July 2011 Issue
Look to the Label for Food Allergens
Making wise food choices is tough for everyone, but its particularly difficult if you suffer from food sensitivities. Whether youre among the four percent of people in the U.S. with food allergies, defined as an abnormal immunologic response following ingestion of a food, or you have food intolerances or a condition such as celiac disease, in which eating gluten causes a toxic reaction from the immune system, you all have one thing in common: One wrong food selection can produce an adverse reaction. Food allergensthe component or protein of the food that stimulates an allergic reactionare responsible for 30,000 emergency room trips and 150 deaths per year.
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