Monday, October 22, 2007
Don't hurt the little goblins
…More than 3 million kids have food allergies—and what activity is bad for that?
…Why, pulling random items out of a paper sack and eating them, of course.
…You may like to call this Trick or Treat, but for many parents, it’s Threat or Treat.
…Remember when we used to be afraid of some perv putting razor blades into apples (like who would give an apple as a treat?)
…Most common food allergens are found in candy, says Anne Munoz-Furlong, founder and CEO of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN).
…Eight foods account for 90% of allergies—milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. Shrimp candy, ewwww.
…Food allergies have doubled in the last 10 yrs and scientists are not sure why. There is no known cure—you have to find out what is in your food and avoid the bad things.
…Ironically, there are so many warning labels now that people are tuning them out. Often, too, they are written in legalese, warning that one allergen may have been in the same machine before another…weird stuff.
…Naturally, FAAN has a solution—hand over money instead of death-laden candy so that research on allergies can continue.
…Maybe those apples aren’t such a bad idea.
…HA also favors hard candy—sugar, water, and the usual complement of unpronounceable, yummy chemicals. No nuts, no soy.
…Horseman, pass by.
…For more info, go to www.foodallergy.org.