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Halloween Treats to Trick Food Allergies

Halloween is an exciting time of the year especially for kids filling their bags with candy and other treats. It can also be a stressful time for parents and caregivers of children with food allergies. Thinking about the potential risk of a reaction to a candy can impact the quality of life for the entire family. Experts, parents and food allergy advocates agree that Halloween should be a fun and healthful event for everyone, every child and every family.

Stop the Spread of Food Allergy Confusion

Do you or someone you know have a food allergy?  Chances are you do.  Food allergies affect about 15 million individuals in the U.S. Food allergies cannot be taken lightly and knowing how to manage your food allergy or provide assistance when needed could save a life.

We are celebrating Food Allergy Awareness Week by sharing a few tips from our friend, health provider and food allergen educator, Humaira Robinson, RN.humaira robinson

Managing Food Allergies at Work

If you’re fortunate enough to work in an environment where food is shared, you come to relish the fun times and cheers when someone brings in treats.

But if you’re one of the 15 million Americans who suffer from a food allergy, it can be difficult to turn down such a wonderful treat on an otherwise boring afternoon. The hardest thing and likely the best thing is to just say no.

Food Additives and Ingredients: Hard to Pronounce, Safe to Use

We get it. Some of those ingredients listed on the package can be hard to pronounce. But rest assured, as these ingredients are all considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their functionality in food. Let’s take a closer look to understand their role in our favorite foods.

Caffeine Awareness Month: A Wrap-Up of Lessons Learned

While thumbing through a number of articles and recent publications, as well as speaking with experts on the topic, I thought it would be a nice touch to share with you a few things I learned this month about the caffeine buzz.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Julie M. Jones, Endowed Chair in Science at St. Catherine University, and learned a few things about caffeine sources and content.

Caffeine Series: Know the Sources and the Amounts to Manage Your “Buzz” [VIDEO]

Looking for something to jump-start your day?  If you’re like millions of people all over the world, you’ll grab a cup of coffee. Or maybe you’ll sip some green tea. Or gulp an energy drink. Or drink a soda. Or, if you have a serious sweet tooth, nibble on some chocolate. The fact is, caffeine is found in all of those sources. And it’s not the source that matters, but the actual amount.

Understanding the Flavor of Food

What do cool mint, vanilla ice cream and cherry topping all have in common? Aside from being ingredients in a delicious sundae, all of these foods and flavors were made possible for you to enjoy by a flavorist. According to the Flavor Extract and Manufacturers Association (FEMA), a flavorist is a specially trained scientist (part chemist, part artist) who skillfully designs the wonderful flavor combinations of our favorite foods and beverages.

3 Food Ingredients Working Double-Time

Have you ever read the label on food and saw some big words that you’d never seen before? Azodicarbonamide, propylene glycol, sodium benzoate … you can’t pronounce them, and they seem intimidating. Chatter on social media even says a particular ingredient is in other products, like yoga mats! Should you be running in the other direction? Well, hold on.

From Traveling to Party Hosting: Holiday Tips for Food Allergies

Did you know that as many as 15 million Americans have food allergies?  If you’re a bubbly holiday traveler like me, chances are you will meet someone with a food allergy this season – at a party, special event, or even in the air. Here are steps to take to stay safe, whether you're taking care of your own allergy or accommodating a friend of family member.

Food Safety Alert: Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Hundreds – Here’s What You Need to do to Be Food Safe

recalled-cucumbersEven Labor Day couldn’t stop the threat of foodborne illness as an outbreak of Salmonella threatened the lives of many Americans.  On September 4, 2015, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under the “Limited E

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