Food Allergies seem to be more prevalent now than ever before. A food allergy is a reaction that occurs when your body deems a certain food "dangerous" and develops antibodies against that food. The next time the body encounters that food it produces an immune response and produces histamine and other chemicals that trigger the allergic response. The response can happen almost instantly or hours after the consumption of the food. Approximately 1 in 25 American children has some type of food allergy. We are seeing some children who have such severe allergies to nuts especially that they can't even be in the same room as another student eating nuts or nut products. There is no current cure for food allergies. That means that people who have food allergies have no other options aside from avoiding the foods that they are allergic to and carrying an epipen if the allergy is severe enough to warrant doing so.



Food Allergies are not to be confused with Food Intolerances or Auto immune Deficiency Diseases. Lactose Intolerance is and example of a Food Intolerance and is when your body is unable to break down lactose, a chemical found in dairy products. However unlike a food allergy Lactose Intolerance can be treated with supplements to help break down the lactose such as Lactaid. Celiac Disease is an example of an Auto Immune Deficiency Disease. Celiac disease is when your body sends out an autoimmune response when gluten products are consumed that destroys villi in the small intestine that help with the adsorption of nutrients from other foods. We will discuss these differences in more depth throughout the course.

The sites below will help us obtain more basic information about food allergies and other food related diseases such as Celiac Disease and Lactose Intolerance.

Food Allergies
Celiac Disease
Recipes for kids with food allergies