Have Your Cake and Eat it Too
Placed on the dining room table is that nourishment you desire and yet know you cannot have without adverse effects. Watching others enjoy the nutritional bliss, you sit resentful at the tasteless option you’ve been given. If only you could eat that food! Does this sound like you? Do you long to consume the foods that your body normally reacts to negatively?
It’s not actually the food that is created with a deficiency; it is your system that reacts to the food as if it is a threat. Shortly after consumption, your body will respond by and you feel the effects in symptoms such as: shortness of breath, swelling, itchiness, abdominal pains and so on. In reality, fewer than 1% of people retain a serious food allergy, what most people experience is a food intolerance.
These intolerances and allergies begin in infancy and most disappear by age five, but for some children they persist even until adulthood. Acquiring an allergy can appear at any time in life, but are most commonly seen in children. Whether you’ve lived with this challenge your entire life or just recently, there are alternatives that can allow you to enjoy those long lost luxuries.
Some Common Food Allergies
Peanuts and other tree nuts
Thanks to people’s interest in replacing these foods with decent substitutes, anyone with an allergy can find an equally tasty supplement to their diet. For many years there has been imitation seafood available, but as the concentration of other allergens increases, demand for a replacement encouraged further invention.
Soy takes the stage as the savior for many allergies including the ones listed above. For the purposes of dairy and nuts, soy fills in as a viable option because of its high protein and flexibility. Products made from soy can take a variety of shapes including the original soy bean, a smooth butter (like peanut butter), liquid milk and even alternative meat options like tofu or tempeh. There has even been a surge in gluten-free baked goods not only in the supermarket aisle but at high quality shops. Mostly propelled because of the vegan lifestyle, these options also benefit people with wheat allergies. This can allow the consumption of cookies, cakes and breads.
People do not have to feel confined by their allergy. The options available can allow the enjoyment of substitutes that not only fill the void but act as a delicious replacement.
By Rachel Horwitz