TasteriePick of the Week: Crispy Green Pineapple

 

Love exotic fruits?  These 100% freeze-dried fruits with no additives or preservatives are figure friendly and tasty.  The sweet flavor combined with the distinct tartness of pineapples makes it our favorite!

These snacks are  gluten, soy, dairy & nut-free as well as vegan.  They come in resealable pouches making them the perfect snack to go.   Check them out at www.crispygreen.com and let us know what you think!

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About TasteriePicks:

Each TasteriePick of the Week not only tastes great but it has also passed our multistep allergen screening protocol for the specific allergens that are listed in the Pick of the Week description

TasteriePick of the Week: Veggie Medley Straws

These delectable veggie straws made with real spinach, tomato and potato are gluten free and vegan.  Gently cooked and seasoned with just a pinch of Mediterranean sea salt, they have 30% less fat than ordinary potato chips and are a great alternative this Memorial Day weekend!   Our kids could not get enough of them!

Find out where to get them at www.mediterraneansnackfoods.com

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About TasteriePicks:

Each TasteriePick of the Week not only tastes great but it has also passed our multistep allergen screening protocol for the specific allergens that are listed in the TasteriePick of the Week description

Treating food allergies and intolerances. What are your options?

The bad news on treating food allergies:

The main treatment for food allergy is avoiding that food.

The good news:

There are new treatments on the horizon, including desensitization.  Basically, your body is exposed to very small amounts of the food protein until your body eventually gets used to it.  In small trials, it has worked for peanut allergies and milk allergies.

There is a patch that is being studied for peanut allergy desensitization.

There have also been studies on placing a small amount of the protein under the tongue (sublingual) as well as swallowing a small amount of the protein.  They look promising.

(Please do not try this at home, it can be very dangerous! It must be done in an allergist’s office while being monitored very closely)

The great news:

Tasterie may have the perfect TasterieBox for you! Delicious and allergy free, delivered right to your doorstep!

The bad news on treating food intolerances:

The main treatment for food intolerances is avoiding that food.  Unfortunately, there are no other methods for treating food intolerance.

The good news:

If your intolerance is not severe, you may be able to tolerate small amounts of that food.

Also, adding lactase (an enzyme that breaks down the lactose) allows some people with lactose intolerance to tolerate foods that have some lactose in them (like ice cream :) ).

The great news:

Try the gluten free or dairy free TasterieBox and you will never look back!  We even have a gluten AND dairy free option just for you!

 

What are the most common food allergies & intolerances?

MOST COMMON FOOD ALLERGIES

The infamous TOP 8

These 8 common food allergens account for more than 90% of food allergies.

  • Cow’s Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

In children, the most common food allergies are:

  • Cow’s Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy

In adults, the most common food allergies are:

  • Shellfish
  • Peanut
  • Tree Nut
  • Fish
  • Sesame

MOST COMMON FOOD INTOLERANCES

In children, the most common food intolerances are:

  1. Cow’s Milk
  2. Soy

In adults, the most common food intolerances are:

  1. Lactose
  2. Gluten

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TasteriePick of the Week: So Delicious Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

 

If you have to go dairy and soy free, there are not too many tasty ice creams out there!  You will be so happy when you try this absolutely scrumptious coconut milk based ice cream.  Guess what? It’s gluten free, too.   

This creamy smooth ice cream leaves you dreaming of summertime at the beach!  What more can you ask for?

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About TasteriePicks:

Each TasteriePick of the Week not only tastes great but it has also passed our multistep allergen screening protocol for the specific allergens that are listed in the Pick of the Week description

 

Can you have soy lecithin if you have a soy allergy?

When reading labels, you’ll often see soy lecithin listed as an ingredient in packaged foods. The good news is that soy lecithin does not contain detectable soy protein.  Therefore, it often can be included in the diet of a person with soy allergy.

In fact, my son, who was extremely sensitive to soy (including soybean oil) was able to tolerate soy lecithin when I was breast feeding him.  Thank goodness, too, because it is hard to find chocolate without soy lecithin.

With that being said, there is a low percentage of people that do have a true soy lecithin allergy- as always we suggest you check with your allergist regarding the safety of soy lecithin in your diet.

 

Have a soy allergy?  Check out our Soy Free TasterieBox!

Food allergy facts that everyone should know!

 

  • Only 3% of adults have true food allergies.
  • Food intolerance is much more common than food allergies.
  • Up to 28% of the US population thinks that they may have a food intolerance.
  • As many as 15 million people in the US have food allergies.

  • Up to 6% of children have true food allergies.
  • Many children outgrow their food allergies.
  • Most adults do not outgrow their food allergies.
  • Eczema, allergies and asthma are all related.  They are all caused by overactive immune systems.
  • Food allergies make someone go to the emergency room once every 3 minutes.

  • Once every 6 minutes, someone has a life-threatening allergic reaction to foods which is known as anaphylaxis.
  • People die of anaphylaxis.
  • If there is a history of asthma, a person with food allergies is much more likely to have a severe allergic reaction.

 

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A simple guide on how food allergies are diagnosed

There are several important components to diagnosing a food allergy:

  1. History – your doctor will ask for detailed information about your potential allergic reaction.
  • When was the food eaten?
  • How long after the food was eaten did the reaction happen?
  • What kind of reaction did you have?
  • How long did it last?
  • What made it go away?
  • Did anyone else get sick?
  • Were there any other foods or medicines that were eaten or taken around the same time?

  1. Keep a diary – sometimes your doctor will ask you to put together a diary of what you eat and your reactions to it.  This should include answers to the questions above. A food diary is especially helpful when multiple foods could be causing the allergic reaction.
  1. Elimination diet – some doctors will ask you to exclude the food that may be causing the allergic reaction for some period of time.  If the symptoms go away, this might be a sign of a food allergy.  Under your doctor’s supervision, you may be asked to try the food again to see if in fact a reaction occurs.  This is only used under certain safe circumstances like mild or moderate reactions (not severe reactions).

  1. Blood tests – these tests used to be called RAST (RadioAllergoSorbentTest). Most doctors now use a test called ImmunoCap Specific IG E which is more accurate.  (It is still often referred to as RAST).  These tests measure the level of antibodies (specifically IgE antibodies) your body has to certain substances.   These tests may come back positive even if you do not have an allergy to a specific food.  This is why your history is really important.  If there is a positive history and a positive ImmunocCap test then it is much more likely that there is a true food allergy.

  1. Skin tests – these tests measure whether or not your skin will actually react to the suspected food.  It is also called a scratch test because the food is actually scratched into your skin.   A positive test means that your skin does have a reaction to the food.  This does not mean that you definitely have an allergy to that food.  This is why your history is really important.  If there is a positive history and a positive skin test then it is much more likely that there is a true food allergy.

  1. Food challenge – the double blind food challenge is the gold standard for objective allergy testing.  (double blind means that neither you nor your doctor knows which capsules or samples of food have the suspected allergenic food in it and which ones do not).  You swallow the capsule or eat the food sample and your doctor monitors for an allergic reaction. The problem with this test is that it is time consuming. Also, it cannot be used if you have had a severe allergic reaction to food.

(Please do not try this at home, it can be very dangerous! It must be done in an allergist’s office while being monitored very closely)

For more information, contact your local allergist.

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Not sure if you have a food allergy? Here are some tips on how to find out.

Food Allergy Awareness Week has started.  In order to help people that may be struggling with the question of whether they have food allergies or intolerances, I will be posting easy to understand information about this topic this week.

Are you worried that you or someone you love may have a food allergy?  I have put together a simple guide to helping you figure out if you might have food allergies.

What is a food allergy?

An allergic reaction to food occurs when your body overreacts to otherwise harmless proteins in the food that you have eaten.  The body overreacts by triggering an immune response to the food.  Specific antibodies are then released into the blood stream which causes the release of a chemical called histamine.  Histamine makes blood vessels very leaky.  In severe situations, it can even make breathing airways constrict.   These reactions usually occur within a few minutes to a few hours of eating the offending food.

What symptoms may be signs of a food allergy?


The most common allergic reactions to foods that people have are:

Skin problems:

  1. Hives – itchy red welts that often come and go.
  2. Eczema – itchy bumpy skin rash that can appear over time.

Other reactions include:

Stomach problems:

  1. Nausea
  2. Vomiting
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Stomach aches
  5. Weight loss – usually seen in children.

Stomach problems can be also be caused by a food intolerance rather than an allergy.

What are signs of a severe allergic reaction?

Signs of a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis are:

Breathing problems:

  1. Wheezing or shortness of breath
  2. Throat swelling or tightness
  3. Swelling of the lips or tongue

Circulation problems:

  1. Low blood pressure – lightheadedness or feeling faint.
  2. Pale skin
  3. Weakness

This type of an allergic reaction can be deadly and requires immediate medical attention.

What do I do  next?

If you think that you may have a food allergy, you should see an allergist.  There are certain tests that can help make the diagnosis of food allergy including skin testing and blood testing.

If you are diagnosed with food allergies, they will recommend that you eliminate those foods in your diet. They may recommend  carrying an epipen with you depending on the severity of your reaction as well.

What do I eat now?

First of all, just remember that you are not alone.  As many as 15 million people have food allergies in the US.

There are lots of resources online including recipes and support groups.

Here are some great resources if you want to find out more about food allergies:
Kids with Food Allergies Foundation

Allergy Home

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

You can also get a delicious allergy friendly TasterieBox sent right to your doorstep.  Check it out at Tasterie!

 

 

Tasterie has launched!

I am so excited to announce that Tasterie has launched!  Just in time for Food Allergy Awareness Week and as a tribute to all those moms that have had to deal with food allergies, day in and day out. Thank you for doing all that you do!

Discover, eat well, and stay allergy free!

How it Started

I started Tasterie, I’ll be honest – mainly out of frustration. I was a pediatrician and a mom of a toddler, and a newborn that had multiple food allergies.  It was simply too tiring to keep finding find food that I could introduce him to, or feed myself (while I breast-fed).

The lack of allergy-safe and great tasting food products available is ridiculous! I can remember standing in the aisles of supermarkets trying to read labels, sleep deprived, with a newborn at home and a toddler between my legs wanting an easier and better option. All I wanted was to find something to eat that wouldn’t cause a reaction in my little son.

As he grew, we stuck with what was safe. But how boring is that? We wanted him to also discover and explore flavors and textures like other normal kids. And that’s when Tasterie was born.

What is Tasterie

I wanted to build a company that did three things incredibly well:

1.      Provide great tasting food from vendors all over the world that met rigorous allergen testing/manufacturing protocols.

2.      Encourage a healthy and nutritionally balanced lifestyle for kids & adults regardless of their food allergies, intolerances or other dietary preferences.

3.      Provide a service that was so easy, convenient, and delightful that it would seamlessly become a part of daily lives.

How we do it

We search the globe to find the most amazing foods and snacks that fit your food allergy and dietary needs. As a food allergy mom, I place safety as our top priority.  We have a rigorous selection process developed by physicians and industry experts. This quality controlled, multistep process has been peer reviewed to make sure that it is as thorough as possible. My team and I are out there doing the best we can to bring you and your little ones safe foods & snacks.  They will be tasty too. Believe me; you won’t eat anything that I and my children have not tried first.

Discover. Eat Well. Allergy Free.

We are excited to serve you every month. Subscribe to the TasterieBox that meets your needs, discover new and wonderful tastes and enjoy!  My son is thrilled to have more flavors in his life – and we hope you are too!

Lama Rimawi, M.D.

Pediatrician and Mom of 2 absolutely wonderful children!