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#21 Wed 22 Dec 10 1:36pm

DeniseH111

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Member since Sun 28 Mar 10

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

Birdymum wrote:

Instead of it being a nuscience like it would have been a few years ago, I find it very useful when the kids bring home friends that can tell me what they are intolerant of and/or allergic to. These days with so many people suffering from intolerances and allergies it isn't difficult to find alternatives in the supermarkets so that everyone can be catered for and most people from a young age now know what they can and can't have.

For example one daughter wanted a pizza party and was able to tell me that one friend was celiac and two were lactose intolerant. That made a trip to the supermarket armed with a list of no-go ingredients much easier than it used to be a few years ago. I think as people start making their needs made more public that manufacturers are now responding with new products. thumbsup

So true.  It is rare to have a party for kids where I am not made aware of food allergies or intolerances.  In fact, it's always the first question I ask when we have playdates, etc. 

"Is there anything I need to know about what he/she can eat or drink?"

It's very common now.

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#22 Thu 06 Jan 11 2:59am

SmellyCat

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From Birmingham, UK
Member since Wed 22 Dec 10

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

I honestly don't know if it's allergies/intolerances that have become common, or our awareness of them?

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#23 Thu 06 Jan 11 3:24am

Miss GlutenFree

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From Queensland, Australia
Member since Sun 14 Mar 10

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

They have definitely become more common place. It was a rare thing 5years ago to hear of many people with a gluten intolerance or even go to a restaurant that made gluten free meals. Now, the amount of people with senstivities has increased 10-fold!

PLUS. I think it has also had a boost from the super health conscious that believe by eating gluten free they are becoming healthier. Trust me -it's a high GI diet if you aren't careful and that is never good for one's internal workings! A balanced diet is quite often the best thing ie. Eating a variety of fresh fruit & vegetables, dairy, meat, chicken and fish.

That's just my views though....

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#24 Thu 06 Jan 11 9:53pm

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
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Re: Food intolerances and allergies

Things like coeliac disease haven't increased, they are just more diagnosed. It's a genetic disorder the only way it increases is by more people being born with one of the genes and being affected by it. In some places, like ireland, there are more people with it than other areas.

As to whether the is a real increase or if it's just a preceived increase as a result of better diagnosis or better public awareness, I'm not sure.

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#25 Thu 06 Jan 11 9:56pm

wine~o

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Member since Tue 21 Oct 08

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

15 years ago I thought there was a lot of "Scaremongering" regards allergies....

...then at the age of 40/41 I had my first experience of Anyphlaxis..(SP)..

.....not a pleasant experience, I blame the peanuts...

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#26 Thu 06 Jan 11 10:06pm

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

An article about allergy tests that don't actually work http://www.allergy.org.au/content/view/322/271/

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#27 Fri 07 Jan 11 11:23pm

SmellyCat

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From Birmingham, UK
Member since Wed 22 Dec 10

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

I get the impression that in the past, people were just branded as 'sickly', and resigned themselves to a lifetime of illness, and doctors gave up on them after a while. Now medical science has improved, we can isolate the causes of what's making people ill.

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#28 Sat 08 Jan 11 4:05pm

BritFinn

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Member since Thu 26 Aug 10

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

Yep I think you're right Smellycat.  My daughter and MIL are both celiac, and we've discussed this very point.  My MIL remembers her father as always having a bit of a dodgy stomach, and as it is a genetic disease it is more than likely that he would have been Celiac.  Thank goodness that now people can know what is making them so ill!

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#29 Tue 18 Jan 11 2:52pm

CazzieAnwyn

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Re: Food intolerances and allergies

My older sisters allergic to many things, eggs, all dairy products, peanuts, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes and wheat.

Though not all her allergies are sever, she can eat like one egg and thats it, any more then her throat itches, peanuts, bananas, strawberries and raspberries however, her throat swells up.

Cooking for her is a nightmare so many things include some of the products listed, I usually end up doing a chicken salad, and for me ceasar dressing, for her sweet and sour.

Makes a change from her usual of hummus with various sticks of vegetables

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#30 Tue 18 Jan 11 10:32pm

JoyYamDaisy

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From Melbourne Australia
Member since Sun 12 Apr 09

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

Welcome here Cazzie, your sister must love you to cook for her! wave

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