The Guide to Food Allergies


Ella Turner, Writer

Have you ever been in a situation where you are sitting at a lunch table with someone who has a food allergy, but you don’t really know what their allergy is? Well, read on! Three of the most common food allergies are gluten, peanuts, and dairy.

When somebody is Gluten-free, that means that they can’t have gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. An example of something Gluten Free people can’t have is anything with bread. Most breads have wheat in them. There are exceptions though. If you put rice or corn in, to substitute for the wheat, then Gluten Free people can eat the bread. Some allergic reactions you can get are stomach aches, growth stop, damage to villi in your gut etc.

A peanut allergy is when somebody cannot have peanuts. Some things people with peanut allergies can’t have are peanut butter, some types of energy bars, and candy with peanuts. Almond butter is a substitute for most people with a peanut allergy. Instead of peanuts, almond butter is made with almonds. Allergic reactions happen fast, usually a couple minutes after the peanut is consumed. They could be hives, redness, swelling, tingling in your throat etc. Most people with peanut allergies carry around an EpiPen that they inject into themselves in case of a peanut emergency.

Having a dairy allergy means that you can’t have milk. Yogurts, cheese, and even ice creams are no-no’s when you have this allergy. Any baked goods with milk you can’t have. Luckily, nowadays there are many dairy-free products in the world. Allergic reactions can be swollen eyes, itchy eyes, hives, lightheadedness due to drop in blood pressure etc.

Food allergies can be a lot to handle, especially in restaurants. Even though it can be hard sometimes, it’s really nice to know that there are alternative choices.