July 14, 2014 Leave a comment
Second in a series about food allergies
By Alison Acerra, MS, RD
Since restaurants aren’t required to label food allergens, your best course of action before ordering is to share your allergy concerns with the staff. Don’t be hesitant to ask how foods are prepared, along with the ingredients used. And feel free to request modifications to accommodate your food preferences.
Food, Restaurant Apps Help You Avoid Problems
For food allergy sufferers, the more you know about food ingredients, the better your chance to enjoy a meal. Here’s where technology is your friend, with the explosion of apps to guide your food choices. Among my favorites:
- iAvoid Food Allergy: Helps users identify presence of any of the Top 8 by entering product names and or ingredients.
- Eatfindr: Whether you are going soy free, dairy free or all organic, this is an easy-to-use app which helps find local restaurants that match your food preferences.
- Yummly: For iPhone and iPad, this app and site lets you search for recipes that meet your lifestyle preferences, including dietary restrictions.
- My Food Facts: This iPhone app and site lets you choose your favorite recipes and swap out common food allergy ingredients with safe substitutions.
Alison Acerra, MS, RD, is the national nutrition and wellness manager for Guckenheimer, a food service organization that is focused on the impact of food on wellness in the workplace. Alison has worked in a variety of clinical settings at high profile Silicon Valley companies and specializes in weight management, cardiovascular disease and diabetes prevention and management, as well as culinary nutrition.