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JAN

Has Dairy Been within Five Feet of my Plate?

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 4:10 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
FoodMany of today’s “elite” suffer from the delusion that their food whims should be catered to by everyone they come in contact with.  They provide hosts with lists of can’t-have foods, crossing everything from red meat to dairy to previously unheard of delicacies off the menu. They return dishes to the kitchen, convinced that a spec of garlic touched their salmon rendering it inedible. They become obsessed with what they will and will not eat, and the rest of the world becomes frustrated. Why should we have to bow to the desires of food-snobs? We will serve what we want to serve; cooks will cook as they want to cook. We will make no changes, and we will hurt no one . . . except for the 11 million people with food allergies.

Food allergies are an increasingly prevalent problem in the United States. However, we continue to view them with a limited scope.  We believe that children are the sole sufferers, and we pay attention only to the most publicized. The problem with these beliefs is that more than kids have allergies and more than peanuts cause problems. Research is continually proving that many individuals do not grow out of their affliction. While a dairy allergy used to disappear by age six, it now lasts well into adolescence and often adulthood.  Moreover, people are allergic to a larger variety of foods than publicly thought. Ninety percent of reactions are triggered by milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish or shellfish, not just dairy and nuts. 

So what does this mean for you, the allergy-free?

It means that you have to tolerate the lists of kitchen can and cannots. True, some people are just being picky, testing their limits and taking advantage of their “guest” status. However, others are making sure that they last through the meal. One bite of an allergen can lead to a reaction, which can be as mild as a tingling sensation or as severe as death. The allergy-afflicted must take the steps necessary to prevent serious health complications. They must verify ingredients and cooking methods. They are not being persnickety; they are being justifiably cautious. As such, you must cater to them. Resist the urge to drop a peanut in their soup (unless of course, they aren’t allergic to peanuts), fight the grimace when the cook is grilled on his cleaning practices and accept the difficulties as a fact of life. Because, without them, there would be no life.


One Response to “Has Dairy Been within Five Feet of my Plate?”

  1. Jamie says:

    It is very hard living with food restrictions. I eat a gluten free diet. I was out with a old friend recently, and realized that there wasn’t a single restraunt that we could think of that I could go to and know that I was safely getting a gluten free meal. It’s Frustrating for everyone invloved.

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