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Food Allergies During the Holidays

Food Allergies During the Holidays

Fall season is filled with turkey, pumpkin spice and family gatherings. The holidays usually bring together friends and families to feast. Everyone comes from near and far to spend time with one another and catch up. This is a time when a lot of food is prepared and consumed. The holiday season may mean that you are dinning away from home, attending parties, and having foods only served during special occasions.

There are various types of foods that can cause food allergies. But the 8 foods that cause about 90% of the food allergies are: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. Trying to avoid any of these 8 foods will help you prevent the majority of food allergies. Food allergies can range from anywhere from mild to severe symptoms. It can be dangerous if the food allergy is severe, potentially leading to hospitalization and even death.

It’s important to let others know if you have any food allergies. Or if you are the one preparing the food, it’s nice to ask if any of your guests are allergic to any type of food.

Holiday Food Allergy Tips

Here are some additional tips to avoid food allergies during the holiday season.

  • Ask about the ingredients in the foods at the gatherings.
  • Volunteer to bring a certain dish or snacks for the holiday party or event to ensure the food is safe for you.
  • Consider using a natural turkey with no additional additives to avoid unwanted food allergy reactions.
  • Beware of some self-basting brands of turkeys that may contain soy, wheat, or dairy.
  • Consider using cornstarch to thicken the gravy instead of wheat flour.
  • Avoid slivered almonds green bean casserole.
  • Choose wheat free stuffing options.
  • Pumpkin can be a rare allergy, so having different dessert choices other than pumpkin pie is a safe option for guests.
  • Always have you Epipen with you in case of an emergency.
  • Reach out to guests ahead of time to inquire about any food allergies to avoid.

If you are curious to learn more about different food allergies and alternative options for people with food allergies, reach out to our specialists. Our professionals at Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group are here to answer all your food allergy questions. Give us a call today at 805-658-9500. Our specialists are ready to assist you in diagnosing potential food allergies and educate you on ways to protect yourself if you should have a food allergy.