Food allergies and the holidays
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 1:20 PM -
'Tis the season for cookies, casseroles, and homemade treats but people who suffer from food allergies may have a particularly tough time navigating the holidays and staying allergy free.
There are some steps you can take to make sure the holiday season goes off without a hitch -- or a trip to the ER.
Here are some tips for hosts, courtesy of Mireille Schwartz, founder of the Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board.
- Keep food labels around -- so people can double check ingredients in anything home made.
- Look for a natural turkey versus pre-basted turkey which can contain soy, wheat and dairy.
- Make sure you don't cross contaminate -- in other words, keep utensils and surfaces clean.
- Colour coding bowls or utensils is always an option -- to let people know what they can't eat. Just make sure to tell them what the colours mean!
- Perhaps most important of all -- open the line of communication. Make sure you acknowledge the dietary restrictions of your guests and assure them you are able to accommodate them.