How to Safely Eat Out With Food Allergies
Restaurant dining can be stressful for people with food allergies. How can you relax and enjoy your meal without wondering if it will trigger a reaction?
The biggest offenders are wheat (gluten), eggs, soy, dairy peanuts and tree nuts. Even if an ingredient isn’t listed on the menu, you always can’t count on a risk-free meal. Is that crab salad made from shellfish or is it imitation? Does the dressing have cream? Were those French fries dredged in wheat flour? Sometimes even the wait staff has no idea.
While there are plenty of ways to shop and eat allergy free, such as food delivery services like Plated and Tasterie, you want to eat out from time to time. When eating at an unfamiliar restaurant, the key for people with food allergies is to be assertive and proactive.
Originally published on The Huffington Post.
For many people, an invitation from friends to get dinner and a movie or go out for a bite to eat is a cherished pastime. For the approximately 15 million Americans with food allergies, however, this simple invitation can often go hand-in-hand with anxiety.