Did you know that eight percent of children and two percent of all Americans have at least one food allergy?Food Allergy Aid is dedicated to providing a meaningful resource to these people and their loved ones to keep these potentially life-threating allergies managable.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

We Want To Hear From You!

Please submit any stories about you or your child's food allergies. We would love to hear stories, advice, or anything related to food allergies! It always helps other to know that someone else has "been there, done that!"
Please submit any information to sherry.w.langston@foodallergyaid.com

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Rice Chex - NOW Gluten Free!

My son loves Rice Chex and has been eating them since he was 7 months old. I found it interesting the other day when I bought a new box. It has on the side panel that it is "Now Gluten-Free". When I checked he ingredients, I realized that they have removed the "Barley Malt Extract" ingredient which is the ingredient that would include gluten. It now includes molasses instead!

Gluten is not tolerated by many people - especially those individuals with Celiac Disease. Gluten may be found in barley, wheat, oats, etc.

Check out this article from General Mills and check out new Gluten-Free Rice Chex in stores now!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Check Out Divvies for Halloween!

Check out Divvies for some yummy allergy-free Halloween treats! You're sure to find something for everyone - even those without food allergies! I have tried their products before and they are fantastic!!


Our son has eaten the same chicken breast at a restuarat that we trust for about 4 years now. He has severe allergies still to wheat, milk, egg, and peanut - he used to also have corn and soy. Well, my husband and I always ordered him a "plain" chicken breast almost every time we visited. About two weeks ago, the manager told me that he noticed that the chicken breast was not on their "gluten free" list. Interesting! Well, apparently the chicken breasts are pre-marinted with a LONG list of ingredients including a "contains: wheat and soy" disclaimer. We were shocked! He usually broke out in some red spots on his face after he ate there but we just assumed it was nothing - he has very sensitive skin and breaks out in splotches for no reason sometimes! Although, I did have to give him benadryl after one visit.

The lesson learned: always ask about whether or not meat is marinated - never assume that it is just meat. Marinades may contain ANY of the top allergens including wheat, soy, peanut, sesame, etc. Always be safe and ask!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network Allergy Alert


September 24, 2008 CaJohns Fiery Foods Company is recalling "HDH Grillin Sauce" due to undeclared anchovy, soy, and wheat. The product was distributed nationwide through retailers, mail order, and websites.

The product is in 16-oz. glass bottles with lot numbers 249154, 249181, 249197, 249242, 249298, and 249304.

Consumers with questions may call (888) 703-3473.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Allergy-Free Chocolate Bars

Enjoy Life Food has done it again! They have created a "milk" chocolate bar that is free of ALL common allergens. It is made with rice milk. They have 3 delicious choices: cripsy rice bar, dark chocolate, and milk bar. They are taste tested by my 5-year-old and they pass with 2 thumbs WAY up. He loves them and eats them daily.
Enjoy Life is offering $0.75 off the new chocolate bars with their coupon that you can download at their site. They also have another coupon that you can download on their home page for $0.55 off their products.

Friday, September 19, 2008

New Tests for Food Allergy Sufferers

Check out this news story on testing for "harmful" foods that may irritate conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, fatigue, and eczema:

There is Hope!

My son had an anaphylactic reaction to wheat when he was around 18 months old. He has been on a strict elimination diet since he was diagnosed with multiple food allergies at 7 months of age. As we follow his blood work RAST testing every 6 months to yearly, we have watched his "classes" go down. As his classes go down, we test him to see if some of the allergens have been outgrown. He has outgrown 3 so far - soy, oats, and corn. Well, his blood work for soy was still a class 2 but his oral challenge went well and he tolerates soy just fine now! You can actually have a + skin test even after an allergy is outgrown - there is no black and white with food allergies. His wheat RAST is still a class 2 but his recent skin test was NEGATIVE! He is now 5 years old. So, we will be doing another oral challenge. So, keep the faith - things do get better!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Turtle Mountain

With my son's newfound love of soy (he passed his oral challenge - yay!!), we have a new world with unchartered territory in front of us! We ventured out to Whole Foods and spent an obscene amount of money on soy products. This is one of the ones that he loved. His allergies that remain are wheat, milk, egg, peanut, oat, and green pea.
Turtle Mountain has a variety of products and maintain a comprehensive allergy stand. Their website has a tremendous amount of information regarding allergies and cross-contamination. I felt very informed and comfortable after reading the information on their site: www.turtlemountain.com

Skin Testing


In case you were wondering about skin testing, here is an example. In the top picture, this is testing for 1) milk, 3) egg, 25) oats, 54) soy, and a (s) saline and (h) histamine.

The second picture shows + results to milk and egg. Oat was negative. Soy was also a small +.

The histamine is + but it should be because it is the control and shows that there is a normal reaction to histamine. When histamine is released, it can cause itching, redness, hives, etc. You are intentionally pricked with histamine to make sure it is + to ensure that the test results are valid. For example, if you were taking zyrtec regularly (a histamine BLOCKER), the histamine skin test would be negative. It would also mean that you may not turn up + for foods that you may be + to making the results invalid.

in contrast, the saline should be negative because a person should not react to simple normal saline. There are instances where people do react to saline, though. Some people are "dermatographic" which means that a whelp may develop simply by pricking skin. For example, if an object is scraped on your arm in a straight line, you will develop a "straight line" whelp. This would mean that you are dematrographic and it is unlikely that skin testing would work for you - you would probably react to everything although they would not be considered +.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Hard Rock Rocks!

My family recently went on vacation with our severely-food-allergic 4-year-old. We dine out for basically all meals when we are out of town. This, however, presents challenges when you have a child that is allergic to wheat, milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, oats, and green peas. I also have peanut and sesame allergies. We are always cautious and try to go to the same places if we can find them.
My husband had taken my son to Hard Rock in our hometown and had very good luck with them and felt confident in their abiliy to deal with food allergies. We were able to find a Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville and tried it out for lunch. The waiters and general manager were incredibly helpful and our lunch was wonderful! They answered all of our questions and went to the kitchen numerous times to get any information that we needed to feel comfortable!
So, we have had two wonderful meals with Hard Rock. The best part is that their menu denotes menu items that "contain seeds or nuts". It makes me so happy to see companies that are aware that food allergies are important and wide-spread. Kudos to Hard Rock Cafe!

Kudos to Whole Foods

As food allergy sufferers, I am sure that most of you have dicovered Whole Foods Market. One of our best friends jokes that it should be called "Whole Paycheck". Seriously, though, thank God for this store! As many of you know, Whole Foods sells many retail products that are specifically for dietary needs of all sorts - food allergies included. Each store carries different items. They even have gluten-free bakery items in the stores.
In fact, check out their site http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/. Click on "special diets" under the "Whole Body" tab, then click on "Special Diets" on the left side of the page. There is information on their page regarding special dietary needs and helpful information for shopping on their store.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Temptation Soy Ice Cream

I ran across this company just today and it looks fantastic. The only thing that makes me sad is that they are not in New Orleans or Louisiana for that matter!
They make soy ice cream that is free of dairy, egg, tree nuts and peanuts. Their products are also vegan and kosher.
They sell ice cream in a large vaiety of flavors, "treese" soy cheese, pumpkin pie with gluten free crust, and soft serve mixes.
Give these guys a shot! They have a very worthy cause here!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bullying with Food Allergies

I came across this very disturbing article. As if children and teens do not have a hard enough time making people aware of their allergies for survival, they are now having their food allergies used against them! Kids are actually using allergens to bully these children.

Check out this article:

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Online Coupons

Please take advantage of our online coupons to the right of the page. There are more online coupons in the works to be added to our page.
Currently, we have online coupons for Liberty Bakery and Miss Roben's. Click on the link to the right of the page. Upon checkout, enter the coupon code to receive you discount :) It's that easy!


I think this is a very interesting and innovative product! These are temporary tattoos that display a medical condition such as a food allergy! They last approximately 12 hours if applied properly. The company recommends uses such as: childcare facilities, traveling, or anything that requires being away from home or school. They can be used for adults and children.

12 custom medical tottoos sell for $14.95
24 custom medical tottoos sell for $28.95



This is a really cute site that sells a variety of food allergy safety / awareness products - shirts, wristbands, etc. The shirts are really cute!

10% of all profits from this site is donated to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network! Check them out and support food allergy awareness and research!


Fantastic Allergy Free Pancakes

These are the pancakes that I made this morning - I apologize for the non-decorative plate!

Our family uses Cherrybrook Kitchen mixes all the time in our house. We went on vacation last week and stopped at a Whole Foods in Birmingham, Alabama and found their
wheat free/gluten free pancake and waffle mix. We were really excited to find it because our Whole Foods does not carry it! All that we added was rice milk and canola oil. The pancakes came out fluffy and browned VERY well. The best part is - the pancakes were not gummy at all!

I encourage you to try this mix! It's great!

You can order their mixes online. Their site is http://www.cherrybrookkitchens.com/

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Company Spotlight - Hershey's!

With Easter quickly approaching, chocolate surrounds us! Easter can also be fear-provoking for parents and others with life-threatening food allergies. Easter tends to particularly like peanut butter, too.

Hershey's is allergy-conscious and a trustworthy source of allergen labeling. On their web site, they have a section that explains an 'adverse reaction'.

The following is their stand on handling allergens:

"How does The Hershey Company manage allergies?

The Hershey Company strives to provide its consumers with accurate, reliable ingredient statements upon which consumers can make their purchase decision. The Hershey Company has an Allergy Task Force that ensures that the ingredient statements are always accurate, and that any allergen statements placed on the label is understandable."

"Do your products share plants & equipment?

We take food allergies very seriously at Hershey and have strict procedures in place to prevent crossover of allergens into other products that do not contain the allergen. In instances where we have a concern about possible crossover by an allergen we take the added precaution of including an allergy information statement on the label."

Allergy Free Foods

Allergy Free Foods is a great site that has many allergy free foods that include allergy free cheeses, gravies, cookies, bread, etc. The only downside is that I cannot find where they list ingedients. I am cautious of ordering and paying for shipping only to find out that it cannot be used. They do, however, have contact information for questions. Check them out!

Monday, March 03, 2008

We Have Our Winner!

According to www.Random.org, our winner of "Great Foods Without Worry" is Melanie! Congratulations, Melanie! Your copy of this great book of recipes will be on its way soon!
Check back often for another great giveaway!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Enter Our Contest!

Food Allergy Aid is giving away a copy of "Great Foods Without Worry"! This is a fantastic collection of allergy-free recipes for both adults and children. The copy at my house is on its last leg!
To enter the contest, just leave a comment on this post by midnight (CST) on Sunday, March 2nd. The winner will be chosen on Monday, March 3rd! Each comment will be assigned a number starting with 1. We'll plug the numbers into random.org to select a winner. Include your email address so we can let you know if you win. Or if you'd prefer to leave your pertinent info off the comment, just post a comment and simply send an e-mail to sherry.w.langston@foodallergyaid.com letting us know which comment was yours, so we can give you a heads-up if you win.
Good Luck!

We Want to Hear From You

Food Allergy Aid would love to hear from you! Share your stories, pictures, recipes, products, etc. As you probably know, you can never have too much information on the subject of food allergies!! People learn through the experience of others.

Submissions may be sent to sherry.w.langston@foodallergyaid.com

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has an internet site that provides a wealth of information on food and drug allergies. There is a lot of information in one spot! Some topics include:

Alternative Therapies
Drug Allergies
Food Additives
Health Insurance

Also on the site, there are also sections such as "Ask the Allergist", Educational Resources, Clinical Trials, etc. The recipes area in under construction but coming soon. Here, you can find a local chapter of the organization.


Friday, February 15, 2008

USDA Information on Food Allergies

The United States Department of Agriculture has a section on Food Allergies. It includes information on food allergies, special diets, and allergy-free recipes.


Friday, February 08, 2008

Great Information!

I came across this article on food allergies versus food intolerance. I get a lot of questions about the difference between these two concepts. They are very different and it is important to understand the difference and use the terms correctly. Some of the symptoms of an allergy overlap with those of an intolerance so distinguishing between the two may be diffcult. This is why consulting an allergist is so important!


Saturday, February 02, 2008

Food Allergies Stir A Mother To Action

I ran across this article regarding food allergies in children. Robyn O'Brien has done some really great things for food allergy awareness.

There is a link in the article to her web site which has her trademark green stop sign wth an exclamation point on the items sold the site.

I find this article very interesting because I have similar beliefs regarding my son. He does not consume wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, green peas, or oats. He has always been extremely healthy. He has NEVER had an ear infection in 4 1/2 years of life and has gotten a few minor colds here and there. I think he is partially so healthy due to his diet. He does eat sugar but, for the most part, he eats a lot of lean meats, fruits, and veggies. In addition, his "junk" food is not really unhealthy - it is made from rice flours, potato starch, tapioca starch, etc.

Anyway, check out the article. I thought it has a lot of good information to ponder!


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Game Plan

My family and I watched "The Game Plan" tonight. It is a new Disney Movie that was just released on DVD. I had read on the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network that this movie was commended for accurate portrayals of food allergies. They were correct!

The movie deals with the father getting a swollen tongue after eating cinammon and the little girl having an anaphylactic reaction. It is a very real portrayal of a severe reaction. If you are watching with a child old enough to understand, you may want to have an explanation ready. It was a very emotional scene for me - much more so than a I expected. I guess it is difficult to see your biggest fear played out in front of you - your child having a severe life-threatening reaction. It is good, however, because the little girl is rushed to the ER, receives proper treatment, and recovers well.

Kudos to Disney!!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Hidden Sources of Fish and Shellfish

If you or someone you know has a fish or shellfish allergy, managing it can be tricky! I have learned so much about food allergies in the last 4 1/2 years and, mainly, I have learned the importance of reading labels. This is key to staying safe if the company labels appropriately.

For example, let's look at an anchovy allergy. My family dines frequently at a fairly well-known bar-b-que restaurant. In their bar-b-que sauce - anchovies! Who would have thought!! We were also surprised the other night when my husband pulled out the croutons for his caesar salad and found that anchovies were an ingredient.

As for fish and shellfish, you need to be very careful! I have met several people that knew that they were allergic to fish but ordered crabmeat at a restaurant. They experienced an anaphylactic reaction but had no idea why. Well, artificial crabmeat is made with fish - it is generally not crab at all. In fact, pollock is used in making the artificial crabmeat - it simply has crab flavoring added.

Here are some facts:
- asian foods and sauces may contain shellfish
- you need to be aware that your food may be cooked in the same oil as shellfish/fish
- many pizza places have anchovies as a topping - they may make their way onto your pizza!

Click on this link with some helpful information on this topic: