whites
Calcium Caseinate Milk protein additive
Arginine Kinase Enzyme
Lectin Lentils and legumes
  • Always read the ingredient list on the food label.
  • Maintain a food diary.
  • Eliminate one food item at a time in the diet.
  • If no signs of allergies occur, you may conclude that the particular food may not be the cause for the allergy.
  • Don’t miss UR doctor or nutritionists’ appointments, whenever you have a doubt make sure to clear it with the help of a certified and trusted professional.
  • Ask UR doctor and or Registered and Licensed Dietitian the right questions, starting from your daily food choices and lifestyle to get the best diet plan or food substitutes personalized to UR needs.

Even though this method takes time, it is one of the most effective and can help you overcome food allergy woes. Lastly listen to your body’s response to allergic reactions.

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