'food allergies' on Serious Eats

The Nut-Free Sandwich Solution

My daughter Iris's preschool is, like so many these days, a nut-free zone. Often Iris will come home and, after a morning of nut deprivation, eat a big bowl of toasted pecans. Before she started preschool, her standard lunch was the same as every other non-nut-allergic kid's: peanut butter and jelly. I did my best to choose a good quality jam and bread (the Innkeeper's brand multigrain bread from Costco is delicious), but it was your basic PB&J. This wouldn't fly under preschool rules. So I've fumbled with various leftovers and other sandwiches, and fallen back on deli ham more often than I'd like to admit. (I've tasted "soynut butter," recommended in the preschool handbook, and could not in good... More

Living with Food Allergies and Eating in Fear

If you're like most folks, you probably know someone with a severe food allergy. It's a condition that seems to be cropping up more and more lately, as this Washington Post article details: "For reasons that we don't understand, the prevalence of food allergies has doubled in the last 15 years," notes Wesley Burks, chief of allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center. In a recently released report, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) calls food allergies an emerging and "important public health problem." Among the theories for the increase are changes in the way food is processed and the age when solid food is introduced to infants. Some experts also contend that our obsession with... More

Dining Out With Celiac Disease and Food Allergies

Dining Out With Celiac Disease and Food Allergies: "Imagine you're planning a Saturday lunch out with two good friends, and each of them weighs in on what they'd like to have: one pal is crazy for Italian; the other, Thai food. And no matter where they eat, they both want to stop by the local panaderia afterward for fresh-baked Mexican pastries. If you have celiac disease, or you're allergic to seafood or peanuts, you're out of luck." Jenni Prokopy's essay in Gaper's Block lays out the questions to ask restaurants when you've got food allergies, and gives ten good tips for eating out.... More

Science and Food Links

Science and food links from around the web! Were chickpeas responsible for the rise of a human empire? Cultivated chickpeas had more than three times as much tryptophan as their wild cousins. Increased amounts of tryptophan in the diet can improve performance under stress and also promote ovulation, handy advantages when you're taking over the world. An In-depth scientific explanation of why we develop food allergies. Duda Farm Fresh Foods has engineered celery to grow with hollow stalks, thus celery straws. MIT Technology Review's two-parter, "The Alchemist" (part 1, part 2) goes deep with Grant Achatz and Alinea: The highest and most expensive forms of cooking have always involved the latest kitchen technology. But seldom has technology worked to bring... More

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