A di­etary mine­field

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NUT al­ler­gies, dairy in­tol­er­ance and re­ac­tions to eggs, Liz Richards of Sim­ple Nour­ish­ment has seen it all.

Par­ents reg­u­larly turn to the Cairns food writer for so­lu­tions when a food group needs to be elim­i­nated from their chil­dren’s diet.

In Aus­tralia, food al­ler­gies are on the rise, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralasian So­ci­ety of Clin­i­cal Im­munol­ogy and al­lergy, hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for se­vere al­ler­gic re­ac­tions have dou­bled in the past decade.

Added to this is a re­cent re­port call­ing for all Aus­tralian teens to be retested for food al­ler­gies when en­ter­ing high school to pre­vent a ris­ing num­ber of ana­phy­laxis deaths. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, re­search has con­firmed one in 20 Aus­tralian ado­les­cents aged 10 to 14 have a food al­lergy.

How­ever, Mrs Richards urges peo­ple to ex­er­cise com­mon sense and cau­tion when it comes to elim­i­nat­ing a food group from their chil­dren’s di­ets. She says where a child may be al­ler­gic to peanuts, an as­sump­tion is made that all nuts are the cul­prit.

“They are a com­pletely dif­fer­ent food, one is a legume,” she says. “If we did a bit more home­work or lis­tened to our bod­ies more, I know that can be hard with chil­dren. But there is so much more ed­u­ca­tion out there about how it (an al­lergy or in­tol­er­ance) can be man­aged.”

She ad­vises in­vest­ing the time to get re­ally clear on what the al­lergy is by al­low­ing small amounts of food and if there is a re­ac­tion, to wait, and then test a small amount again months later.

“I think it’s re­ally get­ting clear on what our bod­ies are al­ler­gic to and how can we have it in our di­ets in a way that is not caus­ing ill­ness.”

RE­AC­TION: Dairy In­tol­er­ance is just one of the diet sit­u­a­tions fac­ing peo­ple of all ages.

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