Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Read allergy labels and live

…Good news for the allergy-plagued. After January 1, 2006, food labels have to give a heads-up on eight powerful allergens, even if they are in the foods in vanishingly small amounts.

…According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (see right), 150 people a year die from allergic reactions. Two percent of adults and 5% of kids suffer from food allergies.

…The bad guys are milk, soy, eggs, fish, wheat, peanuts (ground nuts), tree nuts, shrimp and other crustaceans.

…These can sneak into foods. Are you sure that sandwich isn’t made with cold cuts mixed with milk solids? How about that candy? Any wheat in there?

…While you are at it, check out the new labels for: transfats (huge artery no-no), whole grains, sugar added, and good fats.

1 comment:

Star said...

Check out "What Are You Really Eating? How to Become Label Savvy," by Amanda Ursell. Amazon.

Yes, I was too lazy to put it in my blog.

Must have been something I ate.